Barack Obama is either the most inept president ever to sit in the White House or he is an enemy of the Republic.
For the last 10 years, I have watched this man's uncanny rise to the pinnacle of power and vacillated between those two choices.
I have come to the conclusion that ideology trumps inexperience. His ego is so massive, and his leftist beliefs so strong, that he is willing to throw our country under the big international bus.
Let's review our Middle East policy since Obama took office. He made it his top priority to go to the region and prostrate himself before the Islamic world, bowing before Saudi sheiks.
Since then, he has unilaterally withdrawn from Iraq while perpetuating a semi-war in Afghanistan.
And he has proceeded to do everything in his power to place as many crazy Muslim zealots in power as he possibly can.
We have Egypt, formerly a solid U.S. ally, in flames and in danger of becoming a Russian ally or imploding into chaos.
Next door, in Libya, we have replaced a tinhorn tyrant with a truly dangerous al-Qaida-run government.
Meanwhile, the calculating Shiite Ayatollahs in Iran are watching our every move and threatening to "rain down missiles on Israel" if we attack the government of their friend in Damascus, Bashar al-Assad.
Hard as it may be, try to look at the Middle East through Obama's eyes. He thinks the United States is the problem in the region. He has stated so repeatedly, beginning with that speech in Cairo.
He obviously believes the same canard George Bush kept repeating about the "religion of peace." The difference is that Obama cannot or will not differentiate between so-called moderate Muslims and radical Islamists. Bush at least knew that when people attack us, they probably are not our friends.
Obama hates Israel, and he no longer has any need for the naļve liberal Jewish vote that helped put him in office so he feels emboldened to do what he wants to the tiny Jewish state. If Iran attacks Israel in retaliation for a U.S. strike on Syria, Israel will be forced to defend itself, possibly with nuclear weapons. Given Obama's willingness to twiddle his thumbs and pretend to agonize over his decision to make any moves against the Syrian regime, one has to wonder, will he do anything to defend Israel?
And if you think "The World Community" gets up in arms over the use of a few canisters of chemical or biological weapons, wait until you see the ginned-up outrage that will arise against Israel when they defend themselves with nukes. After all, America is still getting flak from the Left for using them on Japan 68 years ago. Such a scenario would provide Obama with the excuse he has long sought to abandon our only real ally in the Middle East.
Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. His weekly columns are syndicated by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Readers are encouraged to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton.