Sunday, January 18, 2015
OBAMA'S ABSENCE FROM PARIS DEMONSTRATIONS
Some mistakes have long-lasting consequences -- "Forever Mistakes," Mann 2012
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ABSENCE FROM PARIS IS A MISTAKE WITH LONG-LASTING CONSEQUENCES
In the show of solidarity of some 40 world leaders against terrorism in Paris, January 11, 2015, President Obama's absence was more than just a faux pas, more than a casual mistake. American presidents have long been recognized in most of the world as "leaders of the free world." In effect, Obama stepped down from that position and abdicated his obligations as such leader. His failure to show in Paris, his failure to lead, his snubbing of other heads of state, his arrogance or ineptitude will have long-lasting consequences. In May 2012, I posted a list of such consequential acts and termed them "Forever Mistakes." Obama's absence will be one of these, perhaps the crowning one.
The show of solidarity of the leaders must be viewed as a turning point in fighting terrorism. I believe it's the first show of unity of so many nations in battling Jihad. It also indicates that Obama has no interest in American supremacy in fighting terror, although our nation is arguably the most significant target of Jihadists.
This act is arguably the most significant of many indications that Obama has no interest in American supremacy on world issues, in spite of the aid we give to many and in spite of America's major role in financing the United Nations.
Yes, it's a major issue, a major abdication of presidential responsibilities in spite of some who try to find justification for his absence. Even his spokesman admitted the mistake. Some others do not.
The Paris demonstration must be analyzed, dissected and understood for the major turning point that it is. I will do this more comprehensively in a subsequent post.