When you are an egomaniac, promote yourself. I learned several years ago that EGO was just an acronym for Easing God Out. There is no room for faith, spirituality, or another higher power when you believe you are God. I believe Barack Obama is an egomaniacal narcissist, unfortunately. His latest power grab comes not in domestic policy but foreign. He plans on appointing himself the head of the United Nations Security Council, where he also set the agenda for Thursday, September 24.
The council, which next meets Sept. 24, deals with a host of global challenges, including nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. The Obama administration hopes to use the month-long appointment to emphasize a departure from the Bush administration’s strategy of pursuing its own unilateral policies through the council..
The head of the council is usually assigned to a delegate or the UN Ambassador, not the president of the United States. Many are arguing that this is unprecedented and unconstitutional, however, it technically is only the former and not the latter.
There are valid arguments against heading up such a council, such as, how would this not be a conflict of interest, or cause a divided loyalty issue? Will Obama side with America or with the UN? This could also stretch him too thin. Has anyone seen a manager or supervisor who couldn’t delegate work? Usually the team and the manager struggle to reach their objectives. At this juncture in America’s history, there is too much that needs to be focused on, rather than Obama’s apparent goal to run the world.
The narcissism is just so incredibly absurd that I can only imagine a larger drop in his approval rating once more of the public catches wind of this. Could you imagine the outcry if Bush did something like this?
Unfortunately, however, the move represents one of the most dangerous diplomatic ploys this country has ever seen. The president didn’t just decide to chair a rare council summit; he also set the September 24 agenda — as is the prerogative of the state holding the gavel for the month. His choice, in the words of American UN Ambassador Susan Rice, speaking on September 2 at her first press briefing since the United States assumed the council presidency, is this: “The session will be focused on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament broadly, and not on any specific countries.”
This seemingly innocuous language has two profoundly disturbing features. First, UN documents indicate that the Security Council is currently dealing with over 100 issues. While “non-proliferation” is mentioned, “disarmament” is not. Similarly, a UN Secretariat compilation “forecasting the Council’s program of work” for the month of September — based on prior activities and requests — lists non-proliferation specifically in relation to Iran and North Korea and does not list disarmament. But in light of Obama’s wishes, a tailor-made subheading will likely be adopted under the existing entry “maintenance of international peace and security.” The new item will insist on simultaneous consideration of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament and make no mention of particular states.
Second, Obama’s agenda preference indicates that he is dead-set against chairing a session on the non-proliferation issues already on the council’s plate — those that name Iran and North Korea. This stretches his “beer summit” technique to the global scale. Naming names, or identifying the actual threats to world peace, would evidently interfere with the spectacle of proclaiming affection for world peace in the abstract. The problem is that this feel-good experience will feel best of all to Iran, which has interpreted Obama’s penchant for form over substance to be a critical weakness. As a Tehran newspaper close to the regime snickered in July: “Their strategy consists of begging us to talk with them.”
To add insult to injury and almost clear up this administration’s intentions, which resemble those of Carter’s, Obama has decided to scrap the missile shield project originally set to be constructed in Poland and the Czech Republic.
The most “transparent” and humble president in our nation’s history also left the Senate out of this major foreign policy decision.
McCain, ranking Republican on the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, told The Hill the White House never notified his committee and that he was unaware of the decision until he was notified Thursday morning.
“It was an unfortunate decision, and it was made without consultation with the Czech Republic and the Polish government, and Congress was not briefed,” McCain said. “I think it sends a message to the Russians that could encourage them, and I think it sends a message to our friends and allies not to count on our commitments.”
I don’t think hail to the chief will cut it anymore – time to redo a version of “God Save The Queen” for King Obama.