By the time President Obama finished giving his State of the Union message, he had failed leadership 101 and convinced the nation that he is incapable of successfully leading it, especially in a time of crisis.
He was afforded a wonderful opportunity to rally his defeated fellow countrymen and lead them up the hill to storm the enemy’s fortifications. But he couldn’t even inspire his troops enough to get them to climb out of their foxholes, let alone charge and overrun the enemy positions. Clearly crisis leadership is not in his repertoire.
On January 31/2011, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted this statement on his website: “there is no doubt that based on realities envisioned by God, a new Middle East will be formed and this Middle East will be an Islamic Middle East.”
One of the scarier things about the unfolding events in Egypt and throughout the Middle East is that the people in charge of dealing with it in the United States, though they are impressive characters, lack vital experience.
The Egypt crisis demands people with broad experience in foreign affairs who understand how to manage the transition in Egypt and changes in the rest of the Arab world without allowing Islamists to seize power.
But we elected a man who – whatever one thinks of his policies and personal capabilities – had no relevant experience on his resume for assuming the role of president.