Exclusive: Will the World Heed New Messiah’s Message? Passing the Global ‘Test’

by PAM MEISTER October 22, 2008
“The world hates us.”
“We need to restore our international reputation.”
“We need to reclaim our image.”
The above statements are representative of what liberals have been harping on for nearly eight years. In their eyes, the blame for anti-Americanism can be laid at the feet of one man: George W. Bush.
Ever since Bush mobilized forces against the Taliban in Afghanistan and terror enabler/evil dictator Saddam Hussein in Iraq, anti-Americanism became even more fashionable than ever, both abroad and within certain social circles in New York, San Francisco, Seattle and other liberal enclaves. Yet there’s nothing new about anti-Americanism, a topic I touched on last year. And there’s nothing new in the idea that the avowed enemies of America will look for any opportunity to test the mettle of the man in the Oval Office.
Back in 2004, presidential candidate John “Commando” Kerry said that if elected, he would make sure any U.S. preemptive military action pass a “global test” of legitimacy. In other words, go hat in hand to the UN and say, “Pretty please with sugar on top.” Four years later, there’s more talk of a “global test” coming from the Democrat ticket – but it’s not quite as “nuanced” as Kerry’s proposed test of the last election.
All hail Joe Biden, who was chosen as Obama’s running mate because of his foreign policy know-how:
"It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."
"I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate," Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. "And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right."
His advice in such a scenario? “Gird your loins.” (Pardon the shudder-inducing imagery; it’s his, not mine.)
Maybe Kerry will want to borrow a pair of the Depends® he says John McCain wears if that happens.
Gaffe-o-matic Joe’s Energizer® batteries were yanked out of the slot yesterday, as the VP candidate was taken off the campaign trail and surrogates sent in to smooth over the damage. But they didn’t do much better (all emphasis mine):
“Well, I think it’s just a statement of fact, frankly, and in my book, I talk about the fact that there are a lot of big issues out there, but that also something unexpected – you always have to be prepared for that.”
“Well, look. Any president, whoever the next president of the United States is going to be tested [sic]. We have a global economic crisis that's affecting everybody in this country, not just on Wall Street, but on Main Street. Unlike Sen. McCain, Sen. Obama doesn't believe that the economy is fundamentally strong. We're going to be tested overseas in both Iraq and Afghanistan and throughout the world.
More “D’oh!” moments for the Obama campaign than you can shake a stick at!
I thought that if we elected Barack Obama that the world would love us. British singer Joss Stone (who?) wants Obama to win because “he’s more loving…McCain – he seems angry, he seems like an angry man.” The Germans love him. (They also love David Hasselhoff’s singing ) Obama himself promised, “We will change this country. We will change the world.” When it comes to top-level negotiations with rogue nations, Obama said, “I want the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them, which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration, is ridiculous.” Indeed, he promised to have talks with countries such as Iran with no preconditions. (Interestingly enough, Iran has preconditions. Just two: all U.S. forces must leave the Middle East and the U.S. must drop all support of Israel.)
You just can’t make this stuff up.
After the numerous small “quizzes” of the 1990s (first bombing of the World Trade Center; bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; bombing of the Khobar Towers; attack on the USS Cole), the big test came on September 11, 2001. Call it baptism by fire, but George Bush passed the test: we have not been attacked again in the past seven years. Funny how everyone seems to be ignoring that fact in the throes of the campaign.
Will we be “tested”? Probably. But the severity of the test and how it is resolved will have much to do with the man in the White House. The old warhorse? Or the agent of hope n’ change?
Gird your loins.
Pam Meister is the editor of FamilySecurityMatters.org.

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