A perfect storm is gathering in the Middle East, fueled by revolution, increasingly organized Islamic terrorism at its most brutal, and the repositioning of world leaders as they struggle to wrap their arms around the growing threat. The gathering storm is being fed in the most unlikely way by a man who is at once afraid of his own power and, at the heart of it, delusional about his vision and his ability to achieve it. He leaves critical decisions to others no more competent than himself, and delays implementing them, often until the need to act has passed. He panders to our enemies and offends our allies. He has undermined the strength of his nation and fed power to those who would destroy it.
From the very beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama has been playing a dubious game of mixed messaging, meddling in the internal affairs of foreign nations while claiming not to, lying to the American people about just about everything, and leaving chaos in his wake, both at home and abroad. He has been accused of leading the nation from behind (when in fact he barely leads at all). He rarely makes the difficult decisions – even when other lives depend on them. He ignores critical events that place America in harm’s way, while waiting to see how things turn out before taking credit for successes and assigning the blame for failures to others.
Obama’s reality and the future that he envisions for both America and the world is rooted in delusions of grandeur that enable him to see the world as he would like it to be, to see himself as a great leader whose legacy will be a monument in history, while he ignores the stark realities that challenge his vision of himself and his true legacy. He takes credit for what he has not done, and blames his many failures on others. He lives in an alternate universe of his own design, defined by his own rhetoric, without regard for reality. And most dangerously, he seems to be driven by a compelling need to destroy the very foundation of the country he was elected to govern.
In President Barack Obama’s alternate universe, nothing is as it seems to be, and lies are the currency he uses to support the narrative he creates. He swept away Eric Holder’s involvement in the ‘Fast and Furious’ gun running scandal with the inappropriate use of Executive Privilege, he clouded the huge scandal of the 9/11/12 Benghazi attacks with a lie about a video that was repeated throughout the senior levels of the administration, he tried to cover-up the IRS scandal by claiming ‘not a smidgen of corruption’ when it was rife throughout the agency, he flagrantly lied to the American people about the impact of ObamaCare, and he contravened the US Constitution when he issued directives that illegally granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
In President Barack Obama’s alternate universe, our enemies – such as Iran – are really potential friends in disguise, to be courted at all costs, and at the expense of our true allies. The truth about his overtures to them are shrouded in disinformation in order to achieve his desired ends without interference. At the same time, the threats posed to our allies by these same players are minimized or marginalized, even as they fester and grow increasingly dangerous.
When referencing his ‘negotiations’ with Iran in his State of the Union speech, the President blatantly lied when he claimed, “we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material.” The reality of Iran’s nuclear arms development program has been that Iran has been using the time provided by long, drawn out ‘negotiations’ to continue its progress without interference.
Obama admitted that the talks have only a “50-50 chance” of succeeding, and he made it terrifyingly clear that he has no strategic plan to deal with that outcome. His lack of any strategic plan fails to acknowledge that the consequence of failed talks will most certainly be a nuclear Iran, which will represent an immediate threat to Israel and Europe, and a slightly delayed but no less ominous threat to the United States. He doesn’t seem to care.
In President Barack Obama’s alternate universe, the only rules for him are the ones he makes and breaks himself. The latest furor over Congress’ invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invitation to address them on the danger posed by Iran has illustrated this tactic even more clearly. On hearing of the invitation, Obama immediately announced that he will not meet with Netanyahu when he is in Washington. According to National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan, “As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country.”
Really? Interesting. But according to our sources close to the political centers of Washington, the Obama team has already funneled $10 million to Netanyahu’s opponents in the upcoming national elections in order to help defeat Netanyahu’s Likud party in March. So much for that “long-standing practice”!
In short, the alternate universe of Barack Obama is a land of fantasy, an overblown self-image, created from hubris and an ego that is out of touch with the real world. He takes credit for what he has not accomplished, such as the lower gas prices (caused by growing fracking activities throughout the US, which he has consistently fought) and for ending the wars in Iraq , Afghanistan , and Libya, although Iraq and Libya have dissolved into chaos as Afghanistan promises to do.
Obama wants to shape his legacy in rhetoric without putting in the hard work that that is needed to define it. Despite his best (or worst) efforts, his legacy will be one of words without substance, actions without conscience, and a country that is poorer, more vulnerable, and far less respected around the world for his having spent eight long years in the White House.
In April 2013, this author wrote, “The seeds of a perfect storm are coming together: global economic failure, a strengthening Islamist power center in the Middle East, Iranian ambitions and the barely hidden collaboration between Iran and North Korea, and the US/European inability to act against them. As the dots are connected, the resulting picture gives credence to the concern that Iran is actively planning to embroil the region in a large, chaotic, nuclear war. While the events swirling around the Middle East and the Pacific Rim are being given little more than lip service by the US government, the world is on a collision course with catastrophe, racing toward Armageddon – a global confrontation between opposing ideologies. The West’s unwillingness to recognize the enormity of the threat puts the world in inestimable danger. American inaction is the most dangerous path we can follow.”
There is no single issue that is more important to the future of America than national security. In this area, President Obama has been asleep at the switch and has put the entire world at risk.
When Obama’s term is finally over and the objectivity of history makes its judgment, his administration will undoubtedly go down as one of the most corrupt, inept, and mismanaged administrations in American history, one that has done more damage to America at home and abroad that any other US President since the founding of the nation. That this President may also be responsible for embroiling the world in a war more terrible than any ever seen before is almost too awful to contemplate. And should it come to that, Obama’s alternate universe will not protect him from his true legacy, or the world’s population from its consequences.
Ilana Freedman is a veteran intelligence analyst and adviser to industry on security and preparedness training. She specializes in counter-terrorism security and preparedness in the post-9/11 world.