Obama has been peddling this elixir for years. It was the theme of his 2008 non-campaign/presidential-campaign speech in Berlin, where, as he described it: “a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one.”
That might sound way cool. Except, one of Obama’s prime rhetorical tools, here on full display, is the logical fallacy. The entire premise of his statement was false. The Berlin Wall did not come down because the world stood as one. The wall came down because America, with its nuclear arsenal, stood for decades against the global communist ambitions of the repressive, ruinous — and by 1949 nuclear-armed — Soviet Union and its satellite empire. During that span, tens of thousands of Americans died fighting on the front lines of what the Soviets considered their own moral revolution, in places such as Korea and Vietnam.