In the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Fouad Ajami published a devastating analysis of Obama’s foreign policy.
Ajami focuses on Obama’s reflexive radical leftist ideology that posits a phantom American colonialism and neo-colonialism as the original sins for which we must atone.
In his encounters with the foreign world, Mr. Obama gave voice to a steady and unsettling expression of penance. We had made our own poor bed in distant lands, Mr. Obama believed. We had been aggressive and imperial in the wars we waged, and in our steady insistence that our way held out the promise for other nations. In that narrative of American guilt, the Islamic world was of central importance. It was in that vast, tormented world that Mr. Obama sought to make his mark, it was there he believed we had been particularly egregious.
Read the entire article.
This is all well and true.
But my wife Karen, a Ph.D., psychologist with a finely tuned antenna for human behavior has, I believe, an equally trenchant critique of Obama’s political-psychological motivation.
Summarizing my conversation with Karen:
Barack Obama’s life has been dominated by his absent father. A man who, by every account, was a liar, a drunk, a serial adulterer, a man who married, sired children, and then abandoned wife and offspring. Obama Sr,. was also, not surprisingly, a Communist.
President Obama’s father was, in brief, a bad father.
The trajectory of Barack Obama’s personal and political life has been a sub-conscious attempt to please this bad father. It’s a common pathology. Women who are beaten by husbands and lovers endlessly try to appease and gain approval of their abusers.
Thus, Mr. Obama looks at the bad actors of the world, the hermit kingdom of North Korea, the Communist tyrants of Cuba and Venezuela, the mad Mullahs of Iran, the blood-thirsty Assads of Syria, the genocidal yearning Palestinians, etc., and his main impulse is to curry favor with these human beasts.
Obama still yearns for the approval of his bad father.
Against the theater of geo-politics Obama’s personal demons play out as appeasement wherein America’s enemies are rewarded and her allies are ignored or worse, denigrated.
Just a cursory glance at Obama’s biography supports Karen’s psychological profile: from his political birth in the living room of American terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dorn to a 20-year discipleship to the racist, Jew-hating Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama has sought the mentorship of one bad father after another.
Most Americans look towards George Washington or Abraham Lincoln as father images we wish to emulate.
But America’s current President is in the grip of such psychological dysfunction that his self-worth—the personal as political—is defined through dreams of pleasing the one man in the world whose approval equals an embrace of nihilism.