What will Captain Queeg President Obama do when the typhoon hits?

| February 15 2013
Christopher Cook

Back in January, Australian Hal Colebatch wrote His Queeg Moment about President Obama. It is an accurate metaphor for President Obama, at least on the strict merits of the case he is making. What I am interested in, however, is what happens when the typhoon hits.

But I am getting ahead of myself. Read Colebatch’s piece, and then return for the question at hand. It begins . . .

In Herman Wouk’s classic World War II novel, The Caine Mutiny, there is a moment when a group of the ship’s officers are getting away from the increasingly eccentric Captain Queeq by relaxing ashore.

Suddenly the malcontent Lieutenant Keefer asks the others: “Does it occur to you that Captain Queeg may be insane?

In fact Queeg is not insane, at least not at that time. He is simply grappling, more and more disastrously, with a job too big for him. Come the crisis of a typhoon, he becomes paralyzed and nearly sinks the ship by failing to give the obvious orders. At the subsequent court-martial he appears quite normal until he breaks down under the pressure of cross-examination. Before this, the officers have searched the regulations for guidance, but the regulations refer only to a captain who is clearly and unmistakably insane, not one who is merely guilty of eccentricity and bad judgment. At a lower level of responsibility, Queeg might have performed adequately, but with Keefer’s question, the remaining respect for Queeg’s office has gone.

Obama’s second inauguration speech may be his Queeg moment — an undeniable demonstration that, in an emergency, he is incapable of grappling with reality. For all his unceasing invocation of the word “change,” the outstanding thing about Obama has been his apparent inability to react, even to an imminent crisis. Like Queeg, he stands frozen on the bridge as the waves grow higher, or obsesses over issues like homosexuals and women in the military as the typhoon rises.

Faced with the worst looming fiscal cliff-fall in world history Obama, like Queeg in the typhoon, has done nothing at all, but has, increasingly, resorted to meaningless words. His pseudo-Keynesian fiscal notions and a mantra-like repetition of old and failed ideas, suggest a serious lack on mental versatility.

Economics is not an exact science, but some of its rules are now well-known, and one is that a government cannot spend its way out of a recession.

Yet Obama does not project any sense of urgency, merely a smug, radiating sense of his own greatness. The one fiscal measure to which he seems committed — taxing the rich — is infantile stuff, like Queeg’s obsession with who ate the wardroom strawberries.

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Colebatch is spot on in his assessment. Obama is in way over his head. He has political skills. He has a good voice. But beyond that, he is out of his depth. Observing over the last few years, it even seems clear that Obama knows this is true. He turns over important decisions to others. He punts at moments when America is looking for him to carry the ball down field. And, in the face of events that keep changing and worsening, he keeps sounding the same ineffectual, ideological, nakedly partisan notes he’s been singing from the start. He does not adjust. He does not rise to meet challenges. Those addled by his manufactured persona are blind to the truth that the rest of us see so clearly—he is actually a small man in shoes much too big for him.

But none of that matters nearly so much as this: What happens when the typhoon really hits?

So far, Obama has been able to convince large numbers of people that he is not only competent, but that he is our political savior—and that it is the Republicans who stand in the way of the salvation that only he, but for their obstruction, can bring us. (It’s nonsense, of course: The Democrats had the whole of elected government for his first two years, and now they have two thirds of it.) Moreover, Obama has a mainstream press that either believes his schtick, or at least is willing to cover for him out of shameless partisanship.

When the economic typhoon really starts slamming our ship abeam, Obama and his allies will do all they can to blame capitalism, blame the Republicans, blame the rich, and blame all people whose individuality stands in the way of what they deem to be the “collective good.”

The question on the table is, Will the American people fall for it, or will they finally mutiny?

3 comments
Alan E Ross
Alan E Ross

I   Alan E Ross  would like to add and continue my statement ...


    The constitution should be honered , but Ovomit, . scoffs at it and ignores every thing that is right for this country ,and he re writes laws that will favor his illeagle efforts to destroy America..  How much longer are you OFFICIALS going to let this ENEMY continue to destroy us ? HOW DAM LONG ? HAH ?    maybe when your own HEAD WILL BE NEXT TO BE CUT OFF ?  HAH ? MAYBE YOU"LL BE  THINKN ABOUT WHY YOU DIDN"T DO SOMETHING THEN ,  HAH ?  TOO LATE FOR YOU ...  CHOP CHOP ...THERE GOES YOUR HEAD ...ON A ROLL ... ,, (  when  it's to late and your familys are all chopped up ,,and your daughters are raped and mutalated by these ISIS ,, YA  THEY ARE COMING TO AMERICA ,,  IN FACT ...THEY ARE ALREADY HERE   FORM OBAMA'S  APROVAL AS WHEN THEY ARE ALL SLIPPING THROUGH OUR IN SECURE BORDERS ...  AND ALL YOU DUMB ASS'S  ARE ALLOWING THIS TO GO ON  ON AND ON  ... HOW STUPID CAN YOU ALL BE ? 

