What in the world is going on out there? How is it possible that a man the entire world hated and wanted to see gone is now dictating terms to us? We are the leader of the free world. We are the planet’s only superpower. We are the embodiment of liberty, justice and possibility in a dark and dangerous world. We are the United States of America and Bashar al Assad is a monster from a backwater desert nation where death and destruction are the order of the day… yet somehow he gets to tell us what to do? How does this even remotely make sense?
President Barack Obama.
Oh. Now I see.
Since President Obama took office, the American government has been hurtling towards the precipice. Our national policies have been burdensome and counterproductive, likely prolonging what has been the worst economic “recovery” in the history of our nation. In 2010, the President and Democrats passed Obamacare, a scheme to nationalize and socialize our nation’s healthcare system. They did this without a single Republican vote and making use of some nifty parliamentary procedures. The first two years of the Obama Presidency were so ghastly that in the 2010 midterm elections, the Republicans won a historically massive amount of seats in the House. The next few years held more economic stagnation due to the President’s policies, and then the dam broke on the scandalous behavior of the Obama administration. In what has become the most scandal-ridden administration since the Grant Presidency, President Obama is beginning to look more and more like the oafish caricature of a villain than he does a President.
With the colossal load of scandals on his back, the President searched diligently for any lifeline, and when he found a rope in the Syrian Civil War he took it. The problem is that the President doesn’t have much credibility at home or cache abroad.
In a speech on Syria last year, he drew the dreaded red line. A mistake of catastrophic proportions. The problem for the President is that he is surrounded by gaffe-prone underlings, like Joe Biden and John Kerry. It was only a matter of time before his house of cards came crashing down. Then last week it finally happened, John Kerry issued an off the cuff remark in front of a room full of reporters and the wheels came off the wagon.
Quickly Kerry’s comments were embraced, then renounced, then embraced again (and finally). President Obama probably thought he was lucky to have gotten his exit card from the humiliation of being shot down by the legislature on a war resolution (just look at Prime Minister David Cameron’s face when it happens to him). However, not being the sharpest knife in the drawer, the President didn’t notice what Vladimir Putin and Bashar al Assad did…that this gave them the leverage.
These slip ups by our “leaders” gave the monster of Damascus, the despot of Syria — a small desert nation with little military power to speak of — the leverage against the world’s only superpower. And now he is making demands of us and the rest of the world is starting to think that he sounds “reasonable” and we sound “aggressive.” President Obama and John Kerry’s careless words and actions will likely mean more death, destruction, and mayhem, not only in Syria but in other unstable Islamic nations as well.
Welcome to Bizarro world where the inmates are running the asylum.
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