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You don't send a child to do an adult's work. And yet that's what the American people did in 2008 when we - for historic, hopeful or change-tastic reasons - elected the single most unprepared Commander-in-Chief in our nation's history. And we're reaping the whirlwind for it now. With all our debt and deficit and domestic problems, a lot of folks are missing the dangerous fool's game of chicken that we are playing with Iran right now.
You step back and look at this with eyes wide open and you see a President that doesn't know what to do. He doesn't want to appear too pro-Israel, lest he offend Arab sensibilities he has worked so hard to foster. He doesn't want to appear too pro-Iran, lest he lose the Jewish vote in his re-election campaign. He doesn't want to appear too diplomatic in the face of sure threat, lest he lost public confidence in his ability or willingness to defend the country. He doesn't want to appear too aggressive, lest he lose his die-hard anti-war base and prove a mockery of his entire anti-war candidate campaign he put together in 08. And all that is consuming the president to the point that he stands motionless at a time when leadership is desperately needed.
If you want to see just how maddening all this is, consider what Obama recently announced:
WASHINGTON/TEHRAN (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Sunday there were important risks to consider before any military strike against Iran and made clear he does not want to see more conflict in the oil-producing Gulf region.
In a television interview, Obama also said he did not believe Tehran had the "intentions or capabilities" to attack the United States, playing down the threats from Tehran and saying he wanted a diplomatic end to the nuclear standoff.
But hold on. Just a few days before, Obama's own top intelligence officer said the exact opposite:
WASHINGTON - Some senior Iranian leaders are now more willing to carry out attacks inside the United States in response to perceived American threats against their country, the Obama administration's top intelligence official said on Tuesday, pointing to last fall's suspected assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador to Washington.
So which is it? Do they have the capabilities or not? Do they have the intention or not. Obama says no, but the guy he's supposedly relying on for relaying intelligence says absolutely. This is outrageous, and any reasonably objective media or free press would be going nuts about this disconnect. It's what we've said repeatedly about this president: two completely different foreign policies at the same time.
And as Obama dithers, the madmen in Iran get closer and closer to a nuke, which they will use on Israel and her friends. It's honestly one of those times where I'm tempted to believe that Obama just wants to make it out of office before anything happens and then try to politically control any blame he gets for it. He just wants out of that job. I know all the arguments even I have made otherwise, but this is one of those times that you're tempted to believe it - that he hates this job, he doesn't know how to do it, he doesn't want to do it, and it's just overwhelming him.