A Selfie-Taking, Hashtagging Teenage Administration

May 13, 2014

In a biting, perceptive, and troubling-because-it's-true op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal, Eliot Cohen writes of an Executive Branch governed as much by immaturity as Left-wing conviction. As he notes, "The Obama administration is not alone. The teenage temperament infects our politics on both sides of the aisle, not to mention our great universities and leading corporations."

The particular danger imposed by the Obama Administration is that it leads (or is supposed to lead) the greatest nation in world history; such leadership demands what Cohen calls "the old, adult virtues—gravitas, sobriety, perseverance and constancy."

A President who takes a "selfie" at the funeral of an international statesman and who sniffingly refers to the burgeoning Russian threat as "a regional power" simply doesn't know how to take American foreign policy and national security seriously. In fairness, of course, when you're busy transforming America, who has time for international affairs?

Read Cohen's insightful piece here