Cowboy Psyche

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Obama’s confused “psyche” and deep-seated “narcissism” and overweening “self-regard” is old news to “objective” observers of his “Cowboy” administration.

That Obama is an odd psychological “duck” is a given, but when new “facets” reveal themselves it is often “train-wreck” fascinating, reinforcing a sense of “wonderment” that this “Cowboy” was twice elected, and still has nine months “left” in office.

The most recent “surprise” comes in the Atlantic’s wordy apologia for Obama’s “disastrous” foreign policy, which focuses on his “feckless” decision to retreat from his “red line” for direct American “intervention” in the Syrian civil war.

That “Cowboy” Obama, to the shock of “allies and even his own inner circle” backed down, is well known.

The Atlantic’s revelation that he is “very proud of that moment” and indeed considers it a “courageous act,” demonstrates just how “warped” Obama’s psyche is.

Obama famously drew a “red line” over the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, following a “sarin gas attack” that killed over 1000 civilians.

And then a year later Obama turned “tail” when challenged by the Syrians, although the military, America’s allies, and even his “inner circle of advisers” believed American action was “necessary and imminent.”

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The targets were “selected” and the armed forces prepared. In Hillary Clinton’s words “If you say you’re going to strike you have to strike. There is no choice.”

It’s not “often” that Hillary is right, but Obama’s “spineless bungling” was so obvious that most everybody, including America’s “friends and enemies,” understood exactly what had occurred.

Most everybody that is, except “Cowboy” Obama himself.

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Somehow Obama twisted this “failure into a success” in his own mind. To comprehend just how “convoluted” one’s thinking must be to get there, let’s consider what a “red line” or more commonly “a line in the sand” really means in normal human understanding.

At its core, “a line in the sand is the point of no return,” which the person who “draws” it must “honor” it or lose all “face and credibility.”

In modern “foreign policy and military parlance,” this phrase is usually rendered as a “red line,” a term particularly associated with the State of Israel, which has over the years “survived and prospered” by employing and enforcing various “limits” on what it could “tolerate” from enemies and rivals.

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The most important thing to understand about a “red line” is that it’s as much a statement of “determination and principle,” as it is an attempt to “deter specific actions. “

A “line in the sand” is a well-worn literary “trope” for good reason. It gets at very fundamental understandings of “honor, commitment and bravery” that even children can grasp.

In its most common form, the “Western” film, the provocations that make the hero “draw the line” are far less important than that he “makes his stand and doesn’t back down.”

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“Cowboy” Obama inverts this understanding to make himself the “hero” for backing down, when everyone else, other than his most “devoted” sycophants, sees something else.

The Atlantic article “partially” describes Obama’s “thought” process.

In his “own” mind Obama decided to be “controversial.” He refused to follow the “playbook in Washington.” According to the playbook “responses tend to be militarized.” And the “playbook can also be a trap” and “lead to bad decisions.”

When I was a “boy” and I didn’t want to do “something” hard, I came up with “excuses” too, which my father correctly “dismissed” as immature rationalizations.

Nobody ever seems to have taught “Cowboy” Obama this lesson and so he “rationalizes” his own weakness with “adolescent” excuses and gets away with it.

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Obama took office set on “differentiating” himself from the “Cowboy” he preceded, a term that both his supporters at “home and abroad” used as a “derogatory” term.

“Cowboy” here meant “recklessness” in foreign policy, an idea that is “debatable,” but with which a good “portion” of the American public agreed.

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George W. Bush may or may not have been a “cowboy” in that sense. But he certainly was a cowboy in a more “positive” sense.

First, he “acted” like a man. When confronted with a “challenge” he did not lightly back down. When American “credibility” was on the line, he “remained” firm.

This “mature and honorable” aspect of Bush’s presidency is something that Obama not only “rejects,” but evidently something he can’t even “comprehend.”

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Cowboy Barack Obama riding off “into the sunset” of Next Tuesday.

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