Friday, February 11, 2011
The Deja Vu Nightmare
WHAT WE SAID. All those people who foresaw Obama as another Jimmy Carter. You couldn't write this scenario. Carter sat on his hands bleating about human rights while Islamist terrorists took over Iran. We've been paying the price of that hubris for 30 years. But at least Carter had a linchstone peace between Egypt and Israel to boast of, regardless of what role he really played in effecting it.
Obama doesn't have even that. He's going to lose Egypt the way Carter lost Iran without any mitigating circumstances. You don't have to be a conservative to wonder if the president is even paying close attention to the crisis, given the missteps, misstatements, flat-out fumbles, and alternately too stern and too weak pronouncements from the Oval Office. His CIA director knows only what he reads in the newspapers. His Director of National Intelligence doesn't know that the organization which fathered Hizbollah, Hamas, and al qaeda -- the Muslim Brotherhood -- is not a secular oganization. Is The One perhaps too busy golfing and filling in his March Madness card to realize that what happens in Egypt over the next day or two is potentially more portentous than the fall of the Soviet Union or the dismantling of the Berlin Wall?
Egypt's peace with Israel has prevented countless wars and full-fledged genocide against Israel for 30 years. Now, clumsy kibbitzing by an administration that has been tone deaf in all its foreign policy for two years threatens to culminate in the kind of generational disaster that only rank amateurs can inflict on the world.
I saw a former actor, Wayne Rogers, try to blame the American people by inference. Yes, they care about gas prices but they don't know the Suez Canal from the Rio Grande as a vital global waterway. Screw that. The first constitutional priority of the American presidency is to protect the American people from threats foreign and domestic, even the ones that don't show up big in the polls.
We're looking straight down the barrel of the Islamist gun. How many Americans will lose their hopes for the future -- and their hopes for their children -- because of the oil shock, terrorism, and other unexamined consequences of this utterly unforeseen disaster? How many American troops are now, suddenly, destined to die stanching the bleeding in this most barbaric portion of the global economy, which the current administration has worked overtime to make more rather than less pivotal to our national well being? (Of course we can't drill within or off our shores... Gotta be Green, dontcha know?)
I do fault one sector of the American people, the cynical intelligentisia and press who sold Obama like divine soap to a traumatized public when they must have known what anyone of their supposed intelligence should know -- that fine words are crap without the character, resolve and sense of duty that make them mean what they seem to be saying.
Lincoln didn't win the Civil War with the Gettysbug Address. He won it with Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan. His two minute speech in Pennsylvania was simply a reminder of why he was so committed to his mission.
We have a president who makes lots of banal speeches. There is no time at which he has demonstrated any ability to act, let alone act decisively, swiftly, or competently on behalf of the people he swore to serve.
Where are we? Defenseless ourselves in a world that depends on us to defend them from harm, no matter how much they resent us for it. What do we have instead? An empty suit who keeps smiling and explaining away his blunders while the world burns down around our heads.
The worst things that happen can happen in an instant. Paying for single moments of neglect, incompetence, and arrogance can take generations.
Welcome to the unintended consequences of willfully blind idealism, unless idealism is really rigid ideology instead. All of you who voted for Obama -- look yourselves in the mirror and feel the shame you deserve. You'll pay in other serious ways, but the shame you'll be inclined to duck. That's why I'm here. I don't propose to let you duck. You're an accomplice in everything terrible, genocidal, and economically catstrophic that flows from this moment. Wriggle and rationalize and writhe away from accountability all you want. I won't let you get away.
When Egypt falls to the Muslim Brotherhood, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE. And we shall not forget it.