A Great Wartime Leader

Admit it. Barack Hussein Obama, Commander-in-Chief, is one cold, calculated leader. He waited for just the right time -- that perfect moment when his skewed ideology and desperate political circumstances intersected -- to release Islamic fanatics from Guantanamo Bay and distract from exploding domestic scandals.

Obama's talent for deception and sabotage on behalf of America's enemies is impressive even by historical standards. He's probably the only U.S. president with the necessary human empathy to assume the mindset of a hardened terrorist, bent on restoring the Taliban in Afghanistan. We're lucky he was partly raised in Indonesia and studied in Pakistan.

But Obama's innate empathy would be nothing without his unrivaled skill at upsetting the delicate balance of world affairs. Could any sane person have guessed the president, at the expense of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, would ally the U.S. with tiny Gulf principality Qatar -- the al Jazeera satellite dish funding resurgent al Qaeda in Syria?

While it seemed that Obama had been humiliated by Syria's Bashar Assad, Russia's Vladimir Putin, and other more experienced diplomats, it was a ruse. The cunning strategist had decided to wait almost two years after making empty threats of a "red line" to complement Qatari funding for a few more propaganda videos on its state-run news channel.

In exchange, the Qataris would host our likely recidivist Guantanamo detainees for a year in a sumptuous palace before returning them to the battlefield in Syria or beyond. Obama really twisted those Qataris' turbans. Experts are still trying to decipher how he did it.

Empathy. Intelligence. Courage.

This last is Obama's strongest suit. No other president on the precipice of such a calamitous record in office, punctuated recently by "death panels" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, would have the sheer gall to illegally trade five senior al Qaeda for an AWOL sympathizer in order to fulfill his promise of closing a military prison in the middle of a war.

Obama does. The man from America's most remote outpost could be the greatest wartime leader the country has ever known. Better than Abe. Better than Ike.

If only he were working for us.

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Admit it. Barack Hussein Obama, Commander-in-Chief, is one cold, calculated leader. He waited for just the right time -- that perfect moment when his skewed ideology and desperate political circumstances intersected -- to release Islamic fanatics from Guantanamo Bay and distract from exploding domestic scandals.

Obama's talent for deception and sabotage on behalf of America's enemies is impressive even by historical standards. He's probably the only U.S. president with the necessary human empathy to assume the mindset of a hardened terrorist, bent on restoring the Taliban in Afghanistan. We're lucky he was partly raised in Indonesia and studied in Pakistan.

But Obama's innate empathy would be nothing without his unrivaled skill at upsetting the delicate balance of world affairs. Could any sane person have guessed the president, at the expense of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, would ally the U.S. with tiny Gulf principality Qatar -- the al Jazeera satellite dish funding resurgent al Qaeda in Syria?

While it seemed that Obama had been humiliated by Syria's Bashar Assad, Russia's Vladimir Putin, and other more experienced diplomats, it was a ruse. The cunning strategist had decided to wait almost two years after making empty threats of a "red line" to complement Qatari funding for a few more propaganda videos on its state-run news channel.

In exchange, the Qataris would host our likely recidivist Guantanamo detainees for a year in a sumptuous palace before returning them to the battlefield in Syria or beyond. Obama really twisted those Qataris' turbans. Experts are still trying to decipher how he did it.

Empathy. Intelligence. Courage.

This last is Obama's strongest suit. No other president on the precipice of such a calamitous record in office, punctuated recently by "death panels" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, would have the sheer gall to illegally trade five senior al Qaeda for an AWOL sympathizer in order to fulfill his promise of closing a military prison in the middle of a war.

Obama does. The man from America's most remote outpost could be the greatest wartime leader the country has ever known. Better than Abe. Better than Ike.

If only he were working for us.

Follow Brendan Thomas on Twitter