The UK's Mail Online had a article that I came across that had a harrowing title : " This weak and timid President talks big... and does nothing: A devastating attack on Obama by a top Washington insider" This was published back in July. The British Press is ripping President Obama apart . The "level" of criticism against the Obama administration is growing , showing signs of weakness .***Barack Obama left for a three-day European swing Tuesday afternoon without saying a single word in response to a terrorist video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist to die that way on camera.The president's departure came amid equally deafening swirls of helicopter rotors and tough questions about whether and when the (1) .U.S. will strike back in a meaningful and public way against IS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Just two weeks ago, the president was widely criticized for being pictured fist-bumping on the golf course minutes after solemnly addressing the nation about an ISIS video showing photojournalist James Foley's death. I am seeing that our President is also becoming a "HOSTAGE OF TERRORISM" . One couple knows all too well the pain suffered by the parents of James Foley, the American photojournalist executed on camera last month by the Islamic State.Billy and Karen Vaughn also lost their son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011, when the SEAL Team Six soldier's Chinook helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan.Now the couple are calling on President Barack Obama to step down, citing his reaction to the Foley video and 'lack of leadership' in confronting IS. SO , (2). what is OBAMA to do? # I outlined a STRATEGY in this posting in this blog. With American citizens being killed , why won't Obama declare through Congress WAR? OBVIOUSLY PRES. Obama is no Ronald Reagan , he has no big stick to wave as did Teddy Roosevelt . Question is Obama weak kneed? Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world Rice – measured in tone, but very tough on substance – excoriated Obama administration policies without ever mentioning the president by name. She mocked the naïve hope that “international norms” would fill the vacuum left by U.S. retreat and blasted the president for hiding behind the weariness of the public.“I fully understand the sense of weariness. I fully understand that we must think: ‘Us, again?’ I know that we’ve been through two wars. I know that we’ve been vigilant against terrorism. I know that it’s hard. But leaders can’t afford to get tired. Leaders can’t afford to be weary.”.
# Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.Make peace with Russia , end any escalation of a new Cold War . See Russia and China as a partner in global issues. Renounce support for Ukraine . Ukraine is not a NATO member state we have no business thumbing the nation's nose at Putin.
Build a coalition to fight the Islamic State . Renew "talks" with Syria . Build a new understanding with Iran . Support for Palestine .
Sorry between the evils I see , these are the only solutions .
NOTES AND COMMENTS:
*** A 2nd American beheaded by ISIS. The Obama Administration knew exactly where they were, did nothing to save him, played golf instead. (1). Part of that reflects the wariness of the American people toward yet another military intervention in the Middle East. And while I haven't seen it expressed in these terms, it also seems to me that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry may be applying an important lesson from the failure of the surge. This time, they are insisting on Iraqi reforms right up front, with assistance to follow if, and only if, the reforms are carried out. (2)> Gov. Bobby Jindal is reported to have tweeted : I have no doubt about the President’s sorrow over the two murders of American citizens by ISIS. I am certain that this grieves him deeply. And while grieving is important, it is no substitute for a strategy. http://gov.la.gov/index.cfmmd=newsroom&tmp=detail&articleID=4661