Rich Galen

But sending them back to societies where they will be attacked, abused, and/or killed is not a pleasant alternative.

We need to spend money - yes money - helping get those economies up to 21st century levels to that the United States isn't a live-or-die alternative for their children.

I don't know the answer, but I would like to think the President is focused on finding one at least as much as was last week playing pool and drinking beer with the Governor of Colorado.

Earlier this week, CNN's Christiane Amanpour interviewed the former Defense Minister of Germany who said that Barack Obama is "probably the most detached President [in] decades."

This was said in the context of the CIA getting caught having recruited a German national to spy for them leading the Germans to throw the CIA station chief out of the country. That was on the heels of Edward Snowden making public the fact that the U.S. has been tapping Angela Merkel's cell phone.

But, when you consider Ukraine/Russia; Iraq/ISIS; Israel/Hamas; Libya/Libya; and all the other trouble spots around the world that the U.S. no longer has much sway in helping cool off, "detached" is probably the gentlest thing we can say about the President's foreign policy efforts.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is not without blame in all this, either. I get that. But, neither is the Democrat-controlled Senate.

According to a poll by Bloomberg, Republicans in Congress are seen favorably by only 34 percent of respondents. 53 percent have a negative view.

But before you email that to MSNBC, the Dems don't do much better: 37-51.

As we move through the Dog Days of Summer, I don't have much confidence that our leaders in Washington will be able to get forward momentum.

Barack Obama is our leader. It is dangerous for the President of the United States to be seen as being, as Lorenz Hart wrote in the 1940 Broadway musical Pal Joey, "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered."

We need better.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at