If he can win the war on terror and turn the economy around he’ll be a winner in my book.
DaTechGuy on Barack Obama January 20th 2009
Seldom, if ever, in the history of the world has a prince been more enthusiastically acclaimed on his -accession or had an easier task offered him of gratifying the modest wishes of his people…what a splendid chance he had of being remembered in history as “Caligula the Good”, or “Caligula the Wise”, or “Caligula the Saviour”! But it is idle to write in this way. For if he had been the sort of man that the people took him for, he would never have survived his brothers or been chosen by Tiberius as his successor. Claudius, remember what scorn old Athenodorus had for such impossible contingencies’, he used to say, “If the Wooden Horse of Troy had foaled, horses to-day would cost far less to feed.”
Robert Graves I Claudius 1934
One of the things we used to hear from some of our fellows on the right is we would have to wait for the election of a Democrat for the left to take national security seriously.
If nothing else the last few years has cured us of this rosy assumption.
To be sure some there were some changes as Megan McArdle noted back in 2011
Have you noticed all the huge antiwar demonstrations in the last twelve months? Yeah, me neither. It turns out that a lot of the energy for the movement seems to have been provided by Democrats who are a lot less worried about wars conducted by Democratic presidents.
But along with an unwillingness to fund the anti-war movement came an unwillingness to protect US soldiers in battle as Mark Steyn noted in Oct of 2012 just after the Benghazi attack:
We also learned that, in those first moments of the attack, a request for military back-up was made by U.S. staff on the ground but was denied by Washington. It had planes and Special Forces less than 500 miles away in southern Italy – or about the same distance as Washington to Boston. They could have been there in less than two hours. Yet the commander-in-chief declined to give the order. So Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods fought all night against overwhelming odds, and died on a rooftop in a benighted jihadist hell hole while Obama retired early to rest up before his big Vegas campaign stop. “Within minutes of the first bullet being fired, the White House knew these heroes would be slaughtered if immediate air support was denied,” said Ty Woods’ father, Charles. “In less than an hour, the perimeters could have been secured, and American lives could have been saved. After seven hours fighting numerically superior forces, my son’s life was sacrificed because of the White House’s decision.”
The day Barack Obama was sworn I wrote a post ranking George Bush in the ranks of presidents (14th) and said this about the newly sworn in President:
President Elect Obama has the potential to end up anywhere on his list. The trick is not to under rate him due to unreal expectations or overrate him due to his unique place in history. Lets hope he earns high ratings due to high performance. As of today it will come down to the economy and the war on terror but who knows what tomorrow will bring? If he is really bad then he has the potential to help propel GWB much higher on the list.
It will be fun to find out.
I was very wrong about that last sentence.
We’ve already had an emphatic answer to the economy question and if Benghazi didn’t provide the answer the release of Bengdahl did.
You have the violation of law
On June 21, 2013, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney unequivocally assured reporters at that day’s White House Press Briefing that President Obama “would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting Congress and without doing so in accordance with U.S. law.”
Then you have the nature of the people released people like:
Khairullah Khairkhwa is the most senior ex-Guantanamo prisoner who comes from “the fraternity of original Taleban who launched the movement in 1994,” according the Afghanistan Analysts Network. He surrendered to President Hamid Karzai’s brother just before he was captured in January 2002. His most prominent position was as governor of Herat Province from 1999 to 2001. He served in various Taliban positions including interior minister and had direct ties to Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden.
Old line Democrats like Diane Feinstein are shocked by this deal and pols, particularly those running in red states are doing their best to run from this stuff and some in media even on MSNBC have expressed surprise that this deal has taken place and the willingness to keep offering new explanations until one works.
All of this has produced shock and outrage and interesting spin for the last week plus, but while the administration has bungled this entire fiasco there is really only one place we should point as the source of all of this outrage…
Barack Obama’s history, media not withstanding, is not a secret. This highlights something we’re posted on before and was the subject of Pam Geller’s first book
Geller looks at the president’s past, his upbringing, his influences and the crowd that he has spent his time with on the path that took him to the White House. She makes the case that in all of these cases he has been steered and mentored in a direction that is contrary to basic American philosophy.
Given the influences, the professors, the radicals and the Marxists he has surrounded himself with. People who have a world view that America is the chief problem of the world rather than the last best hope of it. It frankly would be a wonder if he had a different philosophy than what he does.
It’a philosophy that allows him to sit back and let die Americans who actually fight the enemy.
Why would Obama and Biden do such a thing? Because to launch a military operation against an al-Qaida affiliate on the anniversary of 9/11 would have exposed the hollowness of their boast through convention week and the days thereafter – that Osama was dead, and al-Qaida was finished. And so Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Chris Stevens were left to die, and a decision taken to blame an entirely irrelevant video and, as Secretary Clinton threatened, “have that person arrested.” And, in the weeks that followed, the government of the United States lied to its own citizens as thoroughly and energetically as any totalitarian state, complete with the midnight knock-on-the-door from not-so-secret policemen sent to haul the designated fall guy into custody.
We are outraged over Barack Obama’s action but as we’ve said here many times, If you start from the idea they are marxists, it make perfect sense.
During the Iraq war Glenn Reynolds often quipped about the left: They’re not anti-war, they’re just on the other side.
Perhaps we should have not assumed that the acquisition or the retention of electoral power would change this.
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