Tonight President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office. I’ll definitely be tuning in because, at this point, I have absolutely no idea what he’s going to say.
I’m guessing he doesn’t know either.
The events of the past two weeks clearly suggest that in addition to Harvard Law School, Obama is also a graduate of the ill-fated online course, Neville Chamberlain’s Foreign Diplomacy 101.
Clearly, Prime Minister Chamberlain still goes down in history as engaging in one of the worst foreign policy blunders ever. As we all know, Adolph Hitler played old Neville like a piano, and World War II resulted. Obama’s legacy in foreign affairs is still being written, but if this was a novel and I was halfway through the book, I’d predict that all this doesn’t have a happy ending.
That doesn’t mean we’re going to launch a strike or World War III is about to erupt because it’s clear Obama is now trying to drop his weapon and run for the hills. I suspect he’ll attempt to try to turn all of this into some sort of foreign policy “victory” by working out a deal with Russia and Syria to put Syria’s chemical weapons under “international control.”
This plan which Secretary of State John Kerry threw out there in sort of a “when pigs fly” off the cuff remark is now being embraced by the president who late yesterday suggested that he and Vladimir Putin had this in the works for the past several days.
I have two strong suspicions which I’m fairly certain are true. First, I truly believe that John Kerry is beginning to think that he’s living out the 1944 thriller Gaslight, and he’s Ingrid Bergman. Nothing is as it appears to be. It’s also very likely that Putin is giddy with laughter at this whole affair. He’s taking great pleasure in making the United States appear weak.
That’s where I draw the line on this whole sorry episode. I’m an American, and I don’t want the president or our country to appear inept.
It’s kind of like a football game and your Alma mater is down three scores late in the fourth quarter. You may think (and know) your quarterback isn’t up to the task of orchestrating a come from behind win, but you cheer and pray for him until the bitter end anyway.
Above all, we’re Americans and we want to come out on top in this matter.
If I was advising Obama right now, I’d suggest he take a day and clear his head. Right now, he’s all over the place and it’s certainly not good for him or us. Next, he needs to listen to the little Ronald Reagan sitting on his right shoulder and brush mini Jimmy Carter off his left.
When things didn’t work for Reagan, he recalibrated and then he acted decisively and with conviction. Even if the next plan didn’t go according to script, he never appeared to waiver. The image he projected was the image the United States projected. That’s how the U.S. won the Cold War.
Vladimir Putin is still smarting from that defeat. He still thinks he lost the battle but will win the war.
We can’t allow that to happen, but it’s going to take Barack Obama acting like a true Commander in Chief to make it so. As it stands now, things aren’t looking so good.
It’s fourth down and we’re at our own ten-yard-line with time running out on the clock. Can we pull this out?
Let’s hope so . . . not for Obama’s sake but for ours.