We all knew that Barack Obama was in way over his head when he was elected president in 2008. His inexperience was alarming and we could only hope that he would surround himself with people who would help him make good decisions on important issues. As we’ve seen, that didn’t happen.
Here at home, we’ve seen some horrendous changes taking place. We’re now spied on more than we ever were before. Conservative individuals and groups are now targeted for extra scrutiny by agencies such as the IRS and EPA. We have a healthcare system that instead of saving us some money is costing us a lot more money. And that’s just the tip of the domestic iceberg.
Any time the president has a serious foreign policy situation to deal with, most of us start cringing. The results have been disastrous. When he has failed to act, he’s made our enemies bolder. And when he has reacted to an international incident, his confusing actions have baffled our allies.
The latest crisis involves dealing with the terrorist group known as ISIS. First he underestimated them, referring to them as a “JV” team. Then he decided that dropping some bombs here and there on their equipment would slow them down. All that’s done is allowed them to recruit more members as they terrorize people in Iraq and Syria.
When asked recently how he was going to deal with ISIS as they continued to make inroads in Syria, Obama shocked everyone by saying, “We don’t have a strategy yet.” It had been months since ISIS started wreaking havoc in the Middle East, yet the president of the greatest and strongest nation in the world said he didn’t yet have a strategy.
Every time I think this guy can’t possibly say anything worse than what he’s already said, he surprises me. And this was a few days after a member of ISIS had beheaded an American in front of the world. The situation called for a strong, decisive response, but what we got from Obama instead was what we’ve always gotten from this president when it has come to an international crisis: nothing.
It’s bad enough to not have a strategy to deal with a terrorist group whose members are probably crossing over to America as we speak through the Mexican border that he has refused to secure. But then to announce it to the world just makes you look like a buffoon.
Most of us have been around long enough to recall the foreign policy decisions of several past presidents. Can anybody think of any other president who has done more to make the U.S. look bad in the eyes of the world than this guy?