The redeemer

Dear Editor:

Fouad Ajami, an Arab immigrant to the U.S. who became one of the foremost scholars of the modern Arab and Islamist worlds, died in Maine on June 22. Ajami became a respected critic of today’s Arab society and as the U.S. became embroiled in wars in the Middle East, he offered insights into not only the Arab mind but commentary on how the Middle East has become “a world of cruelty, waste, and confusion.” Ajami loved America, his adopted country, and had a better appreciation and understanding of it than many native-born citizens possess.

Ajami also provided insights into the U.S. leadership that for many years has struggled — and mostly failed — to understand the Arab World. He was highly critical of the Obama administration’s efforts in the Middle East and particularly of Obama himself. In November of last year Ajami wrote: “The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama’s policies — and, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer. The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lasts — a year, an era — the redeemer is above and beyond judgment.”

As the security situations unravel in Iraq and Afghanistan and the redeemer stands by and does little to salvage our decade of investments in blood and treasure in these countries, it illustrates the truth of Ajami’s statement: Rule by charisma has met its proper fate, meaning abject failure.

Rather than allow Obama to continue on this course, as well as destroying our economy, flaunting our laws and creating an environment where corruption and lies are the norm in government institutions, it is time to put an end to this. Concerned Americans must expose him and show that he is not beyond judgment. The best way to accomplish this is by impeachment; the sooner, the better.

Gary Stansbury

This story was posted on July 3, 2014.