Sounds ominous, doesn’t it? And it should. Many famous people have died this year, some from old age, some from long-term conditions , some from freak accidents, and of course drug overdoses. Most heart-wrenching and thought-provoking were the deaths of mother-and-daughter superstars, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, within 24 hours of each other. But there were some non-famous deaths as well this year, including the mother of my Kenyan siblings, Jeniffer Dawa Ochieng (spelling correct).
The Truth is that most famous persons are famous for a reason. They accomplished something, if only to make a bunch of people laugh, cry, or tap their feet, making them a lot more useful than many. And many of the non-famous, like Jeniffer Ochieng, accomplished even greater things— being a loving wife, mother and grandmother, for example.
Another truth is that we all have to leave this existence; we all have to die. But what do we do in the interim? Live the best lives we can and count our blessing. For example, a friend who works for an airline gave me a ticket so that I was able to be with my American parents for Christmas. It was a great blessing indeed. (My American parents are in good health, but they aren’t getting any younger and neither am I.)
And after I returned to Los Angeles, I got thinking about my three parents, how happy I am to have hugged each of them this year, and what I can do to make them more proud of me. I found an answer.
In my tagline here at Da Tech Guy, I have been promising to finish my second novel, Arlen’s Harem—first in 2014, then in 2015, then this year. Well, I’ve decided to make a New Year’s Resolution to finish it not just next year, but on February 1st of next year. It’s what I’m going to do, hook or crook.
And if I die before I start my third novel, at least I can say to God that I stepped out in faith and invested the talents that He gave me.
If you haven’t watched “Man in the High Castle” and you’re an Amazon Prime member, put it on your weekend “To Do” list. I’m only on the first season, but it’s an amazing dystopian view of an America that lost World War Two. One of the most intriguing characters (to me anyway) is John Smith, a Nazi SS agent that is hunting down members of the American resistance movement.
Warning: Spoilers below from Episode 8 of Season 1.
In previous episodes, little things crop up indicating the Nazis continued their ethnic cleansing efforts. One episode features ash raining down from the incinerators due to a weekly burning of the infirm and cripples. Other Nazis make references to “cleansing” of all the Semites in Europe.
John Smith gets a nasty surprise in Episode 8. He travels to his son’s school to find out why the school nurse keeps pulling him out of sports. The school doctor shocks him with news that his son has a form of muscular dystrophy. As a degenerative disease, this means John will have to kill his son, since he would be crippled by the incurable disease. It’s definitely hard to watch the doctor pass John vials and recommend that he “take care of this at home.”
Thankfully, we live in a better world, where we wouldn’t make such decisions…or do we?
We’ve managed to win the war against the Nazis only to allow part of their ideology to take over. As we sit on the cusp of a new year, perhaps we can find ways to use our medical advances to save lives instead of ending them.
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If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to pursue your degree with the masters of science in nursing online curriculum program, then it may be helpful to learn about the ways it can shape your future. Earning a degree is nothing to take lightly. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication, so you want to know it’s worth it in the end. While there are all kinds of ways it can shape your future and benefit you, we’ll take a look at some of the top advantages to earning a degree.
Provides You with Confidence
As you head into the world and search for that career job, confidence is something you will need. If it’s your first real career position, confidence can be a bit hard to come by. By earning your degree you will be armed with all kinds of skills and knowledge that will provide you with that boost of confidence you will need. It will help to carry you through that first position as you work to build upon your knowledge and gain experience.
Open More Job Opportunities
Another great advantage to earning a degree is that it opens a variety of career paths. There is no need to just focus on one set job, as your degree can help you land a variety of positions. What this means is that you can find a job easier and faster. It also means you can switch things up if you’re unhappy with your current job.
Increase your Earnings
Of course, it’s always nice to know that you can make a decent amount of money in your field. By possessing a degree you will be guaranteed higher earnings potential. Now this may not happen right away in your first job, but as you work your way up the career ladder you can command a higher salary than those without a degree. You will be eligible for those higher up positions since you will have the qualifications and skills required.
Enjoy Health Benefits
Here’s a factor that doesn’t always pop into your mind, but usually the higher paying jobs also offer some sort of health benefit package. Think how much this can save you down the road in medical costs. This is even more important if you plan on having a family, or already have a family to care for. This can work out to be a pretty big advantage.
Increased Job Security
It’s true that no job is ever 100% secure, but when you have a degree your employer is likely to value you that much more. They know they just can’t turn around and hire any person to do your job. You come with a set of skills and knowledge that is needed.
