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Monday, September 02, 2013
The Incredible Shrinking President ... Alan Caruba
The Incredible Shrinking President
Lily Tomlin starred in a film, “The Incredible Shrinking Woman”, and it seems
to me that Barack Obama is starring in the 2013 sequel, “The Incredible
hour late to his Rose Garden announcement on Saturday, President Obama put the
best possible spin he could on his badly timed threat to lob a half-billion
dollars’ worth of Tomahawk missiles into Syria as retaliation for the gas
attack; one whose perpetrator is not as yet known with any certainty.
This is a
President who could not put together a coalition of nations to support his
proposed action. His predecessor (“It’s all Bush’s fault”) had some forty
nations on board for his attack on Iraq. Obama could not get a United Nations’
resolution. His predecessor had some sixteen UN resolutions. He has been told
that Congress would have to authorize covering the cost of the action and of
replacing the missiles because his administration has cut the Defense Department
budget to the bone.
word to describe someone who would get himself into such a fix: JERK.
fly off to a G-20 conference where the other world leaders will no doubt treat
him like the witless fool he has proved himself to be time after time. What
other president would announce a surge into Afghanistan in 2011 at the same time he announces when the troops
would be leaving? What other president has managed in increase Russia’s
influence in the Middle East while diminishing our own?
offered to hold his coat while he engages the U.S. in an utterly futile
military attack on Syria, but the British concluded that they wanted no part of
it. The whole of the NATO pact nations have made that plain as well. Obama
couldn’t organize a weekend camping trip for a pack of Boy Scouts.
makes himself look weak, he is also making the U.S. look weak and that is
because we have been weakened…by him. When Clinton did this after U.S.
embassies were bombed, we ended up with 9/11. Obama’s reaction to last year’s
Benghazi attack was to lie about it.
over everything is a massive $17 trillion debt that is largely the result of
incredibly inept decisions Obama made since taking office. The “stimulus” that
pour billions into non-existent “shovel ready jobs”, the billions wasted on
“renewable energy” companies that promptly went bankrupt, the takeover of
General Motors that stiffed its creditors, and, of course, Obamacare.
Obama has done to the U.S. will take the effort of several presidents to
repair, assuming that the nation doesn’t implode from its debt and the
declining value of the dollar. Obama’s solution is to raise taxes. Kennedy’s
and Reagan’s was to lower them and thus speed recovery. Obama is a JERK.
process of shrinking, it is interesting to watch the way his incessant
speech-making has rendered his audience deaf to what he is saying. Not only was
he late to the podium on Saturday, but the only thing anyone really heard was
that he was calling off the missile attack.
a vote in Congress was his only option despite his assertion that he could take
the nation into war on his own authority. He may well discover that he has united Congress against him despite top secret briefings and other theatrics. By
now the members of Congress have learned to be wary of the “intelligence” being
By now the
members of Congress are unhappy with a President who has demonstrated he would
prefer to govern without them. By now even members of his own party know that
Obamacare is a disaster that can cost them their seats. As the midterm
elections loom in 2014, it will be every Democrat for himself or herself. It
sets him up for a historic rebuke.
of real power, one can see it seeping away and Obama has likely already begun
his lame duck presidency earlier than is the customary two years before the
next national election. The midterm elections in 2014 could cost the Democrats
control of the Senate and the House. At that point, Obama will have plenty of
time to play golf.
over the course of his first term, written on this same theme and it has taken
some time for me to grasp just how powerful the support of the mainstream media
has been in protecting Obama from gaffs and bad policies. I have taken note of
the disaffection expressed by some in the liberal media, thinking that it was
larger than just a particular columnist or editorial.
however, that Obama has reached a genuine tipping point. Even if Congress were
to authorize a missile attack on Syria despite what he admits is a “war weary
nation”, it will be discounted as too little, too late.
point, like all second term presidents, Obama will feel his power to influence
events slip away. No doubt he already has.
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