FWST: Obama weakness

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Angus, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    Obama administration missteps indicate a disturbing and dangerous trend
    Special to the Star-Telegram

    When predators hunt, they look for signs of weakness in their prey. Big cats carefully observe the herd in search of the straggler, the sick or wounded and the very young because they are the easiest to catch and kill.

    On the world stage, political predators operate in a very similar manner. National leaders and their staffs watch and test for weakness among adversaries and allies. In fact, a substantial portion of the activities we call "spying" are devoted to information gathering and analysis for those very purposes.

    It is no secret that any perception of weakness in the president of the United States has a profound impact on the behavior of our enemies and our allies. Our enemies tend to become emboldened in ways that can threaten peace, and our allies tend to retreat from their commitments to us, so peace can be threatened in that way as well.

    Historians know that presidential reluctance to admit error has more to do with the bad consequences of confirming mistakes than it does with chief executive ego. Wiggle room is a highly desirable commodity in international relations, and perception of weakness can be as fatal to diplomacy as it is to prey animals.

    In the big scheme of things, the mistakes made by President Barack Obama thus far are relatively minor, but they are forming a pattern that shows serious weakness. It is a weakness that may be interpreted by our friends and our enemies as indicative of a flaw they can use to their own advantage.

    We know about the appointment exceptions made for lobbyists and tax dodgers that culminated with the withdrawal of Sen. Tom Daschle, who was both a lobbyist and a tax dodger.

    When control over the drafting of the stimulus bill was surrendered to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it was another indication of presidential weakness.

    When he was out-foxed by the then-governor of Illinois, people were amazed that the leader of the free world was so easily manipulated by a discredited politician standing on the precipice of an indictment. American presidents are supposed to be strong and firm but Gov. Rod Blagojevich made him look weak.

    Obama made an amateurish mistake with his handling of the budget and yet another with the letter he sent to the Russians.

    He just signed a spending bill loaded with pork and almost 9,000 earmark projects that he pledged not to do.

    All of these errors share a common thread.

    It is painfully obvious that Obama is yielding to old-style political demands when the country is expecting real leadership.

    First-term presidents never get too far away from their political tool kit, but as a candidate, Sen. Obama was uniquely successful with his pledge to eliminate "business as usual" if elected. He forged a special bond of trust with a huge number of voters who saw him as a genuine agent of "change we can believe in."

    President Obama is now retreating from that pledge, and "business as usual" is seen as a serious weakness because of the voter backlash it will inevitably generate.

    That backlash could ultimately render the Obama presidency impotent.

    The predators of the world are already beginning to evaluate their options.

  2. ThaBigP

    ThaBigP New Member

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    They left out the open letter to the "moderate" Taliban...it was so bad that the Taliban had to release their own statment...in effect saying "there is no 'moderate' Taliban". There is a silver lining, though. There's a chance that our enemies might not view Obama's incompetence as him being merely incompetent, but that he's dangerously incompetent. They might give him a wide berth for his four years if that's their conclusion.
  3. Angus

    Angus Active Member

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    Barrack Obama is weak and inept. He is dangerous to America but not to its enemies. He can be rolled, as many are discovering.


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