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Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Tide in the Affairs of Men

From the American Thinker:
There comes a moment in a failing presidency where the incumbent, through some single gesture, action, or statement, crosses a certain line from beyond which there is no return. Through his own will and behavior, he so underlines his failings, so frames his negative image, that no further action can ever erase it. Fate, accident, and circumstance have nothing to do with it. It is the president himself who puts the period at the end of his own sentence.

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With Obama, we have an abundance of riches: the multiple vacations, the legal harassment of the state of Arizona on behalf of illegals, the clownish response to the Gulf oil blowout. But when historians come to select the moment when Obama went over the edge of the world, I think they'll find the great Iftar mosque speech of August 13, 2010 hard to beat.

Read it all. Ultimately, I think, historians will judge the great tragedy of the Obama presidency as less the hapless flailing of a man hopelessly out of his league than the sad fact we the people of the United elected this incandescently incompetent four-flusher president, despite many, many indications he was not up to the job. The damage done to the American image abroad will be incalculable, perhaps less so with the Europeans, who seemed as taken (in) by Obama as the Americans were, but the goings on in Europe these days are of far less concern to our nation than those in the Middle-East and Asia. Leadership in those regions saw right through the putative Obama mystique and began exploiting his weaknesses from the start. That exploitation will grow in inverse proportion to their respect for the President and the nation.

It is only a matter of time before Iran goes nuclear and the Chinese, with a quasi-belligerent leadership holding a substantial portion of the vast American debt will feel hegemonically tempted as never before, as our president grows weaker and weaker in international esteem. Assuming President Obama is able to ride out the rest of his term, it's going to be a rough couple of years. If this nation is so favored to elect a grownup president president after Obama is gone, he will assuredly have his work cut out for him; hitting the reset button will not be an option.

UPDATE: Letting the cat out of the Cellophane bag: He's not that smart.

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