VDH writes, in Obama Is America’s Version of Stanley Baldwin, that “Both leaders put their successors in a dangerous geopolitical position.”
(A)s was true of Europe between 1933 and 1939, the world grew more dangerous and reached the brink of war. And like Stanley Baldwin, Obama was never willing to make a few unpopular decisions to rearm and face down aggressors in order not to be forced to make far more dangerous and unpopular decisions later on.
Baldwin was popular when he left office, largely because he had proclaimed peace, but he had helped set the table for the inevitable conflict to be inherited by his successors, Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill.
Obama likewise ignored rumbling volcanoes, and now they are erupting on his successor’s watch.
In both cases, history was kind while Baldwin and Obama were in office — but not so after they left.