The Philadelphia Bulletin: Is Obama a Loyal American???
By JAMES G. WILES, For The Bulletin
Those of us who have wondered if this President is loyal to the United States are about to get an answer.
Actually, those of us who have had the luxury of time to pay close attention have known the answer for some time. But now, busy, everyday Americans will too. The President’s decision on Afghanistan will be a “defining moment,” but not the kind our Marxist president seeks.
For, in this, as in Obamacare, all shall know him. This President does not believe America is the last, best hope of the world. Nor does he believe that America, without him at its helm, anyway, is worthy to lead the world.
To the contrary, Mr. Obama believes that America’s status as the world’s sole superpower is the principal problem in the world.
Barack Obama is the first American president to be openly indifferent to whether America wins or loses a war. That’s because this President does not think of himself as an American first. Unlike every other American born in this country, Mr. Obama does not put on his identity as an American at the same time he puts on his underwear.
When he was a United States Senator, Mr. Obama was perfectly willing to accept American defeat in Iraq. There is considerable evidence that he approaches the impending decision on whether to double down in the devils’ brew of Afghanistan in the same way.
A Republican president would call this issue a “defining moment.” A Democrat named John F. Kennedy would have, too. But there are no more JFK’s left in senior positions in the Democratic Party.
Instead, for our current president, Afghanistan is, as with all of Mr. Obama’s other major public decisions, all about him.
Successful trial lawyers have big egos. And I’m a trial lawyer. But it’s striking how Mr. Obama’s sense of self-regard is always fully engaged. No man in living American political history has accomplished so little in his career and yet, has spent so much time talking…and talking…and talking…about himself.
Somewhere, the shade of the Honorable Hubert Horatio Humphrey is, finally, tasting the end of ridicule.
Before and since his election, Mr. Obama has made no contribution to America’s future. His election – historic and celebrated as it should be – is all. Yet, as Bulletin columnist Charles Krauthammer and others have argued, the President’s ego dictates a different result.
President Obama plainly believes that 2009 is the Year One and that America’s true history only began with his election. That’s why he habitually dismisses criticisms by responding with odd remarks, such as “I was six years old at the time.”
Mr. Obama prefers to talk only about what’s happened in the eight months since he became our president. Thus, as Nation Review’s Rich Lowry has pointed out, the President does not identify with the sweep – good and bad – of America’s 238-year history. Instead, he thinks he is American history.
If the One didn’t do it or didn’t have His hand in it, then, it ain’t relevant.
Like Narcissus himself, Mr. Obama is destined for a fall. This is, of course, bad news for Mr. and Mrs. Obama. But it’s also bad news, perhaps even worse news, for America and the U.S. military – bravely serving an American president who, plainly, does not believe in, respect, value or support the American military.
In the meantime, as martyrs used to pray at the stake, “Oh, Lord, change the King’s mind.” As I’ve written here in the past, there are perfectly respectable and reasonable arguments from history and otherwise that maintaining a great American field army in Afghanistan is not the right strategy. What to do about Afghanistan was a major, and recurring, issue in British politics from the 1860’s until well into the 20th century.
But, from, Mr. Obama’s perspective, arguments from history, culture and the profession of arms are irrelevant. “The personal,” as the Libs say, “is political.” For our nation’s 43rd president, it’s all about him.