Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Obama the Spineless

Obama's presidency has been a failure.

There are several things that highlight this conclusion: the attack on the American embassy in Libya, the deplorable state of the American economy, the near-shattered relations with Canada and Israel and the dramatic rise of Islamism since his administration began.

One must question whether Obama's mistakes are the results of his incompetence or are deliberate on his part.

The most recent example of Obama's failure to lead is the increasingly decrepit situation in Iraq. Obama had American troops withdraw from Iraq in 2011 and the situation has disintegrated from there. ISIS has been committing atrocities since June of this yearOnly last Wednesday, after months of inaction, did Obama give the impression that he would act.

The impression.

He is not putting boots on the ground where they would be most beneficial:

As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission –- we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.  But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment.  We’ll also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL’s control.

The Kurds have been holding off ISIS and training and bolstering Iraqi troops has not been successful.

Obama is putting boots on the ground in Liberia:

President Obama is ordering U.S. military personnel to West Africa to deal with the Ebola outbreak, which is he calls a potential threat to global security.

Apparently, the long-standing Ebola crisis has now reached a point where American military intervention is warranted.

One can conclude the following:

Obama has dithered and underestimated not only what being an American president entails but the people with whom he expects to deal successfully. This makes him short-sighted.

Or: after months of doing nothing, he has to appear to be active so he picks what he thinks is a manageable crisis.

Or: his support of Islamism is so paper-thin that he would let ISIS and/or any Islamist group run amok. In 2008, he declared he would deal with Iran without pre-conditions. He sat back while the Green Revolution was decimated. He made Islamic overtures in Cairo. He persisted in the myth of a Youtube video being responsible for the attack on an American embassy in Benghazi. He declared that the "sweetest sound" he had ever heard was the Islamic call to prayer. He is doing nothing now.

By the way, former president George W. Bush has been noted for his charity work in Africa.

No fan fare for that.

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