President Obama recently appeared on 60 Minutes, a program that has been historically fawning toward him. This time Steve Kroft actually asked a number of appropriately professional questions. The answers given by Mr. Obama were profoundly disturbing. Some examples:
Steve Kroft: I mean, they have to be– somebody has to take them on. I mean, what’s going on right now is not working. I mean, they are still occupying big chunks of Iraq. They’re still occupying a good chunk of Syria. Who’s going to get rid of them?
President Barack Obama: Over time, the community of nations will all get rid of them, and we will be leading getting rid of them. But we are not going to be able to get rid of them unless there is an environment inside of Syria and in portions of Iraq in which local populations, local Sunni populations, are working in a concerted way with us to get rid of them.
Mr. Obama’s utter lack of understanding is absolutely dumbfounding. This is truly a man without a clue. “The community of nations?” Right. And which part of that “community” will be sending troops to accomplish that job? Considering that Iraq and Syria are war zones replete with all of the refugees and horrors that entails, exactly what is this “community” lead by Barack Obama doing to establish that “environment?”
Kroft asked about the supposed Syrian rebels we have been training, citing a total of 50 “most of whom are dead or deserted”:
President Barack Obama: Steve, this is why I’ve been skeptical from the get go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside of Syria. My goal has been to try to test the proposition, can we be able to train and equip a moderate opposition that’s willing to fight ISIL? And what we’ve learned is that as long as Assad remains in power, it is very difficult to get those folks to focus their attention on ISIL.
Steve Kroft: If you were skeptical of the program to find and identify, train and equip moderate Syrians, why did you go through the program?
President Barack Obama: Well, because part of what we have to do here, Steve, is to try different things. Because we also have partners on the ground that are invested and interested in seeing some sort of resolution to this problem. And—
Steve Kroft: And they wanted you to do it.
President Barack Obama: Well, no. That’s not what I said. I think it is important for us to make sure that we explore all the various options that are available.
For a man skeptical about it, it’s interesting to view past video of Mr. Obama enthusiastically announcing it. He asks for and gets a half billion dollars from Congress to “test the proposition”? We’re just trying “different things?” We’re just exploring “various options”? With America’s integrity on the line? With human lives in the balance? Mr. Obama makes this sound like a visit to an ice cream parlor.
Steve Kroft: A year ago when we did this interview, there was some saber-rattling between the United States and Russia on the Ukrainian border. Now it’s also going on in Syria. You said a year ago that the United States– America leads. We’re the indispensible nation. Mr. Putin seems to be challenging that leadership.
President Barack Obama: In what way? Let– let’s think about this– let– let—
IN WHAT WAY?! Either Mr. Obama is a pathological liar, is truly clueless about everything going on in the world, or is an oblivious fool. All three, of course, are also possible.
Steve Kroft: Well, he’s moved troops into Syria, for one. He’s got people on the ground. Two, the Russians are conducting military operations in the Middle East for the first time since World War II—
If one listened to Kroft, they might think keeping the Russians from slaughtering anyone else in the world was actually a good thing. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Obama doesn’t share that provincial assessment. It’s also worthy of note that a Cuban General and an unknown quantity of Cuban soldiers have been discovered to be operating in Syria, apparently after training for some time in Russia. That doesn’t happen on the spur of the moment. Every bad actor in the world is playing our President and have been for years.
President Barack Obama: So that’s—
Steve Kroft: –bombing the people– that we are supporting.
President Barack Obama: So that’s leading, Steve? Let me ask you this question. When I came into office, Ukraine was governed by a corrupt ruler who was a stooge of Mr. Putin. Syria was Russia’s only ally in the region. And today, rather than being able to count on their support and maintain the base they had in Syria, which they’ve had for a long time, Mr. Putin now is devoting his own troops, his own military, just to barely hold together by a thread his sole ally. And in Ukraine—
Once again, Mr. Obama demonstrates his complete lack of knowledge about even recent history. When Mr. Obama took office, Ukraine was governed by a democratically elected president Mr. Putin unsuccessfully tried to kill by poisoning.
Steve Kroft: He’s challenging your leadership, Mr. President. He’s challenging your leadership—
President Barack Obama: Well Steve, I got to tell you, if you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we’ve got a different definition of leadership. My definition of leadership would be leading on climate change, an international accord that potentially we’ll get in Paris. My definition of leadership is mobilizing the entire world community to make sure that Iran doesn’t get a nuclear weapon. And with respect to the Middle East, we’ve got a 60-country coalition that isn’t suddenly lining up around Russia’s strategy. To the contrary, they are arguing that, in fact, that strategy will not work.
