What do the Ebola and ISIS crisis have in common? They both were acerbated by Obama’s refusal to take decisive action until dragged, kicking and screaming, by public opinion. He has made a habit of doing nothing until forced by events, especially in his second term. His administration’s guiding principle has been “Do nothing stupid.”
Unfortunately, that has translated into do nothing — “period”, as he said on many occasions. Every decision hinges on having a positive political outcome. Politics is his overriding reason for making any decision.
Another example is the ridiculous case of Sgt. Tahmooressi. He has been held in a Mexican jail for months over a trumped up weapons charge. Has Obama lifted a finger to help? Has he used his infamous pen and phone? Nah. He will trade five vicious terrorists for a likely traitor but will not get off the golf course long enough to help an honorable Marine. There hasn’t been enough sand raised by his military-hating base to warrant his attention.
The one time Obama was said to do something positive was when he, supposedly, agreed to have Bin Laden killed. Even then, he dithered for months and it was rumored the military acted without his approval. He took credit for it, only after it was successful. He, reportedly, nixed the mission three times on the advice of Valeri Jarrett. Once again, he had to lick his finger and hold it in the wind.
Perhaps, this is what he meant by, “leading from behind.” By “leading from behind,” he has become the Coward In Chief.
In my many years I have come to a
conclusion that one useless man
is a shame, two is a law firm,
and three or more is a congress.
— John Adams