CHARLOTTE, NC, July 23, 2014 – Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore are conducting foreign policy for the United States while the Transformers are changing the world.
Lately our two “stuffed animals” are living proof that the current White House administration is full of it.
Pooh is out fund-raising his little heart out before embarking an elaborate 16 day vacation to Martha’s Vineyard while his Secretary of State continues to make an ass of himself in the Middle East.
In Barack Obama’s case, it is clear the president has quit being president. Now and then he makes token comments to perpetuate the illusion that he is on the job, but his actions tell us otherwise. For each new incident, which are commonplace now, Obama uses the same words and simply changes the names to suit whoever caused the problem on that particular day.
Meanwhile, Kerry keeps plodding around the Middle East getting in the way by calling for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.
Perhaps Mr. Kerry would do well to read his history books or look up the word “ceasefire” in a Middle East dictionary. It doesn’t exist because a “ceasefire” in that part of the world is nothing more than a lull in the action to reload the weapons.
Some analysts are calling the situation between Israel and Hamas complicated. It really isn’t that difficult to figure out.
Has anyone seen Israel lobbing rockets into Egypt? Or Lebanon? Or Jordan? Or Syria?
Does that mean that Hamas is just this week’s Jewish target and the Israelis will get to the others later?
Hardly. What it means is that Hamas attacked Israel and now they are defending themselves.
And why did Hamas do that? Because they do not recognize Israel’s right to exist and have not for 14 centuries. In other words, a “ceasefire” is not an option no matter how passionate Eeyore fights for his cause or how much money Pooh raises while his advocates say he is multi-tasking his responsibilities as president.
The United States no longer has any clout anywhere in the world. It is also guaranteed that we will not regain our global respect for at least two years and, if the new leadership in 2016 is as weak as the current one, perhaps for a decade. By then it will be too late.
Just after Kerry finished his whirlwind appearances on five Sunday talk shows to embark on diplomatic trip in Cairo, Michael Oren, the former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, bemoaned Kerry’s return to the region adding that Israel would prefer Egypt to mediate any negotiations.
Oren emphasized Kerry’s less than stellar legacy of diplomacy in the region and cited the tense relations with Egypt as well as America’s cluttered ties with Israel thanks to Obama’s ineptness.
Even Minister of Justice, Tzipi Livni, who is said to be one of the most dovish members of the Israeli government stated that neither Obama nor Kerry understands that Hamas has no interest in co-existing with the Jewish nation. Until that changes, ceasefires are nothing more than pie-in-the-sky ideals.
For Mr. Obama’s part, given his background from growing up in a Muslim household, he probably does comprehend the situation, but has no desire to deal with the problems because they are not as much fun as parties, photo-ops and running down the steps of Air Force One to highlight his athletic prowess.
Get used to it. Two years still remain in Barack Obama’s tenure. The president has checked out. We have a squatter living in America’s house.
While the shooting gallery rages in the Middle East, the stuffed animal U.S. presidency sits on the shelf watching the world take potshots at us and doing nothing about it.
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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