It’s 3 am. The phone is ringing. Obama won’t answer. He can’t.

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He’s been called aloof. He’s been called detached. He’s been said to dither. They were all correct. Now you can add paralyzed to that list. His worst nightmare (and ours, BTW) has arrived. ISIS is marching across Iraq. Despite their inhuman atrocities, Obama cannot call them the enemy. He’s not interested in defeating them and the Washington Post says Obama lacks a coherent strategy. ISIS needs to be pulverized, but Obama is nowhere to be found.

It’s finally happened. Obama can’t make a decision. He can’t make a decision because he is not a leader. He is a community organizer. He is used to stoking the fire and sitting back, waiting for the dust to settle and then taking the noble position just as he did in Chicago when he voted “present” 129 times. The leader of the free world cannot afford that luxury. It’s so bad that even Obama suck-up Dana Milbank noticed.

Obama is still good at bullying American citizens, “Chokepointing” their legal businesses.

Now the world is seeing what the Obama doctrine really is and what he meant by “Don’t do stupid shit.” What he meant is “don’t do anything that might make me look bad.”

We’ve had warnings:

David Ignatius, 2012

It’s embarrassing when President Barack Obama’s risk-averse refusal to engage foreign-policy issues becomes so obvious that it’s a laugh line for the president of Iran.

The National Journal 2013:

Barack Obama is a “dithering” president whose controlling tendencies and extreme risk-averse attitude to foreign policy has damaged American interests in the Middle East, according to a new book by a senior former State Department adviser.

The insider account of the damaging divisions between the White House and the State Department comes as diplomats wait to see if John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, can persuade Mr Obama to show greater engagement on Syria, Egypt and the wider Middle East.

Vali Nasr, a university professor who was seconded in 2009 to work with Richard Holbrooke, Mr Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, records his profound disillusion at how a “Berlin Wall” of domestic-focused advisers was erected to protect Mr Obama.

“The president had a truly disturbing habit of funnelling major foreign policy decisions through a small cabal of relatively inexperienced White House advisers whose turf was strictly politics,” Mr Nasr writes in The Dispensable Nation: America Foreign policy in Retreat.

CNN 2013:

But he has grown increasingly risk-averse when it came to the truly complex challenges: Iran, Israel, and of course, Syria.

Here the sheer complexity and difficulty of the issues and his fear of failure has tempered the president’s enthusiasm for serious engagement. The political risks of fighting with the Israelis on settlements or appeasing the Iranian regime on the nuclear issue took care of the rest.

Back in 2010 I wrote:

It is an alarming realization that if faced with a world-threatening crisis, Obama would be paralyzed. He seems unable to make decisions until there is sufficient political pressure placed upon him. This is not leadership. It is followership.

Richard Epstein at the Hoover Institution:

Thomas Friedman, the respected New York Times columnist, tried to do a beleaguered President Barack Obama a favor by publishing a summary of an extended interview between the two men, which was grandly entitled “Obama on the World.” Friedman tried to present the President in a positive light, by calling his weak responses “feisty.” Yet there is no denying that Obama’s rudderless foreign policy has been a disaster. The international order has rapidly deteriorated since Obama entered the Oval Office. The current situation is so perilous that so long as Obama remains President, the phrase “presidential leadership” will continue to be an oxymoron.

The President suffers from two fundamental flaws. The first is that he is unwilling to make decisions. He much prefers to play the role of a disinterested observer who comments on a set of adverse events that he regards himself as powerless to shape, of which Assad’s carnage in Syria is the prime example. The second is that he fundamentally misunderstands the use of force in international affairs. He handicaps himself fatally by imposing unwise limitations on the use of American force, such as his repeated declarations that he will not send ground troops back into Iraq.

To put these points into perspective, it is important to address two issues that Friedman never raises with the President: military strength and American influence. Regarding the first, Freidman fails to discuss President Obama’s conscious decision to reduce the budgets for, and hence the size of, American military operations throughout the world. In the President’s view, cutting down on the size of the military reduces the American temptation to intervene in disputes around the globe, and thus prevents misadventures such as our interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan that have sapped American strength with little or nothing to show for it.

In 2011 I wrote:

Barack Obama is setting the stage for a Fundamentalist Islamic Spring.

From the WSJ on June 29:

BAGHDAD—The Sunni Islamist militant group whose three-week blitz through northern Iraq has nearly upended the country’s fragile unity announced itself as a new Islamist “caliphate” on Sunday, unilaterally declaring statehood and demanding allegiance from other Islamist groups.

The announcement, recited in Arabic on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan by spokesman Abu Mohammed Al Adnani into an audio file, effectively renames the group the Islamic State, canceling its previous title of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS.

