Does Barack Obama have the personal capacity to address the magnitude of a war-time office?
The situation is critical. Not only does it affect the security of the
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.
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
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.
With congress due back in
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
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
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
Israeli scholar of Arabic literature at
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.
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