Pitiful, weak, uninspiring, misguided, dangerous, brown-nosey, self-loathing abused-spouse syndrome and the epitome of servility and Nerf-diplomacy poorly disguised as grandiose world leadership:
Update: My metaphors and adjectives above deserve further explanation. Just one reason is that what Obama said is insulting to those who stand tall and put everything at risk for America.
Surveying one part of the world where Americans have died by the millions to keep people free from tyranny, the President said the U.S. has been “dismissive” of its allies. Obama of course also continued to call the Iraq war a mistake, a mis-step and a senseless war that took our eye off the ball. This is a horrendous thing for a nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leader to say, even if he thinks it’s true. Why? Because this is a president who has young men and women in his command who are still in Iraq risking their lives every day!
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Competent leadershipÃ¢â‚¬Â in this instance (from a domestic perspective, which is obviously low on Obama’s priority list) would mean keeping your mouth shut about the Iraq war until all your troops — the troops you claim to care so deeply about — are safely home. Anything else is selling out our troops and possibly even placing them in greater danger just to score some political points with European leaders — some of whom even backed the Iraq war (and aren’t up there apologizing for it, by the way).
Composer Claude Debussy said that Ã¢â‚¬Å“music is the space between the notes.Ã¢â‚¬Â Leadership is similar — Leadership can have less to do what is said and a lot more to do with the ability to know when to shut the f*#k up. For the sake of the United States, our president needs major work on both counts.