In his “creative” apology to the French for the administration’s lack of representation at the solidarity march against terrorism, Kerry essentially thumbed America’s nose at its other allies who made the effort to attend. Where was the song for the Germans? For the Israelis? Maybe Kerry could have coerced country music artist Travis Tritt to sing “Here’s A Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares.” That song would have been about as appropriate as James Taylor’s “You Got a Friend.”
Given the situation, Kerry’s best approach—and the one that would have been most appropriate—would have been for him to have simply gone through back channels and arranged face-to-face meetings with the dignitaries of these allied nations. Accomplished out of the limelight, this gesture would have been seen as sincere, and these meetings would have provided an excellent opportunity for Kerry to explain, in a private setting, just what the USA’s foreign policy is in regard to terrorism and radical sects. Instead, Kerry, exhibiting an appalling lack of emotional astuteness and judgment, ended up making the endeavor into a circus, with he and James Taylor looking like the twin children of Bozo the Clown and Olive Oyl.
Kerry did not put any dirt into the hole in his attempt to fill it—he simply dug it deeper and left all parties confused as to where the USA stands and where our spine might be found. If indeed the USA has zero tolerance for radical, terrorist acts, then why are we tolerating an ever-expanding ISIS and the atrocities it commits? Why are we ignoring sanctions on Iran and essentially ignoring their nuclear ambitions? Why have we openly shown support for the Muslim Brotherhood, going so far as appointing some of the organization’s members to sensitive posts in the Obama Administration? The message is contradictory in any language.
President Obama has decided on his own that the USA will no longer “police the world.” As much as that might be a winning position for him with some of the American people, the bad guys of the world are the ones who will take most comfort in that decision. Generally speaking, Americans did not enter into WWI or WWII gleefully celebrating the fact that we were “finally going to war.” We reluctantly entered both wars because the existence or welfare of several nations depended on it. We had two options—get in the fight or give up. Obama’s policies are allowing some very dangerous and destructive people to bring torture and suffering upon others, mostly innocent people who have no real means to shield themselves. Obama will sit in his Oval Office on his high throne and question whether the CIA obtained information from known terrorists using torture. At the same time, terrorists who maim and kill but claim to be of the Islamic faith are met with apathy. But keep one thing in mind—we stand with those who are against such actions!
This seeming indifference cannot be construed as “foreign policy” or “international relations” in any shape or form on Obama’s part. Such behavior also falls extremely short of the oath of office which he took to defend this nation against all comers—be they foreign or domestic. Indeed, we have a President who has made it his goal to gut our military, belittle them, put them in harm’s way (Ebola), and all but issue open invitations to “come to America and wreak havoc.” This attitude is carried out under the guise of political correctness with the President incessantly admonishing the public that terrorism has nothing to do with radical Islamists. So once again, Obama is apologizing for the behavior of the ugly American by instituting policies which tie the hands of our military and leave our borders unsecure, thus painting the USA as a bunch of pacifists to our “former” allies. Could a nation have any greater threat thrust upon it?
The poster child for all of this, appropriately, becomes John Kerry. And so it should be. Can you imagine an intelligent, credible person carrying out the actions we saw this past week with John Kerry introducing James Taylor to sing to the French? Let’s just say No. That job was designed specifically for an apple-polishing bootlicker like Kerry. In fact, he is so good at it, we can almost forget that Hillary Clinton held the position prior to his appointment. Indeed, his accomplishments just might overshadow those of Ms. Clinton! Remind me again—what were they?
For a nation that has a proud history of fighting for its own independence and for saving the world from the horrors that would have played out after WWI or WWII were it not for its intervention, these are shameful times. Still, Barack Obama and John Kerry are only worried about one thing in all of this—their own legacies. Perhaps both of them might stop and consider that a nation must first continue to exist before a legacy can be left. I suggest you give that a bit of thought as well, Mr. Taylor. One thing we can be sure of is that when Obama’s vision of America becomes a reality,James Taylor won’t be singing to us—but the fat lady will.
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