Mr. President, “You didn’t build that!”

“When a man ain’t got no ideas of his own, he’d ought to be kind o’ careful who he borrows ’em from.”

– Owen Wister (The Virginian)

More kumihimo and beading tutorials or a blog post, such is my dilemma.  As this day dwindles away, it’s obvious which choice won out for most of today.  I tried to listen to this vapid, clueless President of ours attempt one more shameless, face-saving measure with this address at West Point this morning, but frankly his smugness made my blood boil.

President Obama, in my opinion (worth about as much as him talking about hammers and nails), is singularly the most incompetent US President in my lifetime, possibly even in US history.  To say such, invites charges of, “you’re racist”, to which I am going to dare say what should have been said long ago, “this man is the shining example of Affirmative Action run amok!”  He rode the race card through America’s top universities,  not on his merits.  Then he found himself a lucrative living, ensconced in grievance politics in Chicago.  He knows absolutely nothing about military matters, leadership or foreign policy, yet he is who the American people chose to steer the ship of state in these very treacherous, troubled seas.

Even now, his support among blacks and other minorities remains solid, despite the stagnant American economy and many of them faring far worse under his many ill-conceived domestic policies.  They will still  jump up and defend him, no matter what.   His sycophantic supporters, particularly those in the media, still carry water for him, but around the world, other leaders see him for the weak waffler he is, which bodes poorly for America.

Today’s speech, following the Afghanistan dog and pony show, crossed my threshold for disingenuous grandstanding!  He just gave the Taliban the green light in Afghanistan with his attempt to look like a CINC, by showing up to rally the troops with a withdrawal speech on Memorial Day.  “Hooray, troops, we’re deserting the battlefield, be proud”, was his message….   Today at West Point, here is how he followed up the withdrawal speech, courtesy of the NY Times:

“America must always lead on the world stage,” he said. “But U.S. military action cannot be the only – or even primary – component of our leadership in every instance. Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail.”

La, la, la, “…if I had a hammer…”  You can expect the Obama spin machine to nail us with three pennies worth of hollow sound bites. They still have no coherent strategy, but they’ve constructed a catchy metaphor.  This man wouldn’t know the difference between a common nail and a roofing nail.  He’s perfected constructing political straw men – no hammer and nails, Mom jeans optional, teleprompter required…

Mr. President, “You didn’t build that military!”, but we will give you full credit for dismantling it.  Rant over, back to learning basic beading, time to calm my nerves.

 

4 Comments

Filed under Foreign Policy, Military, Politics, The Media

4 responses to “Mr. President, “You didn’t build that!”

  1. Kinnison

    Immediately after his West Point speech a foreign affairs analyst on CNN commented that he had picked the wrong audience for the speech, which was “a philosophical speech on foreign affairs instead of a Commander-in-Chief talking to his troops.” He termed its reception by the recently-commissioned graduating class of Army officers at West Point as “icy”. Go to Youtube. Pull up any speech of President Obama’s to massed military personnel. Watch their reactions. “Icily polite” is the perfect descriptor of his military audiences. There are a couple of videos showing the reaction of military crowds to both President Bush and to President Obama, an invidious comparison. Bush, for all of his many faults in office, genuinely loves American warriors and they know it. Obama does not, and they know it. There’s an old saying in the military, particularly shared amongst senior NCOs and officers: “You can’t BS the troops”. Having observed for 22+ years of active duty, enlisted, NCO and officer, I concur; it is absolutely true. They know when they are being blowed or glowed and they resent it. Troops resent Obama. They don’t trust him. They don’t like him. And given that he is cynically using their lives and blood to bolster his domestic political agenda, they shouldn’t.

  2. Kinnison, There are still plenty more ways for him to place American troops into harm’s way with no real strategy thought out. Here are a few news items, courtesy JK:

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/05/26/228432/syrian-rebels-describe-us-backed.html

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/05/21/map-the-u-s-currently-has-troops-in-these-african-countries/

    What I suspect is happening in the military is people with our views on leadership are being nudged aside (and out), while the political hacks are moving up. His “fundamental transformation” is well under way in the military. I suspect his leadership decapitation strategy, as John McCreary referred to Obama’s drone war,is at play here at home too. The young cadets he spoke to today have been force-fed the PC dogma, so many of them will fit right in. Those who resist will be eliminated. Where this leads, doesn’t leave me feeling very optimistic at the moment.

  3. Minta Marie Morze

    Eleven score and 18 years ago “our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.”

    We are, indeed.

    The greatest battlefield of all time, for it encompasses the mighty Earth itself, and all that dwell upon it.

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