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Editorial: The most embarrassing president of my lifetime




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Doug Patton
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September 11, 2013 | 1,733 views | 4 comments

“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” -- Teddy Roosevelt

“The buck stops here.”

-- Harry Truman

“I didn’t set a red line.” -- Barack Obama

Barack Obama is, without question, the most embarrassing president of my lifetime. Even Richard Nixon, with his Watergate scandal, Jimmy Carter, with his malaise, and Bill Clinton, with his lewd behavior in the Oval Office, could not top this president for pure, unadulterated disgrace.

Of course, in Obama’s case, it is not a matter of personal scandal like it was for Clinton. By telling the world a year ago that he was drawing a red line in the hot desert sands of Syria -- that red line being the use of chemical weapons -- he created the debacle that currently threatens to engulf the Middle East. He blustered at the time that if the regime of Bashar al-Assad crosses that red line, there will be a price to pay. No one yet knows what that price will be, but from the current discussion, it appears that it will involve the destruction of at least three camels, four sheep, a half-dozen goats, and an abandoned aspirin factory. That oughta show ’em!

What it will do, in all likelihood, is turn Assad into a regional hero, emboldening him to attack Israel secure in the knowledge that the United States has no stomach for a wider war.

Congressional offices on Capitol Hill are reporting phone calls coming in at a rate of more than 200 to 1 against approving Obama’s plan to attack Syria. Republicans and Democrats alike are being bombarded with negative responses from their constituents. Still, there are those among the insulated legislative class -- John McCain, Lindsay Graham, John Boehner, etc. -- who have not gotten the message. In fact the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to approve a resolution to allow Obama to use force.

Meanwhile, Facebook postings from members of our military are appearing with sentiments like this: “I didn’t join the Marine Corps to fight for al-Qaeda in a Syrian civil war.”

Yet there was the arrogant Barack Obama at the podium in Stockholm on Wednesday, embarrassing himself yet again by announcing: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”

Obama is a symbol of much of today’s generation, which accepts no responsibility for anything. Therefore, it must be someone else’s fault. Usually, of course, it would be George Bush’s fault, but even Obama couldn’t bring himself to tell that one again, not in this case. No, this time it’s the whole world’s fault. And Congress. And America. It’s American credibility that will suffer, he told the world, not his. Unbelievable.

The questions that need to be asked are these: What is the national security interest of the United States of America in attacking Syria? Will our intervention accomplish anything more than assuaging the ego of an arrogant president who has no knowledge of military matters? Will the consequences for the wider region, and for the interests of the United States, be improved if we attack Syria? And the most frightening question: Have we elected a president who so admires Islam and so hates Israel that he would deliberately aid al-Qaeda while provoking a brutal Arab tyrant to attack our tiny but crucial ally?

I fear the answers to these questions are as follows: none; no; no; and, unfortunately, yes.

Doug Patton is a “recovering political speechwriter.”
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
A Texan for TX  
Texas  
September 17, 2013 2:01pm
 
George W. Bush for President!

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
September 17, 2013 10:12am
 
New Guy I guess I was wrong about the constant defenders of Obama. They aren't very 'gutsy' or outspoken when it comes to defending an 'empty suit' president as I thought they would be. Even Hollywood can't come up ... More ›

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
September 16, 2013 10:28pm
 
Yep hear that crickets No one cares about his comments

 
Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
September 11, 2013 10:26am
 
I cannot agree with you more! Now look for the wrath of the leftist loons as they challenge you. We have some who respond to many of the blogs on this site. Pay no attention to them. They are the uninformed, uneducated who ... More ›

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