Sunday, May 11, 2014

Has Obama Ever Made a "Gutsy Call"?

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May, 2011. Remember what all of the MSM were saying about Obama's 'Gutsy Call' on killing bin Laden? Never mind the fact that bin Laden had been in our sights on three occasions before, when his adviser Valerie Jarrett, apparently the gutsier of the two, talked him out of taking any action at all. And never mind the fact that it is pretty inconceivable that any other US president would have done anything differently (well, except maybe take one of the three earlier shots!) But still, the airwaves were aflame with the meme that Obama had somehow made "a gutsy call".

Can anyone tell me of anything that Obama has done that even remotely resembled a "gutsy call"? Me neither.

Fast forward to September 11, 2012. It is the anniversary of an attack by Islamic terrorists on the United States. Obama and the Democrats had been pounding their chests at their convention that al Qaeda was on the run, "bin Laden is dead and Gm is alive". Word comes to the White House that our mission in Benghazi is under attack.

If Obama were given to, or even capable of, making gutsy calls...what was his 'gutsy call' on Benghazi? If he made one, to whom was it made? Exactly which actions were taken because of it? That's one of the reasons were having hearings. Either nobody knows or nobody's telling.

I personally have trouble believing that the same Obama who has dithered for nearly five and a half years over the no-brainer decision to allow the Keystone pipeline extension, was ever capable of making a "gutsy call" by himself.

Fast forward again to 2013. According to Obama:
...Assad’s government gassed to death over a thousand people, including hundreds of children. The images from this massacre are sickening: Men, women, children lying in rows, killed by poison gas. Others foaming at the mouth, gasping for breath. A father clutching his dead children, imploring them to get up and walk. On that terrible night, the world saw in gruesome detail the terrible nature of chemical weapons, and why the overwhelming majority of humanity has declared them off-limits — a crime against humanity, and a violation of the laws of war...

...When dictators commit atrocities, they depend upon the world to look the other way until those horrifying pictures fade from memory. But these things happened. The facts cannot be denied. The question now is what the United States of America, and the international community, is prepared to do about it. Because what happened to those people — to those children — is not only a violation of international law, it’s also a danger to our security. Let me explain why. If we fail to act, the Assad regime will see no reason to stop using chemical weapons."

When faced with making a "gutsy call" over a murderous tyrant, gassing women and children, committing crimes against humanity and violating international law, Obama made the gutsy defer the decision to Congress. And then, when Vladimir Putin responded to the foolish utterances of his Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama made the 'gutsy call' do nothing.

The man who won't address grade schoolers without a teleprompter, can't or won't follow up on his campaign promises to close Guantanamo, didn't have the courage to walk out on Rev. Jeremiah Wright's hate tinged church, apparently hasn't made a gutsy call since he asked Michelle to marry him.

And that was just so she wouldn't eat him.

Cross posted at LCR, Political Clown Parade

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