The senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said President Obama is “uncomfortable” in his role as commander in chief and that his awkwardness has damaged his standing internationally and on Capitol Hill.
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) finds Mr. Obama confident one-on-one, but inept with larger audiences. As reported by the Washington Examiner:
He just cannot follow through. He cannot speak to the nation as a commander in chief. He cannot speak to the world as a commander in chief. He just cannot do it. And I don’t know what it is.
I know what it is, Senator: Barack Obama is a hopeless ideologue and rank neophyte who has risen far, far beyond his meager abilities, abilities that consist primarily of voting “present,” successfully hiding his past and true beliefs, and reading from a teleprompter the words and ideas–such as they are–of others. Beyond doing whatever is necessary to glorify himself, harm America, steal individual liberty and enlarge government to the greatest extent possible, Mr. Obama has no guiding principles.
He is a diminished figure here on Capitol Hill. I can assure you of that,’ he [Corker] said.
But not to worry: feckless indecisiveness is not only a good thing, it’s diverse and tolerant and comforting to the American people. It must be so because Presidential spokesman Jay Carney says so. Via Roll Call:
President Barack Obama’s Syria strategy may not have been particularly decisive, but that’s not a bad thing, according to the White House.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended his boss Thursday after a blistering few weeks of criticism in Congress and elsewhere over his handling of the Syria crisis.
Carney said the American people ‘appreciate a president who doesn’t celebrate decisiveness for decisiveness’ sake.’ He also said Americans like that Obama is open to ‘new information’ and adjusts his course accordingly.
Carney said that in the end, the president will deserve credit if the diplomatic initiative with Russia to get Syria to give up its chemical weapons arsenal succeeds.
The American people “appreciate a president who doesn’t celebrate decisiveness for decisiveness’ sake.” Translation: …actually, it makes no sense. Who in their right mind “celebrates”–however that might be done (the potential mental images are not pretty)–indecision? The Obama Administration has sunk so low, its functionaries have such a low opinion of the intelligence of the American people, it is actually selling Mr. Obama’s weak-minded inability to make decisions at the cost of America’s credibility, the stability of the world, and the lives of countless innocents, as laudable.
Can the Obama Administration–as represented by the pathetic and constitutionally deceptive Mr. Carney–really expect Russia and Syria to, in good faith, hand over chemical weapons for destruction? Apparently so:
…Carney sought to keep the pressure on Russia to deliver on its proposal with a verifiable, timely destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons.
Russia ‘has put its prestige and credibility on the line in backing this proposal to have Syria, the Assad regime, give up the chemical weapons that until two days ago it claimed it did not have [and] turn them over to international supervision with the purpose of eventually destroying them.
Russia has done no such thing. What rational actor expects Russia to act against its own interests? Vladimir Putin has succeeded in exposing Mr. Obama as a weak-kneed fool, and in so doing, has diminished America on the world stage. Why would he seek to disarm his client state? Russia’s interests are served by keeping Assad in power indefinitely, and engaging in meaningless, lip-flapping diplomacy for years on end will serve that end brilliantly. Mr. Putin is masterfully playing chess and Mr. Obama is still looking for the checkerboard.
President Obama is no longer leading from behind. He is now celebrating his inability to decide whether he should lead from anywhere, and the ability of Russia and tin pot despots to dictate terms to America.
With this kind of “leadership,” we live in a Panglossian best of all possible worlds.