Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Obama first-term critique! Failure, failure, failure...!

Question: Besides campaigning, fundraising and marketing his brand to gullible Americans what does President Obama bring to the table? In many ways that question comes down to respect or a lack thereof!
  • Is he a strong leader who is equally respected on both sides of the aisle? 
  • Is he a great communicator who brings sides together rather than drive them apart for political purposes only? 
  • Has he had success growing our economy, reducing unemployment, creating jobs or in getting Americans off of their dependency on the federal government for subsistence? 
  • Is the United States more respected or even, gulp, feared around the world?
  • Is he strong on national defense and foreign policy? For instance does he whisper sweet nothings about flexibility after the election into the ear of the Russian Prime Minister? Does he protect our embassies and embassy staff as if they were on U.S. soil which in effect they are?
  • Is his administration filled with people who are well respected by politicians and citizens alike and who are beyond reproach? Immediately coming to mind would be Attorney General Eric Holder and "Fast and Furious".
  • Does he seem to spend more time dodging questions than he does actually answering questions?
I most likely could have come up with even more questions (which you are more than welcome to do below) but assuming that this was a Yes and No-style test what do you imagine that your answer sequence might look like?

An example: Egypt, the Arab Spring and predictable outcomes!

First let me say that as the humble writer of a semi-successful blog I certainly lay no claim to the title of foreign affairs genius or Middle East scholar.

That said, the current crisis in Egypt personified by the riots taking place in Tahrir Square aimed squarely against Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader of the country, was not only predictable but was predicted.

These riots are taking place because the citizenry is somehow surprised at, but understandably unhappy about, the fact that Mohamed Morsi has erased any semblance of a democracy by assuming the position of dictator when he had promised that he wouldn't. Imagine that!

Let's recap: In July 2011, about 7 months after the "Arab Spring" began in Tunisia, I had written the following:

For those of you still operating under the assumption that the Obama administrations handling of the Middle East "Arab Spring" has in some way been for the purpose of driving the ideals of democracy to countries unfamiliar with it, think again.

It has always been curious to me that those governments and leaders somewhat friendly to Israel and the United States (i.e. Egypt) have been strongly encouraged by the Obama administration to step-down in order to let "democracy" take its course.

This, while those governments hostile to the U.S. and Israel have faced more of a hands off policy out of Washington (i.e. Syria), even as they slaughter their own people.

Further, the Obama administration has publicly offered the opinion that the Muslim Brotherhood, poised to assume considerable power in Egypt, is a secular and not terrorist organization. Nothing could be further from the truth of course.

Is this just part of some master plan from this President?

Or is it just an inexperience and naivete that could have dire consequences for the region and the world?

I think, conspiracy theorists aside, that the former may in fact be the case.

So the question might be that if I could see the handwriting on the wall, where was the President and his policy experts?

Most likely in the same place they were in when all of the warnings leading up to the September 11 attack on our embassy in Benghazi were ignored. Only then the President was in Vegas fundraising while the policy experts were stuck in their Washington offices.

Four more years!

So now the country has hitched its wagon for four more years to a President and an administration that appears to be more of a vaudeville routine than a well honed machine out to do what is best for the country.

We face an imminent "Fiscal Cliff" and what we get from the President is divisive rhetoric rather than constructive leadership while at the same time he claims some imaginary mandate from the American people when his showing in the popular vote was anything but.

We face the potential for war between Israel and any number of other countries as well as a nuclear Iran while the administration cedes decision making to that organization with an even longer history of ineffectiveness than Barack Obama, the United Nations!

We face high unemployment and economic malaise with quantitative easing the only answer coming from the government while QE 1, 2 and 3 have not worked and QE 4 most likely will have that same result.

Then we face the full implementation of Obamacare. For a government that can't run any program well, within budget or without bloated and inefficient bureaucracy, what chance does the American public have to receive quality healthcare that doesn't kill business, jobs and people at the same time?

There's more but for those of us who live on "Main Street" we can only hope for the best from the next four years but if history is any guide from this President we need to expect the worst.

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