Making a Decision
as you mull over all the advantages to earning your masters degree in nursing it becomes evident that it can lead to all kinds of benefits not just for you, but also for your family.
This is the 2nd of three guest posts I did for Ladd Ehlinger’s site back in late 2011. I’m reprinting them here (With Ladd’s permission) because I think the election of Donald Trump is a significant event in the culture wars and these posts (and the follow ups that I intend to write) serve to explain what happened to our friends on the left who are still pulling out their hair over the events of November. While Ladd’s old blog isn’t there you can find the original piece via the wayback machine.
One of the things about the passage of time is that it changes perspective.
In the 50’s the producers of the British TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood used Ring Lardner Jr., unwelcome in the US for TV work due to his communist connections (which he stated as late as 1987 he did not regret) under an assumed name to write episodes that he gleefully described as attacks on Capitalism. When viewed today, however, these stories that supposedly celebrated collectivism instead come across as a love letter to the Catholic Church and a bastion against tyranny. A message that modern liberals, normally happy to view Lardner’s work, do not appreciate.
This dynamic comes to mind when examining the 1937 pictureCaptains Courageous starring Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew and Lionel Barrymore.
Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong on board an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns. Fortunately he’s picked up by a fishing boat just heading out for the season. He tries to bribe the crew into returning early to collect a reward but none of them believe him. Stranded on the boat he must adapt to the ways of the fishermen and learn more about the real world.
It sounds like a liberal wet dream: A rich kid, one of the 1%, throwing his weight around and oppressing his schoolmates, made to see how the other half lives and taken off his high horse. Give that summary to a liberal film teacher who hasn’t seen it and they will book a showing in their classroom faster than you can say “racist tea party”.
Alas poor liberals, it turns out the movie is chock full of conservative themes and highlights modern liberal foibles.
You would think the early scenes showing poor little rich kid Harvey (Freddie Bartholomew) throwing his weight around in school, at the school paper and playing on other student’s fears of joblessness to be full of promise for our instructor, but unfortunately Harvey seems to resemble a Harvard yard occupod, a member of the elite, a child who has never been disciplined or told “no”. That resemblance hits too close to home for our socialist instructor, the vision of too many campus protesters come to mind.
It takes a plan gone wrong for his widower father (Melvyn Douglas) to bluntly inform Harvey that his sobbing act will no longer work. Determined to get more involved in his son’s life, he includes him on a trip to Europe by steamship where, as he hides over horseplay, he promptly falls overboard. If he had drowned our instructor could have talked about the bad karma of wealth but instead Manuel Fidello (Spencer Tracy) a fisherman from the Schooner We’re Here, out of Gloucester Massachusetts, fishes him out of the water and takes him aboard the ship and the Movie shifts.
Once again our instructor has hope, our rich kid is among the common men, the 99%.
At first the Captain (Lionel Barrymore) is willing to let Harvey’s attitude go and offers to make him part of the crew beside his son Dan (Mickey Rooney). He refuses to work, he starts ranting about sending the entire crew to jail unless they take him to New York, disrupting the ship.
Remind you of any group of people protesting in the streets lately? Remind you of an entire generation of children who will have what they want when they want it from their $600 iPhones to the latest video games? Our film instructor is torn seeing a mirror and not liking the reflection, and that’s where one of the pivotal moments in the film takes place.
Captain Troop, with the good of the ship and the livelihood of the entire crew to worry about, notes he can’t risk months of fishing on a boy’s yarn. When Harvey still rants Troop finally concludes: “I guess there’s nothing left for it.” He rears back and gives Harvey a slap that knocks him flat. Harvey for perhaps for the first time in his life doesn’t know what to say:
You HIT me!
“Now you just sit there and think about it.”
It is here, with the establishment of discipline, that the movie begins to shift. Harvey gets out of the way a bit but still refuses to work. The crew believes that Harvey is a “Jonah” because he is a passenger and not a crew member insisting Manuel do something about it as he fished him out. Manuel reluctantly takes him under his wing and slowly through trial and error begins teaching him the realities of life.
Harvey, now given direction and discipline for the first time in his life, slowly warms to Manuel as a father figure and mentor and Manuel, still missing his father, warms to him. The situation comes to a head as Manuel and Long Jack (John Carradine) get into an argument over hand lines vs. a trowel. Manuel wagers his new razor vs half a buck that that he and Harvey can out-catch LongJack and his partner Nate. When Harvey manages to catch a halibut Manuel is proud like a father, but Harvey apparently Harvey hasn’t shaken his old scheming habits.
