In his recent West Point commencement address, President Obama claimed, “America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world.” The exact opposite is true.
Arguably at the nadir of his scandal-ridden presidency, with worldwide regard for America plummeting and America’s enemies proliferating in both quantity and capability, Obama desperately tried to change the narrative.
Surely we can evaluate America’s geopolitical strength “relative to the rest of the world” by how she conducts herself on the world scene.
Obama promised swift action to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of the coordinated terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. He quickly jailed an innocent film producer for posting a YouTube video which had absolutely no connection with Benghazi.
Hundreds of girls were captured by Nigerian terrorists, putting human faces to the worsening global terrorist threat. To rescue those girls, Obama brought the full force of America’s might, employing hashtag diplomacy.
Responding to Putin’s invasion of Crimea, Obama basically said, “Don’t do it again.” Putin is doing it again.
Obama’s notion of national strength was well articulated in his administration’s Orwellian redefinition of leadership, “leading from behind,” which was first practiced in Libya in 2011 and is employed today with Syria.
At the onset of World War II, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill promised his people, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” Churchill urged his fellow citizens to never give in, even in their darkest hour. Churchill’s statesmanship led his nation to victory.
In contrast, Obama continually claims victory (“al Qaeda is dead”) despite the reality that the terrorist threat to the world is greater than ever. His vision of the world is at odds with the reality that the rest of us face every day.
President Obama is not being honest with either the American people or himself. Moreover, his words and actions place America and our allies in ever-greater danger as he brags about non-existent successes and denies reality.
America is sorely in need of a statesman, not a partisan. Obama is no Churchill (or Reagan, for that matter).