This morning I posed this thought to my Redstate colleagues: In the past 13 years, I can’t recall feeling quite this way on this day. I can’t watch the news coverage. I feel disturbed somehow. I think maybe it’s because this year, more than any other, I feel like if something like that happens again, Barack Obama and the cast of incompetent boobs that surround him would be utterly unprepared to respond. I find it downright frightening.
After some reflection, I came to the conclusion (one that should have been obvious) that the reason is because the world is a profoundly more dangerous one this year. And the reason for that is the complete lack of leadership from the President and his administration. He has dithered and the world falls apart. His lack of a strategy, his blase disregard for world affairs in deference to his golf game, his preference for a perpetual campaign rather than doing the job of President has set the nation on edge.
On the politicking front, National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar zeroes in on part of the problem:
On foreign policy, the president for far too long dismissed the threat ISIS posed in the face of glaring warnings from his own advisers. While leading Cabinet secretaries, from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Attorney General Eric Holder, described ISIS as an “imminent threat” and “more frightening than anything,” Obama’s public tone was much more measured, even recently suggesting that containment of the jihadist group was an option. To this day, he still insists on ruling out ground troops, even as he struggles to explain how we can defeat the terrorist group’s base in Syria without a greater American military presence. And many military experts are also puzzled why Obama is publicly telegraphing his strategy when it doesn’t serve America’s interests.
But to understand the disconnect between Obama and his advisers, you have to understand how politics drives so much of the administration’s decision-making. Obama’s passive public posture was a direct response to the public’s longstanding war weariness, and his insistence on a limited American military role in the fight is in reaction to what the polls still show today. For months, even as ISIS made territorial gains across Iraq, the public continued to oppose any military action there. It wasn’t until the gruesome beheading of two …read more