President Obama spent the week defending his proposals to curb gun violence, culminating in a CNN town hall. Think about that. What else happened during the last few days that might warrant a presidential town hall?
Oh, nothing much:
- Iranian protestors stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran after the House of Saud executed a Shiite cleric, escalating sectarian warfare in the Middle East
- The stock market tumbled on fears of a global economic slowdown
- A U.S. soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan, where the Taliban controls more ground than at any time since 2001
- Iran revealed the existence of an underground ballistic missile launch site
- North Korea detonated a nuclear device
We have entered a most dangerous period of the Obama presidency. It’s not just that every rogue actor from Kim and Putin and Castro to Maduro and Khamenei and Xi knows he has one last year to behave badly without fear of reprisal. It’s that the president and his team are isolated, aloof, detached from reality.
- A terrorist was foiled in Paris on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre
As I noted early in the Obama presidency, if you start retreating and break contact with enemies, the resulting quiet can be called peace, if you like. But eventually the enemy catches up and you must confront that you don't have peace--you just have enemies who have advanced and who want more.
Our enemies still want more.
Drama? No Obama.