How Obama William Shatner-ized American Foreign Policy (Guest Blog)

How Obama William Shatner-ized American Foreign Policy (Guest Blog)

He was James T. Kirk in a test of nerves, he was Denny Crane out-Perry Mason-ing an impending verdict against his client

The use of Sarin gas by a madman despot like Bashar al-Assad is a grim reminder that evil not only exists, it thrives. But, that's not the subject of this blog. What is, is the Obama's administrations classic and seemingly effective response that, to my thinking, has been scripted so expertly that each act has seamlessly fallen into place with the present intermission promising the hope of a happy ending.

Let's explore the administration's position vis a vis the “red line” that Syria's foul and desperate government crossed on Aug. 21. We've seen the videos — stark images and grainy, hand-held nightmares of innocents writhing in pain, frothing at the mouth — hysterical parents imploring the gods to resurrect their still children.

The horrors of this evil are embedded on the screens of digital devices, framed in Facebook and YouTube viewers. With every passing tragedy, we seem to become more immune to the graphic display of death and suffering. However, this was madness not seen before. We are fed gore and brutality nightly, but this made the premiere of “Sons of Anarchy” seem like “Romper Room” in comparison. There were no theatrics and no CGI; this was happening on our planet, in real time.

As someone opposed to any military retaliation, it was difficult for me to defend Barack Obama in his seeming resolute position to go in and kick ass. I'm an ardent supporter of the president; however, in this case I was outspokenly adamant that the U.S. adopt a hands-off policy in Syria's civil war. Which admittedly is easy to do from the comfort of my chair as I typed my comments between spoonfuls of Grape Nuts. Like almost everyone who pontificates on this issue, we do it from relative safety.

But, I digress …

Vladimir Putin's Op-Ed in the New York Times is the brilliant twist in the Obama Administration's plot to quell the violence. I read it as if it were being read by the brilliant William Shatner. Putin's preachy, self-serving style of gloating over America's conundrum appeared as a thinly veiled recital of lines that were written for him by a State Department speech writer.

Obama, again much like the legends of brinksmanship that was part of every character that William Shatner breathed life into, begrudgingly sidestepped the limelight and allowed an underling to save the day.

We've all heard the stories of working with Shatner. Whether it be James T. Kirk or Denny Crane, the spotlight was relinquished only under protest — yet when it was, it was to enable the wings of another actor to soar. This is what is happening dear reader: The Shatner-ization of American foreign policy.

When Obama met with Putin at the G-8, the plot was laid out. Not willing to fight the will of the American people who vociferously spoke out against American military involvement, Obama would hand off the football to Putin within yards of the goal.

Obama was steely, unflinching in exposing the truth of the Sarin poison, and then again he seemed unwilling to back down from a fight. His strength is admirable, his will formidable.

He was James Kirk disabling the Kobayashi Maru, a test of nerves that had a no-win scenario. He was Denny Crane out Perry Mason-ing an impending verdict against his client. The skillful engagement of Syria's most important ally to take the lead in the road to peace was a stroke of genius, no doubt courtesy of Obama's Hollywood handlers, who have strangely remained mute on this conflict. Now maybe we know why.

He did not wag the dog, he wagged the lion.

The next time I see Shatner holding court at Jerry's in Studio City I will look at him from a different perspective. Will I approach him? Hell no. I fear the rebuke of an idol the same way I fear scabies or the dreaded Facebook “de-friend.”

Instead, I'll throw him a peace sign and silently thank the imprimatur of his character that he unwittingly bestowed upon the executive branch and the world. A world that will hopefully be a safer one for children in desolate areas where madmen hold the key to destruction.


  • J Robert Hanson

    Geez, I think I maybe sick.

  • J.J.

    Puke. Utter puke. The happy outcome would be peace. Do you see any peace talks? Do you see happy Syrians? Meanwhile, Obama, the snobby outsider know it all from campus Law building has stuck to the prime directive of non-interference in America. He has fixed nothing only making it worse.

  • ChampionCapua

    How 'bout “the next time you see Shatner”, tell him you wrote this garbage and see if he punches you in the face.

    • JackGalt

      wish I could vote that up a few more times…hell shatner may go into denny crane mode and start busting caps on this ass hat

  • Hydin

    I guess denial isn't just a river in Egypt.

  • JackGalt

    Well you strung together a few terms that made sense but you had the wrong subject..Barack hussein Obama “is a grim reminder that evil not only exists, it thrives”. but the rest of your polemic was disturbingly delusional. Seek help

  • Carlton

    Obama shows his brilliance as a world leader. I am so proud he is my president!

    • Radny Hecks

      He is a useless incompetent joke of a picaninny. His has shown he is out of his depth in a puddle.

  • Fred L. Zaidman

    Disappointing people judge a man by the sound of their name, and just flat out by the color of skin. Almost equally disappointing are those who mimicked TV and Radio talk show hosts, 98% who are phonies pandering people's bigotry…It's easy to read an article like yours in which you share your opinions without resorting to playground insults…An excellent t article.

  • Rick D

    Richard, lay off the mushrooms when you are writing. It makes you more entertaining, but totally incoherent and disconnected from reality.

  • AncientTruths

    Great article. Only the ignorant can hate dipmloacy.

  • Larry Klein

    Nice tortured spin If it wasn't for Putin the incompetent and dangerous boob Obama could've gotten us into WW3

  • Larry Klein

    What convoluted

  • Michele Maynard

    Well written and thoughtful!

  • Jake

    Geez, all I heard was a lying sack of shit as usual in the president perfectly scripted play. I would not even believe a hiccup out of him.

  • Crazy Ivan

    WTF this piece of shite article was picked up in Pravda? We love Star Trek but not V. Putin! Mr. Bill Shatner too!

  • Radny Hecks

    The writer (I use that term loosely) must be on crack.

  • Prowlerz1976

    Talk about seeing something that isn't even remotely there. I guess you can make yourself believe anything, even this.