Mr. President, it's the anniversary month of your election, and --
How'm I doin'?
Not well, as noted most recently by the voters in Virginia, New Jersey, and Albuquerque -- where Republicans scored upset councilmanic and mayoral victories in a reliably Democratic town.
I'm getting fitted for a classy white-tie ensemble for the Nobel ceremony where I'll take home my Peace Prize. How can you possibly say I'm performing poorly?
Let us count the ways....
-- Our largest creditor, China, rightly has ripped you for your economic policies -- for ultra-low interest rates, a plunging dollar, soaring deficits, humongous bailouts and takovers, and the inflationary train roaring toward us. Gold hit its all-time high during your Sino sojourn -- a shouted message that you stabilize the dollar and get your economic game together.
-- During a war in Afghanistan, you're picking fights with the Afghan government over corruption, not to mention undermining trust in American resolve.
-- Regarding Guantanamo and the jihadists there, you've admitted you won't be able to shutter the place by the anniversary of your inauguration. Yet (a) you are investigating, with intended prosecution, the CIA interrogators who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, and (b) you have decided to try Khalid and key cronies in civil courts in New York -- creating a security nightmare and, for al-Qaeda, an intelligence bonanza. As with so much else, why is any of this necessary?
-- And about Fort Hood, publicly (at least) you refuse to acknowledge it for the jihadist attack it so obviously was.
-- Abroad, you're ripping the Israelis for building settlements in East Jerusalem -- territory they've annexed after prevailing against overwhelming numbers in multiple wars. They won, the Arabs lost. It's Israeli land.
-- You've called in Bill Clinton to appeal for Mideast peace.
-- Iran continues to move toward possession of nuclear weapons, and the UN says Iran probably has numerous secret sites with centrifuges for plutonium processing -- beyond the recent lone disclosure at Qom. What was that, from the Nobel committee, about "prizing" you for all you have done for nuclear disarmament? North Korea is there, and Iran -- despite your gauzy warnings of "consequences" -- is fast on its way.
Ross Mackenzie lives with his wife and Labrador retriever in the woods west of Richmond, Virginia. They have two grown sons, both Naval officers.
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