November 17, 2012
Author Dinesh D’Souza told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview on Friday that the documentary he co-directed – “2016: Obama's America” – is even more relevant now in light of President Barack Obama’s re-election last week.
“This is the sort of relevance of ‘2016.’ The film, oddly enough, would be obsolete had Romney won, but is now very relevant that Obama’s there now,” D’Souza told Newsmax at Restoration Weekend 2012 in Palm Beach, Fla. “The film, in a way, looks at what would happen if Obama had his way.
“It’s almost as if we removed all obstacles, checks and balances, we removed the court, the Republican Congress. What if Obama could run unmolested? But, of course, he won’t. He’s going to have counterbalancing forces.
“On his own side in the Democratic Party, you have the mainstream Democrats and you have the left. Now, the left knows what Obama is doing. He is pursuing decline – and they want decline. This seems odd.
“I could go to a hundred American campuses and say: ‘America’s the rogue nation in the world. It’s America’s nuclear arsenal, not Iran’s that’s the problem. We should put the leash on America.’ And I’d get thunderous applause at Berkeley, Oberlin College, Yale.
“So there’s plenty of people on the left who have this sort of ‘let’s shrink America’ ideology,” D’Souza said.
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Another scene from the documentary that D’Souza said is worth seeing how it plays out over the next four years is Obama’s conversation this past March in Seoul with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that was caught by an open microphone.
“One of the most chilling moments in ‘2016’ is when Obama leans over to the then-Russian President Medvedev and basically says: ‘Hey, let’s talk after the election. I’ve got some stuff I want to give you, but I can’t tell the American people now. So, let’s wait until I’m re-elected.’
“Then, after being re-elected, one of Obama’s first scheduled trips is to Russia. The topic: missile defenses.
“The risk with Obama is not that he has been slashing our offensive nuclear capability, but Obama seems to be willing to trade our missile defenses with Putin,” D’Souza said. “We’ll see what he actually does when he goes to Russia.”
And there’s also the president’s role in the rise of radical Islam in the Mideast.
“You see radical Islam is coming together, and Islam is being reconstituted as global power. Obama, far from trying to stop it, appears to be collaborating with it.”
But D’Souza complimented Obama’s early posture of bipartisanship in trying to avert the fiscal cliff at the end of the year.
“Tactically, it’s a smart move. It’s always a mistake to contrast ideology with pragmatism. Ideology is where you want to go – and pragmatism is how you get from here to there.
“Really effective ideologues are always pragmatic. They’ll always take 80 percent of what they want rather than try to get 100 percent and end up with nothing. In that sense, Reagan was a pragmatic ideologue.
“Obama, if he needs some Republican votes, as he clearly will, will try to get them – but he’ll want to move the debate in his direction. So that’s very different than Clinton compromise. Clinton compromise is: ‘I want to get a deal. And if I have to bend 50 percent and the other guys bend 50 percent, I’m okay with that because I want to be well-liked. And I’m perfectly happy to govern in the center.’
“Obama’s is: ‘I want to move the debate over here, and if I need to give a few inches to get there or get mostly there, I’ll do that,’ ” he added. “But that’s a different kind of approach. Contrasting Obama and Clinton is instructive.”
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