According to at least one credible source President Obama may be afflicted with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). NPD is not simply having a big ego but is a psychological malady which may involve:
- The decision-making of the narcissistic leader, especially crisis decision-making
- [The narcissists] overpowering sense of entitlement [and] his visceral fear of failure . . . often [results in] a recipe for inaction.
- [P]ersonal egotistical needs for power and admiration, rather than . . . an empathic concern for the constituents they lead.
These are not qualities that lend themselves to the mature, rational, objective, judgments expected of the leader of the free world. They are the reactions of one whose emotional development was arrested at about age six.
But is Obama an NPD? Short of a professional clinical diagnosis it is uncertain. But the clumsy cover-up of the Benghazi scandal certainly raises concerns regarding Obama’s honesty and competency.
Any “impaired” crisis decision-making is a flaw that should summarily disqualify anyone from holding the office of president. Growing evidence indicates that Obama may be in over his head as POTUS and his tenure may imperil the entire country.
First, recall the April 2009 Somali pirate hijacking of the S.S. Maersk Alabama and the kidnapping of its captain held hostage in a rowboat. (*) The then newly-elected Obama dithered for four days before finally authorizing a nearby U.S. Navy destroyer and a contingent of Navy Seals to respond to the rowboat-bound pirates and their hostage. Obama was hailed by his fawning Media acolytes for his decision that should have been made in closer to four hours than four days.
“Just one hour after the seven-hour-long terrorist attacks upon the U.S. consulate in Benghazi began, our commander-in-chief, vice president, secretary of defense and their national security team gathered together in the Oval Office listening to phone calls from American defenders desperately under siege and watching real-time video of developments from a drone circling over the site. Yet they sent no military aid that might have intervened in time to save lives.”
Authorization of any U.S. military response to the Benghazi attack on American assets could only come from the commander-in-chief, President Obama. Despite desperate pleas for help from those under attack, none was given. Nor has any satisfactory explanation for that denial of help been given some nine months later.
As we now know, the administration concocted a flimsy, soon debunked, fairy-tale attributing the attack to Arab extremists supposedly angered by an obscure anti-Muslim video shown on YouTube. The President himself later alluded to this hollow excuse multiple times before the assembled world at the UN.
Subsequent testimony by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta before Congress in February leaves little doubt that Obama remained detached and indifferent to the situation in Benghazi as events unfolded. Obama offered no leadership and literally walked away leaving all decision-making up to Panetta. Did Obama know, or care, that Panetta lacked the authority to order the use of our military in response? That authority rested with Obama.
Panetta, answering questions from Congress about the attack on the U.S., said except for a scheduled meeting with the president the day of the attack, Obama failed to communicate in any way with him that day. Again, according to Panetta:
- President Obama checked in with his military team early on during the attack, then checked out for the rest of the night. The commander in chief was MIA.
- The cover-up was created to protect his absence. An honest chronology would have revealed the president’s shocking behavior during the most successful attack against Americans by foreigners since 9/11.
- The president never asked what military assets could be used, where they were and when they would get to Benghazi.
What might explain Obama’s apparent indifference to the Benghazi attack? One possibility is suggested by the official diagnostics manual for narcissistic personality disorder (DSM-IV-TR) which describes one of the signature traits of NPD to be that the subject “lacks empathy and is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.” Was Obama just coldly indifferent to the fate of those under attack? A second possibility is that Obama was rendered mute by impaired decision-making in a crisis situation as noted previously. A third possibility is the combination of the first two.
“The narcissistic leader prefers the sparkle and glamor of well-orchestrated illusions to the tedium and method of real accomplishments. His reign is all smoke and mirrors, devoid of substances, consisting of mere appearances and mass delusions.”
Possibly the “sparkle and glamor” of Obama’s next-day fundraising appearance in Las Vegas was more on his mind than the dismal business in Libya.
Obama evidences symptoms of pathological narcissism, which is different from the run-of-the-mill narcissism of a Richard Nixon or a Bill Clinton for example. To [Obama] reality and fantasy are intertwined. This is a mental health issue not a character flaw.
It is most significant that Obama, as commander in chief, in a crisis situation just abandoned his post. Was he fear-paralyzed into inaction setting in motion the hastily contrived cover-up to hide that fact? If so, another Benghazi, or even worse, may eventually follow.
Is Obama afflicted with, and operationally impaired, by NPD? By now our national leadership knows, or should know; the New York Times knows; and, most certainly, the rest of the world’s leadership also knows. If this is the case, Americans have, by default, been put at serious risk in the crass interest of partisan politics
But, to coin a phrase, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”
Malign segments of the world may judge that under an Obama administration they can continue to assault America without fear of response or even reprisal. We will have more Benghazis and more Bostons and possibly worse over the next three and a half years.
