The Indecisive Prince

Politico has a story today about a supposed “rift” developing within Obama’s National Security team over what they describe to be “reluctance to act” after Putin sent the Russian military into Syria.

Current and former Obama officials say the president’s reluctance to respond more assertively against Putin is signaling U.S. weakness and indecision. “We’re just so reactive,” said one senior administration official. “There’s just this tendency to wait” and see what steps other actors take.

Frustrations are compounded by the fact that Obama’s plan to arm and train the Syrian rebels has been such a Cecil B. Demille-sized epic fiasco.

But those who wish to see the US take a more aggressive stand toward Putin are being shut down by Obama’s closest allies — namely Susan Rice and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, who are described as “channeling” Obama. In other words, where most National Security folks want to see more action and less “wait and see,” Obama alone is dragging his feet.

But that’s pretty much been Barack Obama’s foreign policy from the get-go, hasn’t it? Wait and see, drag your feet, make pronouncements, then walk them back. And in the end, do nothing.

I’ve said before that Barack Obama reminds me of the indecisive prince, Hamlet. Always second-guessing, always hesitating. Unsure, uncertain, unwilling to act.

The Indecisive Prince

Despite having members of his own national security team who wish to see the US take a more active and assertive role, Obama won’t do it.

But who here is surprised by that?

For all his tough talk on 60 Minutes the other day, Obama is not a decisive leader. He is most certainly not a Commander-in-Chief. Obama looks down on US military strength. He is disgusted by it. Ashamed of it.

Why do you think Obama’s national security focus is on combatting Climate Change?

He wants to set up an enemy that cannot be fought, let alone defeated, by military might.

Meanwhile, he downplays actual military threats.

Those in the Administration who would like to see the United States act more aggressively toward Putin are chasing a fantasy.

So long as the man who is calling the shots is a guy who loathes the US military and sees US hegemony as an unpardonable sin, he will continue to permit Putin to walk all over us.

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  • October 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    “What is a man, if his chief good and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? A beast [ed. meaning dumb animal], no more. Sure he that made us with such large discourse, looking before and after, gave us not that capability and godlike reason to fust in us unus’d. Now, whether it be bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple of thinking too precisely on th’ event — a thought which, quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom and ever three parts coward — I do not know why yet I live to say ‘This thing’s to do’, sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means, to do’t.” (Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 4) Even though Hamlet tells himself that God gave us reason to use and not lie dormant within us, and that he knows the right thing to do (through wisdom), he still can’t explain his reluctance to act (cowardness) even with the act still needing to be done (This thing’s to do) — three parts coward pretty much says it all regarding O.

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