Public opinion as policy

| August 31, 2014

Barack Obama

The Washington Post publishes a piece in it’s pages today about our really cool president who doesn’t let world events bother him entitled “Obama sets his own pace in a world whirling with crises“.

They fawn over the fellow in the White House who makes decisions based on polling results after weeks, if not months, of taking the pulse of American public opinion. Always making the more popular decision. That practice has led to the worst foreign policy (if you can find a single policy), rampant unemployment, rampant overspending by government, an unsafe world in which we’re surrounded by enemies, further endangering our own economy as well as our national security.

The American people are boobs – there are 300,000,000 million people acting in their own interest. That’s human nature and it’s the same across the globe. What we need is a leader to lead us, not one more boob acting in his own interests. If we needed a government that made policy based on the popular opinion, Gallup would be the president.

Because we’ve been geographically removed from many of the problems in the world, we want stuff that makes us comfortable. Sending our troops to war makes us uncomfortable, as it should, but our short-sightedness and our need for immediate comfort makes us end conflicts before the enemy agrees that the war is over. And so, we’ve sent troops to Iraq three times in the last twenty years when all we really needed to do was finish the job the first time.

It will be the same in Afghanistan;

With a schedule for Iraq withdrawal already set, he developed policies for ending the then-faltering war in Afghanistan. In a pattern that would repeat itself on other issues, he deliberated for months, and then split the difference by simultaneously announcing a surge of troops and the timing of their departure.

But as he tried to engage the world on his terms, Obama quickly found out that the world had thoughts and plans of its own. Far from the reset Obama sought with Russia, President Vladimir Putin sought a new balance of power through aggression in Ukraine. While Obama offered a fresh start for the United States in the Muslim world, the Arab Spring headed toward destabilization rather than democracy.

Six years later, events seem to have spun out of his control, and Obama must react to the actions of others. Putin’s aggression in Ukraine has sparked the greatest East-West crisis since the Cold War. Islamic State advances have swallowed up a large swath of the Middle East and threaten a global upheaval far beyond the shock of al-Qaeda’s 2001 attacks.

It’s no coincidence that the world seemed to fall apart soon after Obama’s decision to half-ass the surge in Afghanistan – he sent a message to the world that we weren’t really committed to anything anymore and the fear and respect for the US that George W. Bush had fostered in his eight years had dissipated and from the four corners of the world came chaos.

That’s why there is no strategy for Iraq, or any other place in the world, for that matter – the White House is waiting to see what Americans want to do, before they do something that we might consider “stupid”. Because the Obama Doctrine is “don’t doing anything stupid”, and it ends up being “don’t do anything”. That’s why the President can play golf and fiddle while the world burns around him – he’s waiting for Americans to make policy – the best political answer – the answer that is popular. And most likely wrong.

George W. Bush ignored public opinion in 2006, when Congressional Republicans lost in the mid-terms, and Bush brought relative peace to Iraq. You’d think someone might have noticed that if they weren’t so busy trying to get elected rather than doing the right thing for the country.

Category: Barack Obama/Joe Biden, Foreign Policy

Comments (18)

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  1. Sparks says:

    “Six years later, events seem to have spun out of his control, and Obama must react to the actions of others.”

    Oh how I beg to disagree. Obama is not reacting to the actions of others. He is knee jerking because of his own lack of action and leadership. The vacuum of leadership and power he has created caused the messes we’re seeing in the world now. Every enemy and ally knows what he is NOT doing and hasn’t done for 6 years now. They know he cares more for his “image” than America, the safety of its people and borders or any world crisis. Please, please bless us with a strong conservative in 2016 and control of Congress this year. This man needs to be stopped before HE ALONE brings America to its knees.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      You left out his golf game, Sparks.

      If the only thing bodaprez can do is react to public polls and opinions, that means we are on our own, which I said elsewhere. Fine by me. Not one of us has to wait to be told what to do to defend this country, do we?

      Hell, birdbraindead got upset because the police down in Ferguson, MO, were wearing semi-mil getups during those riots, because that just isn’t ‘nice’. So now he’s ‘thinking’ about the militarization of police departments and how – well, hostile – that looks. (I don’t see that stuff going on around here, FWIW.) I hope he doesn’t hurt his selfness while he ‘thinks’. (snarc)

      And you forget that he has no real emotional connection to this country. It means nothing to him, other than being allowed to play golf every weekend and eat expensive meals at expensive restaurants.

