There is one result from today’s election of which we can be confident. When the final vote is counted Barack Hussein Obama will be a LAME DUCK! Don’t you love the sound of that – LAME DUCK!
- an official (especially the president) in the final period of office, after the election of a successor.
- an ineffectual or unsuccessful person or thing. Hey! What do you know! Obama has been a “lame duck” his entire life. We only had to endure it for 8 of those years.
Of the many truly moronic things that Obama thought he was capable of doing, probably the most moronic was the notion that by his sheer will and presence he was able to order the tide of war and terrorism to recede. I am reminded of Persian King Xerxes who, in 480 BC during his European invasion, was angered by a delay caused by a storm when building his pontoon bridges over the Bosporus. He had his soldiers give 300 lashes to the waters of the famous channel separating Asia from Europe.
Xerxes was not alone in his megalomania. King Canute of England, Norway, and Denmark (North Sea Empire) is said in the legend to have stood on an English shoreline and ordered the tide to recede. Our President Obama stood before a Washington audience and ordered the war to end. Guess what? Neither Xerxes, Canute, or Obama were successful.
[Source: President Canute and Orlando, by Bret Stephens]
[From the Stephens article] In the spring of 2013 Barack Obama delivered the defining speech of his presidency on the subject of terrorism. Its premise was wrong, as was its thesis, as were its predictions and recommendations. We are now paying the price for this cascade of folly.
“Today, Osama bin Laden is dead, and so are most of his top lieutenants,” the president boasted at the National Defense University, in Washington, D.C. “There have been no large-scale attacks on the United States, and our homeland is more secure.” The “future of terrorism,” he explained, consisted of “less capable” al Qaeda affiliates, “localized threats” against Westerners in faraway places such as Algeria…”
All of this suggested that it was time to call it quits on what Mr. Obama derided as “a boundless ‘global war on terror.’ ” That meant sharply curtailing drone strikes, completing the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, and closing Guantanamo prison. It meant renewing efforts “to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians” and seeking “transitions to democracy” in Libya and Egypt. And it meant working with Congress to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against al Qaeda.
“This war, like all wars, must end,” he said. “That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.”
- In 2010, al Qaeda in Iraq—Islamic State’s predecessor—was “dead on its feet,” as terrorism expert Michael Knights told Congress…
But then the Obama Doctrine kicked in. Between 2010 and 2013 the number of jihadists world-wide doubled, to 100,000, while the number of jihadist groups rose by 58%, according to a Rand Corp. study. That was before ISIS declared its caliphate…
Apologists for Mr. Obama will rejoin that it’s unfair to blame him for trends in terrorism, an argument that would have more credibility if he hadn’t been so eager to take credit for those trends only three years ago…
But these arguments fail. The rise of ISIS was a predictable result of Mr. Obama’s abdication in Iraq and especially Syria…
Farewell, Barack! (I don’t really mean that. I do not wish him “well.”)