A new poll from Reuters demonstrates the level of distrust Republicans have when it pertains to President Barack Obama. According to the poll, 34 percent of Republicans see Obama as a more imminent threat to the United States than both Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In the last years, Assad has allegedly used chemical weapons against his own citizens in an attempt to retain power while Putin has demonstrated an unprecedented level of aggression against Ukraine.
While the media has been quick to characterize the results of the poll as a grim reminder of how “polarized” Washington politics have become, there are good reasons to view the current president as a greater threat to the country than either of those foreign leaders. The actions he’s taken – or, more accurately, has failed to take – against those leaders is proof enough that he is weakening national security a little more every day. Only warhawks want to see the U.S. military police the world, but there comes a point where an ethical American policy must include intervention. For Obama, that point doesn’t exist. In his world, everything can be solved with diplomacy. Even if it means the United States has to swallow the raw end of the deal.
Weakness is an Internal Threat
Nowhere is Obama’s weakness more obvious than in the Middle East. He has done everything in his power to destroy the hard-earned gains our military established under President Bush. By pulling prematurely out of Iraq, he allowed for the predictable rise of the Islamic State, an army of terrorists he is unwilling to attack with the full force of U.S. might. Instead, he is content to use airstrikes, even as nearly every expert in the region tells us that it won’t be enough. Meanwhile, thousands of innocents – infidels, in the language of the terrorists – are being murdered in the desert.
To Obama, the greatest threat looming against America is not Iran. It’s not ISIS. It’s not Russia, and it’s not North Korea. It’s climate change, a collection of scientific data that has been used time and again to make disproven predictions about the disasters global warming has in store for the world. Conveniently, climate change dovetails perfectly with a typical Democratic platform of increased regulation. One might wonder how liberals would view climate change if the obvious solution was to reduce regulations on private industry. Something tells me they might not see it as such a big problem, after all.
National security aside, Obama has earned his spot as a threat to the U.S. through his continued abuse of executive powers. By expanding the role of the White House into that of a lawmaking body, he has set precedents that will outlast his tenure. Precedents that will be tough to take back, throwing our entire system of government into long-term jeopardy. It’s a system that has worked for more than 200 years. One can only speculate on how long it will last if we start chipping away at its integrity.