“First of all, I didn’t set a red line.” — President Barack Obama, September 4, 2013
Even my five-year-old son doesn’t make as many destructive verbal gaffes as President Obama does (though he does lie about them afterwards just about as often).
Cases in point:
- While it was mostly harmless, we would not have had to suffer through the pathetic sight of a “beer summit” had Obama, blissfully free of relevant facts, not said the Cambridge, MA police department “acted stupidly” by arresting a black Harvard professor for disorderly conduct.
- Not harmless at all was Obama’s comment “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” which precipitated a trial that did more damage to race relations in this country than any other event of recent memory. (Local prosecutors had declined to press charges, and a special prosecutor would never have been appointed without Obama’s ill-considered comment.)
- Also not harmless, during a May 7, 2013 press conference President Obama pontificated on sexual assault in the military, suggesting that “If we find out somebody is engaging in this stuff, they’ve got to be held accountable — prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged. Period.” Several weeks later, a U.S. Navy judge presiding over two sexual assault cases ruled that the defendants, if convicted, cannot be dishonorably discharged because of “unlawful command influence.” As the judge put it, “A member of the public would draw the connection between the ‘dishonorable discharge’ required by the President and a punitive discharge approved by the convening authority.” In short, because of “constitutional scholar” Obama’s loose lips, sex offenders in the military may go unpunished.
And now there is Syria, where Obama’s unscripted August 2012 “red line,” according to the New York Times, came as a “surprise [to] some of the advisers who had attended the weekend meetings and wondered where the ‘red line’ came from.”
Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here: