Our president has lost touch with reality....
Noemie Emery explains the president's dissociation from reality:
It was May 2013 when President Obama first talked about his wish to "go Bulworth." The reference is to a 1998 film in which a compromised senator, having arranged to have himself killed so that his daughter could collect his insurance, is free for the first time in his sad, shabby lifespan to speak his unfettered and luminous mind. The time came for Obama late in 2014, when having lost all he could — both houses of Congress and many state governments — he had no more to lose by losing his bearings and getting lost in a world all his own.
The president's post-election statement, she writes, that he must represent those who did NOT vote exemplifies his descent into fantasy mode....
Her diagnosis is supported by independent voices she cites, including news figures long supporters of the president:
“There’s a real world out there he didn’t really talk about,” said Christopher Matthews. “His projection of success … is not close to reality,” said Andrea Mitchell. When the choir rebels, you know you’re in trouble.
“It sounds like the president was outlining a world that he wishes we were all living in, but which is very different than the world you described,” Richard Engel informed NBC’s Brian Williams. “So there was a general tone, maybe even suspended disbelief, I think, when he started talking about foreign policy. There’s not a lot of success stories to be talking about in foreign policy right now.”
* We are living through a moment of monumental world change.
* Old orders are collapsing while any new stability has yet to emerge.
* When you’re in uncharted waters your boat must be strong.
* If America attempts to disengage from this dangerous world it will only make all the turmoil worse.
NRO's Jonah Goldberg sees the president locked in his "comfort zone":
Three explanations dominate speculation about what Obama is up to. The first is that he’s trying to lay the groundwork for his successor, presumptive nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton. The second is that he’s trying to pad his legacy. The third is that he’s trying to “troll” or bait the GOP into debating his agenda rather than pursuing its own. All are plausible, and none necessarily contradicts the others.
But there’s a fourth interpretation: Obama can’t leave his comfort zone. No president since Woodrow Wilson has been as enamored of abstract ideas or more sure that disagreement with him is proof of ignorance, bad faith or dogmatism. As a candidate, he insisted his real opponent was “cynicism,” and in his address last week, he returned to the trite formulation, insisting again he was bravely battling the cynics.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), a rising star in her party, tartly dismissed administration blather (3:30) about alienated individuals:
“This is not just about words, it’s not about semantics, it’s really about having a real true understanding of who our enemy is and how important that is, that we have to understand what their motivation is and what their ideology is, this radical Islamic ideology that’s fueling them. A couple of days ago, Secretary Kerry said in a speech that ISIS and al Qaeda are engaging in, ‘criminal conduct rooted in alienation, poverty, thrill-seeking, and other factors.’ Now if we really look at what he’s saying and if that’s really the cause, then the solution would be just to give them a trophy, give them a hug, give them a good paying job, $10,000, and a skateboard so they can go and get their thrills and say, ‘okay, great. they’re going to be happy and they won’t be fighting anymore.'”…We have people who are living in poverty all around the world, people who have this same feeling of alienation from their government but they’re not terrorists. so we’ve got to look at what their ideology is and how that’s fueling these tragic attacks that keep occurring” she stated.
She added that as a result Team Obama botched up interventions in Libya and Syria, and that unless you will name the enemy you cannot defeat him. Team Obama is also tone-deaf to Kurdish desires for independence, though that outcome would create a strong pro-US oil-rich state in the heart of the Mideast.
Team Obama is acquiescing in Iran's emerging empire, writes Charles Krauthammer, thus terrifying our Arab allies in the region:
Yet the Obama administration appears to be ready to acquiesce to the new reality of Iranian domination of Syria. It has told the New York Times that it is essentially abandoning its proclaimed goal of removing Assad.
For the Saudis and the other Gulf Arabs, this is a nightmare. They’re engaged in a titanic regional struggle with Iran. And they are losing — losing Yemen, losing Lebanon, losing Syria and watching post-U.S.-withdrawal Iraq come under increasing Iranian domination.
The nightmare would be hugely compounded by Iran going nuclear. The Saudis were already stupefied that Washington conducted secret negotiations with Tehran behind their backs. And they can see where the current talks are headed — legitimizing Iran as a threshold nuclear state.
Team Obama's damage to our Mideast allies goes even further, writes CK:
Our regional allies — Saudi Arabia, the other five Gulf states, Jordan, Egypt and Israel — are deeply worried. Tehran is visibly on the march on the ground and openly on the march to nuclear status. And their one great ally, their strategic anchor for two generations, is acquiescing to both.
And all this comes as the West is increasingly "desensitized" to Islamist violence, writes Arab expert Raymond Ibrahim:
Following the January 7 massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, where Islamic gunmen killed a dozen people because the satirical magazine had mocked the prophet of Islam, one thing has become clear: the number of atrocities committed in the name of Islam all around the world have become so frequent, so ubiquitous, that other, lesser hostilities by Muslims, which might once have been newsworthy, are now completely falling by the wayside, seen as minor and insignificant—commonplace, almost expected.
Thus, while Islamic gunmen were massacring “infidels” in Paris (and elsewhere), “everyday Muslims” in Europe were engaging in less dramatic, but no less significant behavior.
Ibrahim's piece recounts numerous recent Muslim attacks on non-Muslims, ignored by the Western press.
So what does the West do instead? It unleashes a torrent of condemnation of Egypt's anti-Islamist government, for the killing of one Islamist protester.
Bottom Line. Novelist Saul Bellow once said that a great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance if the need for illusion is deep. Not the pithiest of aphorisms, but a perfect description of the smarter than thou Obama administration.
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