Delusion in a president is very dangerous
We've all had friends, or family members, who live in a fantasy or do not want to meet reality. I'm reminded of a good friend who did not want to deal with his drinking problem. He subsequently wrecked a marriage and nearly killed himself in a car crash.
As the world turns, and reality continues to spoil the hope and change parade, we have to come to terms with the very real possibility that President Obama is delusional, such as the man who does not want to see reality.
What else are we to conclude by watching President Obama behave recently?
Let's start with ISIS. They continue to gain ground and influence, but President Obama will not confront them directly with U.S. troops. He won't demand that our allies come through as well.
Remember President Bush? Yes, he was unpopular in Europe, in large measure because he called Europeans out and told them to get serious. It's time for President Obama to do the same thing and tell our allies to stop pretending and start acting. I am happy to hear that the French are sending an aircraft carrier to fight ISIS, but we need troops from every NATO country.
The ISIS story is bad, as we see in this report at The Daily Beast:
ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 airstrikes in the American-led campaign to break its grip there.
At least one-third of the country’s territory is now under ISIS influence, with recent gains in rural areas that can serve as a conduit to major cities that the so-called Islamic State hopes to eventually claim as part of its caliphate. Meanwhile, the Islamic extremist group does not appear to have suffered any major ground losses since the strikes began. The result is a net ground gain for ISIS, according to information compiled by two groups with on-the-ground sources.
Again, I read the polls and know that Americans are not interested in sending troops and our allies even less. However, this is exactly the kind of threat that a president has to see, address the nation about, and take action to confront.
On another front, it's the same, as Charles Krauthammer points out:
As for President Obama, he never was Charlie, not even for those 48 hours. From the day of the massacre, he has been practically invisible. At the interstices of various political rallies, he issued bits of muted, mealy-mouthed boilerplate. Followed by the now-famous absence of any high-ranking U.S. official at the Paris rally, an abdication of moral and political leadership for which the White House has already admitted error.
But this was no mere error of judgment or optics or, most absurdly, of communications in which we are supposed to believe that the president was not informed by staff about the magnitude, both actual and symbolic, of the demonstration he ignored. (He needed to be told?)
On the contrary, the no-show, following the near silence, precisely reflected the president’s profound ambivalence about the very idea of the war on terror. Obama began his administration by purging the phrase from the lexicon of official Washington.
He has ever since shuttled between saying that (a) the war must end because of the damage “keeping America on a perpetual wartime footing” was doing to us,
and (b) the war has already ended, as he suggested repeatedly during the 2012 campaign, with bin Laden dead and al-Qaeda “on the run.”
So where is President Obama? He's speaking in front of arranged crowds about community college tuition, "sick leave" for U.S. workers, global warming, and other liberal delights. Are you kidding me?
Sorry, but this kind of indifference to the truth, or kicking the can forward for the next guy to put in the trash, is dangerous. It's time for a serious Democrat to publicly call him out, and tell the president of the U.S. that his main responsibility is the security of the state, not community college tuition.