A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
I must tell you -- I am embarrassed by our President. I mean red-faced embarrassment.
Obama is proving to be the empty suit we warned he was back in 2008. That doesn't make me feel any better ... being right, I mean. In fact, it scares the heck out of me.
Look. Mitt Romney was right about Russia being our number one enemy. (OK. So it's a toss-up between Russia and China, but Russia always seems to be more overt with their meanness.)
Putin is going to get away with his invasion and occupation of the Ukraine. If you think he will stop with the Crimea, well, don't hold your breath. Even western Ukraine, which leans heavily toward the western orbit, was all, for hundreds of years, a part of Russia -- and Putin believes it still is. He feels he is entitled to take it back into the Russian fold anytime he pleases and right now -- he pleases.
Putin is not bothered by Obama's and Kerry's threats. He knows they are empty threats from two guys who can talk a pretty fair game but when the chips are down and it's time to put up or shut up, he has nothing to fear because they will not put up. Unless, of course, he fears another torrent of words emanating from the golden throat of one B. H. Obama.
"Roll out the teleprompters, Obama is gonna attack!" How utterly ridiculous.
One of Obama's sycophants has stated that Obama is the smartest President the United States has ever had. (Huh? No kidding?) How the heck would we know? His scholastic records have been sealed. Could it be his grades were so bad he's embarrassed by them?
He is as naive as the day is long. His mouth continues to write checks his derrière is unable to cash. That IS NOT the attribute of an overly intelligent person. And yet he continues to get high praise from the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party, the Mainstream Media. As they continue to run interference for Obama, they simply overlook the fact that the game is already lost and everybody knows it -- save for the MsM.
Now here's the thing. Scary as it may be, we have to prepare for three more years of brinksmanship in which the US will be embarrassed internationally by the world's tin pot dictators and rag-tag bully boys around the globe. Don't expect Obama to put up a fight. He can't. It isn't in him. The wiring just isn't there.
THIS is the most serious of problems with having a civilian President, with no military experience, as Commander-in-Chief of the US military. I'd really like to see the constitution amended to demand that all Presidential candidates in the future have experience in the military -- even if it is only as a Private in the Infantry. At least that experience is more than Obama has.
So, then. Russia takes the Ukraine. Then what? The Baltic states? Why not? Whose going to stop Putin?
All the while the other bad guys are watching and learning. China wants those Islands in the South China Sea. You know ... the Islands that Japan owns. What or who is to stop them? Japan? Well, there's a problem. You see, we have a mutual protection treaty with Japan that we will go to war to protect them and they, in turn, will do the same for us. Do you really think Obama will stand by that treaty? Really? How do you think the Japanese feel about now?
And lest we forget... China wants Taiwan back. The island, formerly know as Formosa, has been protected by another treaty with the US that binds America to fight for, and alongside, Taiwan in the event she is attacked by China, or anyone else for that matter.
Then there is North Korea. The DPRK badly wants to, uh, merge with South Korea. How long before the North decides Obama will do nothing but make another speech if he dispatches his crack troops south, takes Soul and reunites the Koreas under the communist flag of his regime. Well, he has three years to do it and that can be a very long time with Washington dragging its feet.
Then there is Iran. Currently Iran has dispatched naval forces to patrol waters in the Atlantic just outside US territorial waters. Many believe it is a dress rehearsal for Iran lobbing a missile with an EMP warhead over Washington, or worse -- deeper over the continental US. Those Iranian "boats" should be shadowed, day and night, by some of the biggest and baddest combat ships at our disposal. Not to mention the underwater escort of US submarines snorkeling every few hours just to get the Iranian's attention. Iran should know that if they pull the trigger, it WILL be a suicide mission.
The plain truth is -- Iran does not respect nor fear Obama. So they continue to pluck the tiger's whiskers.
Neither does any other country on the globe.
There is a price to pay when the US is neither respected or feared. Unfortunately for the remainder of the world that price will be extracted from them as well as from the Americans.
With all this to consider, with war clouds gathering in a 360 degree circle around America, what is Obama obsessing about today? Non-existent Global Warming!
It is disturbing to this old country boy that with all the danger surrounding America at this hour, our President is probably off on another of those endless vacations playing golf and whooping it up with celebrities much as Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Like Nero, he will most assuredly blame his failures on someone else.
He can't fail, you see. Why, he's the smartest President the US has ever had. RIGHT!!
J. D. Longstreet
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