It was hardly surprising that President Obama on Tuesday was in Cuba enjoying a baseball game with a violent dictator and pursuing his ideological agenda while the world was busy dealing with another horrific terrorist attack.
While the planet has disintegrated into a disordered mess plagued by growing numbers of major terrorist attacks, the president has been careful to take at least four weeks of vacation a year, not including three- and four-day golf weekends in sunny locales around the United States. Meantime, his commitment to a politically correct, leftist agenda that views morality in relative terms has prevented him from even calling these attacks what they are: “Islamist” terrorism.
Part of Obama’s ideological profile is the one-world dream of every leftist. Nationalities and borders are so old-school, and so the president allows thousands of Syrian refugees into America while supporting European policies allowing tens of thousands more to swamp the continent and provoke the current outbreak of terrorist attacks.
“President Obama also expressed his appreciation of the chancellor’s leadership in working to address the migration crisis in Europe, in particular her recent decision to ease the burden on border countries by providing haven to Syrian refugees,” the White House said on August 26 of last year. A month later, Obama agreed with Chancellor Angela Merkel that other countries, too, must accept their “fair share” of refugees, as if cultural self-destruction and the danger to national security caused by the refugees should be spread across Europe, not just in Germany..
While assertively pursuing his agenda at home, Obama has been perhaps the most passive modern president ever with respect to threats overseas.
It is no coincidence that a vast Islamic state devoted to destroying the West has sprouted up under his watch. World affairs have always been an unwelcome intrusion disrupting the implementation of his ideological agenda at home. That’s why Obama installed a secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, with absolutely no foreign policy experience beyond dodging imaginary Serb sniper bullets. And it is why he has allowed the U.S. armed forces to deteriorate, and why he set a long-term goal of “degrading and destroying” ISIS that has barely progressed.
Obama has projected weakness at every turn, whether allowing the Syrians to breach his “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, permitting China to violate territorial rights in the South China Sea, granting Iran the future use of nuclear weapons, or kowtowing to the Palestinians while broadcasting his contempt for America’s traditional ally in the region, Israel.
The jackals of the world can swell an ounce of weakness in a gallon of bluster, and so they are on the move. Mass attacks in the United States like those plaguing Europe are not far off, former administration officials warn.
But the man who, while on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard in August 2014, hit the links just moments after addressing the ISIS beheading of journalist James Foley, is not one to allow too much bad news to mess with his schedule
Obama paused only briefly in Cuba on Tuesday to acknowledge the attacks before continuing with the excitement of his trip. The White House made sure to have the president make a brief statement in Havana on the terrorist attacks, including some political correctness about how everyone, “regardless of nationality, or race, or faith” should unite to defeat terrorism. “We can — and will — defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world,” Obama said.
We can, and we will. But first, baseball.
From Tuesday’s White House press pool report:
“POTUS had changed out of his suit and into khaki pants and a white shirt. He was wearing sunglasses and carrying some sort of to-go cup. Secretary Kerry, also wearing khaki pants, a white shirt and sunglasses, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett and others left from the same entrance before POTUS.”
So everyone’s in khakis, and the fun can begin.
“To Mr. Obama’s right are, in order, Mrs. Obama, Sasha, Malia and Marian Robinson,” the pool report stated. “As they sat down some Cuban music blasted from the speakers, bringing even more festive energy into the stadium … Before the start of the game, the Tampa players walked over to where Mr. Obama was seated. The president stood up and shook each one’s hand through the net that is hanging behind home plate. He was smiling, sunglasses on, and chewing gum.”
Same as it ever was.