CHARLOTTE, February 21, 2014 – When it comes to analyzing the Obama administration the biggest question can be put in a single word, “Why?”
When Barack Obama came into office, the country was mired in a financial crisis with deep concerns over job creation. Five years later, employment remains a major issue. Full-time jobs are either being eliminated or reduced to part-time. Instead of focusing on getting a struggling American economy back on track, the president spent his entire first year in office revamping the nation’s healthcare system. Why?
When four American diplomats were killed in an attack in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 both the president and, then, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed the violence on a YouTube video. Obama was nowhere to be found the night of the incident with several absentee hours that are still unexplained. The following day Obama refused to call the attack “terrorism” as he promised the American people the perpetrators would be hunted down and brought to justice. So far they are still at large. Why?
Obama has made several major diplomatic mistakes regarding Egypt, Iran and Syria. Each of those countries is far more dangerous today than they were before the president came to power They are also significantly less stable and the offshoot of those policies has diminished our credibility with allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia to the extent that Russia has become even stronger under Vladimir Putin. Why?
Our president bowed to Saudi royalty. He has several active Muslim Brotherhood members serving in various advisory capacities within the White House. Obama hates to use the words “terrorism” or “Islamists.” He called an attack at an American military base “workplace violence.” His reluctance to make definitive decisions regarding foreign policy or to define Islamic jihad for what it is has weakened American credibility around the world without valid reasons. Why?
With chaos surging throughout Syria, Egypt and Ukraine combined with naïve attempts to negotiate with Iran, the Obama administration has taken excruciating amounts of time to make statements which have been ultimately little more than double-talk with no discernable impact. In the meantime he focuses on non-issues such as global warming or creating media hype by proposing to electronically “spy’ on newsrooms around the country. Why?
Scandal has been a hallmark of the current administration; the NSA, the IRS, Benghazi, the Obamacare rollout, phony healthcare numbers, persistent lying and/or misinformation and on and on. Why?
As Kiev continues to burn in protest, forces against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych are angered because he “says one thing and does another.” The uprisings are occurring because the president has lied to the people and they have become fed up with his dishonesty. Change the name from Viktor Yanukovych to Barack Obama and the governing philosophy sounds eerily similar to what is happening in our own country. Meanwhile, Barack Obama makes his standard comments about “consequences” and “drawing a line” that have become so trite that nobody even listens to them any more. With an international firestorm raging, the president is detached and distant. Why?
Obama ignores the Constitution by making countless arbitrary executive decisions. He has made nearly 30 such changes to his own signature healthcare legislation alone. While there is plenty of complaining, nobody seems to do anything about it. Why?
When a major hurricane raged through the northeastern region of the United States, Obama made his obligatory photo op with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and promised the full resources and assistance of Washington without red-tape before making a beeline to the West Coast for a political fundraiser. Why?
During the presidential campaign one of the slogans was “General Motors is alive and Al-Qaeda is dead.” That statement was a boldfaced lie. Why?
Most of all, the American people went to the polls in 2008 and voted for a new approach to government that was labeled as “hope and change.” Following a lackluster performance by an inexperienced overwhelmed head of state with devious political ambitions, Americans voted again in 2012 and re-elected Mr. Obama to a second four-year term.
Once again, the question is “Why?”
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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