President Obama is often criticized for being ambiguous, misleading and vague. Instead of being unequivocal he equivocates and regularly issues statements to backtrack on remarks he has made. His recent comments on the proposed mosque in New York City are perfect examples of this unfortunate trait.
On August 13 the New York Times ran an article headlined “Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site”, this in response to remarks he made at a White House dinner celebrating Ramadan which were reported all over the world. On August 14 the Times ran an article headlined “Obama Says Mosque Remarks Were Not Endorsement” in which he claimed his remarks were not about the proposed mosque at all but were about freedom of religion and American values in general.
A U.S. President has to have many important characteristics, chief among them being the ability to be resolute and strong. This is vital on a vast array of issues, including issues of great sensitivity which resonate with the American people, which the mosque controversy most certainly does. Equivocation is not an option…all it does is imply that the President is weak, can’t make up his or her mind, doesn’t really stand for anything, can’t be trusted, is trying to be all things to all people, is willing to play politics with anyone and anything and can’t be counted on in the clutch, can’t be counted to make difficult decisions or take difficult actions as it were.
That is certainly the way President Obama is seen internationally by virtually everyone he has dealt with, which is very regrettable. Among other things it means our enemies around the world will continue to take advantage of us and our allies and jeopardize our national security and way of life because our President doesn’t have the mentality or stomach to stand up to them. Our domestic enemies see him that way too, which is one of the major reasons why Islamization is so prevalent and why the country is divided in so many ways.
Like I said, equivocation is not an option. Come on Mr. President, tell us which headline is true and what you really think about the mosque.