It was an interesting summer. Other than the glorious weather, which was a delight here in New York, it has featured a steady stream of bad news. Who could keep up?
There is Putin’s foray into the Ukraine. There is the attack by the Palestinians on the Israelis and the retaliation that necessarily followed. There is the Malaysian airliner that was shot down. There is the escalating attack on Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. Then there is the purely evil beheading of American photojournalist James Foley.
That is not everything and those are just the foreign highlights.
And what has our president been doing? Vacations, fundraising, golf and speeches have been his focus. Normally that would be okay but the world is in crisis. The American president is the leader of the world and has to put his personal interests aside when events dictate it.
I think even most liberals would agree that American leadership is desperately needed. Since President Obama has never been required to do anything other than be fabulous and deliver good speeches, I could understand why he would be in shock that he actually has to work. Since we have been told that he is the smartest man–ever!–this should not be so daunting.
Nevertheless, Obama recently held a press conference, which he didn’t have to do if he had nothing to say, to deliver the message that surely shocked the world: he doesn’t have a strategy to address the problems in the Middle East.
I understand that the president is hesitant to become involved in others’ conflicts–to some extent the isolationists among us can finally find something about him to like–but he has to be mindful that he is not just one man. He represents the American people and cannot say things like not having a strategy.
It is one thing not to have a strategy; it is another to admit to it before the whole world which depends on and looks up to us.
That statement was just about the most shocking thing Obama has said and he regularly confounds with his leftist beliefs. It signaled weakness, indecision and frankly incompetence. While I initially thought this was unprecedented, I then thought of Jimmy Carter, who I am sure is grateful that Obama is making him look almost Reaganesque.
The irony is that people wrongly conclude that Obama is indeed incompetent when he really isn’t. While I don’t think he is the smartest person who ever lived–no liberal could be–Obama is accomplishing his goal of fundamentally transforming (read: destroying) the United States.
Under Obama, America has lost its top credit rating, it has developed what appears to be the worst, jobless “recovery” in history, it has been bogged down in countless regulations, it has ruined the best healthcare system the world has ever known, it has lost control of its border, it has gutted our military, it has sunken further into a moral abyss, and…you get the idea.
From his perspective, Obama should be cocky. Everything is proceeding right on schedule. By the time his second term ends, we may not be able to recognize this country and the transformation will be complete. We who love our nation may not be happy but that is just an added bonus for him.
So it was quite a summer–I shudder to think what autumn will bring!