Ben Stein: Obama Is a Catastrophe, and the World Knows It

The following are excerpts from The American Spectator article by Ben Stein entitled, This Man Is Dangerous.
Let’s be clear about this: Barack Obama is a great disappointment.

He’s been in office six years now. He has traveled the world nonstop, as has his former Secretary of State, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton. He does not have one single foreign policy success to show for it. Neither does Mrs. Clinton. His whole foreign policy effort has been a disaster.

He got us out of Iraq way too fast. (To be sure, and to be fair, we should not have been there in the first place.) He promised we would be out of Afghanistan way too fast. As a result, the terrorists are resurgent in both places. It is far worse — far, far worse — for the USA than when Saddam was running things and frankly, worse than when Russia was running things in Afghanistan. It is just a nightmare of witches brewing up terrorism in the whole region.

He has let the West be pushed all around by Putin, now revealed as a menacing man indeed. He has not sent meaningful aid to the Ukrainians. He has allowed Putin free rein to shoot down airliners of civilians, to use top level Russian weaponry to invade a sovereign nation, to make the USA a laughingstock of impotent bewilderment.

He is doing something about ISIS, but very little. He does nothing about the atrocities against Christians, women, girls, anyone whom the ISIS feel like beheading, raping, and murdering. As far as I can tell, he’s doing nothing about Boko Haram. If you look at a map of Africa, it is terrifying. From the Red Sea to the Atlantic, terrorists are killing everywhere. The march of violent Islam across Africa is blood-curdling and Obama does nothing to stop it.

But in this ghastly panorama, one nation stands out as the most bloodthirsty and violent and dangerous of all.  Iran.

But guess who Obama has now decided is his best friend and partner in the world? Yes. You got it. Iran. He’s keeping Israel from bombing them. He’s trying to prevent the primary branch of government, the U.S. Congress, from hearing the Prime Minister of Israel speak on how best to keep Iran from getting a bomb.

This last part is truly unbelievable. Not only does Obama believe he can set immigration policy without legal authority from Congress. Now, he believes he is the only person, the Leader, who sets foreign and defense policy objectives and means. Yes, this clearly contradicts the Constitution, which places this duty and power in Congress, subject to the President’s execution of Congress’s law. But the Constitution is a scrap of paper to Mr. Obama. No more than a scrap of paper, as is anything that gets in his way.

Why should Israel and Israel’s friends in America trust an administration that screws up everything it touches and betrays every ally?

This man is dangerous.
Read more at The American Spectator.


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10 Responses to Ben Stein: Obama Is a Catastrophe, and the World Knows It

  1. Ugh. Never thought of it that way, but you are definitely right.
    Israel kills terrorists? No way!!
    ISIS murders thousands? Hey, why not?
    Peace with rocket-throwing terrorists? Definitely!
    Peace with nuclear Iran? No, but sanctions should be enough – as long as we can keep them agreeing to talk to us.

    The problem is, Obama really is a smart guy. He’s just too smart for anyone’s good, and too focused on making history for anyone to benefit.

    So the next question is: Will America elect another black president? Another Democratic president? Or will we be too scared of his turning out like Obama?

    And when Obama drops Israel, intending to leave us to the bloodthirsty Arab dogs, will it work, or will another country pick up his slack and say, “Hey, thanks! We could use some good allies in the Middle East, especially if they aren’t aligned with the stinking American president!” and make Obama regret the day he was born – I mean, the day he got sick of Bibi?

  2. And no, we should not have been in Iraq at all. It was a stupid waste of American lives, and it killed any respect for the free world’s military that any Muslim country secretly harbored.
    Afghanistan was slightly different, because the point was to get Bin Laden. But really – what good did killing Bin Laden do, and why is America entitled to kill its BIn Laden, by entering foreign territory, but Israel is not allowed to kill terrorist, or terrorist leaders, on its own territory?

    And has killing Bin Laden changed anything? No, it hasn’t – just like Arafat’s death didn’t really change anything. So, why waste American lives (and tax dollars) catching him?

    P.S. – If you want to know who is writing what – I try to keep to decent punctuation (sometimes I fail), and Yitzchak couldn’t care less, because . . . I actually don’t know why. Maybe because it’s not a research paper.

    • Thanks, Cha’i. I agree. I think Bush’s effort in Iraq was probably doomed from the start and bankrupted the West to an extent that we have yet to realize. And Americans realize (many of us, like you) that we are enormously hypocritical on our stances with Israel. We criticize you endlessly for defending yourselves while we go into a sovereign country to kill people without permission. It’s atrocious. At least in Bush’s time, there was a token effort at responsibility. Now the administration just does what it feels like at home and abroad with no apologies unless it’s to apologize for not becoming an arab nation fast enough.

      • Chana, not Cha”i. Cha”i is our initials put together.
        I don’t think it’s so much “we, Americans,” as a certain sector of American society. If Congress’ attitude (which I think the majority, even if not by a large amount, of Americans share) was the president’s attitude, things would be a lot different.

        The problem is that the presidents are out to make history, and they do it in the wrong way, by aiming for the wrong people.

        I don’t know if it bankrupted the West as much as it bankrupted America. And Americans feel it, but the worst may be yet to come. Let’s hope it gets sidestepped somehow.

        And honestly? Anti-Semitism has been around for thousands of years. It’s just that today we see ourselves as liberated free thinkers, and expect the same from our country and every other Western country.

        It’s like when I took our son on a bus, wearing definite little boy clothes. Everyone said, “What a cute little boy!” Then he asked for his doll, and I took it out. Suddenly everyone said, “Oh, what a cute little girl you have!” And I wanted to say, “Oh, so when your husband holds a baby he turns into a woman?”

        We think we give equal rights to all and have gotten rid of discrimination and stereotypes, gender or national. But – we really haven’t.

      • Right. Sorry about the name confusion, Chana. I hadn’t figured that out!

  3. No problem. 🙂 How could you have, when the email says Cha”I and the blog says littleduckies?

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