Disappointed, Manuel brings Harvey back to the ship and finishes the day fishing alone. Easily losing his bet, he brings his razor in payment to Longjack who stayed out fishing despite injuries, and hooks in his skin from his tangled trowel. He insists someone had fouled his lines. Manuel tries to laugh it off but as Longjack gets angrier Harvey steps in, admitting what he’s done not just to Longjack and the crew. When Jack prepares to go after him Manuel is ready to throw down.
From this point he begins to earn the crew’s respect and begins to learn the ways of a fisherman. We see the boats at the final fishing area rushing to fill their holds and sail for home. Troop seemingly fills his hold first, but his arch rival Walt Cushman as we have seen a few times before, has stolen a march on him and the race for port is on. Both ships cram on all possible sail, and after a game of chicken it looks like Troop has the race won, when tragedy strikes.
Manuel doesn’t rage against fate, he doesn’t blame Troop or the race, telling his captain that he’ll beat Walt Cushman next year. He simply accepts his fate, says goodbye to Harvey, declares that he’s going to see his father, and then drowns.
Here is a person, comfortable, well off, pampered and well educated, a person told all his life how special he is and given what he wants when he wants it. As if that isn’t enough he has just managed one of the most miraculous feats of luck that one can achieve, being rescued after falling overboard on an ocean liner in the dark in the middle of the ocean without even a life jacket. What is his response to his good fortune? Anger, indignation and demands, after all… he’s entitled.
The end is almost anti-climatic; the ship gets home, and Harvey’s father is informed by wire that he’s alive. He flies back from Europe to find a son changed and matured from hard work and discipline. After a memorial service to the sailors who did not survive the fishing season they head home.
Pity our poor liberal film teacher who can take no pleasure in this picture.
Not from the spectacular visuals of the ships and sailing nor of the performances from a fine cast such including Lionel Barrymore in one of his last roles on two legs, child Star Freddie Bartholomew, who managed a normal life when all was said and done, A young Mickey Rooney, already with ten years under his belt in film and the only actor in history to appear in movies made in 10 different decades, John Carradine, one of the most prolific actors of all time, and of course, Spencer Tracy, in the role that would earn him the first of back-to-back Academy Awards.
Even with all of this history, our instructor is stuck with a picture advancing conservative values, hard work and personal responsibility. Our instructor isn’t even able to take solace in the bringing down of a rich kid, since the catalyst of this entire process is an act that would shock the modern sensibilities of the instructor, who would have had the captain brought up on charges in an instant. In fact, the very concept of a pre- teen like Harvey doing such menial work has been a line of attack on a presidential candidate who dared suggest that those who don’t have the model of a work ethic needed such an example.
Perhaps with a different election cycle it will be less painful, but the illustration and the parallels showing that our friends on the left just are no longer connected with the common man.
That’s why in universities both history and classic film are things the left will want to keep on the shelf.
In the Bill James Baseball abstract he tell the story of a young pitcher who claimed he could strike out Ty Cobb any time any where on three pitches and told the manager of Detroit that it would only cost train fare to see him do it.
Figuring you never know the manager sent the fare and the kid got on the mound and pitched to Cobb. Cobb murdered every single pitch the kid threw and suggested to the manager that they keep the kid around to help keep him in a groove.
That’s what I thought of when I saw this at Glenn Reynolds site today
Hey maybe if Simon and Schuster can get Jack and the staff of the Chicago Review of Books to ban and boycott more of their authors their stock prices will go through the roof.
In the article, you’ll find the following (emphasis added):
Massive 20-ton sanitation trucks, weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand, will surround the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, officials said Thursday, describing a security measure meant to stop deadly truck-driving attacks into crowds like those in Germany and France.
The placement of the 65 trucks, along with 100 patrol cars, at intersections surrounding Times Square is a new element to an already heavily policed event that will include 7,000 officers, specially armed counter-terrorism units and bomb-sniffing dogs
Add to that the terrorists who plowed trucks through crowds in Nice and Berlin, and you have cause for concern when your city is hosting an event that normally brings in a crowd of one million people.
Sure, the lowly garbage truck is not glamorous, but what alternatives are there when you need something portable, easily loaded and unloaded, that can stop any vehicle of similar weight and size? A Bradley Fighting Vehicle weighs 40 tons or so, making a 35-ton humble garbage truck a practical alternative.
Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those with evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” When the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, tried to do this, the evil spirit said to them in reply, “Jesus I recognize, Paul I know, but who are you?”
