The New York Post carried a column by Michael Goodwin September 14 that is stunning. While the entire piece is well written and recommended, the last few paragraphs should give every living soul in the world pause to consider America’s most failed president, the one who promised so very much and delivered… nothing. You know the one, so consistently ideological that he shows lazy in every other detail – living proof that the skills required to win elective office are not the same skill-set required to successfully accomplish the job.
Even for those with religious faith in President Barack Hussein Obama (the name he chose for swearing his oath of office), must admit Goodwin’s analysis is spot on.
Goodwin writes to end his column:
Barack Obama was not ready to be president, and still isn’t. It is a fantasy to believe he’ll master the art in his final two years.
It revealed him as hollow, both to America and the world, and there is no way to un-see the emptiness.
That means, I fear, we are on the cusp of tragedy. It is reasonable to assume the worst-case scenarios about national security are growing increasingly likely to occur.
Obama’s fecklessness is so unique that our adversaries and enemies surely realize they will never face a weaker president. They must assume the next commander in chief will take a more muscular approach to America’s interests and be more determined to forge alliances than the estranged man who occupies the Oval Office now.
So Vladimir Putin, Iran, China, Islamic State, al Qaeda and any other number of despots and terrorists know they have two years to make their moves and advance their interests, and that resistance will be token, if there is any at all.
Throw in the fact that Europe largely has scrapped its military might to pay for its welfare states, and the entire West is a diminished, confused opponent, ripe for the taking. Redrawn maps and expanded spheres of influence could last for generations.
Of course, there is a possibility that America could rally around the president in a crisis, and there would be many voices demanding just that. But a national consensus requires a president who is able to tap into a reservoir of good will and have his leadership trusted.
That’s not the president we have.