David Brooks: Obama Has A Manhood Problem In The Middle East

I predict David Brooks will be forced to give some sort of grovelling apology by the end of the day, possibly before noon, especially when liberals start race-baiting him. The NY Times columnist appeared on Meet The Press, answering a question on the Ukraine situation

(Mediaite) “Basically, since Yalta, we’ve had an assumption that borders are basically going to be borders,” Brooks said about whether the U.S.’s actions on the Russia/Ukraine crisis could impact other territorial disputes. “And once that comes into question, if in Ukraine or Crimea or anywhere else, then all over the world—”

“All bets are off,” Chuck Todd said.

“And let’s face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely, but a manhood problem in the Middle East,” Brooks said. “Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad or Putin? A lot of the rap is unfair, but certainly in the Middle East, there’s an assumption he’s not tough.”

“Internally they fear this,” Todd said. “It’s not just Bob Corker saying it, questioning whether the president is being alpha male — that’s essentially what he’s saying, he’s not alpha dog enough, his rhetoric isn’t tough enough. They agree with the policy decisions, but it’s the rhetoric. Internally, this is a question.”

Far be it for me to defend Brooks, the NY Times’ toke conservative, who is anything but conservative, but he meant manhood rhetorically, in the sense that Obama is entirely too squishy when it comes to things happening in the Middle East. Sure, he loves ordering drone strikes, but one must be tough when it comes to diplomacy, not set red lines than run away. That he needs to lead.

And, really, this applies to most of Obama’s dealings. He projects no strength. Hence one of the reasons he has decreased the standing of the U.S. around the world.

George Soros funded Think Progress hasn’t hit the “raaaaacism” button yet, but they go with

What Brooks and Todd are essentially saying is that Obama isn’t more willing to use or talk about the military option as a foreign policy tool, as much as, perhaps, his predecessor was. The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol — who championed the war in Iraq and has been calling for one in Iran — is also a proponent of this kind of “manhood” in foreign policy construct. “Real action” in Iran, he said earlier this year, is not using diplomacy to solve the nuclear crisis, it’s a military attack.

What is Obama willing to talk about? Russia is walking all over Obama. Syria’s Basher Assad is walking all over Obama. Obama did threaten “consequences” if the red lines were crossed. He’s threatened consequences regarding Crimea and Ukraine. No one is listening, because no one takes Obama seriously.

It’s a perception of strength. Obama does not have it. He never earned it as POTUS.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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8 Responses to “David Brooks: Obama Has A Manhood Problem In The Middle East”

  1. bob sykes says:

    Obama is basically a nancy boy.

  2. Jeffery says:

    Conservatives like to talk and type tough as they send others to fight and die.

    When a Democrat dares to withdraw troops from a conservative’s war, the Con elitists call him a mom-jeans wearing, closeted gay pussy. When a Democrat fails to physically threaten another world leader the Con elitists question his manhood.

    Of Putin, the American President said, he was “a new style of leader, a reformer…, a man who’s going to make a huge difference in making the world more peaceful, by working closely with the United States” and later, ” I looked in his eyes and saw his soul.” After these statements of weak appeasement, Putin invaded and still occupies parts of Soviet Georgia. That American President was noted tough-talker, George W. Bush.

    A conservative equates tough talk and belligerence with “being tough”, and that approach does appeal to the typical low information conservative. What would you have this President do differently in the Crimea and in the brutal Syrian civil war? So far, no Americans have died in Syria. How many died in Iraq?

    The increasingly irrelevant David Brooks is trying to re-energize his flagging career. What better way than to question the President’s manhood. I’m sure Brooks sees the money to be made by moving farther to the right; going “all in” in terms of belligerent stupidity and name-calling.

  3. bubba says:

    Obama, the first gay preeezy.

  4. john says:

    What Bob and Bubba should do is hop on a plane and head on over to Ukrainia and show us all what AMERICA should do !!
    Some brave freedoms loving patriots should step up and not wait for BIG GOVERNMENT to do what they think should be done.
    Or not.
    The USA should of course be allowed to send troops to Panama or Grenada or Hati or anywhere else in our neighborhoood but Russia because they used to be commies shouldn’t.
    Teachdo you know that we have 150 “contractors” from Blackwater/Xe in Ukrainia now? What exactly would you like Obama to do ? Send over Marines ?
    Just let Bob and Bubba go IF they want

  5. Jeffery says:


    You know better than that! Conservatives have more important things to do than go fight the wars they start. They’re much better at cheerleading – from a safe distance, of course (preferably at home).

  6. jl says:

    “Conservatives like to talk tough as they send others to fight and die.” Wow, do you mean to say that America is the only place on earth where the politicians aren’t the military and the military is a different body than the politicians? In other words, for you low information types, most countries with any kind of military presence have the political body vote on whether or not to send the military body to fight. And when you say “others”, are you talking about our all-volunteer military? And, J, how many wars have only conservatives voted on, with no Dem votes?

  7. The Neon Madman says:

    He has a manhood problem back here in the US, too.

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