Which brings us back to President Obama being like Jimmy Carter. The economy stagnating, high gas prices, and a world in turmoil. The Muslim world shifts and President Obama wants to make something good of it. The reality is that the one thing these regimes can agree upon is that Israel is evil.I have a news flash for Melissa. She can scream and yell at the top of her lungs that Barack Obama is Jimmy Carter, but she is going to have a difficult time explaining to the general electorate that the guy who got Osama bin Laden is weak. The reality is that Barack Obama has been more militaristic than his predecessor. He increased the amount of troops in Afghanistan, he supported the renewal of the Patriot Act, he called for the assassination of an American tied to terrorism, he dropped more bombs on Pakistan in the first 9 months of his administration than George W. Bush dropped in his two terms, he has stood by and watched as Gitmo stays open, and he started that little skirmish going on in Libya. Oh, and did I mentioned that he got Bin Laden?
With President Obama not wanting to come home to Israel, he creates more instability than ever. A better looking President doesn’t dress up his moral equivalence, weakness, and tyranny-apologist Carteresque words and actions.
That last one alone is enough to drop the Jimmy Carter analogies. Obama received a great deal of criticism from the media and from John McCain before the election when he stated that he would order Special Forces into Pakistan to kill Al Qaeda members. It turns out that is how Osama was killed. The President deserves credit for his leadership in that area.
No, instead, the Republicans should thank the President for continuing and sharpening the Bush national security policies. If they really want to inflict political damage on Obama, they should bring out Dick Cheney and let him lavish praise on the President. Republicans will find little success if they try to portray Obama as weak. They will find more success by truthfully speaking of the Bush-like policies of Barack Obama. This, alone, will cause some of his base to sit the next election out.