The President’s Terrible Legacy

EditorialBy Gregory J. Welborn

 

Neville Chamberlain

Neville Chamberlain

By all accounts in Washington D.C., President Obama is sprinting to the finish line of his two terms desperately seeking to establish the legacy which will be his when the verdict of history is written. He believes it will be established on the domestic front where he has spent so much of his energy attempting to fundamentally transform America. Instead, the Obama legacy will bleed out from the events in the Middle East which he is almost uniquely incapable of influencing. His will be a legacy more terrible than any previous president’s, on par with, if not actually eclipsing that of, English Prime Minister Chamberlain as he allowed Europe to degenerate into World War II.

This week ISIS brutally murdered a captured Jordanian pilot by burning him alive. Almost as ghastly as the actual execution is the fact, evidenced on video, that this young man seemed to almost casually saunter to the cage in which he would be locked and then set aflame. Can anyone imagine willingly walking to, and accepting without struggle, such a cruel death? Walking past armed ISIS soldiers, would not an attempt to flee or to fight have been more normal? Yes, such action would have ultimately resulted in death, but very likely the fairly quick painless death of automatic rifle fire. Is it not obvious to everyone that this Jordanian pilot must have been terribly tortured beforehand to motivate him to actively participate in his own immolation?

Mu'ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh: Burned to death in cage

Mu’ath Safi Yousef al-Kaseasbeh: Burned to death in cage

From this, and the immediate aftermath, we must draw two additional conclusions. First, it is an inescapable reality that ISIS represents a level of evil that must be destroyed, just as the Nazis had to be destroyed. There is no way to negotiate with such people. Second, the world is not yet taking this threat seriously, the fault for which lies squarely on the shoulders of the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The manpower and weaponry available to the armies of the western powers, or even several of the Arab states, dwarf that of ISIS. With nothing greater than 50,000 soldiers, using only captured munitions and huddled in ramshackle towns in Syria and Iraq, ISIS would not stand a chance against the west’s arsenal and armies, if they were mobilized and tasked with destroying these barbarians. But the west is not serious about defeating ISIS because the west lacks a leader to galvanize such commitment and to effectively lead such a mission.

All eyes are on Barack Obama; leadership and strategy are needed, and yet all we get is “leading from behind” and confessions that “we don’t have a strategy yet”. Because of that, an ISIS state, a nuclear Iran, and hundreds of thousands more dead will be the legacy of Barack Obama. As gifted as he may be in playing domestic politics, he is equally inept on the world stage. He does not understand that a great world power is always needed to keep the peace and that a great world power leads in front with a well-considered and vetted strategy. He does not understand these things because he does not believe that America should be a world power. He is a man of the left, still so angry at his perceptions of America’s past sins that he is convinced America is morally unfit to lead in any part of the world, and so he does not strive to lead.

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President Obama

Instead, he pretends that Iran can be made to act reasonably, used as a proxy to keep a just peace in the Middle East and bribed into keeping its burgeoning nuclear weapons capability out of the hands of terrorists. These are the dreams of the unhinged, not the calculations of the wise. Barack Obama sees the world as he wants the world to be. He neither understands nor values the lessons of history. It is those lessons of history which tells us that rabid revolutionary regimes, such as Iran and ISIS today and Nazism and communism before, will not practice self-restraint. They are founded on deep faith in an exclusive understanding of moral supremacy. How can we expect them to compromise? How do you compromise what you believe Allah demands? How do you compromise the integrity of the German master race? How do you compromise the creation of a perfect Marxist man? The answer is, you don’t. For those who are animated by such all-consuming and exclusive faiths, they must either conquer or be conquered. They see no honor in compromise.

ISIS will take more territory, capture more innocents and kill more brutally until it is vanquished. Iran will pursue and then use an atomic weapon unless its nuclear program is destroyed. Barack Obama’s legacy will be built in these two arenas. If he rises to the level of authentic world leadership and directs a true coalition of forces to destroy ISIS and force Iran to abandon its program, Obama’s legacy would arguably be among the greatest of modern presidents. Such a legacy would rival FDR’s and Reagan’s and perhaps even rise to Lincoln’s level. If he continues to dither, lecture and compromise, Obama’s legacy will fall to the other extreme. Becoming the worst president the United States has ever had would be sad. Allowing events to spiral ever more out of control to the point where thousands more will have to die to make it right would be a tragedy, terrible beyond any contemporary standard. One way or the other, Barack Obama will have his legacy.

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About the author: Gregory J. Welborn is a freelance writer and has spoken to several civic and religious organizations on cultural and moral issues. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 3 children and is active in the community. He can be reached [email protected]/5l.com

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2 Responses to The President’s Terrible Legacy

  1. Bonnie February 6, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    In other words Barack Obama has no business in the White House nor does Eric Holder or Jeh Johnson!
    If they are in office to punish Americans for what they perceive as past sins of their forefathers by destroying
    the wonderful U.S. European/American culture by allowing hoards of illegal aliens from third World nations a full illegal amnesty for the purpose of diluting and destroying American/European culture as payback for what they feel are past sins….then Barack, Eric, and Jeh will only embarrass themselves forever! These men and their cohorts will have destroyed the greatest experiment on earth! As the British have admirably called the United States!

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