    • Roger in Republic says:

      The best quote I saw yesterday was: “No one follows where no one leads.”. Leadership is only a word to this man. It is not in his skillset. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of a single thing that is in his skillset. He has honed mediocrity to a sharp edge. The man is empty, devoid of any value.

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    WHAT? WaPo is DISSING bodaprez? But… but… but….

    Isn’t this what the Peter Principle is all about? Find your level of incompetence, and enjoy it to the hilt?

    Isn’t this why Vlad Putin was smiling knowingly when bodaprez made that off-the-cuff aside about ‘having more flexibility after the elections’?

    Well, I can only say that at least the head of the Saudi family, King Abdullah – may he be seated with the Wise in Eternity – has had enough effing common sense to publish a warning via Reuters that the US is now a hard target for ISIL/IS.

    If the Saudi King takes it seriously enough to bypass Lurch and bodaprez, I’d listen to him.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      It’s rumored that Putin was once heard off mike comparing negotiations with B. Hussein 0bama to playing chess with a pigeon. The rumor is that he said “The bird knocks the pieces over, defecates on the board and then struts around like he won the game.” Sounds like B-HO in a nutshell to me, how about y’all?

    • Roger in Republic says:

      King Abdullah is scared shitless. mHe knows that he is next. The Islamic Caliphate will never allow him to exist in parallel to them. They envision a global Islamic state and minor kings have no place in it. The Saudis are paper tigers, unable to defend themselves. The US has done their fighting and guaranteed their sovereignty ever since Oil was discovered there. King Obama the spineless, scares the hell out of them, not for what he might do to them, but for what he will not do for them. They are on their own, and know that their small, corrupt military would flee at the first shot fired.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        Very true, we bailed their asses out in DS/DS, but I wonder if B. Hussein 0bama will lift a finger to help them?

      • Delilah T. says:

        The ISers want oil to fund their swarm’s march through the Middle East. They’ve already seized Iraqi oil wells and sold the oil to Syrian rebels.

        If they should manage somehow to swarm their way down to Kuwait and into the Saudi peninsula, are we actually prepared to go after them?
        Or will this be another asinine ‘everything is fine, just fine’ response?

  3. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Sparks, I’m convinced the only things he gives even a drop of cockroach shit about are his next round of golf, vacation, or fundraiser. He’s the most incompetent, shallow, narcissistic, hypocritical, and outright crooked sonofabitch to ever inhabit the White House. Ever see him try to give a speech sans his teleprompter? Every other word is “uuhhhhm” or “uuuhhhhhh”!

  4. Green Thumb says:

    The good of a few outweigh the good of the many.

    The Obama Standard.

    • Sparks says:

      Green Thumb…Spot on and the “few” include him, his family and his cronies. Not to include the cronies if shit gets thick.

  5. FatCircles0311 says:

    John, this is the best Obammy picture of all time. That face. That face defines a whole generation.

  6. RunPatRun says:

    The editorial board published what I thought was the most critical article on the President to date. I was shocked to see something like this out of a liberal paper like WAPO:

    The comments from liberals with their heads exploding was entertaining, but it’s also a tad frightening to see blind followers OD’d on Flavor-aid.

  7. Delilah T. says:

    I have seldom run across anyone who is as out of touch with the real world as the marone who currently occupies the Oval Office.

    It is as plain as day that the entire free world – even Putin, in my opinion – is being forced to face annihilation by crazy people, and this jackass with a brain the size of a pea thinks everything is just fine. It’s all fine. Just fine. Nothing is wrong.

    The distance between that line of thought and the real world is the same as the distance between this universe and the next one.

    Well, we are being warned repeatedly to take it seriously, and I am doing exactly that.

  8. R says:

    Mr. Obama is a neighborhood organizer. The world is outside his neighborhood.

  9. Richard says:

    Mr. Obama is a neighborhood organizer. The world is outside his neighborhood.

    Perhaps I am being moderated again 🙂

  10. Delilah T. says:

    News alert: His ‘cronies’ are none to happy with bodaprez.

    Even DiFi is turning against him. She says he is ‘cautious, perhaps too cautious’.

    Ya think?!?