To hear Mr. Obama speak about the situation, he does not sound like someone who is passionate about having congress give him permission to act.
If anything, the president presents the image that he would rather have the vote goes against him.
Barack Obama is playing games with human lives, words and politics.
Why then, did we not respond earlier? And why now? Because of a red line?
The president met with a few congressional leaders, those who are in
In Obama’s mind the urgency is critical that he made a statement on Saturday and urgently went to the golf course.
Now the media tells us the president is feverishly working the phones as he heads off to
During his plea to congressional leaders Obama used two words that have no relevance in the
In the diplomatic mish-mash of Barack Obama’s foreign policy, it is difficult to know whether he came into office as the Messiah or Allah. In his own mind, the president thought he was one or the other, and he believed he had the answers to solving centuries of conflict in the
Now the president finds himself in a box while the media is trying to convince us he has a strategy that will make a difference in
Barack Obama’s only strategy for
Roughly 600 years before Christ a fabulist named Aesop wrote a story called The Grasshopper and the Ant(s). Here is the story with a few modifications.
The ants were hard workers who were always laboring to save up food and provisions for whatever the future might hold. They were tireless in their efforts to be repared for any eventuality.
Meanwhile, the grasshopper was happy-go-lucky and carefree. The ants envied his ability to be so cool and often wondered why they had to work so hard and the grasshopper didn’t. The grasshopper could hang out with the crickets who were always singing and chirping and entertaining the entire meadow. But the ants kept on working. It was part of their culture. They knew that play was a luxury until their work was finished.
One day the grasshopper got word that some dangerous spiders might invade from the far end of the meadow. He didn’t know what to do, but he kept hopping because the spiders were a long way off and had no impact on his life.
Soon the spiders started getting closer and, in a sneak attack, they destroyed one of the ant hills the grasshopper was supposed to be protecting. No problem thought the grasshopper, I’ll send in the army ants to take care of the spiders.
The crickets were no help. They were entertainers. They were busy rubbing their legs together and chirping. So the hard working ants were called into action.
Meanwhile, the grasshopper took off for the next meadow, hoping to wait out the crisis
While he was gone, the grasshopper did not realize that the ants had used up most of their provisions in the battle and the army ants were now greatly diminished.
When the grasshopper returned to his lush meadow, he thought that “peace” and “stability” had been restored. There were rumblings about more spiders coming from other fields to overtake the grasshopper’s realm, but he paid no attention because his ants had returned everything to normal.
Slowly, ever so slowly, however, the spiders moved ever closer to the grasshopper’s territory. It was time to make another decision, but provisions were low and the army ants were depleted.
Real choices had to be made, but the grasshopper had did not no where to turn. What would he do? Chirping and hopping were no longer an option.
To be continued.
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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