Skip to comments.Why Obama Will Not Admit Mistakes
Posted on 07/08/2013 10:00:38 AM PDT by Shout Bits
The Old Media's strongest advantage against Pres. Bush (43) was pressing him to admit he had made mistakes. The Left hammered the meme until well after Bush left office. They argued that Bush was too stupid to recognize his mistakes, or he was too arrogant to acknowledge them. In hind-sight, nobody was clairvoyant, and many mistakes were made. Iraq, the war everybody hated and Sen. Reid said was lost, is largely won, and the war's goals achieved. Perhaps the price was not worth the results, but there are results. The war most people including Sen. Obama supported, Afghanistan, is probably lost. Currently Pres. Karzai and the US are negotiating a shared power arrangement with the enemy, the Taliban. Afghanistan is going down as "peace with honor," A.K.A. defeat. These and many other outcomes were not planned and were the result of some mistakes and misunderstandings. So, why did Bush not admit his team made some mistakes? Will Pres. Obama admit his own Mid-East mistakes?
The answer for Bush's intransigence is the same as for Obama's he is actually quite politically savvy. Bush knew that the OM press was not interested in his introspection and regrets; the OM simply wanted another cudgel in their war against his agenda. Bush was caught in an unwinnable bind admitting mistakes was slightly worse than denying them. Either way, the OM was building an anti-Bush campaign to destroy his reputation, so he had no incentive to participate. Once Bush left office, he did admit the mistakes that were obvious, and the OM pounced as he must have expected.
Obama finds himself in a similar position as did Bush. Like Bush, he has badly underestimated the complexity of Mid-East politics and society. As if Obama paid no attention to Iraq, he assumed that revolutions across the Arab world would organically result in greater democracy and peace. The lesson of Palestine cannot be clearer novice electorates do not make wise choices absent a republican framework.
Still, Obama blundered on. Much as Pres. Eisenhower used Radio Free Europe to encourage the Czechs to revolt against Russia and then watched their slaughter, Obama sent smoke signals of support to the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama's Dir. Of National Intelligence, Clapper, called the Muslim Brotherhood "moderate" and "secular" despite their history of radical Islamic terrorism. Nobody should have been surprised when the Muslim Brotherhood won Egypt's elections, and quickly suspended civil liberties in favor of Islamic law. Now Egypt is under martial law and dozens of people are dying violently each day.
Likewise in Libya, Obama threw a hand-grenade into the room with no end-game plan. Libya has yet to resolve, but there is little sign for hope for government secularism. Only in Syria, where Pres. Assad's reign of international terrorism is among the worst possible arrangements, did Obama hesitate to throw his weight around. Further, as if on cue, Obama has sent Sec. Kerry to Israel to broker a peace agreement. Obama has alienated Israel and thrown most of the US's Mid-East allies under the bus, so the notion that anyone in the region would trust a deal brokered by Obama the grenade thrower is ridiculous.
Obama has made a historic mess of the US's Mid-East interests far worse than did Bush. Faith, friendship, and respect are all lost thanks to Obama's errors, but will he admit them? No. Obama is a capable politician, and he will evade questions as did Bush. Of course, Obama's allies in the OM are not asking him to admit mistakes, despite their obviousness. The independent media needs to start asking Obama and his staffers the same loaded questions Bush avoided. The independent media needs to ask what mistakes Obama might confess and force him to sidestep them indelicately as did Bush. Through inexperience, arrogance, or a misguided plan to transform the Mid-East, Obama has handed his adversaries a sword that they have yet to wield. It is past time to back Obama into the same corner that frustrated Bush.
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Because he doesn’t have Bill Clinton’s integrity?
He doesn’t think he’s made any mistakes.
Nor do his disciples think he makes mistakes.
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They are in bed, together.
Because he’s never had to. He is the ultimate product of an Affirmative Action Self-Esteem Program. Always some guilty white person there to change his D into an A.
this is obama. what mistakes do you think i’ve made? i’ll have someone come and pick you up and we’ll discuss it. fran, getme his nsa file to go over before he gets here. okay, see you soon...
Narcicists rarely, if ever, admit to their mistakes. Nor do sociopaths.
Obama is the most dangerous type of narcissist.
He never changes course. How can he admit that what he is currently doing is a mistake?
It wasn't the Czechs, it was the Hungarians.
Czech revolt was in 1968.
When you have narcissistic personality disorder, you may come across as conceited, boastful or pretentious. You often monopolize conversations. You may belittle or look down on people you perceive as inferior. You may have a sense of entitlement. And when you don’t receive the special treatment to which you feel entitled, you may become very impatient or angry. You may insist on having “the best” of everything the best car, athletic club, medical care or social circles, for instance.
But underneath all this behavior often lies a fragile self-esteem. You have trouble handling anything that may be perceived as criticism. You may have a sense of secret shame and humiliation. And in order to make yourself feel better, you may react with rage or contempt and efforts to belittle the other person to make yourself appear better.
Hitler had issues with this too. Just sayin’.
The independent media is afraid of being called racist, or not belonging to the fraternity of Obama’s personality cult.
By hiring incompetents like Hillary and Kerry, Obama can blame his foreign policy failures them. Then his faithful media can heap praise upon Hillary and Kerry, so it doesn’t look like Obama hired incompetents.
There are some good YouTube videos addressing Obama’s narcissism. This guy needs to be watched. He’s so very evil. And we have over three years to go.
The independent media is afraid of being called racist, or not belonging to the fraternity of Obamas personality cult.
I think it’s to the point that the MSM are now actually afraid to criticize him. They are cowering.
I was going to czech that myself, but I was hungary, so I got some turkey and removed the greece...
P.S. I think one could argue that we did the same thing to the Chinese in 1989, and to the Iranians in 2009, that we did to the Hungarians in 1956.
He’s never been made aware of “mistakes” because A) As far as his puppet masters are concerned, none have been made and B) He’s a puppet and has no control over anything.
Because he’s a pompous, self-cenered, narcissistic twit with an inflated sense of his own intelligence?
Much as Pres. Eisenhower used Radio Free Europe to encourage the Czechs to revolt against Russia and then watched their slaughter...
It wasn’t the Czechs, it was the Hungarians.
You are right. My error.
Bush response should have been:
“According to you guys, every breath following my inaguration was a mistake.”
“There is no point in pretending this is a serious question.”
I thought it had more to do with his position on “Divine Right of Me.”
Doesn't he mean the Hungarians in (I believe) 1956? Czech revolt was in 1968 under Johnson, no?
A. Not enough time in the day for this 0bama to name them all?
B. He himself is a mistake (bastard)?
C. He's not smart enough to realize a mistake?
D. His ego won't allow it?
E. All of the above
It's a terrible thing, most sadly is the complete absence of empathy or introspection.
POLITICS 101: Never admit failure, never admit mistakes.
Same in business, nothing to write home about. “staying the course” - Valerie Jarrett, and every CEO of a corporation going bankrupt.
POLITICS 101: Never admit failure, never admit mistakes.
Same in business, nothing to write home about. staying the course - Valerie Jarrett, and every CEO of a corporation going bankrupt.
Correct. The point of the article is that the new media needs to press Obama to admit his mistakes. He won’t do it, of course, but by pressing him, it makes him look out of touch and arrogant.
It’s a terrible thing, most sadly is the complete absence of empathy or introspection.
That’s Obama. Couple that to his ideology and thee consequences are ugly.
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