Saturday, August 20, 2011

Why the Unitarian Universalist silence on Obama and War?

Decline and Fall The Weekly Standard:

Below via Peter Wehner from the above link in WS.

I'm guessing the UU silence on Obama (no Action of Immediate Witness at General Assembly on the Prez's violation of the War Powers Act for example) rooted in shared belief America's days as a dominant world power are over, and that shared turn in outlook by an American President worth far more than talking about WPA; or Wars -regardless how real and bloody- Obama finds barely worth mentioning now.

An anti imperialist frame trumping peace. Or maybe it's just, as a UU pacifist wrote me, very few UU's will turn on Obama over anything.
Second, the president is sending young Americans to fight and to die in wars he finds distracting and barely worth mentioning.

Third, Republicans should (once again) build their case around the words of Obama’s own aides. One adviser, quoted in the New Yorker, infamously described the president’s actions in Libya as “leading from behind.” And in discussing the Obama administration’s belief that the relative power of the United States is declining, this adviser said, “It’s so at odds with the John Wayne expectation for what America is in the world. But it’s necessary for shepherding us through this phase.”

At the heart of Obama’s foreign policy is the belief that America’s days as a dominant world power are over, and it’s a good thing at that. The president and his aides, after all, tend to view America’s role in the world as arrogant and imperialistic. It tells us something that every previous president was instinctively inclined to defend the United States, while Obama is far more inclined to apologize for her and place himself above her. He has undermined America’s moral self-confidence.


Joel Monka said...

Rather than speculating as to motivations on the silence, I think we should demand answers. Let all the various social justice organizations tells us why they suddenly no longer care about war.

Bill Baar said...

I suggest an email to the creating peace UU group then Joel..mine don't get far.