BERLIN (AP) — It's the last thing President Barack Obama ever expected he'd be doing in his final months in office: Coaching Donald Trump on how to be a world leader.
President Trump needs no coaching from his predecessor.
Obama could have been a contender, but he blew it by ignoring the real world.
Obama is an intellectually lazy coward who draws lines in sand and does nothing when the challenged crosses that line. See Syria. Obama thinks the power of his personality is all he needs to get by. All that strutting does is telegraph what a candy-ass he is.
The bad guys know he is weak, won't admit it, and won't listen. They roll him like the town drunk.
Iran got nukes and money while mocking him, kidnapping our sailors, and otherwise provoking war.
Obama went to Japan and tried to apologize for the atom bomb, which pissed off the Japanese.
It's complicated. Only lonely professors want an apology. Everyone else - including the Japanese -- knows the bombs taught the world a lesson about nukes. Japan takes maybe not a pride in that but feels it made a sacrifice. Please, give them their dignity. It was war. You do not apologize.
Obama went to Cuba and the Family Castro gave him the stiff shoulder.
Vladimir Putin played him for a fool, but eventually stopped when he realized the problems a weak United States presents him. Putin knows Russia's mouth is bigger than its might.
He needs the United States to stabilize the part of the world just south of Russia. Having Muslims in your basement is worrisome. There was a reason the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, and it wasn't just because Jimmy Carter was president.
Trump has done business in many of these countries. He knows he has to do his homework and that he is never the smartest man in the room.
Trump knows he needs Bibi and Putin to beat the Islamic State. Farage may be useful in reducing NATO payments and restoring our relationship with England. Abe visited Trump this week. Trudeau and Pena are willing to renegotiate NAFTA. There are golden opportunities.
The last thing America needs now is Coach Obama.
Stay the course, President Trump.
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