Fail­ure of ‘lead­ing from be­hind’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - WIL­SON FARIS Gaithers­burg, Mary­land

The old say­ing “Lead, fol­low or get out of the way” fits Pres­i­dent Obama like a glove. He has not the ex­pe­ri­ence to lead a tour of the White House, yet he has the ego to de­mand that ev­ery­one fol­low him.

We con­tinue to try to train in­dige­nous forces to fight in­dige­nous mili­tias. What’s wrong with this pic­ture? Only once in mod­ern mem­ory has such a model been suc­cess­ful. The Kurds have per­se­vered over the years de­spite Obama’s ig­no­rance be­cause they have se­ri­ous skin in the game. Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syr­ian, So­ma­lia, Ye­men, Mex­ico and a litany of other na­tions have his­to­ries of chang­ing sides quicker than they can change their shorts, yet Obama sees them a “Spe­cial Forces.” Noth­ing spe­cial or force­ful has ever come from any of them.

Now the pres­i­dent wants to arm Viet­nam. Nor­mally I would feel sorry for such a poor judge of char­ac­ter, but I don’t feel sorry for Obama. This is just an­other dis­trac­tion or­ches­trated to waste tax­payer money as he shoots for $22 tril­lion in debt be­fore leav­ing of­fice. I can’t wait for Don­ald Trump to give him the proper send-off on the Capi­tol steps: “You’re fired.”

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