It was interesting to see my old pal Phil Donahue making the rounds this week promoting his new anti-war documentary. Shining eyes opened incredibly wide, Donahue fulminated against the Iraq war and brooked no dissent: The war is evil and that’s that.
Donahue’s performance brought back memories of my debate with him on “Good Morning America.” Shortly after the U.S.-backed campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan had begun in October 2001, Diane Sawyer sat us both down and the rhetoric flew like hungry bats at dusk. Poor Diane. When the dust settled, Donahue had proclaimed that America was wrong for unilaterally disturbing the Taliban and that a world consensus should have been reached. After that agreement, he said, a “police action” could begin.
I think I might have called Donahue a pinhead.
Back then, Donahue was routed by public opinion and retreated to his compound in Connecticut to lick his wounds. But after a period of quiet, the left-wing zealot is re-energized by the mismanaged Iraq war. To paraphrase Austin Powers: Phil has his mojo back.
Now, what Phil Donahue thinks is not important in the grand scheme, but what Barack Obama thinks is, and there may be some intersection here.
Recently, a far-left radio guy called John McCain a “warmonger” at a Democratic event in North Dakota. The senator was on the scene, but did not make a comment.
Since Senator McCain immediately chastised a far-right talk show host who insulted Obama at a McCain event, some believe Obama might have been smart to return the favor.
But, again, he did not.
I believe the reason Senator Obama avoids criticizing the far-left is because he needs it. Phil Donahue’s strongest ally in denouncing the U.S. action in Afghanistan was MoveOn.org, the organization that is now helping Barack Obama raise records amounts of campaign money.
MoveOn, of course, has received millions from far-left billionaire George Soros, who is a huge supporter of a “one world” foreign policy that demands the USA seek world approval before any aggressive action against another country.
It would be unfair to link Barack Obama’s foreign policy vision to that of Donahue and Soros because we simply don’t know what the Senator’s overall world view is. His rhetoric on Iraq and other trouble spots remains rooted in the past, and he has not yet clearly defined his future strategy.
But there is a chance that, like Soros and Donahue, Senator Obama has some “one world” sympathies. If so, it would be great if the American people could know that before they go to the polls.
With Iran, al-Qaeda and other dangerous groups causing major trouble for America, it is vital to know exactly how Barack Obama sees this troubled world.