Using the Impossible Dream for Political Advantage
Whether voiced by Democrats or Republicans (and both have), this sort of talk has got to be getting nauseating for anybody who’s paid even passing attention during the past few decades:
Obama administration officials argue that this unpopularity has hindered the United States’ ability to achieve its goals.
“Our image in the world, particularly in the Muslim world, has, over the course of many years, not been what it needs to be in order to accomplish, for instance, peace in the Middle East,” said Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary and a top advisor.
Oh yes. If only we rephrase our position and leverage polls to make ourselves more palatable to the “Muslim street,” we’ll be able to resolve a perennial conflict in which one side openly expresses a desire for genocide and sends women and children to blow themselves up as human guided missiles. The last guy just said the wrong things is all, so a change of rhetoric will be as a balm on a lesion.
Any politician who expresses the position that Gibbs has articulated is not to be taken seriously. Again: whether they’re on the left or the right.