Seducer-in-Chief

“One of those issues that I’ll focus on today is fundamental to the security of our nations and to the peace of the world,” Barack Obama said, wagging his index finger at the audience after talking about himself talking about other topics, “that’s the future of nuclear weapons in the 21st century.”

Described by a European journalist as America’s “Seducer-in-Chief,” Obama was more like a clueless celebrity who cares more about making international groupies swoon for him than the hard work expected by the American tradition about which he apologized.  His pop idol sensibilities were most noticeable in revealing the United States’ strategy in negotiations against terrorists seeking to destroy the nation with nuclear weapons, when Obama exposed secrets of military plans he would soon abandon for others with more public relations and rudderless leadership.

President Richard Nixon – ranked by a CSPAN survey of historians and professional observers of the presidency as one of the best in international relations – gave advice for a successor serving as America’s Commander-in-Chief in the dangerous times that he foresaw ahead and said, “Never let your adversary underestimate what you would do in response to a challenge.  Never tell him what you would do.”

References

Barack Obama, “Remarks by President Barack Obama, Hradcany Square, Prague, Czech Republic,” The White House, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-barack-obama-prague-delivered.

Richard Nixon, The Real War (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990).

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