It was an absurd speech by an absurd president, Re: Obama’s Absurd West Point Speech, FrontPage Magazine, May 29, 2014

President Obama’s commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point last Wednesday was full of lies, distortions, half-truths and delusions and was entirely self-serving. 

Nothing new there at all. 

It was also universally panned, including by his audience. 

Here are a few examples of some of the absurd things he said, some of the lies, distortions, half-truths, delusions and entirely self-serving comments he made. 

“And I would like to ask all of us here today to stand and pay tribute-not only to the veterans among us, but to the more than 2.5 million Americans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families.” 

Rejoinder. 

Talk is cheap and means nothing at all. Obama has done nothing in real, concrete, meaningful, terms to improve the lot, to pay tribute, to veterans and their families. In fact, he has made their lot worse, in real, concrete, meaningful, terms than it was when he took office. He may talk about paying tribute but his actions belie his words. 

“In fact, by most measures, America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world.” 

Rejoinder. 

That is a total fabrication. By most measures, military, economic, virtually anything anyone can think of, America’s strength vis-a-vis the rest of the world is declining and declining rapidly. The rest of the world certainly thinks so and is busily taking advantage of American weakness…ask America’s enemies, the Russians, the Iranians, the North Koreans, the Chinese, any of them, if they think America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world and the answer will be a most emphatic ‘no’. Ask any of America’s friends and allies if they aren’t worried sick and scared silly by America’s growing weakness and the answer will be a most emphatic ‘yes’. 

“Meanwhile, our economy remains the most dynamic on earth.” 

Rejoinder. 

What a crock that is. The American economy is in the toilet and has been in the toilet throughout Obama’s presidency. The economy is in terrible shape and is getting worse and worse with each passing moment. One of the major reasons is government regulation, which has increased exponentially under Obama and which stifles growth and development and movement. Another of course is Obamacare, which is quite possibly the biggest boondoggle in living memory. Whatever the American economy is it certainly isn’t healthy and it certainly isn’t dynamic. 

“The values of our founding fathers inspire leaders in parliaments and new movements in public squares around the globe.” 

Rejoinder. 

That may or may not be true, but they certainly don’t inspire Obama. From unbridled use of Executive Orders on down he has frequently and consistently ignored and violated the Constitution of the United States and the boundaries and limitations of his office. From day one he has acted like a dictator, not a president and has used the machinery of government to silence his critics and shut them up. In practical terms Americans are nowhere near as free as they were when he was elected and his dictatorial, unilateral behaviour is eroding more and more of their freedom as we speak. On top of that, the electoral/voting process itself has been compromised amid serious allegations and documented instances of widespread vote rigging and voter fraud in both of the last presidential elections. It has gotten so bad that no one can seriously believe that free and fair elections are a given in the U.S. anymore. 

“Here’s my bottom line: America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will. The military that you have joined is, and always will be, the backbone of that leadership.” 

Rejoinder. 

One of the great criticisms of Obama’s presidency is that America has abdicated its role as leader of the free world since he became President, that his policy of leading from behind has been disastrous for America and for America’s friends and allies as well. By his own admission, by his own track record, Obama doesn’t lead, he reacts, and then only after after long, slow deliberations and political calculations. He also constantly changes his mind according to the direction the wind is blowing in and cannot be counted on to stand up and actually carry out his rhetoric or red lines or principles of the day. That’s not leadership, that’s cowardly, craven, opportunistic, politically motivated behaviour and the direct antithesis of leadership. Its being a chameleon, not a leader. As for the military, he has eviscerated it during his presidency and its capacity to defend and protect the United States has been greatly diminished. It is simply far weaker and less capable than it was when he became president. It is growing weaker, not stronger under Obama while at the same time enemy militaries are becoming stronger, not weaker and may soon eclipse Americas. Backbone? What backbone? 

“First, let me repeat a principle I put forward at the outset of my presidency: the United States will use military force, unilaterally if necessary, when our core interests demand it-when our people are threatened; when our livelihood is at stake; or when the security of our allies is in danger.” 