This is not a matter of politics as usual. Congress must do the right thing by the American people. More hearings -- with subpoena power -- are necessary including non-partisan expert witnesses to get the truth. Too many unanswered questions remain.
(*) This event is the subject of the movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks.
Predictably the 2012 election loss has led a bewildered GOP into some much needed soul searching. Predictable as well is that any conclusion(s) reached will focus on the clichéd need to “reach out” (i.e.; pander) to a more diverse (i.e.; minority) electorate. If so, it will simply amount to a de facto surrender to the hard core Left which has become the MarxoCrat replacement of the former Democrat party.
The fact is that the GOP has always had a tough sell: The rather abstract concept of individual liberty and its inestimable value to human creativity, welfare and progress. The MarxoCrats offer the political equivalent of shiny beads and brightly colored trinkets dazzling the LoFoVo primitives with “free” stuff. No contest.
The Left has an overarching Agenda to remake the world and its focus on that is unwavering: All day, every day. The core of that Agenda is the complete elimination of Competition in every aspect of socioeconomic life. Competition is seen by the Left as the source of all human conflict and, ostensibly, the barrier to an earthly Eden. The Left pointedly ignores the deadly histories of previous, competition-free, coercive Collectivist regimes (e.g.; the USSR).
Competition terrifies the Left which cannot deal with it psychologically (Another story for another time).
In America, as founded, competition (as individual liberty) is manifested in the Constitution along with Capitalism and God as transcendent authority. That is, theism as a higher authority than, say, any MarxoCrat POTUS. Intolerable! All three elements are in the process of being eliminated from America’s cultural ethos just as Antonio Gramsci advocated. (*) The GOP seems completely oblivious (**) to all this and so writes another meaningless “Tract” which will do nothing but guarantee more lost elections.
Somehow, someway the GOP must be made to understand that it is The Party, the only party by default, which is responsible for upholding the Constitution against “all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC. Until the GOP can unite and pursue that Agenda as resolutely as the traitorous Left pursues its’ historically failed Man Almighty coercive collectivism the rest is just punching into thin air.
Few people seem to understand that America is in the midst (or near the end?) of an asymmetric political war that has taken us to the brink of revolution. The root of this asymmetry is that the Left is an Agenda-driven quasi-religious (‘gnostic’) faith with its focus being the establishment of a global Authoritarian Collectivism, aka Marxism. It is a well-organized movement committed with a religious fervor to this objective 24/7/365. In contrast, the American Right, is not only seemingly oblivious to this Leftist ambition, it (the GOP) is philosophically divided: Conservative’s vs. RINO’s. Accordingly, the GOP is both politically naïve and ineffectual and, consequently, no match for the focused firepower of the crusading Left
Until, and unless, the GOP overcomes this crippling myopic schism and VIGOROUSLY fights to maintain our Constitutionality the Left will continue to move us closer to a coercive authoritarian tyranny. Blindly assisting this “fundamental transformation of America” are the feel-good liberal dupes (Useful Idiots as Lenin referred to them) whose hatred of Conservatives blinds them to their irreversible folly. Liberty is precious but vulnerable to destruction by narcissistic despots. Tyranny, once in place, is permanent in terms of an individual's lifetime. Read: "Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar" by Simon Sebag Montefiore.
It's important to understand that logic and fact-based rational thought are upside-down Sanskrit to Liberals who run on an arrogance-driven emotionalism: They always know what's best for everyone. It manifests metaphorically as their taking great pleasure in giving some poor stranger the shirt of off YOUR back. The Liberal has a near-desperate need to feel good about himself. The Marxist Left exploits this Liberal tic to demolish capitalism -- the most productive and benificent socio-political system ever developed. Here Liberal feel-goodery is exploitively suborned by the vengeful and deadly quest of sociopathic tyrants a la Stalin.
It has occurred to me that our political enmities result from the weight of two fears: the fear of death and the fear of life itself with its’ relentless pressure to merely survive (i.e.; "the human condition”). Both fears manifested when ‘man’ evolved from behavior based solely on animal instinct to self-aware behavior (“Original Sin”?) We all suffer from these two fears to varying degrees. Many find solace in the sensed presence of a transcendent Intelligence at the root of things and behave in accordance with that belief. Others doubt or outright reject that belief. And, in so doing, put their faith in all-to-human demagogues whose messianic narcissism (e.g.; Robespierre, Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, et al.) allays, to some extent, the fear of survival if not of death. Therein lies the Leftist mindset. As Whittaker Chambers put it in his classic Witness: It’s God almighty or Man almighty.
But evidence also mounts that the political philosophies of Left and Right likely have genetic origins. Ironically this suggests a creator wise enough to inculcate a within-species creative tension that stimulates progress rather than stagnation. But it’s up to mankind to keep that tension from becoming extreme. Beware of malignant narcissistic demagogues!