| Rogue Threat |
By A. J. Tata
Like a gladiator about to enter the coliseum, President Obama stood alone in the foyer just outside the House chamber as the Sergeants at Arms jostled for position prior to the State of the Union speech.
In stark contrast to the cacophony happening just meters away inside the chamber, Obama was motionless. As I studied the president, I searched for emotion on his face—but I didn’t see any. Then, with stark clarity it occurred to me why: I was staring at an overwhelmed man.
He had that thousand-yard stare of a man asking himself now what?
No one can be sure what was cycling through President Obama’s mind as he prepared to enter his faux arena. Was he visualizing himself as Maximus, about to slay the beasts? Was he reflecting on his purpose for being there, having already achieved his goal of becoming president? Or was it something else entirely?
To me, the answer is obvious: Obama is Maximus without the strength and honor, and certainly without the leadership. Having personally led soldiers in combat, I believe what I saw in Obama was a frightened emptiness, a look that screamed, I’m used to everyone uniting around me, I don’t know what to do when there’s real opposition. And with good reason. The internal dissonance one suffers when confronted with the reality of being completely unprepared for a situation is without a doubt frightening.
But if that is indeed the truth, then the question becomes, How did he fool us? German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche calls Obama’s affliction the “Will to Power.” His quest for domination outpaces even his most basic instincts. It is not about survival, rather, the end-goal is omnipotence. His actions and rhetoric ruthlessly support his instinctual drive toward domination.
Obama’s unrelenting and rapid rise to the presidency is, as Nietzsche describes it, a result of his need to, “Become master over all…and to thrust back all that resist.” Whatever comes next is almost irrelevant, as evidenced by the droning, scattershot speech praising progressive, aka socialist, ideas such as universal government healthcare while also offering conservative solutions such as drilling for oil and building nuclear reactors.
In my years of combat and military operations I’ve witnessed the effects of unchecked Will to Power and it’s never pretty. Thankfully, Obama’s problem is that he has willed his way to power in a democracy that actually gets to vote and has a constitution designed specifically for guys like him. Now that’s he got the power, his visions of grandeur are checked and balanced by not only the legislative and judicial branches, but by burgeoning movements such as the Tea Parties.
The problem with achieving power by shedding your liabilities and cutting deals is that you don’t have a clue what to do once you get there, because you are not the person you once were. The Will to Power has left Obama a hollow shell, ripe for manipulation by the leftist groups who got him elected. Obama’s goal was to become president, not actually serve the nation. And when you spend so much time denying who you have been (severing relationships with William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright comes to mind) it is hard to know who you really are anymore.
Americans are finally, and rightfully, beginning to ask, “Who is this guy?” They’re increasingly not happy with the answer. His poll numbers are down 25% and voters in states like Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts have begun to chip away at the unmitigated power they bestowed upon him a year earlier.
A year into his presidency, Obama’s Will to Power has him passing the buck faster than a Russian mobster, still blaming Bush for whatever is wrong. Having assumed command many times of different combat units, I know that the day you “take the flag” you are in charge. Every problem, pre-existing or not, is your problem. But because Obama is not personally vested in the presidency, he takes no issue with assigning blame elsewhere. His mission already accomplished, and confused about how to lead, his only instinct is to luxuriate in the perks of his office.
But the crafty American people have picked up on his hypocrisy and half-truths. For example, in his State of the Union speech the president said, “In the 21st century, one of the best anti-poverty programs is a world-class education.” Yet he took just 60 days to bow to the National Education Association president’s demand to kill the voucher program in Washington, DC that was providing private school choice to impoverished children. Americans rightfully balk at his education rhetoric when they watch his children hop in their government provided limo to Sidwell-Friends, one of the most restrictive private schools in the nation, while denying kids across the street the same option. Why would he do such a thing? Simple: his Will to Power has left him a vacuous soul, subject to, in this case, the whims of the campaign cash-laden teachers’ unions that routinely protect dues paying adults at the expense of children.
Want another example? Obama promised to fight the just war in Afghanistan, yet when General Stan McChrystal called his bluff and laid out a plan last summer, Obama wanted to abstain as he had done so many times in the senate. The problem wouldn’t go away, so he publicly chastised his hand-picked general, as if that would bolster his own eminence. The people reel at his unforgiveable three-month delay (Obama responded quicker to the NEA than he did McChrystal) in determining whether to resource the Afghanistan war. They chafe when he says, “Now, let me be clear: There has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of the war during this review period.” We all know that as commander in chief he could have demanded an “option” that ordered troops to the war zone immediately.
Obama’s Will to Power was captivating to many Americans, but they have seen he is no leader and he has no plan.
For next year’s speech, I would really enjoy watching a moving point of view shot, call it Obama-cam, as he prepares to enter the chamber so that we see what he sees. We can be alone with him in the foyer and hear his breathing, perhaps even a commentator speaking his thoughts as if he’s the president. “It’s just a speech,” he will be saying. “A performance.” Then we can see the hands reaching down and feel the power flowing toward us. Obama-cam can tilt and pan, absorbing the energy, while the disembodied voice will say, “This is why I’m here.”
If it’s theater, we might as well enjoy it.
Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata (USA, Ret.) is the author of “Rogue Threat” and “Sudden Threat”. 100% of any proceeds go to the USO Metro Hospital Services fund for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda National Naval Medical Center.
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