It was Albert Einstein who said “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
I would switch that idea around, and say that weakness of character begets weakness of attitude. Without solid character, one does not have the correct attitude to lead. In order to be a leader of men, one must have a firm grip on the reality in which we live. One must understand when it is time to act, when it is time to withdraw, and when it is time to stand still. When one does not posses firm character, major judgment calls can become difficult, and be made irresponsibly.
I’ll be forthright and say it: Obama does not possess firm character. That is why, over the course of his administration, we have seen him make so many poor decisions. He has continuously made choices that benefit only him and his Party. Those choices have done massive damage to the American economy, to our foreign policy, and to the American people at large.
One particular choice made by Obama about which I was particularly leery was his decision to continue sending billions of dollars in aid to Egypt following the election of Mohammed Morsi. Morsi is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood—a group of radical Islamists. There were reports that some of his opponents were being executed following his election, and reports of extreme Christian persecution. In addition, Morsi has swiftly consolidated power, taking it from the judicial system and giving to himself.
Just as a reference, Morsi is the man who reportedly said this: “They [non-Muslims] need to know that conquest is coming, that Egypt will be Islamic, and they must pay jizya or emigrate.”
And this: “The Koran is our Constitution, the prophet is our leader, jihad is our path, and death in the name of Allah is our goal.”
Even if these quotes are exaggerated or fabricated entirely (I don’t think they are), the fact still remains that he was a very involved member of the Muslim Brotherhood—a group of radical Islamists.
Once Morsi was elected, and began becoming despotic, we should have cut off all aid to Egypt. However, that was not the case. It is only now—because of the popular and military uprising—that Obama is considering cutting off aid.
It is US law that aid must be cut off when a coup takes place; however, we have been providing cash to Egypt for decades, regardless of the circumstances. So, at the risk of sounding like a crazy conspiracy theorist, I ask the question: Why?
Why cut off aid now, rather than before? Why continue to provide a radical Islamist leader with US money? Why not support this uprising, like he supported the last one that brought Morsi to power?
Barack Obama is not—I repeat—not a Muslim. That does not mean, however, that he does not support radical Islam. Obama is a secular humanist, pretending to be a Christian. At best, he’s an agnostic. It is important to know where he stands in regard to Islam, and his own spirituality—or lack thereof—because it informs his decisions politically.
All of the questions I asked need to be answered. But more than that, without answering a single question, Obama is demonstrating an extraordinary weakness of judgment. This weakness of judgment shows a weakness of character.
Were I to read Obama’s mind, I might see two things: fear and opportunity. Obama may be afraid of radical Islam in Egypt. He might be so afraid, that he is willing to back the Muslim Brotherhood over a more secular government because he fears retaliation if he does not.
The other option is opportunity. He may realize that by first backing Morsi, then turning around and backing a revolution against him, he makes himself appear schizophrenic. It makes him look like he does not know what he is doing in regard to foreign policy.
Regardless of what is really going on, Obama has shown a severe weakness of character. Either option is bad for his image in one way or another. All he can do now is play catch-up, which is the game of characterless men.
[by Frank Camp, writing for LAST RESISTANCE]
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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis