First it was Jimmy Carter, and now it’s George Soros—Obama’s “no stupid stuff” foreign policy is getting no love from those that he might expect would support him. When a left of center Democratic president loses these two, it’s not clear what base of support his foreign policy still has. But President Obama isn’t the only target of Soros’ ire.Soros has long been critical of Germany’s response to the euro disaster, is increasingly troubled about where the European Union is headed. Now he has penned a scathing critique of Europe’s policy on Ukraine in the New York Review of Books. He writes:
Europe is facing a challenge from Russia to its very existence. Neither the European leaders nor their citizens are fully aware of this challenge or know how best to deal with it. I attribute this mainly to the fact that the European Union in general and the eurozone in particular lost their way after the financial crisis of 2008.
Yet his titular exhortation, Wake Up, Europe!, applies to America, too:
In September , President Poroshenko visited Washington where he received an enthusiastic welcome from a joint session of Congress. He asked for “both lethal and nonlethal” defensive weapons in his speech. However, President Obama refused his request for Javelin hand-held missiles that could be used against advancing tanks. Poroshenko was given radar, but what use is it without missiles? […] The Washington visit gave President Poroshenko a façade of support with little substance behind it.
George Soros is one of a number of thinkers identified with the left who is increasingly disturbed by the results of center-left policies and ideology on European and American policy. The sense that spinelessness and drift are replacing any serious engagement with the forces reshaping the contemporary world, and that the establishment left’s rhetorical support for human freedom is more hot air and political venting than a sober and practical approach to building a better world is palpable. Go here and read the whole thing; George Soros isn’t about to join the Tea Party or sign up with the neoconservatives, but something important is taking place and the politics of foreign policy in the United States are once again in flux.