CNN's Wolf Blitzer utters the term "the Obama Doctrine" and voila, all of a sudden we have a doctrine? Who the hell is bullshitting who here? President Barack Obama has no doctrine! Hopelessly stuck sitting on the fence and hoping that he doesn't have to make a tough decision while trying to appease everyone in the world, isn't exactly a plan let alone a doctrine. As for Blitzer, perhaps a short history of America can jog the memory. He should start with the Monroe Doctrine for its simplicity; i.e. he warned European powers to stay out of the affairs in the Western Hemisphere, period! Very Clear, Very Succinct.
President Obama has been lost when it comes to foreign policy and diplomacy from the outset. Having a White House filled with advisers that haven't donned an American military uniform doesn't help either. Where I will give the president some credit, though, is that he got other allies to commit to an operation. But, then again, maybe it was really France and Britain that got the US to commit to an operation that they were antsy to prosecute in Libya!
The Presidential Address the other night did nothing to convince me of Obama's prowess as a Commander-In-Chief. The finger wagging of a lecturing president doesn't go over well with me either as he stumbled on his words from the teleprompter. I don't know about you, but from the beginning you knew that this speech was hardly anything near the entire truth. Why he omitted his "presidential finding order" that put CIA advisers on the ground is beyond me too. Why not just talk squarely with the people?
Did the President not think that many in audience may have been veterans that know exactly how this game of war is played? No pin-point bombing missions like this begin without some "boots on the ground." Whether you want to call them CIA Advisers or US Navy SEALS, it is they who ensure the success of those bombing missions. Americans were entitled to know that any military engagement of this nature resulted in human deployment, however limited. He failed to do that! As for telling us that the US will turn over Operation Odyssey Dawn to NATO, well, isn't that disingenuous too? We are NATO!
The reality is clear, we are now fighting a war on three fronts at a time when our economy cannot stand the strain. Still, President Obama now wants to arm the rebels, but, we have yet to figure out exactly who those rebels are. Doesn't the US have enough black-eyes when it comes to arming rebels? Think of the Afghan Mujahideen against the Soviets, and others in the past, who have only wound up turning on us somewhere down the line. Has it been forgotten that some of those Mujahideen evolved into al-Qaeda? It seems to me that arming unknown rebels will only lead to bigger problems.
This notion of Obama having a doctrine, though really bugged me. The President avoided speaking to the American people for nine full days, or even seeking congressional approval for the Libyan assault. All the while he was giving his family a spring break trip to Latin America. Not until discontent at home rang loudly in his ears, did he decide to cut short this trip in the most minimalist of ways.
Obama has demonstrated nothing but an aloofness during the advent of the Arab Spring, and that has to concern everyone. The current unrest in the Middle East will have far-reaching implications when it comes to the geopolitics of the world. Does Obama really understand the gravity of further American involvement in a region that has viewed America as imperialist? Well, I am not so sure that he does.
When Obama ran for office he guaranteed the American people that his Administration would be completely transparent. However, that lasted about 30 seconds as he signed his first Executive Order, to the uncertainties surrounding the true costs associated with his Health Care Reform we have seen a pattern that does not resemble anything close to transparency. Just more of the same political rhetoric that has crippled our two party system. His administration routinely obstructs the true nature of his decisions, or lack thereof. If President Barack Obama truly has a doctrine, then it is one of perpetual campaigning and indecision.
Obama Doctrine or An Obama Illusions?