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He reminded her that these were her own people. According to Mr. Obama’s own eyewitness account, her voice rose “almost to a shout” when she replied: “They are not my people.”

Most of Mr. Obama’s foreign-policy decisions since becoming president are consistent with this mindset. He has acted repeatedly as a citizen of the world, even though he was elected to be president of the United States.

Virtually every major move of the Obama administration has reduced the power, security and influence of America and its allies. Cutbacks in military spending, while our adversaries have increased their military buildups, ensure that these changes to our detriment will continue, even after Mr. Obama has left the White House.

Is that failure or success?

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.