Remember when it took President Obama three months to decide on the surge in Afghanistan? It took him forever, despite the fact that a military review had been ongoing, he had campaigned for two years on increasing U.S. support there, and had been president for months before he had even begun to conduct his own “review.” In other words, he knew what the drill was and had stated repeatedly his support for such a surge, and yet it still took him months on end to decide.
This is what happens when the American people elect someone with NO executive experience to the top executive position in the world. This is a guy who was a community organizer (read: progressive rabble-rouser) with no real responsibilities and then a legislator: a state senator with a rep for voting “present” and then U.S. Senator, where he could hide behind 99 others. He never had to make real, difficult decisions before this latest gig. He never had to answer to voters as an executive, with whom the buck stops. That’s why he’s paralyzed. He can’t do it. He doesn’t know how to do it. He’s afraid to do it.
Of course, making decisions was easy when he had full-on Democratic majorities in Congress. He could let them do the heavy-lifting on the “stimulus” and ObamaCare, let them squabble and get dirty and take the arrows from the public, and then he’d waltz in and sign what they put in front of him.
But now that there is a Republican majority in the House and a smaller Democrat majority in the Senate, he no longer has the luxury of going AWOL. He’s got to actually lead: on the budget talks, on spending cuts, on entitlement reform. And yet: crickets and tumbleweeds. Even his fellow Dems are furious that he’s absent. (Of course, they should have noticed that he was never present, particularly when he let them do all of his work for him on “stimulus” and ObamaCare. He used them. Duh! They’re only getting on to him now.)
He’s paralyzed on national security as well. The Muslim Brotherhood is now running the show in Egypt. Saudi Arabia just sent over 1000 troops into Bahrain to stave off the Iranian-stoked revolt there. (No UN resolution needed!) Muammar Qaddafi continues to slaughter his people with impunity. The Japanese are begging the U.S. for help in dealing with the post-earthquake and tsunami disaster.
The answer they’re getting from the White House? “We’re sorry, but the president is busy picking his NCAA brackets and packing for his trip to Rio on Friday. Please hold for some low-level nobody who will give you a bunch of platitudes about how America stands with you.”
That’s real hope and change.
This kind of paralysis by the American president is enormously destructive and even deadly. The lesson of history is that when the U.S president is perceived as weak and indecisive, the U.S. is considered weak and indecisive, and our friends and enemies alike go “every man for himself.” When there is no American leadership, the wheels come off the world. The bad guys advance, the good guys retreat, and darkness descends.
We know how these dark chapters usually end, and it’s never good.
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