Obama’s half an­swers bol­ster mul­lahs

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY CHARLES HURT

You may not like ex-Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney and you may not miss for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush but you have to give them credit. They did not do things half­way.

They didn’t just nudge over a vi­cious dic­ta­tor in Iraq and then scurry away. They didn’t just en­cour­age an upris­ing and then pre­tend they had noth­ing to do with it. They didn’t in­spire in­sur­rec­tions across sev­eral con­ti­nents and then waltz away like in­no­cent by­standers.

No, Mr. Bush an­nounced that he would de­pose Iraqi strong­man Sad­dam Hus­sein. Then he de­ployed the most fe­ro­cious mil­i­tary cam­paign ever as­sem­bled. He con­quered the coun­try and even­tu­ally found Hus­sein, who was then hanged.

Even then, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney were not fin­ished. They spent mas­sive amounts more of po­lit­i­cal and mon­e­tary cap­i­tal re­build­ing the coun­try they had just an­ni­hi­lated. And when­ever may­hem seeped back in, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney threw more and more troops against it to stand the coun­try up.

They never gave up. Never quit. And if they were still in power, they would still be fight­ing that war.

Sure, it wasn’t easy. Not for them, not for vot­ers. And, most of all, not for the sol­diers and their fam­i­lies.

But the un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment of the com­man­der in chief, at least, en­sured that the sac­ri­fices were made on be­half of a grate­ful and somber na­tion.

Com­pare that un­shak­able com­mit­ment to their own world vi­sion and Amer­ica’s role in it to that of Pres­i­dent Obama.

The most char­i­ta­ble view pos­si­ble of Mr. Obama’s deal with the devil in Iran is that he sim­ply doesn’t care any­more.

He doesn’t care about the Mid­dle East. He cer­tainly doesn’t care about Is­rael. He has no hope that the Is­lam­o­fas­cist net­works spread­ing like can­cer through­out the world can be brought to heel to live peace­ably among civ­i­lized peo­ple.

The most char­i­ta­ble view pos­si­ble is that Mr. Obama wants to take the en­tire squalid mess and hand it all over to the pow­er­ful and bru­tal mul­lahs of Iran. Let them sort it all out.

Give them all the power they need to once and for all deal with Is­rael, which they in­sist they want to see wiped off the map. Let them deal with the civil war in Syria. Let them deal with the Is­lamic State and all their hu­man roast­ings.

Let the mul­lahs deal with the slaugh­ter­ing of Chris­tians and women in North Africa. Let them deal with the child mur­der­ers and rapists.

In other words, Mr. Obama wants the United States of Amer­ica to re­cede from the world stage and al­low that vac­uum be filled by the Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Iran. That is the MOST char­i­ta­ble ex­pla­na­tion for this das­tardly deal with one of the most heinous regimes on the planet to­day.

Why would a pres­i­dent who swore an oath of al­le­giance to Amer­ica trade away her most hard-won in­flu­ence around the world? Why would a pres­i­dent care so lit­tle about pro­tect­ing the coun­try against en­e­mies who want to de­stroy us? Why would a world leader so cal­lously give up hope on the rest of the world?

Is the man dumb? Is he evil? Or, is he so in love with him­self that he can­not see the mad­ness he wreaks?

Hard to say. But he is cer­tainly a man who is not ca­pa­ble of more than half an­swers to very se­ri­ous prob­lems.

Don’t like war? Okay, then just pull the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. See how that work out.

The prob­lem with half-an­swers to per­ilous prob­lems is that they are like half-bridges over per­ilous seas. Just a high­way to sure sui­cide. Charles Hurt can be reached at charleshurt@live.com and on Twit­ter via @charleshurt.


For­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney did not do things half­way.

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