Rejoinder. 

No one believes that’s true. Not America’s friends and allies, not America’s enemies, no one. America’s enemies know perfectly well they have nothing to fear militarily from Obama and America’s friends and allies concluded long ago that Obama will not use the American military to defend and protect them in any meaningful way, treaties or no treaties, obligations or no obligations, history or no history. In actual fact, Obama has demonstrated time and time again that he will not use military force, unilaterally or otherwise, when America’s core interests demand it, when America and Americans are threatened, when Americas livelihood is at stake, or when the security of Americas allies is in danger. That is his track record and he can protest all he wants, deny it all he wants, but it is there for all to see. 

“For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America, at home and abroad, remains terrorism,”. 

Rejoinder. 

Not once during his speech did Obama mention the source, the root, the ideological, religious foundation the terrorism threat comes from, the source, the root, the ideological, religious foundation that it is based on…Islam. Not once during his speech did he say that the terrorists which threaten America are Islamists acting in the name of Islam and that many of them are homegrown.. Not once during his speech did he mention their ultimate goal, which is to destroy freedom and democracy in the United States and turn the U.S. into an Islamic country governed by Islamic law, Sharia. He also neglected to say that he banned any investigation, discussion or even mention of the beliefs, motives, methods and goal of Islam or Islamic terrorists in all government bodies and agencies, including the military and those responsible for homeland security, and that he ordered the removal of any mention of Islam or Islamic terrorists from all training manuals and procedures, including counter-terror ones. That means one of two things…either he doesn’t believe that Islamic terrorism is a serious threat to America and Americans or he does believe it and is complicit in Islamic terrorists activities. Either way, there is no doubt that the threat posed to America and Americans by Islamic terrorists acting in the name of Islam has grown enormously during his presidency and that willingly or unwillingly he has aided and abetted that growth. 

“I also believe we need to be more transparent about both the basis of our actions, and the manner in which they are carried out-”. 

Rejoinder. 

This from the president who runs one of the least transparent administrations in history, if not the least transparent. Secrecy and lack of transparency has been a hallmark, a defining characteristic, of Obama’s presidency from the very beginning and to believe that this will change, to believe that he will change, is pure fantasy. 

“In Ukraine, Russia’s recent actions recall the days when Soviet tanks rolled into Eastern Europe. But this isn’t the Cold War. Our ability to shape world opinion helped isolate Russia right away.” 

Rejoinder. 

Russia wasn’t isolated at all. Not one European country, not one of America’s friends and allies, not one multinational, international organization took meaningful steps to prevent the Russians from doing whatever they wanted to in Ukraine. Everyone talked a good game but in the end no one did anything and the Russians were left to do as please in the country. They are still free to do as they please there and Ukraine is still at their mercy. Russia hasn’t been negatively affected in any way, shape or form because of its incursion into Ukraine and all of its partnerships and international agreements that were in place before the incursion remain in place. The Russians also just signed a humongous, long term energy agreement with China, an agreement which will be a great boon to their economy for years, for generations. Some isolation. 

“Similarly, despite frequent warnings from the United States, Israel and others, the Iranian nuclear program steadily advanced for years.” 

Rejoinder. 

The Iranian nuclear program is still advancing and Iran is on the brink of developing, possessing, deploying and using nuclear weapons. Obama has utterly failed to prevent Iran’s march to becoming a nuclear power and his policy of sanctions, appeasement, discussion, diplomacy, trust and turning a blind eye has been completely useless. Nothing that he has done will keep nuclear weapons out of the Iranian’s hands. All he is promising is more of the same and to think that more of the same will keep Iran from developing, possessing, deploying and using nuclear weapons is simply delusional. 

Those are just some of the lies, distortions, half-truths, delusions, and self-serving remarks Obama made in his speech. There are many others. 

It really was an absurd speech by an absurd president. 

America deserves much better, America needs much better, and so does the rest of the free world.

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