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The Syrian crisis isn’t going well for President Obama, nor will it. Unfortunately, because he is our leader, it isn’t going to go well for our nation either. It isn’t just that he has made a foolish challenge about Syria stepping over a red line—a misstatement he cannot correct without loosing face. It goes much deeper than that.

We are in perilous waters. America has not been in this difficult a situation since the Cuban Missile Crisis, which brought us to the brink of thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union in 1962. We are facing a crisis that requires strong, principled leadership. We need a dependable man—a man whose wisdom we can trust. Barack Obama isn’t that person; he’s incapable of being that person. There are two reasons why.

First, he has a narcissistic personality disorder that prevents him from taking responsibility for failure. In his eyes, he is always right. He has to be right. If you disagree with him or with the way he is handling a situation, you become his enemy. It’s always that way for a narcissist. It’s why he has sycophantic people advising him like his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, instead of seasoned veterans of foreign policy who are willing to tell him when he is wrong. Rice isn’t strong enough to do that. She may be a good basketball player and a trusted accomplice in deceiving the American people about Benghazi, but she cannot help Obama stand up to Putin.

Obama is the one who said the use of chemical weapons would precipitate the United States to intervene in the Syrian Civil War. Now, he is saying that it’s Congress’ red line or the world’s red line. To admit he was the instigator would put “responsibility and blame” on him, and that’s something a narcissist like Obama can never do. It’s not in his nature to do so. President Truman said, “The buck stops here.” For President Obama, it is, “The buck never stops here.”

For better or worse, the problem is ours. We are responsible because we elected him. We married him without knowing him. Now, we have come to discover he does not have the character necessary to face a tough international crisis. He’s incapable of guiding us through unscathed. Syria is his Waterloo, which means it may be ours as well.

Second, by consistently giving Obama a pass on his performance for five years, essentially covering up his mistakes, our press has made it impossible for him to face a tough challenge. Refusing to publish, “The Emperor is wearing no clothes,” the press has either skewed stories or buried them completely in their relentless quest to ensure that the first black, Progressive President is successful. Having done this has infuriated Obama’s critics, but the person hurt the most by not having to face reality has been Obama himself.

By having his weaknesses covered up, He has come to count on having an easy road to success. Now, the road is suddenly anything but easy. It has become treacherous and difficult, and Obama isn’t seasoned enough to navigate the terrain, which he should be after five years in office. It’s like he has been training for a heavyweight title bout by reading his own press clippings about how tough he is, instead of actually being toughened up, by having been forced to face the consequences of his mismanagement in smaller situations. To be the person he needs to be now, Obama should have been sparring, running, and weightlifting for the past five years instead of leading the soft life made possible for him by his fawning media.

Now, it is too late. Our feckless leader is clueless about what to do. Congress, especially the house of Representative, will not sustain his folly. If he acts without Congressional approval—after asking for it—his effectiveness as President will be over. It may even be worse than that. He may initiate Armageddon. If he does, it will not be his fault. You can count on that.

Jack Watts

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The concept of democracy originated with the Greek philosophers, championed by Aristotle. He saw rule by “the many” as the best form of government, but he was also fearful of mob rule. Plato was even more fearful of the excesses of democracies. There are those who see the Wall Street protestors as mob rule, but such protests in America are trivial compared to what is happening in the Middle East.

There is a democratic revolution that started in Iran, when the Ayatollah Khomeini replaced the Shah in the late 70s. In the past decade, it spread to the Palestinians. Picking up pace in the last year, this democratic revolution has swept out Gaddafi in Libya, Mubarak in Egypt, and now it seems certain to topple Assad in Syria as well.

For us, in the United States, we have historically supported democratic revolutions. We believe democratic rule is always superior to that of a dictator. It is hardwired into our DNA. But what we have failed to do is take into consideration the downside of democracy. In our own Revolution, our Founding Fathers sought freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press. Their aspirations were honorable and noble, and our goal was for our model to be a light to the world. Although we have made many mistakes along the way, our aspirations have always remained noble.

But that’s not the case with the democratic revolution in the Middle East. The people believe that God—Allah—is with them. Part of their belief is that the United States is Satan, and we must be destroyed. This means their democratic revolution is not in our best interest.

Even worse, according to this belief system, Israel has no right to exist at all. When Mubarak fell, Egypt ceased to be a peaceful neighbor for Israel, which means Israel is now completely surrounded by hostile neighbors. To make matters worse, the Obama administration favors the Palestinians over the Israelis, which effectively deprives the Jews of their most powerful and trusted ally—the United States.

The situation is a powder keg ready to explode because the Iranians are within months of having nuclear weapons, which they have hinted they intend to use. Traditionally, Middle Eastern countries have fought among themselves, but that’s changing. Persians, Egyptians, and Arabs are all coming together to fight their common enemy once again—Israel.

In the United States, because of our inability to differentiate between good democracies and bad democracies—like Plato and Aristotle did—we cannot discern the signs of the times accurately. Consequently, we have helped undermine dictators who were ruthless but kept the peace in favor of democratic upheavals led by militant Muslim Jihadists. In essence, our belief system has worked against us—with potential catastrophic implications.

The bottom line is this: we have helped undermine Israel, which is definitely not in the best interest of the United States.

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