Beset by failures at home and abroad, the president cuts a lonely and sad figure these days. His aura of grief reflects his profound loss.
His worldview crashed headlong into reality, and reality won. Obamaism is dead, may it rest in peace.
That’s sad for him, but hold the tears — his loss is mankind’s hope. If Obama wakes from his utopian visions and faces the truth, there is a fighting chance to reverse America’s slide and keep the peace.
But first, he must come to grips with the historic dimensions of what has happened, and I’m not sure he’s capable of it. The signs aren’t encouraging.
In many ways, Vladimir Putin’s grab of Crimea is as significant as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan 35 years ago.
Then-President Jimmy Carter quickly understood he had been wrong to trust the Soviets, and shifted to offense. His January 1980, speech was defiant and bold.
Ugh. Good old bold Jimmy Peanut, giving away the Middle East to crazed Muslim fundamentalists. He – and we – would be better off today if he’d looked the other way while the USSR crumbled all of Afghanistan into rubble.
As for feeling sympathy for Barack Obama, an even worse President than Jimmy Carter?
Not today, thanks.
Actually, not ever.