You didn't have to be a genius to predict this wasn't going to work out well for our president, Captain Bullcrap.
The hallmark of his presidency has been trying to portray an obvious wimp and sissy as an tough leader. To do that we have to over look his Mom jeans and girlie baseball throw and focus on how tough it is for the Leader of the Free World to interject himself into a minor league call of whether to kill a few Somali pirates and to order the killing of Osama bin Laden... at least when he had run out of other options. In fact, the url www.gutsycall.com takes you to the Obama campaign donation page.
When the Obama was on the telephone with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama though it was a good idea to not only be holding a baseball bat but to have a photograph of that event released. Message: I'm tough.
The picture, which was interpreted as vaguely menacing by some critics, caused a stir in Turkey.
‘The photo reveals from whom our Prime Minister receives orders to rule the country,’ Metin Lutfi Baydar, a lawmaker with Turkey's main opposition party the Republican People's Party (CHP), said in a statement.
CHP vice president Umut Oran asked through parliament if Erdogan had seen the picture and if he would take action against ‘an implicit insult to Turkey and its citizens.’
For better or worse, Turkey is a key ally in the region. Without Turkey's cooperation it is difficult to see how we manage the war Obama is trying desperately to lose in Iraq, the war Obama is pretending he wants with Iran, or the festering goat rope in Syria. In fact, it is hard to see any scenario in which humiliating the Turkish Prime Minister is useful.
While it undoubtedly caused titters in among the testosterone infused Obama White House it was a gratuitously nasty act. This, like trying to appear tough, has become a hallmark of this administration's foreign policy: chronic disrespect of our allies while kowtowing to every dictator encountered. It is difficult to recall, and I say this as someone who was a commissioned officer in Germany during the Carter Administration, a time when the country has been held in greater contempt than today. And justifiably so.
Though most people are counting on Mitt Romney to bring something approaching fiscal sanity to the White House to replace the rampant pay-to-play crony socialism that currently masquerades as economic policy, I am looking forward to sending Obama and the idiots on his national security staff packing. They have grievously wounded our prestige and limited our ability to impose our will short of armed intervention. They are dangerous to our country, potentially murderous to our Armed Forces. They can't be gone soon enough.