Friday, September 20, 2013

Obama's Disrespect

Gary L. Bauer
American Values

Here's another example of "who" I think Barack Obama is. When Obama quickly reversed course and decided to seek congressional approval to strike the Assad regime in Syria for its use of chemical weapons, the most significant political support he received was from Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

I didn't agree with their quick decision to stand with Obama. I assumed they were operating under the premise that when it comes to matters of America's national security, politics ends at the water's edge. But for Obama, politics never stops.

Few other top congressional leaders spoke up. Then Obama changed course again, announcing that he would negotiate with Vladimir Putin and let Russia take the lead in the Middle East. Then he called off the vote in Congress.

Insiders say that even after Boehner and Cantor went out on a limb to support the president, Obama did not give them the courtesy of a phone call offering a heads-up on the possible deal with Putin. In every administration prior to this one -- whether Republican or Democrat -- no president would have treated the leaders of the opposite party so disrespectfully.

If Boehner and Cantor had any doubts, I hope they now understand that Obama is not their friend, no matter how much goodwill they demonstrate or how many rounds of golf they play together.

Outrage of the Week

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held more hearings on Benghazi yesterday, and the parents of the murdered Americans were there. They sat patiently through seven hours of testimony before they addressed the committee.

When it came time for Patricia Smith (the mother of Sean Smith) and Charles Woods (the father of Ty Woods) to speak, only two Democrats bothered to show up to hear their pleas for the truth of what happened to their sons.

Every Democrat who had something "better to do" than listen to these grieving parents should be ashamed. These families' sons paid the ultimate price in service to their country. They deserved better than that. America deserves better too.