CHARLOTTE, NC, September 16, 2014 – Watching Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel testify before congress was a grim demonstration of the political manipulation of the Obama administration.
Barack Obama has a triple problem in dealing with the Islamic State.
First, the president has no stomach for conflict. The idea of being forced to wage a “non-war” strategy against ISIS is completely against his idealistic worldview.
Second is the fact that Obama must undertake this role against true Islamic believers, even though he refuses to admit it.
And finally, the president is using every conceivable tactic in his political bag of tricks to circumvent the reality of the situation while pretending to be doing something and, in the process, only making it worse.
Many people snigger at the thought that Barack Obama has Islamic tendencies, but the way he conducts his foreign policy, especially in the current situation is a prime example of the Islamic instincts of his upbringing.
During the time I was living in Saudi Arabia, my job was to write internal corporate communications for Saudi ARAMCO, the large national oil company. All correspondence was done in English so there was a need for native English writers and speakers to reconstruct the various levels of Arabic English into a proper format.
One day a Saudi colleague came to my office in desperate need of some strong bullet points for a power-point presentation. He was submitting a proposal to purchase a new truck that would transport trade show materials for the public relations department.
Of course, the proposal would have been approved regardless of the presentation because ARAMCO never did anything that was not of the highest quality, and they had virtually unlimited funds. So the proposal was nothing more than a formality, but it needed to be done.
Ali was breathless as he stood in the door and said, “Need good words. You do this for me. Must have many points. I have five. Need fifteen, but need good words. Give me good words.”
What Ali was telling me was that he had five strong reasons why the new truck was necessary, but he needed more. In his mind five was not enough. He needed to “justify” his purchase and the more reasons, the better. So Ali wanted me to create ten more bullet points to solidify his position.
That was a small sample of the every day procedures at ARAMCO.
Listening to Chuck Hagel present an endless list of things the Obama administration is doing to combat ISIS was a sad reminder of how the Muslim mind works.
It didn’t matter one bit whether the strategies Hagel was outlining were viable or practical. All that mattered was that there were plenty of them and the more there were the better. It was all blather under the pretense that the administration is “on top of the situation.”
Whenever important hearings arose during the years when I was growing up, I remember seeing personalities like Henry Kissinger and James Baker testifying before congress. Even without words their individual personalities represented strength and knowledge.
Somehow there was a countenance of wisdom upon their faces that made you believe, at least, that whatever challenges they faced they understood our position and they had the strength of their convictions.
Watching Hillary Clinton testify about Benghazi or Hagel read his list of Obama’s ISIS strategies or Attorney General Eric Holder lie about everything from the IRS to illegal wire-tapping does not instill the same confidence.
For Obama, it is always political gamesmanship. It is always a means of getting from one day to the next. Tomorrow presents a new batch of strategies. A new bag of lies.
The administration is constantly creating a new patchwork quilt of deception that is intended to be thrown over the eyes of the public, the media and congress.
The truth is the Obama administration has no true idea of how to handle ISIS. The reason is because there is no one in the administration that is a statesman or who has any diplomatic skills.
What is even more distressing is to watch the painful erosion before our very eyes of this once great nation.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was so mocking of Barack Obama’s ISIS strategy on Iranian television that his comments went viral on social media.
Barack Obama may be adept at playing political games domestically, but he is competing in a global arena and the dice are loaded against him.
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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