Barack Obama’s World is Collapsing Looking at Obama’s last days in office one could
not help but remember the famous line written by William Shakespeare:
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
It seems that only now the Obama
administration has gotten hold of the fact that the Democrats have lost the
election and they won’t be around in the next four years to boss people around.
At the same time, the next administration is not simply planning to adjust the
policies that were pursued by Barack Obama, it’s going to radically change
them. Against this backdrop, the still sitting US President has changed the
approach to his successor so radically that it looks like he’s in a static of
The most striking example is the recent UN
Security Council, where the United States, much to everyone’s surprise, failed
to veto a resolution that would condemn Israeli settlements in the Palestinian
territories. At this point, a Former Congressman and radio talk show host Joe
Walsh said that Barack Obama must be a secret Muslim, since it’s the only reasonable explanation of the
unexpected hard stance that Washington has taken on Israel.
However, it didn’t take long for a total of
342 congressmen of the US House of Representatives to rebuke the United Nations
for passing a resolution that condemned Israeli settlement construction, a
bipartisan slap that also targets the Obama administration. Some Republicans
even threatened to introduce a bill that would force Washington to stop
financing the UN.
Further still, the position that the Obama
administration has taken on the alleged Russia’s inference in the US
presidential election was equally unbalanced. After all, even the sitting CIA
director, John Brennan in his interview for PBS noted that there’s a real
chance that a totally different state was trying to meddle in the 2016
presidential campaign. It’s curious that all US intelligence agencies have been
searching for evidence that a hat a country which has had its economy “being
torn to shreds” was able to rig the election in the US day in, day out.
Nevertheless, all that they could provide was empty allegations with not a
single piece of evidence being provided, which is getting a little old
now. Even the fact that US intelligence agencies are spying on pretty much
every single political leader in this world, going as far as tapping the cell
phones of Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, was of little help.
However, the Obama camp is far from being
being unanimous. Just the other day Defense Secretary Ash Carter told The Wall Street Journal that Russia has done
nothing to help defeat Islamic State forces in Syria. It seems that this
“politician” never reads newspapers, while preferring to get all the news and
instructions from Barack Obama directly. However, on the next day, US Secretary
of State John Kerry stated the complete opposite, noting that Russia and Iran
opposed ISIS in their effort to support Damascus and have even achieved significant
progress in this domain.
This is not the first time that the State
Department and Pentagon provide completely different assessments of certain
situations, thereby displaying the chaos that reigns in the Obama
administration. It’s curious that it was Syria that became a sort of bone of
contention for State Department and Pentagon, since those bodies were eager to
demonstrate “their own success”, which resulted in Washington being left with
no say whatsoever on the Syrian reconciliation negotiations that are taking
place in Astana.
In a bid to somehow sweeten the bitter pill
that Barack Obama is about to take, the Department of Defense decided to pull a
trick out of the old USSR gamebook by awarding Obama with a medal “Defense
Medal for Distinguished Public Service”. A stirring ceremony that would
definitely be a treat for some crazed Soviet leader was conducted Ashton
Carter, General Joseph Dunford, and a number of members of the presidential
cabinet. Among the achievements of the sitting US president that were announced
at the ceremony one could spot something so utterly delusional as the
commitment to modernization of the armed forces and the fight against
However, none of those present dared to
recall that during Obama’s two terms in office hundreds of thousands of tons of
ordnance were dropped on the Middle East and Africa, killing thousands of
civilians. Last year alone the United States dropped more than 26 thousand tons
of bombs on such states as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia,
Pakistan, says the latest report of the US Council on Foreign Relations,
No one dared to mention the failures of that
plagued the most advanced US military projects, like the notoriously bad F-35
and new warships, which fail with a remarkable level of consistency.
Finally, the Pentagon has
found its hero to honor, its Nobel Peace Prize to glorify. We now wait for an
international court, which will have to uncover the real
“achievements” of this “hero”.
Therefore, Obama is more nervous these days
than ever, while trying to cover up the traces of his disastrous reign. He
hurries to the “pardon” the hostages of the Guantanamo prison before Donald
Trump gets inaugurated, sending at least four prisoners to Saudi Arabia, as
it’s been noted by the Fox News. It got to the point where experts of the
Wikileaks portal publicly announce their fears that the White House is planning
erase some of its electronic archives in a bid to evade prosecution.
Yes, Obama’s agony, just like the collapse of
the “system” he created, is entering the terminal phase.
Grete Mautner is an indepenent researcher and
journalist from Germany, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”