Still the Biggest Skeleton in the Game?
Last month, President Barack Obama suggested that his administration is more focused on “caring” than on “fighting.” The remark is widely being viewed as an attempt at damage control for his administration’s inability to keep America safe.
While the president was undoubtedly trying to use the phrase “caring,” he was more than just using the phrase to convey that his administration is more concerned with being thoughtful than being decisive.
Rather, the comment is being viewed as Obama’s attempt to bolster his political standing amongst his base voters: that he has a heart for what he’s trying to fight for.
President Obama was attempting to clarify his views on the war in Iraq by trying to frame his defense strategy as more of a relationship-focused policy than a military one.
He’s trying to make the case that he does still have the best interests of the United States in mind.
For example, Obama could have just stated that he believes we as a nation should focus more on how our diplomacy works rather than how we go to war.
His administration could have stated that it believes that every single diplomatic solution should be supported and that we should be working to have more of them.
There is no argument that our administration has failed to focus more on what he called “caring”–at least not in the context of Iraq.
President Obama is correct in saying that we have an administration that is over-focused on the military, when it’s over-focused on the military for the wrong reasons. But he’s also correct in saying that the administration has failed to focus on the relationship.
What Obama isn’t right about is his claim that our nation needs to focus more on the relationship with other nations.
Obama’s belief that we need to focus more on the relationship with our neighbors in the Muslim world – particularly Iran – is not only a mistake – it’s dangerous.
It puts our nation on a path to war with Iran, without the proper