The Sunday news shows were all a buzz over Obama’s flip flop on Syria, suddenly deciding to seek Congressional approval for an attack on Syrian President Assad. He was being accused of doing damage to our country’s credibility overseas. Perhaps this is so. When one makes threats about red lines and doesn’t follow through, one appears cowardly or weak.

But, because the President makes a stupid threat, does that mean that the country needs to embark on a stupid attack simply to protect his reputation or political credibility? Strictly speaking, the U.S. doesn’t have a dog in this fight. Though the use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians is despicable, it does not necessarily require the U.S. to be the world policeman if it is not in our national interest.

Assad has already murdered 100,000 people. Why does the use of chemical weapons suddenly demand a response? Both sides in the Syrian struggle hate us. Attacking Assad will assist Al Qaeda. Of course, Obama has a history of assisting the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda. In fact, there is a mountain of evidence that the Obama regime was funneling weapons to Al Qaeda in Syria through Benghazi.

Politicians and pundits alike today are scratching their heads, wondering how the President could be so inept. This reaction always surprises me. As I have written here in the past, perhaps Obama is not inept. Perhaps he is motivated by a desire to reduce America down to the level of lesser countries. I’m not the first to suspect this. Aaron Klein documents the same theses in his book The Manchurian President as does Dinesh D’Souza in the movie Obama’s America: 2016. (What happened to Dinesh? He seems to have disappeared.) There is a sufficient amount of evidence for this to be a credible theory, yet politicians and pundits “in the know” are reluctant to voice it. Is it too radical to believe? It’s much easier to blame the many failures of his policies, both foreign and domestic, on ineptitude. But, if his objective is to diminish American influence abroad, didn’t he just score a huge success this week?

Perhaps the riddle to the puzzle might lie in who is really running the country while Obama is continually touring the country campaigning or vacationing. She is the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. Valerie Jarrett controls access to the president. But she has zero experience in foreign or domestic policy.

Jarrett helped recruit the self-identified communist Van Jones (as green jobs czar), and the die-hard advocate of wealth redistribution Cass Sunstein (as regulatory czar). Jarrett is a vindictive grudge-holder as revealed by her comments leaked prior to the 2012 election where she vowed revenge on Obama’s political opponents. According to Richard Miniter’s recent book, Leading from Behind: “At the urging of Valerie Jarrett, President Barack Obama canceled the operation to kill Osama bin Laden on three separate occasions before finally approving” the mission for May 2, 2011.

Valerie Jarrett hails from the cesspool of Chicago politics. Her parents were Marxist radicals with ties to Bill Ayers family. They founded the Erikson Institute which was awarded funds in 1995 by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge founded by Bill Ayers; Obama was hired in 1995 as the group’s first chairman. In 2009, Erickson was awarded almost $5 million from the stimulus program.

She was a part of Mayor Richard Daley’s administration. Karin McQuillan reported in American Thinker, “Jarrett was known for her corruption and incompetence.  Daley finally had to fire her after a scandal erupted over her role in misuse of public funds in the city’s substandard public housing …. When Valerie Jarrett hired Michelle to work for Daley and befriended her, the Obamas gained access to the exclusive world of upper-class black Chicago politics.

So, whether it’s Valerie or Barrack, we have two people with similar motivations and experience levels. If they really wanted to do what is best for America, then they must be idiots. On the other hand, if they want to diminish this country, they’re doing a pretty good job.

Image: Source White House Flickr Account; author: Pete Souza; public domain