In some respects perhaps we should be glad Obama has turned out to be a bystander President rather than a leader. Everything he touches is either a pending disaster or an unmitigated mess.
Consider Fast and Furious, the IRS scandal, Benghazi, the NSA, violating reporter's privacy, and now the ACA. Not just the roll out, but the consequences of poorly written and unread legislation paired with too many "the Secretary shall"s. These are but a few of the unmitigated messes.
The pending disasters are more far reaching in that they are global. Syria, where Assad gave up his chemical weapons in order to be able to continue slaughtering his people. Since Assad didn't really need them it was no punishment. Not following through on arming the once good guys thus allowing the extremists to gain a foothold.
Cutting off aid to Egypt because of the misguided assumption that because Morsi was duly elected he should remain in office no matter the increasingly dictatorial stance he was taking.
Libya. What more needs to be said. Over a year later no arrests for the consulate attack while the press has had a multitude of interviews with those involved.
And now he's about to ease sanctions on Iran with nothing in return. No freeze on enrichment. No dismantling of centrifuges. Leaving everything in place for Iran's nuclear program to continue. Something that has been going on since June, actually.
So what happens now? No one has considered any of the U.S. actions in the middle east to be wise. Essentially everyone will fend for themselves. The Taliban in Pakistan has elected the man who threatened school girl Malala as their new leader. Iran will get its nuke. Pakistan has agreed to sell nukes to Saudi Arabia. Saudi will continue arming the rebels in Syria. Russia may provide the nuke for Syria if deemed advantageous. Jordan will probably fall, Hamas and Hezbollah will be strengthened. Iraq will lose out to Iran as will Afghanistan to the Taliban. Al Qaeda will continue to run rampant and spread across Somalia, the Sudan and throughout the weaker African states.
Then there is Israel. With friends like us they don't need enemies! Whatever they choose to do be sure we will not be forewarned. We have opposed them, besmirched them and finally betrayed them.
All because Obama needed to divert attention from the ACA in an attempt to save his administration from total collapse. What a trade off. Every mid eastern expert in the world takes exception to our policies if thats what you want to call them. Peace in our time? Not by this President's hand.
Unless the negotiations in Geneva come to a total stand still you'll hear the other shoe we've been waiting for - drop.