Like festering excrement, Barack Obama is stinking up the foreign policy world in a desperate bid to convince others that he is actually still relevant. Word to Barack–You are not. But that message won’t reach him. He is in a protective bubble and has convinced himself that his Administration was the best damn one ever and that his accomplishments will make him one of the all time greats in the history of Presidents. The truth, however, is otherwise.
On the eve of the Presidential election, 67% of Americans believed the country was on the wrong track. Notwithstanding Obama’s repeated and incessant pleadings with voters to endorse his legacy by electing Hillary, voters either stayed away from the polls or sided with Trump. Democrats can continue to indulge the fantasy that they “won” the popular vote and have broad based support, but that is not true. Take the votes from Los Angeles County and New York City out of the mix, and the plurality that Hillary supporters love to tout vanishes.
With his latest move in conspiring to secure the passage of a Security Council resolution condemning Jewish settlements, Obama has alienated a significant portion of the Jewish American voters who, until this betrayal, supported him. What is so puzzling about this move is that it was not provoked by a sudden surge of new construction in Israel. Nor was it tied to a negotiating strategy to somehow bring pressure to bear on Israel. The effect is the opposite. Israel, feeling more isolated and threatened, will become more entrenched and more stubborn.
The most interesting dynamic for me is that this boneheaded move by Obama is a gift to Trump, whose tweets decrying the failure to support Israel effectively kills the Democrat effort to paint him and his Administration a bunch of red-neck, jew haters. Moreover, this gives Trump an opening to talk turkey with Senate Dems who are also Jewish. So far, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) have denounced Obama’s action. The only Jewish Senator in favor is Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The following have yet to comment:
Given the fury expressed so far by the broader Jewish community in the United States (see here), odds are high that very few of the Senators will be ready to defend Obama’s action (or, more correctly, inaction).
Obama may have started his time as President in the glow of the Nobel Peace Prize, but the only light surrounding him as he leaves office are the flames from the conflict he helped ignite in Syria and Libya. He has not secured peace of any sort in Iraq or Afghanistan. While the number of U.S. troops is down, the battles continue to rage and the United States is widely seen in the region as incompetent or impotent. Obama managed to make America irrelevant. That is a legacy I am sure he will not want to highlight in his Presidential library. But it is one he can not escape.
The good news is that we only have to endure his buffoonery as the most narcissistic President in history for another three and a half weeks. While it is certain he will continue to strive for the limelight after leaving office, his credibility and stature have been severely harmed by his inept handling of foreign affairs. He may think he is boxing Trump in, but the reality, I believe, is otherwise. He is creating an opportunity for Trump to display decisive leadership in a way that will play great to most Americans who have been dismayed by the weakness of Obama. Heck of a job Barack. Heck of a job.
UPDATE–How low can they go? How stupid is Barack Obama? The hits keep on coming. I had barely finished writing the piece above when up pops this nugget on the Washington Post:
The Obama administration is close to announcing a series of measures to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election, including economic sanctions and diplomatic censure, according to U.S. officials.
The administration is still finalizing the details, which are also expected to include covert action that likely will involve cyber operations, the officials said. An announcement on the public elements of the response could come as early as this week.
The word “retarded” was specifically invented (I believe) for just this situation. Think carefully about the info being leaked to the press.
- We are tipping the Russians off that we are going to retaliate. Hell, we are not even considering being sneaky and deceptive enough that they would be tied up in knots for weeks trying to figure out who digitally raped them. Nope. We gonna tell them up front.
- Oh, and by the way, we are going to do a, “covert action that likely will involve cyber operations.“
Yep. That’s the way to get back at em. Tell them overtly that we are going to do something covertly “involving cyber operations.” That will confuse those dastardly Rooskies, won’t it? So when their systems are hacked the Russians will be sitting around wondering, “who in the name of Stalin did this to us?” Right?
Why do it covertly? What’s the point? We are already telling them that we are going to launch an attack and when that attack comes the Russians will argue it was an unprovoked attack and the back and forth will escalate, possibly into a shooting war. You willing to bet your life, the lives of our children and grand children on this kind of idiotic thinking?
Absolutely pathetic. Tough talk, tiny testicles and no testosterone. Obama. Our first Transgender President.