Among the resident chattering class inside the DC beltway, there are few opinions I value more than that of Charles Krauthammer. He just does it very well.

A few days back, I saw this picture of the latest foreign policy disaster on The One’s watch and I just couldn’t find the right words to describe my abject disgust at the picture of so called world leaders gathered around a murderous tyrant with their hands raised in triumph as they did a kabuki dance.

kabuki dance

Actually, I did find some choice words to direct at Brazil’s very own Luis Ignacio “Lula” da Silva, but they were colorful Portuguese metaphors. Since The One declared that most American’s understand only English, I figured nobody would understand. But I digress.

In today’s Washington Post, Mr. Krauthammer summed up the real meaning of this picture. Here are the key paragraphs of his column:

That picture — a defiant, triumphant take-that-Uncle-Sam — is a crushing verdict on the Obama foreign policy. It demonstrates how rising powers, traditional American allies, having watched this administration in action, have decided that there’s no cost in lining up with America’s enemies and no profit in lining up with a U.S. president given to apologies and appeasement.

They’ve observed the administration’s gratuitous slap at Britain over the Falklands, its contemptuous treatment of Israel, its undercutting of the Czech Republic and Poland, and its indifference to Lebanon and Georgia. And in Latin America, they see not just U.S. passivity as Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez organizes his anti-American “Bolivarian” coalition while deepening military and commercial ties with Iran and Russia. They saw active U.S. support in Honduras for a pro-Chávez would-be dictator seeking unconstitutional powers in defiance of the democratic institutions of that country.

This is not just an America in decline. This is an America in retreat — accepting, ratifying and declaring its decline, and inviting rising powers to fill the vacuum.

Nor is this retreat by inadvertence. This is retreat by design and, indeed, on principle. It’s the perfect fulfillment of Obama’s adopted Third World narrative of American misdeeds, disrespect and domination from which he has come to redeem us and the world.

Read the whole thing.

What is it the minstrels sang about “brave” Sir Robin? When danger reared it’s ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled? I think that’s the basic premise behind The One’s attempt to “manage” America’s decline and make us “equal” to our world counterparts.

If there’s one type of equality I’m not interested in, it’s equality of malaise and mediocrity.