Goodbye Statist

Goodbye Statist

Obama Shows His True Colors as He Leaves Office With no reason to suppress his more radical instincts any longer, the president embraced them on his way out the door.

By Charles Krauthammer Via National Review –
Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were overshadowed, in part by a successor who refused to come in quietly, and in part by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking.

Perhaps we should have known. At the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, he joked about whether he had a bucket list: “Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.”

Turns out, he wasn’t kidding. Commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, one of the great traitors of our time, is finger-in-the-eye willfulness. Obama took 28 years off the sentence of a soldier who stole and then released through WikiLeaks almost half a million military reports plus another quarter-million State Department documents.

The cables were embarrassing; the military secrets were almost certainly deadly. They jeopardized the lives not just of American soldiers on two active fronts — Iraq and Afghanistan — but of locals who were, at great peril, secretly aiding and abetting us. After Manning’s documents release, the Taliban “went on a killing spree” (according to intelligence sources quoted by Fox News) of those who fit the description of individuals working with the United States.

Moreover, we will be involved in many shadowy conflicts throughout the world. Locals will have to choose between us and our enemies. Would you choose a side that is so forgiving of a leaker who betrays her country — and you?

Even the word “leaker” is misleading. Leak makes it sound like a piece of information a whistleblower gives Woodward and Bernstein to expose misdeeds in high office. This was nothing of the sort. It was the indiscriminate dumping of a mountain of national-security secrets certain to bring harm to American troops, allies, and interests.

Obama considered Manning’s 35-year sentence excessive. On the contrary. It was lenient. Manning could have been — and in previous ages, might well have been — hanged for such treason. Now she walks after seven years.

What makes this commutation so spectacularly in-your-face is its hypocrisy. Here is a president who spent weeks banging the drums over the harm inflicted by WikiLeaks with its release of stolen materials and e-mails during the election campaign. He demanded a report immediately. He imposed sanctions on Russia. He preened about the sanctity of the American political process.

Over what? What exactly was released? A campaign chairman’s private e-mails and Democratic National Committee chatter, i.e. campaign gossip, backbiting, indiscretions, and cynicism. The usual stuff, embarrassing but not dangerous. No national-security secrets, no classified material, no exposure of anyone to harm, just to ridicule and opprobrium.

The other last-minute Obama bombshell occurred four weeks earlier when, for the first time in nearly a half-century, the United States abandoned Israel on a crucial Security Council resolution, allowing the passage of a condemnation that will plague both Israel and its citizens for years to come. After eight years of reassurance, Obama seized the chance — free of political accountability for himself and his potential Democratic successor — to do permanent damage to Israel. (The U.S. has no power to reverse the Security Council resolution.)

Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who went on to be a great Democratic senator, once argued passionately that in the anti-American, anti-democratic swamp of the U.N., America should act unwaveringly in opposition and never give in to the jackals. Obama joined the jackals.

Why? To curry favor with the international Left? After all, Obama leaves office as a relatively young man of 55. His next chapter could very well be as a leader on the international stage, perhaps at the U.N. (secretary-general?) or some transnational (ostensibly) human-rights organization. What better demonstration of bona fides than a gratuitous attack on Israel? Or the about-face on Manning and WikiLeaks? Or the freeing of a still-unrepentant Puerto Rican terrorist, Oscar Lopez Rivera, also pulled off with three days remaining in his presidency?

A more likely explanation, however, is that these are acts not of calculation but of authenticity. This is Obama being Obama. He leaves office as he came in: a man of the Left, but possessing the intelligence and discipline to suppress his more radical instincts. As of November 9, 2016, suppression was no longer necessary.

We’ve just gotten a glimpse of his real self. From now on, we shall see much more of it.

National Review

Comments

  1. Char in ND says:

    I think we all knew he would not go quietly or graciously. It was a relief to see him leave the Oval Office for the last time today. It is with trepidation that I have faced many days – especially in the past few months – wondering just what Obama would do in the 11th hour. He is a very dangerous man.

    The actions of late by Obama, the left in general and his faithful lapdog media (not to mention Hollywood) have been about impeding a smooth transition of U.S. presidential power.

    I have been in prayer very often lately. Thank God for our system of government. I pray that Donald Trump will open his heart and mind and let God be his counsel.

    • I have been thinking lately about how Reagan loved America’s peaceful transfer of power. Everything about the Left is anti-American. It scares me how many of our children they have indoctrinated in our schools to this statist way of thinking.

      Good to see you Char! Happy New Year!

      • Char in ND says:

        Alexis, excellent point. Hopefully Betsy DeVos will be successful at transferring the power and responsibility of education back to the local school districts where it belongs. That’s a step in the right direction.

        I am hopeful about the Trump presidency, but mostly I am so relieved to be rid of Barack Obama. I feel like we dodged a bullet that Hillary Clinton was defeated and she will be unable to continue the disastrous policies of Obama.

        Happy New Year to you too, my friend! God bless you. 🙂

      • DeVos supported Common Core in the past. That worries me. It’s my dream to return education to the local school districts. The federal government needs to drastically shrink. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. 🙂

      • Char in ND says:
      • That’s great news Char! Thanks for the link. I love legal insurrection. It’s one of my favorite sites. It’s my dream to work for that site. It will never happen though. It’s hard to get into conservative media. They are a tight clique and all of us are outsiders. It’s much easier to write or work for liberal sites but I wouldn’t enjoy that.

        I might not be on the Internet for awhile.

      • Char in ND says:

        It’s one of my favorite sites, too. They would be wise to hire you as a writer!

        I hope you are doing something fun like vacationing somewhere warm while you are offline. Catch you when you get back! 🙂

      • I have a beach house in Hobe Sound Florida. I go there when I need to feel warm. I spent all my vacation money pigging out on Costco hotdogs in a depressed stupor last week, lol. Then, I drove a few hours to a Jewish deli where I ate matzo ball soup and corned beef on rye. I feel sorry for people who are athletic and run marathons. Eating is much more fun! And I have a good metabolism. I usually don’t gain too much weight, just a little. I don’t really like vacations. I’m a workaholic. The Internet just gets on my nerves sometime. It’s easy for people to treat each other poorly via the Internet. People stop seeing others as humans with feelings.

        Hope all is well with you my friend!

      • Char in ND says:

        Hey, just saw this reply. You and I are sisters separated at birth – food is my passion, too! Yummy, matzo ball soup, corned beef on rye – right up my alley! I can do hot dogs but only if they are kosher. 🙂 I was on a feeding frenzy last week, stopped in this little joint (we have a lot of those in ND, in almost every small town!) and had a great rueben burger and some delicious sweet potato fries. On the way home I picked up a pound of dried smoked beef and a loaf of sauerkraut bread and ate that for lunch all week! I too don’t gain much if I eat a lot. I don’t vacation much either – last was to the Moab, UT area a few years back. I always start to feel guilty for relaxing too long!

        I hear you about the internet. People come up with some vile stuff to throw at you if they disagree. Sad to see civility slipping away. I hope you are well, Alexis!

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