Some reflection seems appropriate for the day – in case you don’t remember, look at a calendar and remember this day in 2001. And on that topic, here is the always-worth-reading Dr. Thomas Sowell on President Obama’s strategy for the Middle East. Excerpt:
There is always someone else to blame for whatever goes wrong in the Obama administration. Supposedly the intelligence services had not kept him informed about how imminent the ISIS threat was. But others who received top-secret briefings by the intelligence services say otherwise.
Some people are wondering how someone of obvious intelligence like Barack Obama could be so mistaken about so many things, especially in deadly foreign policy issues. But there is no way of knowing whether anyone is succeeding or failing without first knowing what they are trying to do.
If you assume that Obama is trying to protect the safety and interests of the U.S. and its allies, then clearly he has been a monumental failure. It is hard to think of any part of the world where things have gotten better for us since the Obama administration began.
Much as I admire and respect Dr. Sowell (and that is a great deal) I have to take exception with his description of the President as “someone of obvious intelligence.” To be honest, I see little evidence of this obvious intelligence. He is no dullard, but neither is he a great intellectual, or even a particularly deep thinker; he is abysmally poorly informed on a variety of topics important to his job (economics, military affairs.) And while he gives pretty speeches when using a teleprompter, he is an execrable speaker when he has to ad-lib.
The ability to speak extemporaneously is, to my estimation, a sign of intelligence. Ronald Reagan could do it. Rhodes Scholar Bill Clinton could (and can) do it. Barack Obama just can’t. He stutters, he stumbles, he gaffes. And why are his college records sealed? What is there that must be kept quiet?
But on balance Dr. Sowell is correct. All evidence indicates that the Obama Administration will be known for three things: Evading responsibility, procrastination, and a chronic failure to follow through.