David Horowitz thinks I’m falling prey to Obama Derangement Syndrome:
Even as astute a conservative thinker as Mark Steyn has been swept up in the tide that thinks Obama is a “transformative” radical. But look again at his approach to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In both cases, as noted, he is carrying out the Bush policies – the same that he once joined his fellow Democrats in condemning. And that should be reassuring to anyone concerned about where he is heading as commander-in-chief.
It’s true that the Pentagon’s unmanned drones are dropping Obama greeting cards on hapless villages in the Pakistani tribal lands even more than in the Bush days. But I would argue that — like Gordon Brown’s non-working DVDs — that’s a function more of the president’s indifference to foreign affairs and the wider world. His priorities are domestic — as one might expect from a community organizer — and in that arena he is certainly a transformative radical. If I sound deranged, it’s because I’ve lived under both the policies (in Britain and Europe) and the charismatic leader (in Trudeau’s Canada).