Reasons To Worry
As we begin the next post 9/11 decade, I can't help but wonder what the country will look like in ten years. When 1979 turned to 1980, the world was quite dangerous. Jimmy Carter's feckless foreign policy decisions led to the rise of a fundamentalist Iran, there were anti-American riots on the Arab streets, the Soviets felt they had a comrade in arms, or at least a weak opponent in the White House and the economy, like much of the country, was in a malaise.
I was 17 going on 18 and yet, at no point did I worry that my country wouldn't be around for the next 10 years. While Hollywood tried to relive the scary days of the Cuban Missile Crises - by airing the movie "The Day After," somehow we knew America would overcome this. Thankfully, we had the intelligence and foresight to elect Ronald Reagan to replace the incredibly shrinking James Earl Carter before the year ended.
But what about now? Once again, we are faced with Islamic revolutions that were at least stoked, if not completely tolerated (even wanted) by a feckless, incompetent Commander-in-Chief. We once again have an American embassy under attack in an Islamic-ruled country (that was once our ally, if not for the President's weak foreign policies). Once again, we are being ridiculed by an ever menacing Russia - while no longer a Soviet threat, Russia is once again raising its fist. Once again, the economy is in the tank and once again, gas prices are outrageous and crippling us. And this time, we have to add the enormous financial debt we owe to the Chinese.
Faced with all of these very serious issues, once again a malaise has surrounded us. But, unlike 1980, many Americans are hiding from these problems. Listening to the Democratic National Convention, you would think the worst thing we have to deal with as a nation is whether or not 31-year-old college students get their contraception paid for by the taxpayer. Or whether or not peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are bringing us back to Jim Crow.
But just yesterday, there were three very disturbing stories that barely made the mainstream press.
The first was this from the Government Accountability Institute:
The Government Accountability Institute, a new conservative investigative research organization, examined President Obama’s schedule from the day he took office until mid-June 2012, to see how often he attended his Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) — the meeting at which he is briefed on the most critical intelligence threats to the country. During his first 1,225 days in office, Obama attended his PDB just 536 times — or 43.8 percent of the time. During 2011 and the first half of 2012, his attendance became even less frequent — falling to just over 38 percent.Also from the article:
This isn’t the first time a Government Accountability Institute study has caused controversy. In July, a GAI analysis of President Obama’s calendar found that the president has spent just 412 hours in economic meetings of any kind throughout his presidency versus the over 600 hours he’s spent golfing.It's bad enough that the President has a serious flaw in his priorities. But to see a report like this, while the economy is in it's worst condition since the Great Depression and while the Arab street is on fire and hoping to burn us down is simply maddening.
Yet the media wants us to believe that Mitt Romney's dog is a far more vital story.
Here is the second story...
Protesters Storm US Embassy In Egypt, Tear Apart American Flag
Can someone say "asleep at the wheel?" Just like 1979, when Jimmy Carter "welcomed" a new regime in Iran (in reality, he simply turned the other way and abandoned his ally, which showed the Islamists America was a "paper tiger). Of course, this gross negligence by our government has led to thousands and thousands of deaths and a reign of terror not seen since the '40s. Will Egypt turn into Iran II? At this point, unless Iran is successful and acquires and detonates a nuclear bomb (which changes everything), I would say it's inevitable. But like Jimmy Carter all those years ago, our President was either too incompetent to see the obvious, or else this was exactly the outcome he desired - which is far more insidious and dangerous. I tend to believe it's incompetence. After all, we elected a man without a shred of experience who talked a good game, but was really just an empty suit. Joe Biden famously said that in the near future, a crisis will arise that would "test the mettle" of Obama. He was right. Sadly, Joe was wrong as to the success of such a crisis.
The third story has not gotten the media play it deserves. However, that's mostly because it puts Obama is a poor light and the MSM would never do that, if it can avoid it.
U.S. rejects Netanyahu meeting request
Go ahead and find me another time in our recent history where an ally was facing imminent war and the President of the United States can not find the time to meet with the ally's leader.
You can't. Some will say that Obama is rejecting Bibi because of the comments the Prime Minister made regarding making a red line in the sand to stop Iran. If this is the reason, it shows an unbelievable amount of petulance and immaturity on the part of the US President. If this is the reason, what kind of man does that make Obama? As leader of the United States, the President MUST stand above such petty behavior. But sadly, this has become the norm for this President. His loathing of the Israeli Prime Minister has long been known. But for Israel, the Iran issue is a matter of life and death. For our President to treat this situation like gum on the bottom of his show is the most visual reason I can show you as to the incompetence, petulance and arrogance of the man-child in the oval office.
And what if that isn't the reason? What else could it be? The Obama people claim he simply can not fit meeting Netanyahu on his schedule. Would that be the schedule that sees his miss 60-70% of his daily intelligence briefings? Or the less that 45 minutes a day on his economic briefings? Is this the schedule that has him playing over 100 rounds of golf and taking exotic vacations? Or is this the busy schedule that has him attending over 300 fundraisers over the past 2 years?
The office of the President of the United States was never this much of a joke under Jimmy Carter. While Carter was clearly incompetent, he at least took the office and the oath seriously. From Day One, Obama promised to "fundamentally transform" the country. Sadly, a majority of Americans either didn't, or couldn't believe what those words meant.
We have less than two months to see he isn't allowed to continue. Please vote wisely.