- The Washington Times - Friday, March 5, 2010

The health care summit in Washington is indicative of what’s wrong with President Obama’s administration and why his leadership style makes him an exceedingly poor fit for the office he holds.

A president of the United States has to be able to make tough, uncompromising decisions - sometimes very quickly. He or she is not supposed to lead televised debates before deciding on a course of action. Mr. Obama always tries to seek consensus and be all things to all people, which makes true leadership impossible.

The health care fiasco is but one example. If a bill is passed eventually, it will be nothing but a watered-down series of compromises and not nearly as comprehensive as it could and should have been. It also will contain many provisions that clearly contravene American values, may be unconstitutional and may not survive legal challenges. The American people deserve much better. A strong president who is able to lead instead of follow would have ensured that they received it.

There are many other examples of this, the most egregious being foreign policy. Mr. Obama’s leadership style means the United States cannot stand up to regimes that threaten its existence and the existence of its allies, nor can it take serious measures against jihadists who maim and kill Americans in the name of Islam - sometimes on U.S. soil. It is a weak, vacillating style that makes us all much more vulnerable to attack and the world a much more dangerous place.

What would Mr. Obama do if another Sept. 11 was perpetrated - call a bipartisan summit to decide how to deal with it? Probably. Whatever comes after that would be just like his health care bill: feeble and reeking of appeasement and compromise because the president is a lightweight who can’t or won’t act decisively.



We deserve much better.

JERRY PHILIPSON

Comox, British Columbia

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