Would a "war president" devote 92 percent of his public commentary, speeches, lectures, media appearances over 10 months to everything but the war? His "economic stimulus plan," TARP, the government takeover of the auto industry, the plan for government-run health insurance, global climate change and "carbon limits" each has generated more presidential words than "the war."
Next week, our "war president" is scheduled to fly to Copenhagen to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where 79 other heads of state have gathered to fashion a Utopian global agreement limiting so-called "greenhouse gases." While there, he can proudly point to a new -- and likely unconstitutional -- decision by his Environmental Protection Agency declaring carbon dioxide to be a "threat."
Mr. Obama promised to "focus like a laser" on the war in Afghanistan. But White House records show that's not where "our most traveled president" has spent his time:
March 31 to April 7: Mr. Obama and an entourage of more than 500 traveled to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Iraq.
April 16-19: Our "war president" traveled to Mexico and then to Trinidad for the Summit of the Americas, where absolutely nothing of any import was negotiated or agreed upon.
June 2-7: Mr. Obama visited Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany and France. He bowed to Saudi Arabia's king, delivered a speech about a "new relationship with the Muslim world," and was cheered by Europeans.
July 6-11: The commander in chief traveled to Russia, Italy and Ghana and discussed a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, abandoned a U.S. missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, and talked about economics and climate change.
Oct. 2: Mr. Obama joined his wife and Oprah Winfrey in Copenhagen to champion Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympics.
Nov. 12-19: Mr. Obama, accompanied by nearly 300 others, visited Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea. During this trip, our "war president" bowed to Japan's emperor.
If indeed Sun Tzu was correct about war's being of "vital importance," a matter of "life and death," and a subject to "be seriously studied," it's time for Mr. Obama to get serious.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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