“Few of the decisions he had made would satisfy the politics of the moment,” David Axelrod explained in his massive 2015 Believer. “But at home and abroad, Obama was playing a longer game.” As he explained in Columbia, Missouri, on October 30, 2008, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”
If this man was a liberal, as Barry Rubin wondered in Silent Revolution: How the Left Rose to Political Power and Cultural Dominance, why did he see a need fundamentally to transform a nation shaped by liberals such as Franklin Roosevelt with his New Deal and Lyndon Johnson with his Great Society? He saw the need because he was not a liberal but a lifelong leftist radical.
As David Horowitz explained in Volume 7 of the Black Book of the American Left, the president was “born, bred and trained in the progressive movement.” His mentors were “Communists and their progressive successors,” so no wonder he presided over “the institutionalizing of the policies of the left in government” for eight years. What that means in practical terms is becoming painfully evident.
The economy remains sluggish and under Obamacare, the president’s signature plan, premiums are skyrocketing. This suggests that, as many believe, Obamacare was simply a demolition plan. In the “longer game,” designated successor Hillary Clinton will impose government monopoly healthcare, what some candidates erroneously call “socialized medicine.”
As Rubin noted, the goal of the left is “to convince Americans the exact opposite of what their experience proved: that the country had fundamentally failed and the old leftist solutions were the answer.” The result “may be a very long-term and even permanent change of the United States into something else, a nation far less affluent and far less free.” And far less secure, as David Axelrod also indicates.
Vladimir Putin makes an appearance in Believer but Obama’s narrator does not outline Putin’s background in the KGB. The believer includes nothing about Putin’s role in East Germany, a Stalinist police state that walled in its subjects and shot those attempting to escape. The narrator avoids Putin’s belief that the breakup of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”
In Believer, Putin tells the president, “You are a highly educated man. I come from the security sector.” The believer then asks the president for his assessment of Putin.
“He’s smart, tough, clear about his interests and without a trace of sentimentality,” the president says. That is not very strong language for a KGB veteran and expansionist autocrat.
In his narrator’s account, the president uses the word “motherf*****,” but not for Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-Un, the Iranian mullahs, the rulers of the Islamic State, Osama bin Laden, or any particular terrorist or criminal. The target is his own speech coach, Michael Shaheen, of whom the president says “mother*****’s never happy.”
The president himself was not happy with the antiballistic missile shield his predecessors had planned to protect European allies. Russia strongly opposed the shield, and in September 2009, President Obama scrapped it, in what the New York Times called “one of the biggest security reversals of his young presidency.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supported the cancelation, and was never a hardliner toward Russia.
The 2009 U.S.-Russia “re-set,” allows Russian inspection of U.S. nuclear facilities to count missiles and warheads, by some accounts the most intrusive weapons inspection program the United States has ever accepted. Obama’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters “We want to ensure that every question that the Russian military or Russian government asks is answered,” and she called missile defense “another area for deep cooperation between our countries.”
At home and abroad, in the “longer game,” the president and Hillary Clinton are on the same team, and she already has the signals. She may be able to continue the game plan because the referee, FBI boss James Comey, failed to mark off the penalty.