Barack Obama voted “present” 129 times in the Illinois State Senate. He did it to preserve his political capital and dodge having to be visible in unpopular events. He’d wait for someone to take the bullets and then when the dust settled Obama would rise from the dust and assume the popular side. That is what is happening right now. Problem is, Obama is the President. There’s no one else to wait for here.
democrats are a disaster right now. They aren’t just not on the same page, they’re not in the same book. Mostly, they have their rudderless leader to thank.
It is a gross understatement to say Barack Obama is sending mixed signals. He’s been all over the map about ISIS. Right off the bat Obama admitted that he had no strategy to deal with ISIS. Following the Foley beheading Obama called ISIS a “cancer” in what was nothing less than a sophomoric response: He said ISIS “has no place in the 21st century” and that “People like [ISIS] ultimately fail. Because the future is won by those who build and not destroy,” Obama said. He also that ISIS has “already failed.” That’d be great as there would be nothing for anyone to do, right?
Cancer is something to be eradicated. It is “managed” only when it has become terminal and is incurable.
Charles Krauthammer wryly notes that Obama cannot muster the ability to call ISIS “Islamic” despite the name they have given themselves. Even liberals are demanding action against ISIS. Incredibly, Elizabeth Warren says ISIS needs to be destroyed. Al Franken chides Obama for his lack of a strategy.
Joe Biden gave a speech Obama should have
Biden’s ready to chase ISIS to the “Gates of Hell” but at least now we know that Hell ends on the Syrian border. The problem with Biden is that he probably thinks ISIS is a DC Comics superhero.
David Cameron showed that he, and not Obama, is now the leader of the free world. Obama is floundering. The arrogant peacock who was was overflowing with hubris as he insulted and threatened to act alone and bypass Congress has suddenly become a 90 pound weakling. The braggadocio of toppling Gaddafi alone is gone. It is replaced by doubt. You can see it on Obama’s face. He is afraid. He is voting present. He is looking for a safe place behind someone else, looking to “lead from behind”, which is say, let someone else take point.
That someone else is David Cameron. David Cameron has a spine. He sounds like a leader. He’s acting like a leader.
Obama does not want to act alone. He is afraid to act alone. He is being dragged back into Iraq because he was in such a hurry to declare the war over and the last thing he wants is to be remembered as having to go back alone. He’s working desperately to put together a coalition who could appear to drag Obama unwillingly back to do what we all know has to be done. I’ve said it before- hubris is a terrible foreign policy. This is the nadir of Barack Obama’s Presidency and his approval rating agrees.