Saturday, September 5, 2015

Obama: A Lot To Be Modest About

Mr. Attlee is a very modest man. Indeed, he has a lot to be modest about.

Winston Churchill, on his predecessor at Prime Minister of Great Britain

As millions of refugees swarm into Europe from the Middle East, the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, President Obama has a lot to be modest about.

It was President Obama who declared before the United Nations, “It is not the job of the President of the United States to solve every problem in the Middle East. We must be modest in our belief that we cannot remedy every evil.”

And we cannot, it follows, be responsible for the 200,000 dead in Syria, 4 million fleeing refugees, and 7.6 million Middle Eastern and North African people seeking refuge from terror and economic deprivation.

But we can be held responsible for not punishing President Assad after crossing the Red Line by exterminating his citizens with sarin and chlorine gas, for prematurely withdrawing from a then stable Iraq, for not arming our allies in the fight against ISIS, for dismissing ISIS as the junior varsity for the Taliban, and for withdrawing as leaders of the Free World and our Sunni allies, when they are begging for our support.

Nature abhors a vacuum, and Obama, ii his modesty, has created.

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