History has also demonstrated yet another troubling aspect of White House leadership, or the lack thereof, with its perpetual philosophy of governing by delay.
The topics of the day, as it has been for the past week, are the government shutdown and the upcoming debt ceiling debate. While that continues however, there is still on-going violence in
What we have is domestic policy and foreign policy operating on parallel tracks that somehow appear to be racing toward a head-on collision.
The stalemate continues in
War memorials are closed, but Barack Obama’s golf courses our open. Cancer studies are being halted, but some government workers are being told to return to their jobs. National parks have closed their gates, but congress keeps getting paid.
Meanwhile the media is keeping score as though the whole exercise is some sort of political playoff game where the Republicans and Democrats are deciding a winner while the American people lose.
Obamacare opened for business the same day the government shut down. As expected there were widespread malfunctions in the system which received massive coverage across the country. Like most new undertakings, the glitches were anticipated and, to be fair, focusing upon them before the system even had a chance to function was unrealistic.
On the other hand, it wasn’t as though the Affordable Care Act was implemented overnight. There were three years to get the system ready and running and, at the very least, to have some credible means of handling the problems.
And there’s the rub. Governing by delay. It is the mantra of the Obama administration to always put off today what you could have done yesterday. We have seen it time and again. Nothing is ever more important than that almighty round of golf.
How many ‘red lines” did we have to draw before the situation in
So while we are distracted from what is happening in
Eventually the leadership concept of “we’ll deal with that tomorrow” is going to bite us at a time when we can least afford it.
That is not to say domestic issues are not relevant and should be ignored, but wasting time with mindless childlike temper tantrums and talking points are not the way to govern when the world has bigger problems on the horizon.
The basic problem in
Yet while the Syrian situation is serious and puts
The administration needs to learn to “walk and chew gum” at the same time rather than focusing so much on its image and misleading the American people.
If we do not, then those parallel lines will eventually converge, and it will not be pretty
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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