The person with the evil spirit then sprang at them and subdued them all. He so overpowered them that they fled naked and wounded from that house.
Milo Yiannopoulos has parlayed his ban from Twitter — and some controversial appearances on college campuses and cable TV shows — into a $250,000 book deal with Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, The Hollywood Reporter learned on Thursday.
“They said banning me from Twitter would finish me off. Just as I predicted, the opposite has happened,” Yiannopoulos told THR, confirming the upcoming book without commenting on financial details.
Liberals aren’t happy and the virtuous folks at the Chicago Review of Books aren’t taking it lying down.
If you are a person who only casually follows the news, this might sound like a big deal, but folks who deal in the world of reality like Milo and Simon Schuster realize that this Twitchy post notwithstanding their courageous stand isn’t about shutting down Milo or punishing Simon & Schuster, it’s a desperate attempt to be noticed.
Let’s put it this way. Here is the Twitter page of he Chicago Review of Books at 12:07 AM EST on Dec 30th 2016 10 hours or so after their courageous tweet
Now there are two things that jump out at me here that any experienced twitter user will notice right off the top.
1. They follow more people than they have followers meaning they aren’t very popular.
2. They only have 4200 twitter followers and that’s 10 hours after their most famous tweet drew over 8000 likes.
Now let’s contrast that with Instapundit a site whose twitter feed is almost certainly going to promote Milo’s book
As you can see Glenn has over 74,000 followers and follows less people than the review of books has followers. Clearly that statement in Professor Reynolds pinned tweet about not needing twitter applies to him but can’t apply to the Chicago Review of books.
“But DaTechguy”, you ask. Isn’t that a tad unfair, Glenn is a big name, why don’t you compare it with someone smaller, OK let’s compare them to my own Twitter numbers.
they still edge me. However given that I have made absolutely no effort to solicit followers on twitter other than one button on my web site since I joined (nor have I on Gab in the month or so I’ve been there) that feat seems much less impressive.
But that’s just twitter, and Milo’s banned from that. Surely both Milo and Simon & Schuster must be worried about the drop in web traffic from the Chicago Review of Books web site if they boycott them in 2017? That is they would if they didn’t bother to go to Alexa and check their rankings like I did.
Apparently not only has their traffic dropped like a rock over the last few months but they’ve only recently broken into the top 2,000,000 sites worldwide. Now compare that again to Instapundit which is the biggest part of PJ media which Alexa measures.
You’re talking a top 7500 worldwide and top 2000 US site vs a top 2 mil site worldwide. And remember multiple PJ media writers are almost certainly going to be reviewing milo’s book.
I’ll wager Simon & Schuster is shaking in their boots, but if you’re griping that it’s not a fair graphic because PJ media has multiple web pages, fine, let’s compare them to this site right here.
While we are no instapundit those figures aren’t bad for a blog based in Fitchburg Massachusetts a city of 45,000 whose only international notoriety is for being the home of the fictional Fitchburg Finches from the Harry Potter books particularly when compared to a site based in Chicago Illinois home of the World Champion Chicago Cubs and one of the most famous cities in the entire world.
In other words if I hired a blogger to review one Simon & Schuster book a month it would likely send them more traffic than a year’s worth of plugs from the Chicago Review of Books.
That’s why Simon & Schuster isn’t going to worry about this “boycott” because, while it’s likely true that the folks at the Chicago Review of Books hate Milo and are both outraged and jealous of his big book deal, they know this “boycott” of them is more about trying to make The Chicago Review of Books relevant than to take a stand against Simon & Schuster. Or let’s put it another way:
Given our relative traffic ratings The Chicago Review of Books web site is likely to get more traffic from this blog post than from anything they will write themselves next year.
It’s not virtue signaling, it’s just signaling desperately.
Closing thought: Anyone want to make book at which MSM will pick up this story, see the words “Chicago Review of Books” and breathlessly reporting this “boycott” without bothering to check the stats?
Speaking of stats with two days left to the year we are at $8923 toward our TipJar goal of $22,000 for 2016. With 2 days to go the odds of us picking up the remaining $13,077 are rather tiny.
However it is entirely possible that we can get manage $1,077 to finish the year in five figures and if somehow we managed to raise $2077 and make it to $11,000 I promise to hire one more blogger specifically to review at least one Simon & Schuster book every month just to drive the Chicago Review of Books people crazy.
