Under the Unleader, America is creating power vacuums that liberal vanity won’t fill.
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We learned last week that Obama has failed to attend more than half of his daily intelligence briefings. Policy unsupported by the best intelligence is mere guesswork. Obama’s policymaking is ideological, independent of facts, a willful ignorance that borders on criminal negligence. Disorder, indecision, and increasing danger of a huge war are the results of Obama’s unwillingness to lead.
The attacks on our Cairo embassy and the Benghazi consulate are prime examples. Intelligence community sources confirm that we had intelligence warnings of the attack on the Cairo embassy that preceded the event by several weeks. Several reports say that Libyan security officials warned of the Libya attack days before it happened. Some of that information had to filter into the president’s daily briefings. What did Obama ignore and when did he ignore it?
In these cases, real leadership — at a minimum — would have taken steps to protect our diplomatic outposts by withdrawing personnel or reinforcing our security forces. Neither Obama nor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took those actions. Now, the Sudan has refused us permission to reinforce security at our embassy. But Obama won’t pull our people out.
American leadership might not have prevented last week’s attacks, but it could have prevented the assassination of our ambassador to Libya and the deaths of the three men who accompanied him.
Iran is proceeding with its nuclear weapons program in another Obama-created vacuum. Obama has refused to even meet with Netanyahu to discuss possible action against Iran. Obama and his allies insist that we have drawn a “red line” against Iran by saying that we wouldn’t tolerate Iran having nuclear weapons.
What that means is that we won’t take any action against Iran until it has developed — and, possibly, deployed — nuclear weapons capable of destroying Israel. Given the gaps in our intelligence community’s ability to penetrate Iran, Obama won’t know if it has actually built nuclear weapons until well after the fact. A real American leader would prevent that from occurring, not promise to react to the event when it happens, when it will be far more costly in blood and treasure to face.
What has dawned on Economist’s editorial writers won’t be recognized by our media before the November election, or perhaps for years to come. It goes too far to challenge the most basic liberal ideology for anyone here to take notice. But what comes after?
Thomas Cahill, in his How the Irish Saved Civilization, provides the answer. On the last day of December 406, the Rhine froze solid, creating a bridge for hundreds of thousands of barbarians to flood into Rome. Rome had fallen from its superpower status long before the city fell to the barbarians. The gradual abdication of the only superpower of its day left a vacuum that was filled by chaos for more than a thousand years.
The world moves at a much faster pace now than it did then. The November election will be our choice between remaining the only superpower defending freedom or leaving the world — and our interests in it — to whatever forces choose to fill the vacuum Obama is creating.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?