Obama has ripped the spine out of the American powerhouse
World leaders should not make threats that they are either unwilling or unable to carry through. If you declare a red line, you better be prepared and have all your ducks in a row to be able to act if the other party violates that red line. If you don’t, you make yourself and your country look like a blustering and blundering fool.
Obama should have a) made sure he had Congress on board before declaring a red line — Congress, you know that legislative body that he ignores and disparages and goes around with great disrespect and so is likely to stick it in his eye when they can, b) made a strong and consistent case to the American people and the world about what needed to happen when laying out a case for the red line, and c) if you are going to publicly declare that the U.S. won’t act alone but in conjunction with allies you should perhaps be sure that you are going to have those allies with you. Obama has done none of those things with Syria, ending up with copious amounts of egg on his face, and so America looks like a blustering, blundering fool. Of course, he’s mishandled the situation in Syria from day 1. He is the laughing stock of the Middle East.
If Syria were the only blunder making America look weak, without resolve, waffling, insecure and impotent, it would not be a critical blow. But that isn’t the case. Obama’s foreign policy has consisted of a long string of such blunders. Syria is just the final tug that completely severed America’s spine.
I don’t think America has ever had such a weak and spineless leader. Carter looks like a pillar of strength and ferocious bear in comparison. Imean maybe Millard Fillmore was worse but he at least kept Napoleon from taking over Hawaii.