With Realities of War Setting in, Obama Suddenly Finds Patriotism


Being on a war footing must be very uncomfortable for President Obama. He’s getting a taste of the world as it really is, not as his speeches said it would be, and it goes against everything the Nobel Peace Prize winner has said he stands for and believes in.

Suddenly, Obama is facing the kinds of questions on international support that George W. Bush was always hit with from the Left – including from Obama himself!

Via Business Insider:

In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday evening, Obama was asked why the US is contributing such a significant portion of the military coalition against the jihadist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. Obama responded by arguing that other countries were not stepping up.

“When trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don’t call Beijing, they don’t call Moscow. They call us. That’s the deal,” he quipped.

Hearing this, I can’t help but recall Obama’s infamous quote, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

But compared to politically correct 2009 Obama, 2014 Obama sounds almost – dare I say – cowboyish in his tweaking of major geopolitical foes, China and Russia.

Being mugged by reality has a funny way of making a person change his tune – and making him act as if that’s what he’s been singing the entire time.

When CBS’ Steve Kroft pressed Obama on the relatively small contributions from some of the US’ coalition partners, Obama insisted such arrangements were expected.

“That’s always the case. That’s always the case. America leads. We are the indispensable nation,” he said. “We have capacity no one else has. Our military is the best in the history of the world.”

That’s interesting, because President “Leading from Behind” Obama used to criticize his predecessor for “trying to go it alone without international support.” Now that he’s finding difficulty matching Bush’s “Coalition of the Willing,” Obama brushes it off, saying it’s always been this way, and goes all RAH RAH Patriotism!

“When there’s a Typhoon in the Philippines, take a look at who’s helping the Philippines deal with that situation. When there’s an earthquake in Haiti, take a look at who’s leading the charge helping Haiti rebuild,” he said. “That’s how we roll. That’s what makes us Americans.”

Um, yeah… the rest of us have known this all our lives – sad it took him this long to realize it.

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