Politics at this point seems to be little more than an attempt to score points in a war, rather than a means to achieving actual goals. Criticism was aimed at the American President for not going overseas to what was basically a photo op in France. Never mind that we’ve stood by the French in basically every major war that they’ve needed us in for recent history or that we’re going to stand by them now. This is somehow our fault. The fact that terrorists attacked one of the world’s oldest cities and that we weren’t there to take pictures in the aftermath.
The thing that really bothers me about all of this is that if the President had gone one of two things would have happened—this would have been treated as a non-issue or something not worth his time or it would have erupted into a debate about how the President postures himself and shows up to take photos and look popular. We’ve been with this guy for seven years and it’s like he can’t win.
Gas prices are down, unemployment’s down, the world looks at us a lot better than they did when we were starting wars in any country where we saw too many guys with facial hair and turbans and yet some of the stuff that has happened on Obama’s watch has damaged the country. The release of the terror report, despite the fact that it needed to be done, didn’t make us look any better. The Snowden stuff a few years ago was similar, although the Snowden thing, I still maintain, can’t be blamed on the White House and shouldn’t have been allowed to happen. It crippled out intelligence agencies and the trust that we place in them, but now we’re looking at corpses in France, a dead police officer who was doing their job bravely and more criticism being leveled at the fall out from the Iraq War that has become the Arab Spring.
I don’t hate France. I don’t think they’re not our ally or that we don’t need to stand by them, I just think there’s more important things to worry about than photo ops and I think that if he had gone, people who are so critical of him now would have agreed with me. Twenty-four hour news channels have got a knack for inventing crisis. They’ve made it their work to turn everything into a scandal. The IRS thing a few years ago where despite all the whining by GOP related entities, more Democratic ones were flagged. The whole Benghazi thing, which anyone with half of a brain knew was nothing. The handling of Super Storm Sandy, which was a storm—we don’t have a weather machine.
I’m ranting now when I should be wrapping this up, but we’ve only got a year of this president left really and when that’s over I don’t know what’s going to happen to the next President. Maybe this is how we end where we just fall into an endless cycle of our leaders being unable to make changes or be respected—or maybe we end up in a position to realize that we can’t do that and we pick up after this and somewhere down the line in ten or twenty years there’s a reform of thought and education so that people understand what’s actually happening around them and don’t just bounce from crisis to crisis.
I doubt it though.