David Limbaugh

When he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama strongly emphasized these same criticisms of Bush and the Republicans. Under their leadership, the world had lost its respect for us. Obama promised to change all this and make America beloved in the world.

Based on their statements, we must conclude that Obama and his Democrats abhor doublespeak from America's commanders in chief and military interventions that are not supported by the international community and are based on dubious intelligence about weapons of mass destruction.

Yet after Obama's disgraceful double talk concerning a "red line," the Democrats almost unanimously support Obama's apparent decision to strike Syria with or without congressional approval -- despite there being a conspicuous absence of any understandable foreign policy objective, no discernable national interest at stake, unequivocal disapproval from the American people, little support from the international community, questionable intelligence about the chemical weapons, and a substantial risk that the intervention could ignite major disruption in the region, empower Islamic radicals hostile to the United States, which seems to be the common denominator driving all his interventions, and otherwise jeopardize America's interests and those of our ally Israel.

The only reason anyone can figure for Obama's deciding to bomb Syria is that he believes he must do so to save face and credibility for having drawn a "red line" against the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons, a line he now says he didn't draw -- as if he'll enhance his credibility by denying he made a claim we witnessed him making in no uncertain terms. He is now demeaning the very international community he libelously accused Bush of alienating for not joining us in this ill-considered action.

The left is all about opposing military interventions -- when Republicans are in power and our proposed intervention is truly in our national security interests. Leftists are all about enlisting the support of the international community when it suits their interests -- and ignoring it when it doesn't. They're adamant about the necessity of being 100 percent certain about our intelligence data before acting militarily, except when they're in charge. And they're all about plain-spoken words from the commander in chief, unless they hold the presidency.

I could have sworn that President Obama and his party decried so-called unilateralism when they falsely claimed Bush had engaged in it. But now they enthusiastically embrace it when Obama is preparing to actually do it -- acting unilaterally with respect to both the legislative branch and the international community.

Whether or not the entire international community loved President George W. Bush, they respected him -- to the extent that world leaders knew he meant what he said. Obama has neither their love nor their respect.

It's obvious he hasn't a clue what he's doing, but it's just as obvious he's hellbent on doing it. What a pathetic mess.

David Limbaugh

David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert on law and politics. He recently authored the New York Times best-selling book: "Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel."

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