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One of the odd things about blogging is that you don’t always know what posts will take off and what post will die on the vine. 2016 like every year had both here at the blog. These are the 10 posts the drew the most direct eyeballs
I submit and suggest that this is what is going on here. Stacy McCain is the test case and with a candidate even worse that John Kerry at the top of the ticket you will see Twitter acting decisively to suppress conservative opinions on their platform and by the time election day rolls around you will see things that will make his banning look like a kiss in the cheek.
I submit I was right about the test case stuff as Twitter went whole hog to elect Hillary. While they managed to hurt Stacy I submit and suggest they hurt themselves more
FYI you can still buy his book here.
Worth noting there is a reason why Gab, one twitter alternative which didn’t ban Stacy is growing and “quitter” the twitter wannabee that also banned him produces a reaction of “who?”.
Now I’ve been doing this for nearly 8 years and I’d like to think I’ve reached the point where the bias of the media doesn’t surprise me anymore. But bless his heart Stelter and company did their best to do so.
I’ve just sat through a Mr. Seltzer and a panel of three discuss the story, the only person I knew off the top of my head was the ultra far left Katrina vanden Heuvel of the Nation. UPDATE: another was David Zurawik of the Baltimore sun and the other Tara Sotmayor) They had very little to say about Hillary Clinton but a lot to say about Fox news. They had no problem using words like “conspiracy”, “irresponsible” and were united in painting the Fox story as poorly soured, overblown and attacking the network for reporting it. Nowhere on the panel was any person defending the story, or providing any balance and let me remind you this is a show about taking an unbiased look at the media.
What was really funny was Jake Tapper came on right after for an hour and completely undid all of this by showing the video and treating the story as what it was. Significant breaking campaign news.
I think this likely did more than anything else to show the MSM for what it was and cost Clinton the election.
Of course if Europe in general & Germany in particular was what it once was, Practicing christians who were fruitful and multiplied, then it wouldn’t matter how many refugees came in, there would be a confident Population of Europeans who would insist that new immigrants assimilate or at least respect their laws and customs.
This was a rare post about a foreign country that took off, the update was a lot of fun too.
The first thing that jumped out at me was the difficulty realizing you were in an active shooter situation before it was too late. The shooter has ALL the advantages. Even though we used a cap gun that simulated the sound and smell of a 9mm pistol, the sound doesn’t always carry down a hallway. Plenty of people heard popping, but only a few realized it was a shooter. By the time they realized it, the shooter was pointing a gun at them at close range.
This is the first of three Magnificent Seven Posts that cracked the top ten and deservedly so as it was very interesting and informative. Great Job by RH NG35B
Here’s what I know about the difference between the North and the South, especially with respect to race relations between black and white. Since the Civil Rights Era, the South has been transformed. In the North? Not so much.
The second of three Magnificent Seven posts in the top ten and it illustrates a fact i’ve seen about the north, that the only thing as bad as bigotry is bigotry coupled with self righteousness.
The point is that there is a huge slab of Europe that, because of the Cold War, several generations of GIs never got to see.
So, today, some of my friends and I were talking about going back to Berlin for visit and going to visit all those countries which in our youth, were forbidden territory; many of our other friends have done this already.
My contribution to the conversation was that we need to get it done before the Germans adopt Sharia.
One of the first posts of the year and it really holds up well, particularly as Merkel is, well, Merkel.
Now I concede this is bad, not only in terms of what was said but what it implies. I strongly disapprove of it as I suspect many others like me do.
And that’s why I’ve chosen this moment, Catholic Blogger that I am, to double down and re-endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States!
Why would I do this? Quite simple, I’m not going to let myself be played.
This was my reaction to the Trump tape that everyone figured had sunk him. It was one of the most important posts I’ve written, and it’s one of the posts I’m proudest of because it was written at a time when everyone’s instinct was to cut and run. It also was a the post that scared me the most in the sense that I figured that all the posts I’ve written and all the positions I’ve taken in public this is the one that I thought had the greatest potential to permanently break this blog particularly if Hillary was elected, but if you ever see me in the White House press room asking President Trump a question while the guys from ABCCBSNBCCNNPBSMSNBCNYT watch in disbelief, this post just might be the reason why.
Bottom line though not a rich man Robert Stacy McCain is an American Success story he has built a nationwide, dare I say worldwide following presenting his viewpoint and highlighting the public viewpoints of others who would rather keep their actual words and opinions under the radar because Robert Stacy McCain is loyal to his family, his God, his friends and the Truth.
I know this because I’m proud to say he is my friend. I’ve learned an awful lot from him the most important thing being there is no substitute for actually being there, gathering factual evidence, seeing for yourself and reporting the truth.
