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March 1, 2011

Barack Carter-Obama, 'All hat and no cattle'?

Topics: Political News and commentaries

As Ross Kaminsky appropriately notes today at The American Spectator, when even CNN implicitly recognizes that Barack Obama probably is, and certainly is seen in the Arab world as, every bit as spineless as the worst American president in recent generations (until the current one), Barack Obama and Democrats who hope to get elected or re-elected in 2012 had better hope that foreign policy magically drops off the table as an issue before the elections. The way things are going in North Africa and the Middle East, the Obama-Carter comparisons are likely to haunt our current president through the election and will increase the chances that Barack Obama's first term is also his last -- much to the chagrin of dictators around the world:

On Monday's edition of CNN's Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer and political analyst Gloria Borger discussed President Barack Obama's response to the situation in Libya, bringing unwitting clarity to the issue Barack Obama's projected and real weakness.

First, they wondered aloud how it could have been that Barack Obama would come out relatively quickly against Egypt's Hosni Mubarak who, while not a paragon of democratic virtue, was nevertheless an important and mostly reliable ally of the U.S. and partner in peace with Israel for three decades, but stay silent about Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi for nearly two weeks. Gaddafi is a man who has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and other westerners and who doesn't even have allies in the Arab world. ...

[...] Implicit in Blitzer and Borger's comments is the all too believable suggestion that Barack Obama is too likely to do nothing, too afraid of a bad outcome or too disdainful of U.S. military power to do something, and that therefore the risk of American hostages is indeed one he cannot take.

Unfortunately, his inability to take that risk jeopardizes far more than the slight possibility that Americans would have been taken hostage. It risks every would-be Arab reformer-rebel who might, if they could expect U.S. support, try to topple their various dictators instead deciding that the US is all hat and no cattle when it comes to brave talk of democracy.

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Kaminsky goes on to qualify his "all hat and no cattle" remark by noting that, to be fair, there's been precious little brave talk from Obama, so perhaps you can't really call him hypocritical. Unfortunately, he's right. Like Nancy Morgan points out at DBKP, when Obama finally did actually take a stand on the ongoing carnage in Libya ... following nine days of silence, he finally, and forcefully, condemned the "outrageous" crackdown by Libyan security forces on protesters ... and basically punted to the UN! (Essentially saying America will stand firmly behind the United Nations. We will wait and see what the global consensus and political ramifications are before taking sides against a murderous thug.)

Posted by Richard at March 1, 2011 7:02 AM

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