Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Obama And The Turtle: Can A Stranded Turtle Lead Anything?

There is an old aphorism about a turtle on a fencepost that applies to the Obama story. I heard a caller today on the Dennis Miller Show make this very fitting analogous comparison:

Obama is like a turtle on a fencepost because:

1. We don't know how it got there.

2. We know it doesn't belong there.

3. We know it can't get down from there.

4. If it falls from there, it won't be pretty.

This is especially applicable when we consider Obama's weak response to the Russia-Georgia conflict and his criticism of John McCain's much stronger one.

From the Boston Globe comes this report on the Obama campaign's comments about McCain's stern words:

"Barack Obama, the administration and the NATO allies took a measured, reasoned approach," Obama adviser Susan Rice said on MSNBC. "We were dealing with the facts as we knew them. John McCain shot from the hip, very aggressive, belligerent statement. He may or may not have complicated the situation."

McCain's response to this comment was critical of the Obama camp's desire to make this an election issue:

Asked about criticisms by Barack Obama's campaign saying he was being “belligerent and aggressive” toward Russia, McCain replied, “This isn't a time for partisanship and sniping between campaigns. This is about hundreds if not thousands of innocent people whose lives are being taken or they are being rendered homeless, wounded. This is not time for that to start with.”

McCain has every right to emphasize the fact that this issue should not be politicized. Using this conflict to take a swipe at an opponent shows immaturity, it exposes his inexperience and lack of expertise in foreign affairs.

Now is the time for Obama to show his leadership qualities and why he is able to perform in difficult foreign policy crises. He isn't. Now is the time for him to put his mettle on display for all to see. He isn't. All he has managed to do is throw a soft pitch and criticize McCain for throwing a faster one.

The important questions everyone should ask are:

If he were to become President, would he be able to hold up during an international crisis like the one playing out a world away? Would he show statesmanship or would he play the role of political hack novice and blame Republicans for making everything worse?

Now is the time for demonstrating leadership qualities for the purpose of giving voters something to analyze before they cast their votes this November. It is not the time for playing politics by using a very difficult situation as fodder for a lackluster platform.


Greg said...

Weak reactions like that of Hussein Obama are part of the problem, not a solution. McCain is totally correct in his stance.

Speaking of weak reactions, I read this morning that Sarkozy's "cease fire" was in essence an abdication of Georgian sovereignty in that it allowed the imperialist Russians to maintain "peacekeepers" in all of Georgian territory. Like I said yesterday, weak Euro-weenie leaders like Sarkozy certainly know who their boss is: Putin. And like Hussein Obama, they are part of the problem here.

One more reason among so many for Americans who love freedom to get out and vote for McCain on election day.

LASunsett said...

//Speaking of weak reactions, I read this morning that Sarkozy's "cease fire" was in essence an abdication of Georgian sovereignty in that it allowed the imperialist Russians to maintain "peacekeepers" in all of Georgian territory.//

Sarkozy has turned out to be an incredible disappointment. The EU needs to stop walking in the park, beholding statues, flowers, and sipping lattes, and needs to start building a military capable of defending itself against Russia, China, and any other rogue nation that rejects a healthy respect for mankind.

I would say we could/would help. But even if Obama doesn't get elected this time around, there will come a time when some other liberal pansy will, and we will need Europe to rescue us from ourselves.