Only our glib and celebrated orator, President Barack Obama, could talk himself into such a corner. He dillies and dallies apparently hoping the bad people and difficult choices will somehow go away, then finally dips into his personal repertoire of shallow solutions. He comes forth with grand pronouncements essentially saying, “folks, I didn’t say red line, you did.”
U. S. foreign policy under Barack Obama is a bad joke. Sad part is everyone knows it except him, his State Department, and the diehard Obama followers who elected him. He continues to lead our country into oblivion while most of the good citizens of our heretofore great but now rapidly fading country dither along behind him. Riding the coattails of our fathers we citizens seem to think we will always be great simply because, in our memory, we always have been. That is a deadly mistake, one episode of which is being played out in the current Syrian fiasco.
What have we come to? Our country is actively and publically contemplating a unilateral act of war against a small nation. That it is a rogue nation and guilty of unspeakable crime is undeniable. Does that mean the U.S. has a mandate from on high to punish? If we do that in this instance, where does it stop? But that is a subject of its own. It is the anemic foreign policy of Mr. Obama’s government that leads us to this situation. To lead with big talk for days as has been done and then follow with the hit-with-a-switch policy now being espoused is a road to failure.
Mr. Obama and friends would do well to read some history. Perhaps have a look at Teddy Roosevelt’s general foreign policy, “walk softly and carry a big stick.” Mr. Roosevelt said the original phrase was “speak softly and carry a big stick.” Either way, it is grand philosophy and a far cry from what our country is exhibiting now as we stumble along.
Ray Kenneth Clark