Obama’s Cancerous Leadership and the Vortex Feeding It

White House Photo / Pete Souza
White House Photo / Pete Souza

Obama’s legacy—absent a major shift in foreign policy—is clearly established. Taking editorial license with Winston Churchill’s famous quote lauding Royal Air Force pilots in World War II for defeating Germany’s Luftwaffe and applying it to Obama and his leadership team: “Never in the field of human conflict has so little been done for so many by so few.”

President Obama has severely undermined U.S. national security and world stability. But what is most disturbing is this has happened due to the actions and inactions of “enablers”—both partisan and non-partisan.

A charismatic speaker, presidential candidate Obama became a pied piper promising hope and change to make America better. Just like his entire presidency, those promises proved empty.

Decades-long alliances supported by earlier presidents of both parties have been undermined (Egypt and Israel). Obama embraces our enemies whether at home (Muslim Brotherhood cronies given access to high-government offices) or abroad (Iran)—all while refusing to link Islam to violence or even to use the term “terrorists” to describe the Taliban.

The recent actions by Obama in welcoming a visit by Muslim Brotherhood representatives—a group banned by our Egyptian and Saudi allies and whose leader declared war against America in 2010—while refusing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—even sending a political team to Israel to help orchestrate his defeat in the upcoming election—is so outrageous as to demand others in authority in the U.S. government call Obama out. (This war declaration came six years after discovery of a secret Brotherhood war plan to stealthily undermine the U.S. Constitution, replacing it with sharia law, by using our laws and political correctness against us.)

Meanwhile, Obama refuses to pressure Iran to abandon a nuclear weapons capability it will soon possess.

Our Founding Fathers meticulously engineered safeguards into our Constitution—incorporating various checks and balances—to address concerns a White House occupant might one day seek to exceed his authority or to exercise it irresponsibly.

But in doing so, a reasonable assumption was that others in positions of responsibility would rise to confront a president “gone wild.”

Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren made reference to such “others” when doubt remained after the commission he headed to investigate President Kennedy’s assassination concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Citing all the government officials—both high and low ranking—who “testified to their knowledge there was no sign of any conspiracy,” Warren said doubters believing in a cover-up adhered to the impossibility the whole structure of government “was absolutely corrupt from top to bottom, with not one person of high or low rank willing to come forward to expose the villainy.” (The Memoirs of Earl Warren, by Earl Warren, p. 367)

As with Justice Warren, our Founding Fathers’ firmly believed there would always be those “others” in the government who would so cherish our freedoms and security they would stand up, without hesitation, to challenge an irresponsible president—i.e., coming “forward to expose the villainy.”

Our Founding Fathers’ believed inherent within the nature of democracy was a counter-force necessary to stop any endangerment to the Nation.

Why has no active leader, either within the executive branch or the military, stepped up to challenge Obama on policies clearly destroying our national security? While former senior government appointees and retired military leaders have done so, no active leaders (save one) have.

Obama seems to have created a human vortex as president—one into which his senior leadership is inexplicably drawn.

If not dissipated sooner by other influences, a vortex—left alone in nature—eventually loses energy on its own. It is these “other” leaders on whom Justice Warren and our Founding Fathers counted to exert their influence to dissipate an out-of-control human vortex occupying the Oval Office. But, unfortunately, it is these very same “others” who feed it.

Our history has borne witness to both good and bad human vortexes—the former represented by our Founding Fathers, the latter by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s 1950-1953 “Red Scare” campaign. We have enjoyed the benefits of the former while turning a blind eye to the latter, which destroyed the lives and careers of countless innocents.

Our active government and military leaders can no longer turn a blind eye to a foreign policy endangering our national security. We need to question whether this Nation can survive two more years of Obama’s unchallenged cancerous leadership.

Never before in our history has it been more important for active leaders serving a U.S. president promoting damaging national security policies to speak out by resigning.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel did it, but it will take more than one resignation to awaken an apathetic public to the national security disasters Obama’s policies are creating.

Sadly, these other leaders take an ostrich-like approach in refusing to see the cancerous impact of Obama’s leadership.

Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.), is a retired Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam war, the U.S. invasion of Panama and the first Gulf war. He is the author of “Bare Feet, Iron Will–Stories from the Other Side of Vietnam’s Battlefields,” “Living the Juche Lie: North Korea’s Kim Dynasty” and “Doomsday: Iran–The Clock is Ticking.” He frequently writes on foreign policy and defense issues.


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