I'm not really partial to conspiracy theories, in fact, I love to debunk them, but even though a certain quote from Obama's speech on Tuesday will bring out the crazies, it should also alarm the more rational among us.
The Washington Post's Chris Cilliza highlighted this excerpt [emphasis added]:
“But whether people see what’s happening in Ukraine, and Russia’s aggression towards its neighbors in the manner in which it's financing and arming separatists; to what’s happened in Syria — the devastation that Assad has wrought on his own people; to the failure in Iraq for Sunni and Shia and Kurd to compromise — although we’re trying to see if we can put together a government that actually can function; to ongoing terrorist threats; to what’s happening in Israel and Gaza — part of peoples' concern is just the sense that around the world the old order isn’t holding and we’re not quite yet to where we need to be in terms of a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity, that’s based on economies that work for all people.”
Yes, this is the kind of “New World Order” quote that puts money in the wallet of Alex Jones, but aside from positing that Obama is a lizard space alien hellbent on imposing Sharia-Illuminati martial law on the world, it actually displays an amazing but troubling aspect of Obama's “philosophy” of the world, if you can call it that.
While more and more people are looking around the world and seeing the turmoil that follows on America receding from the global stage, Obama just sees business as usual - he doesn't believe he has any hand at all in all these events. He doesn't believe that selling out our allies on missile defense and the “Russian Reset” encouraged Putin, or that making impotent threats against Assad emboldened him, or that pulling out of Iraq prematurely brought on the ISIS terrorist resurgence. He really believes this is all just normal.
And so he's seizing on these crises that he himself worsened, and using them as a springboard to say we need more “hope and change” or whatever vapid phrase he's going to attach to whatever it is he's selling.
Let's hope the American people choose something better than the broken road Obama has been us guiding onto.