Confirmation hearings in progress for crucial cabinet posts such as Defense Secretary and Attorney General miss an important reality in the Obama administration–the official chain of command apparently operates, when it does operate, only for show.
Tough decisions are seen to be made by President Obama who was scrutinized in the process of winning two national elections–yet, it would seem our undoubtedly distracted Commander-in-Chief and cabinet secretaries are only junior partners to Valerie Jarrett who, to this day, never has been remotely vetted and sees issues primarily in terms of their domestic political relevance.
Previous Presidents certainly had personal friends serve as senior counselors, but few in American history have had such unbridled and profound influence over the Executive branch of government as has Valerie Jarrett.
If all were truly well again for America, perhaps the unusual ways in which the Obama administration functions here, and interacts with allies and supposed enemies abroad, would matter only to those who stand upon ceremony. However, dangers mount simultaneously inside our sputtering, and over-leveraged economy, and in numerous foreign hotspots.
How grave are today’s gathering foreign threats to America’s national security?
Ill-advised, secret foreign policy initiatives since January 2009
American Presidents pursue some international efforts in secret; however, in the past, these clandestine efforts have chiefly been led by diplomats and acknowledged experts in global affairs, and not by a chum whose chief experience lies in state and local government inside our borders and political campaigns.
As will likely come into clearer focus now that allies such as Israel, Canada, France, and Germany are rightly taking a much closer look at following the Obama administration in its conduct of foreign policy in the Middle East, President Obama and those who supposedly serve him are bungling efforts to make progress in one of the most volatile and important regions of the world.
Anyone who makes the barest of efforts to understand the background and aims of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East, in America, and worldwide, must conclude this organization is one that a Western government should never embrace–yet, that is exactly what Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett have done ever since January 20, 2009, if not before.
So, in Egypt,while President Abdel Fatteh el Sisi courageously and rightly attempts a reformation of Islam from within, the Obama administration, no doubt with strong support from Ms. Jarrett, belligerently continues to lend aid to ousted members of the previous Egyptian government, unabashedly entwined with the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, in that country.
In Iran, after decades of bi-partisan failure, the Obama administration meanwhile rushes now, in secret, to seal a breakthrough nuclear deal.
Simultaneously, Iran resolutely continues down paths threatening American interests and allies numerous places.
These failures with Egypt and with Iran, come upon the heels of the evident error of trading five hardened radical Islamist jihadists for deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
Undeterred despite poor results, the Obama administration elsewhere races forward opening relations with the unrepentant dictatorship in Cuba and may even be moving towards making concessions to normalize relations with North Korea.
Time to bear down much harder and get to the truth
In stark contrast to the posture taken with regard to previous Presidents and their closest advisors, leading elements in the mainstream press have not gone far enough in warning the American public of dangers posed by the continued pursuit of Obama administration policies.
In 2015, most of the media complex faces raging structural headwinds, competes ferociously for a shrinking stream of potential advertising revenues, remains subject to regulatory oversight, and is capital constrained. So, it is little wonder that major organizations tread lightly for fear of losing access to key Administration figures.
This is a pity, for judging what we know of the economic and foreign policy record objectively, we can only conclude that a central operating premise in the Obama administration is that if at first you do not succeed, fail, fail, again.