CHARLOTTE, S.C., March 2, 2014 — Words are supposed to be President Obama’s forte. They got him elected twice. But in tragic Shakespearean fashion, they are now becoming his downfall.
Obama is the antithesis of Theodore Roosevelt. Unlike Roosevelt, the 44th POTUS speaks loudly and carries a small stick.
There are so many burning issues surrounding Obama, from Affordable Health Care to the still unanswered questions of Behngazi, Fast and Furious, and the IRS scandal, that he is beginning to look like Joan of Arc.
“I will make government open and transparent.”
“We will put every pork barrel project online.”
“No more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens.”
“I will cut the deficit in half.”
“If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
Benghazi was the result of a YouTube video.
“That would be a red-line.”
When listed together, Obama’s broken promises are frightening. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
To quote Obama, “Let me be perfectly clear.” Do we really believe Vladimir Putin or Iran were quaking in their boots when Obama took to the podium for another of his obligatory foreign policy responses on Friday and said, “We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing. There will be costs for military intervention.”
It was political mumbo-jumbo that hardly raised an eyebrow except for the fact that it was such wimpy foreign policy pabulum. Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said that he was “stunned by the underwhelming nature of Obama’s words.” He wasn’t really stunned. He knew what to expect, but Krauthammer’s words certainly carried more impact than Obama’s.
As Krauthammer pointed out, “we’re not really going to do anything about the upheaval.”
Obama has always shied away from international confrontation. He is correct to realize the American people are weary of war. That does not mean, however, that the United States must not take a leadership role in matters of global interest. “Putin has calculated his own interests … because he knows he has nothing to fear from the West, because it’s not led by anybody. It used to be led by the United States.” added Krauthammer.
Therein lies the problem. The U.S. should not necessarily be considering another war. The problem with that was underlined last week by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel established yet another misguided administration policy by announcing deep cuts in American military spending. What we need is Roosevelt’s “big stick” and there is nobody around with the guts or knowhow to wield it.
Under President Obama, the United States has been too busy being “cool.” Use whatever definition of “cool” you like. They are all equally damaging for the U.S. when it comes to foreign policy. Sadly the problems we and our allies face are, in large part, the result of Obama’s indecisiveness, inexperience, flawed ideologies and weakness. The press can spin the president’s inability to react as being “thoughtful” or as “weighing all his options,” but the truth is the man has no backbone. This is a reflection upon our country because he represents us. Under Obama, the president and the United States no longer have international credibility.
Obama’s biggest falsehood of all was uttered on January 20, 2009, when he said, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The president took that oath and then put the Constitution in the shredder. Will somebody please find a “big stick?”
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. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com).
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