  IT'S TIME ,WAY PAST TIME TO GET TOUGH ...AND STOP THIS INSANITY  AND TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY ,, AND TO HELL WITH WHAT OBVOMIT SAYS  OR WRITES INTO ORDER ... HE MUST BE DECLARED INCOMPETENT  ...   AND THEN ARRESTED ///  .

    AND SO  IN THE MEANTIME ALL YOU OFFICIALS   .. YOUR LIVES ARE AT STAKE  TOO ...WITH YOUR FAMILY'S

  SMARTEN UP  
      TO LATE FOR YOU ,,OR YOUR FAMILY ..HAH ?
   DON'T YOU ALL GET THE PICTURE ALL YOU SCHMUCKS ?      LETS GET TOUGH ..JUST LIKE AMERICA USED TO BE  ... THIS SCHMUCK THAT CALLS HIM SELF A LEADER ...HE IS NOT FOR THIS COUNTRY  .. HE WANTS MUSLIM ORDER ,,WORLD ORDER AND A TAKE OVER ...AND WHITE CHRISTIANS ,,& BLACK TOO  ALL DEAD        GET THE PICTURE ??      THIS IS WAR ..

  WE NEED TO ACT NOW ...  TAKE OBVOMIT OUT AND IN PRISON AND ALLOW JUSTICE BE DONE ...
  and just maybe the Crimes he's done will match his punishment..   and at the same time   and THEN ... go and KILL the enemy all these Dam ISIS Radicals....

 AND I WILL ALWAYS PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS , THAT JUSTICE WILL BE DONE ...QUICKLY  ... AMEN AMEN  AMEN

Alan E Ross
Alan E Ross

Alan E Ross , says.....  I can not understand WHY , he, Obama  has not been yanked out of Office and put in prison , This person is a Fraud , a dictator, a Traitor, a communist Evil Enemy of this Country from the start .  How in Gods name did he slip into this position of Presidency .,   He should have been screened and a complete Back ground check .   Just like regular people have to do when they apply for jobs .   There is no reason for this incompetency from the officials that approved this insane criminal in the first place ..  I blame the corrupted system for allowing Money to over ride decency of a good leader for this country .   Money should not be the Control over who is the right choice, And besides that , The Voting was also rigged and fixed ...  This thing . Obama, Ovomit ...  makes me sick.  He is a disgrace to America , He is the ENEMY NO. 1`..on the WANTED LIST of  ENEMY'S of the USA  .... HE SHOULD BE TREATED AS ONE .

When we went over to other country's to take out the enemy's and leaders of their country ....That was all a proved ...Go for it ..They said , But when it comes to our own country ?   We have the enemy right in front of our faces ?  and is Barking out IMMORAL , and bad judgments that is going to endanger our country in ever way possible , he has abolished our christian rights as how we can pray,,Especially in the Armed forces ?    HE  wants  all Americans to worship his Allah  and his Muslim ways  or we will  ALL be killed ..  He has allowed the ISIS  to continue to deliver the message to Americans ... that's why he don't have a strategy of Attack ,  BE CAUSE HE"S ALL FOR IT >>>>   HE DOES NOT HAVE THAT RIGHT TO DO THESE THINGS . THIS MAN IS INSANE .... ALL YOU STRONG OFFICIALS OF MILITARY , FOR GODS SAKE ,   GO IN THERE AND TAKE THE ENEMY OUT .BEFORE THE ENTIRE COUNTRY BECOMES DESTROYED >  I PRAY IN JESUS NAME ,,JUSTICE WILL BE DONE QUICKLY .. AMEN AMEN AMEN .   

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@Alan E Ross "I can not understand WHY , he, Obama  has not been yanked out of Office and put in prison , This person is a Fraud , a dictator, a Traitor, a communist Evil Enemy of this Country from the start .  How in Gods name did he slip into this position of Presidency .,   He should have been screened and a complete Back ground check .   Just like regular people have to do when they apply for jobs ."

You have posed a question. Rather than answer it, I would like to hear your speculation as to why. Many people are as incredulous as you as to  the fact that it did happen. But what do you think was the reason?