Monday, May 6, 2013

"Leading From Behind" = A Leaderless Nation

"Well, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is back. Not about gays in the military. It's Obama's new policy for questions about Libya: Don't ask, don't tell." Leno

In 2011, one of Mr. Obama's key advisers described the president's doctrine as "leading from behind." That was followed by many in the presstitute media who attempted to defend that "style" of leadership. For example, the Washington Post attempted to defend the administration with it when it came to Libya in 2011. I wonder if they are now whispering, "Oops."  Unfortunately for the country, that's not a doctrine. It's a style of leadership, a style that leads to failure on many fronts as we've seen in the past 4 plus years. This is  more evident  in foreign policy. Over and over again, we watch this administration react to one crisis over and over again without any clear strategy. No where has this been more apparent than the attack on Benghazi. in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. We've now seen evidence of this administration's failures before, during and after the attack. But Benghazi is just one example (refer to my previous post on Benghazi). We've also seen the following:

  • We've also witnessed how this administration's politically correct response to Islamist attacks have been complicit in these failures. Not only from the recent Boston Marathon bombings but also going back to the attack on Ft. Hood. In fact, recent intelligence reports surfaced that show as early as 2004, Homeland Security warned: "Many Chechen rebels are trained and supported by al-Qaeda." Yet, the first response from the administration and its enablers in the media was these guys were either "lone wolves" or "radicalized" domestically. Both absurd claims yet made after every attempted or successful terrorist attack.
  • Even when it came to taking Osama out, Pres. Obama had to be forced into taking that action by none other than Hillary Clinton. According to Richard Miniter's book, Leading From Behind, the president was listening to his adviser Valerie Jarrett not to take Osama out. Panetta, Gates and Hillary were stunned that the president was listening to Jarrett rather than his national security team. Of course, after Osama was killed, Obama didn't hesitate to spike the ball.
  • In Syria, it now appears the president's leading from behind may lead to radical Islamists infiltrating the Syrian rebels. As Ralph Peters once wrote, "Strategy is not about doing the right thing, but about doing the right thing at the right time." And with Syria, it just might be too late. In fact, with Israel's latest bombings in Syria, we're might be witnessing a larger regional war breaking out.
  • After Mr. Obama accepted his party's nomination on Sept. 6, 2012, he actually said "Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and Osama is dead." Only one part of that statement was correct. We now know what happened just one week later in Benghazi, Libya. But now we've seen al-Qaeda not only in the Middle East but also infiltrating parts of Africa including Egypt. Peter Brookes of the Heritage Foundation reported there are now al-Qaeda cells in more than 30 countries on four continents.
  • And I haven't even touched on the issues facing us with Iran.
  • Leading from behind also results in a country like China gaining more influence globally than the United States.
  • And many of our current domestic ills---from the economy to the debate on immigration---can also be attributed to the president's leading from behind. As Peggy Noonan pointed out so well recently, "Powerless Obama would rather complain than lead."
  • The problem with a style like leading from behind is that eventually no one will be following you.