I guess that’s why Twitter’s new Star Chamber has decided to Suspend him sometime yesterday evening:
The best revenge for Stacy is this paragraph from a piece this week from a site that listed Banning Milo as one of the sites “Gold Star” acts of the year
A sale of the company seemed imminent just a few months ago, with Salesforce leading the pack of interested companies — Google and Disney included. But after a closer look, everyone walked away. Now Dorsey is stuck figuring out where Twitter can go and what it should do next.
A lot of people involved in Twitter are going to lose a lot of money in 2017 and Stacy & I will enjoy every minute of it.
And the Number one most popular post of 2016 at DaTechGuyblog From July 30th 2016:
It’s one thing for a guy like me or Glenn or Don Surber or Even Rush Limbaugh to tell Democrats that they are in trouble it’s another thing to be told this by Nate silver the day after the Democrat convention and a week of the MSM lionizing all they did and said.
If you thought you saw some low tactics before given the combination of Clinton & Obama Panic you ain’t seen nothing yet. How Donald Trump handles will make all the difference.
Closing thought, Fyi to Dr. Jill Stein be aware that as a clear and present threat to their power the same anvil aimed at Trump by Clinton/Obama/DNC is heading for you too.
It’s interesting to note that the map in the graphic there doesn’t show Trump winning PA or MI or WI yet not only did Silver reverse himself almost instantly after this post went up but they did so quoting a poll from a polling company younger than Hillary’s granddaughter. The fact that this was right after the Dem convention where the Bernie folks were protesting loudly (and ignored as much as possible by the MSM) said much and the fact that it was instantly reversed as soon as I pointed it out said more. I submit and suggest if they had nominated Bernie he just might have pulled it off for them.
The final results prove denial of reality doesn’t change it.
Let me start this post by answering that question with a big YES. Online MBA courses are now the most popular courses in education, with thousands of new students enrolling to get their master’s degrees. You don’t need to worry about the online MBA education not meeting the standards set by companies looking for new managers and supervisors either, because over 300 of the best courses from top names such as Ohio University are fully accredited.
There are other reasons why pursuing your MBA online is a good idea. An online degree can be up to 40% more affordable than the equivalent offline master’s degree. Plus, you have complete control over how you take the course. You can allocate more time, take more classes each semester and complete the course in as little as a year. You can also choose to take the course more slowly, especially if you’re maintaining a full time job or running a business at the same time.
Today, a truce has been brokered in Syria that will hopefully turn the corner on the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history. With the country torn to pieces, refugees have been flooding into Europe and some parts of the Middle East, creating a dangerous situation for the entire region. America, under the leadership of President Obama, was not a part of the talks.
America, under the leadership of President Obama, didn’t deserve to be part of the talks.
Let’s take a quick look at recent history in Syria. It was a chain reaction of horrible mistakes. First, Obama drew his “red line” of chemical and biological weapons, claiming that if Bashar al Assad used them it would change the calculus for the United States to take action. Assad crossed the red line. Obama didn’t take action, letting the window of opportunity close before Russia stepped in.
Then, Obama went with the plan of arming and training Syrian rebels to take on Assad’s army. As many will recall, much of the support that Obama gave to enemies of Assad ended up being transferred to the Islamic State and other radical Islamic militants. They were supposed to be the force that drove back the Islamic State and got rid of Assad. Instead, they were neutered from the start by the poor plan before being obliterated by Russia, Iran, and Syria.
Finally, Obama attempted to negotiate peace while bickering with Russia over who would be involved. He tried to work through Turkey to get one done. His “smart power” policy would share the credit for cleaning up the mess he created. Instead, Turkey found a better partner in Russia and they got it done without him.
With 22 days before Obama is out of office, it’s fitting that he’s been excluded from cleaning up the mess that he created. As a parent, I’ve used with incredible efficiency the non-involvement tactic when the kids leave a mess behind. I draw their attention to the mess they made, then I proceed to clean it. When they offer to help, I tell them that I’ll take care of it because if they were concerned about the mess, they would have cleaned it up before. The guilt they feel as they watch their mess being cleaned has more of a lasting impact than making them clean it up themselves. Today, they clean up their messes before I see them.
Obama is being treated like a child by the international community because he’s acted like a foreign policy neophyte for eight years. He cannot take credit for fixing Syria and will get most of the blame for allowing the situation to explode. America is meant to be strong, to lead. Obama wanted to lead from behind. Instead, he’s being left behind. The result is a world that is much worse off today than when he became President.