The disaster in the Gulf may well spell the political end of the president and his administration, and that is no cause for joy. It’s not good to have a president in this position—weakened, polarizing and lacking broad public support—less than halfway through his term. That it is his fault is no comfort. It is not good for the stability of the world, or its safety, that the leader of “the indispensable nation” be so weakened. I never until the past 10 years understood the almost moral imperative that an American president maintain a high standing in the eyes of his countrymen.
Peggy Noonan is right: there is no cause for joy in this situation. Like Rush, as much as I’ve wanted to see this president’s ideology fail, this is not a happy moment for America. It’s not only sad but it’s disturbing and frightening. Things are unraveling around the world and we seem to have no control over even what’s happening inside our own borders.
Our most valued allies are drifting in the wind because we are no longer strong enough to back them. Israel is under attack from all sides and the entire Middle East is on an edge not seen in years, while the impotent UN is demanding an investigation into Israel’s reaction to being attacked by “humanitarian” terrorists. At the same time North Korea has torpedoed the South and is continuing to bristle with no demands of an investigation by the UN. Have we demanded one? “Entitled” Greeks are rioting because their nation is sinking and they are afraid they won’t get their benefits. I’ve got news for them and the rest of the world: there will be a generation or 2 who will suffer for the entitlements that can no longer be funded. To coin an overused but completely accurate phrase, it simply cannot be sustained. Iran is making and signing deals, in our face with nations in our hemisphere, who plan to support and get a piece of their nuclear action.
States are boycotting Arizona while the majority of Americans support our attempts to control the tide of criminal activity pouring over our border. Mr. Too-cool-to-be-President says he does not support or endorse boycotts. That’s a real firm stand for freedom! And now we have a gushing black hole in the gulf that is bound to ruin the American coast and countless lives (human and animal) and livelihoods.
The coolest and smartest president we’ve ever had is showing himself for what many of us have known he was, emotionless and clueless. He’s had to be goaded into making an appearance on the beach in Louisiana, into granting Governor Jan Brewer an audience and into only his second press conference in nearly a year. This man who stirred the hearts and tears of so many just 2 short years ago, is unmasked as the real wooden headed ventriloquist dummy that he is.
Those folks who voted for this man and accepted his dogma that America is not exceptional are about to be rudely awakened. Outside this nation, America is viewed as exceptional and the world does count on America but we aren’t there for the world today. Read the headlines and watch the news: the world is unraveling at a frightening pace and America is nowhere to be found. She is MIA.
Our allies and enemies stand slack jawed and in awe that America could elect such naivety and incompetence into the office of President of the United States, but no more stunned than millions of newly awakened Americans will be.