Things must be really bad for the Obama administration behind the scenes. That is the only way to explain how officials can turn to The New York Times and dig a dagger into Secretary of State John Kerry’s back.
The New York Times reported Wednesday, Oct. 29:
Mr. Kerry is vocal and forceful in internal debates, officials said, and gets credit for putting together the coalition of Arab states that conducted military strikes in Syria. But he often seems out of sync with the White House in his public statements. White House officials joke that he is like the astronaut played by Sandra Bullock in the movie “Gravity,” somersaulting through space, untethered from the White House.
This week the Obama administration apparently decided it really wanted to offend people it needs to succeed on the world stage. First it called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit,” and now it’s going after its own Secretary of State. The Times is left to conclude that the White House is “lurching from crisis to crisis.”
The chaos in Libya. The rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The annexation of Crimea. The blundering of Ebola. In each case the White House fell far short of the “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” expectations set in 2008, and now it is eating its own. Even Obama-friendly Business Insider and The Brookings Institution see the writing on the wall.
Here is what Mike Doran, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution Center for Middle East Policy, had to say: “Something is very wrong when White House officials openly ridicule the Secretary of State.”
This is not good. As much as Republicans may want to engage in a heavy dose of schadenfreude, they should quell those feelings. Calling the Prime Minister of a major American ally a “chickenshit” and admitting that the U.S. Secretary of State is lost in space portends of worse things to come before the 2016 presidential election.
The S.S. Obama is falling apart in the middle of the ocean, and it’s still two years from port. There will certainly be squalls ahead. If the ship completely sinks, then millions of Americans will drown in the process.