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What Obama Can Learn From James Brown

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Obama should learn from the late, great Godfather of Soul. As James Brown once sang: “Get up. Get into it. Get involved.”

Obama is hopelessly lost, adrift, dazed, and confused. Obama seems eerily detached from events. As NBC’s Brian Williams noted Tuesday, Americans have “the sensation right about now that our world is falling apart.” Yet Obama blissfully bounces from putting greens to fundraising galas as if Earth couldn’t be better.

In a case of he said/he said, Obama on Wednesday explained his hope to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, as one would attack a malignant pancreatic tumor. But moments later, Obama aspired to shrink ISIS into “a manageable problem” — such as dandruff.

This blunder followed Obama’s notorious confession last week that, as regards trouncing ISIS, “we have no strategy yet.”

Is Obama so stunned by ISIS’ successes that he only now can combat this backward band of head-chopping Islamic fanatics? Not quite.

By Obama’s own timetable, his anti-ISIS blueprint is a year overdue.

“Al Qaeda and other extremists have metastasized into regional groups that can pose significant dangers,” Obama said on August 9, 2013. “And so that requires us, then, to make sure that we have a strategy."

So, has ISIS been off of Obama’s radar ever since? Not hardly.

“Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer,” Catherine Herridge, Fox News’ chief intelligence correspondent, reported Tuesday. A former Pentagon official told Herridge that commanders “were ready to fire, on a moment’s notice, on a couple hundred targets,” but Obama dithered.

Some targets were traced over a long period of time — eventually vanishing.

Unlike his predecessors, Obama usually reviews his Presidential Daily Briefs — PDBs — alone, rather than discuss mortal threats to America with top national security experts.

Herridge’s source says that Obama does “not generally” ask questions or request information.

Similarly, the conservative Government Accountability Institute calculated in September 2012 that Obama missed 56.2 percent of his Presidential Daily Brief between January 23, 2009 and May 31, 2012. In 2011, Obama skipped 61.6 percent of such briefings.

Obama blew off his Presidential Daily Brief for six consecutive days before the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack and, unforgivably, for two days after terrorists killed Ambassador Christopher Stephens as well as three other American public servants.

Rather than consult intelligence officials as Benghazi smoldered, Obama jetted to Las Vegas for a September 12 fundraiser, then campaigned in Colorado the next day.

Perhaps Obama was equally diligent about ISIS.

The Wall Street Journal recently observed, “The breadth of global instability now unfolding hasn’t been seen since the late 1970s.” How true.

On President Jimmy Carter’s watch, Communists seized Grenada and Nicaragua. Marxist insurgents menaced El Salvador and Guatemala. Cuban troops roamed Angola, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. Russia invaded Afghanistan.

And Muslim fanatics seized the U.S. Embassy in Iran in November 1979. They held 52 American diplomats hostage there for 444 days. This emergency consumed Carter until the last minute of his presidency. Iran freed the hostages literally during President Reagan’s inauguration on January 20, 1981.

Carter was not lazy. Throughout these international nightmares, he tried hard, manned his desk, and micromanaged everything.

“He once proudly proclaimed that he had read a huge, voluminous defense report down to the last page in the last appendix,” rather than request a summary, recalls author Paul David Cook. Carter also personally decided who could use the White House tennis court.

To his credit, Carter deregulated the trucking and airline industries and diligently led Israel’s Menachem Begin and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat to sign the Camp David Peace Accords.

Like Carter, Obama will be remembered for presiding while Earth unraveled. But unlike Carter, Obama became disengaged and decreasingly interested in influencing an increasingly chaotic planet.

Simply put, Obama is Jimmy Carter without the work ethic.

Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.


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