A couple of months ago my lawn-mower broke. Since I hate to take on debt and I knew the expenses of the Maine trip was coming up I decided I’d be waiting till after the Maine bills came in before buying a new one (unless I can find a lawn company who will trade a cut for ads). The end result has been a perfect metaphor on US foreign policy under the Obama Administration.
The first week wasn’t a very big deal the grass was still short from the last mowing and there was really no difference in how the lawn looked before.
As the second week came I started to notice my lawn being higher than the neighbors.
As the 3rd week became the fourth I noticed which parts of the lawn where the grass was growing longer and which parts where it simply stopped growing and took note that if I decide to expand a garden in the future I should target the high growth spots for planting.
By week 5 i could literally drive home and hear crickets in my grass, I would park the car, hear crickets, as I came into the yard they would stop until I reached the deck then they would start-up again.
The state of the lawn has become the new normal, My neighbors who might have been upset haven’t said anything to me and my wife who love a properly mowed lawn has simply resigned herself to the situation as something she doesn’t like but is what it is, other priorities have to trump it for now.
The point being that while neglecting the lawn didn’t show right away once it was neglected long enough eventually it became a problem…
…and that brings us to Barack Obama and Al Qaeda.
On the day of president Obama’s inauguration in the very first months of this blog I linked to a National Review piece concerning George Bush’s place in History as written by several people Roger Simon was the man I quoted:
When the United States was attacked by al-Qaeda on 9/11, every expert in Alpha Centauri solemnly announced that it was only a matter of time—and not much time, either—before the United States was attacked again. Well, here we are some seven and a half years later and, guess what, it hasn’t happened. I know people—you see what low company I keep—who will tell you with a straight face that President Bush had nothing to do with this run of good luck. “Post hoc,” they sniff, “doesn’t necessarily mean propter hoc, and if America has thus far escaped another terrorist attack, there is no reason to think that W had anything to do with it.” No sane person, I submit, really believes that. Deep down, we all know that the reason the United States has not suffered another terrorist attack is the policies formulated by the president in the aftermath of 9/11. Protecting the country from external enemies is the number-one priority of the commander-in-chief. It is for his tireless pursuit of that task that I am eternally grateful to George W. Bush. Thank you.
Consider where we are now.
We are out of Iraq, we are pulling out of Afghanistan as fast as our legs could take us. We have seen the rise of Al Qaeda aligned groups in Libya, Egypt (finally foiled by the people) and Tunisia. We’ve seen the Fort Hood attack that we still officially consider “workplace violence”, the attack in Kenya and most significantly the Benghazi attack killing an American ambassador on the anniversary of 9/11.
How bad is it? Lee Stranahan now in Beirut interviewing Syrian refugees and getting a feel of what is going on has interviewed people who have been driven from their homes who have bluntly stated the forces this president has wanted to support are Al Qaeda:
She’s describing an attack on Christians that the Obama Administration and Republicans like John McCain enabled. It’s even more ominous because it’s part of pattern on the part of President Barack Obama, Senator John McCain and others of backing forces–such as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood–who are clearly targeting Christians.
Christianity in the Middle East is on the verge of being wiped out by Islamic jihadists and the United States government is helping make it happen.
The attack on Maaloula was carried out by U.S. backed rebel forces. It happened concurrently with John Kerry calling the Free Syria Army ‘moderates’ in Senate Testimony. It happened by rebels that appear to have been emboldened by Obama and McCain’s talk of launching missiles against the Assad regime.
In another interview he people about US support for the rebels:
When the Maaloula witnesses was told that U.S Sec. of State John Kerry had referred to the FSA forces as ‘moderate’ in Senate testimony, she closed her eyes, shook her head both and forth and said “No no no no no.”
She said that she didn’t trust the press after seeing their reporting on the situation in Maaloula, which deemphasized the Islamist elements of the attack.
Like my lawn that has grown over several week the President’s neglect of the war on terror for political reasons has reached critical mass, how critical, Stranahan hits it during one of his videos from Beirut called “Syria 101: Why Should I care?:
“We’re seeing the rise again of Al Qaeda in the middle east. And Al Qaeda wants to plant a foothold in Syria and they’ve already done so.”
This is the real wages five years of Barack Obama in the White House and the neglect on the war on terror. And unlike the neglect of my lawn there is not a solid date when this neglect will change.
Closing thought: On January 20th 2009 just after noon I wrote the following concerning the brand new Obama presidency:
Starting tomorrow the rubber hits the road we will now see if he can
cut down the mightiest tree in the forest with a Herring govern.
If he can win the war on terror and turn the economy around he’ll be a winner in my book.
There are still 40 months left to the Obama years, but based on that day one standard and where we are today this president is an abject failure and while that failure on the economy has and will make life harder for Americans costing them money and prosperity, his failure in the war on terror is going to cost lives.
He may not be ashamed & embarrassed by this result but I am
Update: That Stranahan video is one of a bunch he put up yesterday, you can see them all here.
Last Sunday we had a big day on DaTipJar and I started the week less than $60 from a full paycheck on day 1.
By the time the week was over, even as my traffic increased and I passed an important milestone in my world rank I was still $56 dollars away. You never know from one day to another how this is going to go.
But today is a new week and a new chance to earn that $305 paycheck, if you decide it’s worth it.