All of his supporters understand that it would be self-defeating to weaken Obama and heighten the risk of another step backward.
But there is a self-defeating delusion prevalent among many Arab Americans that they are uniquely excluded.
For the past eight years, he explains, we have been fighting this war in a self-defeating way.
If secrecy is self-defeating, disgracing those it touches, the novel penetrates its smoke-filled corridors.
But on this issue of Haredi service his pusillanimous silence has been disappointing and self-defeating.
And self-defeating Arab Americans will continue to regard "normalization" not as a goal, but as the most damning of invectives.
Piecemeal operations within each lesser drainage area can be self-defeating or, at the very least, needlessly expensive.
Born of crass ignorance and self-defeating greed, it cannot bear the light.
Not only would such an attempt involve impossible inquiries, but the attempt would be self-defeating.
No, it would be self-defeating folly to make Wagner appear less in order to have Strauss appear more.