Barack's "No-Bomb-A" foreign policy of weakness

Barack Obama is playing a dangerous game by signaling American weakness to the world. It will come back to haunt us. Photo: Obama cannot make up his mind (ibtimes.com)

CHARLOTTESeptember 1, 2013 — Whether the United States should lob cruise missiles into Syria is a subject for debate, but a more disturbing problem has surfaced as a result of that controversy.

Does Barack Obama have the personal capacity to address the magnitude of a war-time office?


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The situation is critical. Not only does it affect the security of the United States but also the entire international community. The president’s inability to cope with the duties of his position are approaching a dangerous threshold of ineptitude the world can ill afford.

Obama’s words remain confident, but they are empty. His deeds, however, reflect a frightened man overwhelmed by indecision.

To some playing a round of golf with the vice president following a major foreign policy announcement is cool. A more honest evaluation is that the president is incapable of facing the challenges before him. The golf course is a refuge.

Golf course foreign policy


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Early in his administration, Obama’s golf outings and fund raisers appeared arrogant and out of touch. As the world has become more dangerous, largely on the president’s watch, escaping to the golf course may be a sign of growing emotional and mental insecurity.

President Obama took to the Rose Garden microphone Saturday to state his position for a strike against Syria.

Despite his “personal” declaration to move forward, the president will now seek congressional authority to proceed.

In other words, Mr. Obama is gambling that congress will vote “no” and make the decision he really wants for him. Which he can then declare the partisanship in Washington is the root of all our ills.


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With congress due back in Washington on September 9, the president is buying time to allow the rationale for a military strike to dissipate and, in the process, conceal his ineptitude.

Danger zone (politcalcartoons.com)

Obama’s decision is not that of a wise and thoughtful commander in chief. Rather it is a calculated, devious, self-serving manipulation of political power disguised as leadership.

More troubling, however, is that it is indicative of a man paralyzed by weakness who is out of touch with reality.

John Bolton, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, says American credibility will return in three years when we get a “real” president in the White House.

Twice recently the president sent Secretary of State John Kerry to make major policy speeches about America’s reasons to go it alone against Syria Kerry’s descriptions of innocent dead women and children covered with white sheets were powerful and moving, but they were also disingenuous.

If the Obama administration is serious about violations against innocent victims and disrespect for human life, they should also be informing the American people about the horrors in Mali and Nigeria. Pictures of atrocities committed by the Boko Haram in Nigeria are so gruesome and disgusting that white sheets are comforting by comparison.

Though Kerry was forceful in his comments, retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters got it right when he vociferously stated, “melodrama is not a substitute for a strategy.”

Sending Kerry to do something the president should have done himself is demonstrative of Obama’s methodology. The president made Kerry look foolish and, in the process, he also made a fool of himself. Unfortunately, the president was oblivious to it.

What Mr. Obama did to John Kerry was not delegation. It was abrogation

The power of the presidency has shrouded President Obama within a cocoon of irrationality. It has become a personal tool to insulate him from any aspect of the job he may dislike, regardless of cost.  

For now we get ten more days of media speculation followed by added speculation. The panoramic parade of talking heads will continue across our television screens pontificating opinions without solutions.

Under the best of circumstances, the Middle East is a muddle; a quagmire of confusion, misinformation, chaos and turmoil. Now it has become a wildfire burning out of control, and we are fighting it with a water pistol.

Israeli scholar of Arabic literature at Bar-Ilan University, Dr. Mordecai Kedar, simplified the complexity of the region with just 19 words saying, “You will never have peace with the Arab Muslim world because they have never made peace with each other.”

If there is just one person with enough sage acumen to ease tensions in the Middle East we can only pray he comes forward with the strength and authority to halt Barack Obama’s inadequacies in dealing with global situations as if they are some giant board game.  

Such deficiencies may pose legitimate concerns about the president’s capacity to carry out his duties for the remainder of his term.

For the moment, Obama’s weaknesses transcend politics on a scale that endangers the world. Playing golf may be a refuge, but it is not an answer.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).  

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.

 

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