“We have had all the requirements of the Islamic state like fundraising, almsgiving, penalties, and prayers and still have only one thing which is the caliphate,” said Mr. Adnani in the recording. “The legality of all emirates, groups, states, and organizations, becomes null by the expansion of the caliph’s authority and arrival of its troops to their areas.”

Then there’s this from 2011:

In other words, it’s all about him. And if it’s not about him, he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about it. He is a sociopath. The United States has a President, but this what the US looks like without a leader.

Absolutely everything does and has ever done is about him. It’s all about how things make him look. That is the prism through which he views the world – not what is best for America. It was so easy to abuse law abiding Americans with the IRS. It was so easy to convince the Peggy Joseph’s of America that Obama would pay for everything. Being the leader of the free world is much harder.

It’s not for the Jayvee team.

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14 Responses to “It’s 3 am. The phone is ringing. Obama won’t answer. He can’t.”

  1. 1

    FAITH7

    Absolutely everything does and has ever done is about him. It’s all about how things make him look. That is the prism through which he views the world – not what is best for America. It was so easy to abuse law abiding Americans with the IRS. It was so easy to convince the Peggy Joseph’s of America that Obama would pay for everything. Being the leader of the free world is much harder.

    Obama, the ‘metro man’ – the puppet – sickens me.

    Much of the reports I see of late is the Islamic Terrorists and their brutality and savagery throughout Iraq. The power they seek in their religion of hate. The systematic murders they have committed amounts to genocide. The killing of women and children in the most brutal ways. The men I see marching, their heads bowed, their faces showing the realization of their imminent death.

    A child…of 6 or 7… A ‘child’ holding up a severed Iraqi head?? The dad declaring “that’s my boy!” (??)

    Mind you none, NONE of these people were equipped with any type of weapon (guns) to protect nor defend themselves from these terrorists bent on tyranny, brutality, death, and oppression.

    I feel for those solders and their families who gave their lives there. I am sure many are questioning the end result of their efforts there.

    Then I wonder. What is our Government doing here and NOW to protect our citizens, Americans, from these same people? They have known Obama is weak. We have to be so very stupid, so very naive to think they will not try and even succeed in another ‘attack’ here in the United States. Which could be far worse then previously. It is only a matter of time…

    It’s all so chilling. It is also so very depressing.

  2. 2

    FMB42

    Aloof, detached, dithering…

    Come on, let’s cut the baloney and just speak the truth:

    1. He’s lazy.

    2. He hates the United States and everything it stood for (prior to his becoming President).

    3. He’s a closet Muslim.

    His worst nightmare (and ours, BTW) has arrived. ISIS is marching across Iraq

    He isn’t having any “nightmares” about his Muslim ISIS brothers marching across Iraq. He, of course, has sent out a few unverifiable “airstrikes” against the ISIS just to make him self look good to the MSM and the rest of his rump hugging supporters.

    Meanwhile, the only nightmare he’s having is the thought of not being the “President” once his term is up (but, trust me, he’s currently cooking up an excuse for taking Executive Action to remedy this problem).

  3. 3

    MOS #8541

    He is a fundamentalist, muslin, terrorist occupying the wipe house.
    He and his useless family are living the welfare dream.
    How dumb can you get America.

  4. 4

    Budvarakbar

    @FAITH7: First: Obama isn’t weak — he has the strength of the inverted stupidity of the American people — what is going on in Iraq is 100% of his choosing.

    Second: The US government – ESP INCLUDING the RINOs are doing nothing to ‘protect’ the American people — after all they voted for this puke twice

  5. 5

    This one

    “He’s lazy, Hates the US and is a Muslim.” WOW, the trifecta of stupidity! Yes, “let’s cut the baloney and just speak the truth:” You’re a racist.

    Aw look, wingnuts need their golf binky. They can’t blame him for doing nothing, they won’t blame Congress for doing nothing but handing this off. So they have to find something to bitch about. You do understand he can order an attack from the 12th green, right?

    Newsflash: Presidents Still Work While On Vacation
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/12/obama-vacation-iraq_n_5672757.html

  6. 7

    Rob in Katy

    Barak Obama is a Stuttering Cluster Fcuk of a Miserable Failure….unless you are talking about destroying the U.S.A., then he has done a pretty good job.

  7. 13

    FMB42

    You’re a racist.

    You obviously lack the intelligence required to understand that 0Muslim is neither white nor black. Either that, or you’re just too dishonest to admit it.

    But that’s OK, your baseless comment is what I expect from those who can’t debate like an adult.

    Now run along and go kiss your 0Muslim photo…. Just don’t break the glass and cut your lips…

  8. 14

    Rob in Katy

    Arabs can be racists – but not.
    Mexicans can be racists – but not.
    Africans can be racists – but not.
    Asians can be racists – but not.
    But even if a Conservative is not racist – he is.
    By the way, I am resolved to being a racist, so all you racists – F-off.

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