What an extraordinary demonstration of idiocy. Vladimir Putin isn’t “having” to do anything. He has chosen to send in his military to assert power and control over one of the most volatile regions of the world, not out of the goodness of his heart, but because he believes it will benefit him, and to a lesser extent Russia.
Steve Kroft: Do you think the world’s a safer place?
President Barack Obama: America is a safer place. I think that there are places, obviously, like Syria that are not safer than when I came into office. But, in terms of us protecting ourselves against terrorism, in terms of us making sure that we are strengthening our alliances, in terms of our reputation around the world, absolutely we’re stronger.
It’s like the plot of a dystopian novel: an absolutely feckless, delusional president lays waste to America and the world. The multiple, recent jihadist attacks on American soil, particularly attacks on our military people and facilities, are symbols of safety and strength? Benghazi? Syria? ISIS?
President Barack Obama: What else you got?
Does this sound like a President of the United States, or a shucking and jiving, no-account, no-skill school lot basketball player taunting an opponent because he’s too stupid to know he’s hopelessly outclassed?
Steve Kroft: Did you know about Hillary Clinton’s use of private email server—
President Barack Obama: No.
Steve Kroft: –while she was Secretary of State?
President Barack Obama: No.
Once again, Barack Obama, the most brilliant human being ever, the smartest, most capable man ever to be president, The One, the Messiah, has no idea whatever of what is going on in his own administration. He, like everyone else, finds out via the media.
Steve Kroft: Do you think it posed a national security problem?
President Barack Obama: I don’t think it posed a national security problem. I think that it was a mistake that she has acknowledged and– you know, as a general proposition, when we’re in these offices, we have to be more sensitive and stay as far away from the line as possible when it comes to how we handle information, how we handle our own personal data. And, you know, she made a mistake. She has acknowledged it. I do think that the way it’s been ginned-up is in part because of– in part– because of politics. And I think she’d be the first to acknowledge that maybe she could have handled the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly. But—
Even if Mr. Obama’s only source of information is media accounts, he has to know that she was using a private server to store and transmit vital national security information, including material with various classifications, up to and including Top Secret, and probably beyond. Oh well, as long as she’s “acknowledged” it, there’s absolutely no problem, is there? The only problem is that she hasn’t handled “the original decision better and the disclosures more quickly”? Right.
Steve Kroft: What was your reaction when you found out about it?
President Barack Obama: This is one of those issues that I think is legitimate, but the fact that for the last three months this is all that’s been spoken about is an indication that we’re in presidential political season.
Steve Kroft: Do you agree with what President Clinton has said and Secretary Clinton has said, that this is not– not that big a deal. Do you agree with that?
President Barack Obama: Well, I’m not going to comment on—
It’s “all that’s been spoken about”? We’ve heard of nothing else in the last several months? And Mr. Obama isn’t going to comment on what he’s already commented on?
Steve Kroft: You think it’s not that big a deal—
President Barack Obama: What I think is that it is important for her to answer these questions to the satisfaction of the American public. And they can make their own judgment. I can tell you that this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.
Steve Kroft: This administration has prosecuted people for having classified material on their private computers.
President Barack Obama: Well, I– there’s no doubt that there had been breaches, and these are all a matter of degree. We don’t get an impression that here there was purposely efforts– on– in– to hide something or to squirrel away information. But again, I’m gonna leave it to—
Well, as long as Hillary didn’t do anything on purpose, like, you know, “squirrel away information…” Mishandling classified material, making it easy for foreign intelligence services or mere hackers to access it, destroying evidence, giving classified data, including the identity of operatives to political hacks, that’s just fine, but boy oh boy, if she squirreled away information, all bets are off! Mr. Obama might even draw a red line.
Steve Kroft: Do you think if you ran again, could run again, and did run again, you would be elected?
President Barack Obama: Yes.
Steve Kroft: You do.
President Barack Obama: I do.
God help us, he may be right.
I’m not sure what is more disturbing, that a President of the United States could be so willfully delusional, or that a POTUS could be such a shameless liar. Of course, where Barack Obama is concerned, these possibilities aren’t mutually exclusive.
He’s in office until January of 2017. God help us indeed.