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Mr Obama, have you learned from history?

Victor David Hanson has a very good piece over at town hall today. In it, he outlines the mistakes our young President is making and the very dangerous situation he is creating for the West. Here is a portion:

For much of 2009, the Obama administration boasted that it would shut down the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility, despite having no final idea of where or what to do with all the detainees — many from terror-infested Yemen.

We renounced prior notions of a “war on terror.” We reiterated that the now-quiet Iraq war had been a mistake. We apologized to the Islamic world for purported past American sins, while inflating Muslim achievements.

After months of hesitation, in Janus-fashion we both announced we were sending more troops to Afghanistan and promised to start soon bringing them home. We reached out to Putin’s Russia at the expense of our democratic Eastern European allies.

All of this has not been lost on Islamists. In general, al-Qaida interprets our outreach as a sign of moral weakness. Since 9/11, more than one-third of all terrorism-related incidents in the United States occurred in 2009 alone. Maj. Nidal Hasan’s murderous rampage at Ford Hood, and al-Qaida’s foiled Christmas Day effort to blow up a jet over Detroit are just precursors of what to expect this year.

It’s a good read. Mr Obama fancies himself a history buff. I guess reading about history and actually applying it lessons are mutually exclusive.

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

crossposted to The Ritz Report