The utter failure of the Obama administration can be measures in so many ways, from the number of beheaded American journalists, to embarrassing heads of state by spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkle’s personal mobile phone, to callously calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a war hero, “chicken shit” and a “coward.”

Secretary of State John F. Kerry, a longtime member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, suggests Israel is an apartheid state. By supporting Hamas and its ally the Palestinian Authority, Obama and Kerry have threatened the lives of Jews around the world in the name of human rights for terrorists.


He doesn’t realize Gaza is occupied by terrorist Hamas intent on killing Israeli children until they destroy the Jewish state. Kerry thinks Tweeting will stop the Russian war on the Ukraine. America is without a foreign policy at a dangerous time.

Obama and Kerry sit on their hands as international cyberattacks proliferate raising security costs for U.S. corporations and small businesses, and prices for consumers. They allow cyberterrorists to steal national security data and threaten the White House, NATO, the National Security Agency, the Defense Department and other government agencies.

Due to Obama’s total inaction, the U.S. is great risk of a crippling cyber doomsday, a day when there is no Internet. The president gets tough on nuclear enabled North Korea for hacking a worthless Hollywood film, while he does nothing to prevent such attacks on the national security of our nation and military, diplomatic and industrial assets abroad.

Our country is leaderless on security. Voters realized this in November and voted for change in Congress. Voters want Congress to reverse the leaderless Obama administration with strategies to prevent the continued decline of the United States that Obama is helpless to address.

Both Obama and Kerry refused to participate in the Paris rally for liberty in the wake of radical Islamic terror attacks on press freedom. What are their priorities? They won’t participate with the civilized world by declaring war on radical Islam. What are their values? They are inviting more vicious killings of journalists and freedom loving people around the world by doing nothing.

Americans, including this writer, symbolically voted for an African American president in hopes he could lead our country nationally and internationally and that he could put to rest lingering racial issues. Racial tensions are greater today than in the 1960’s. The world is on the brink of disaster.

The Obama administration is asleep. The president doesn’t want to wake up until his term is over so he can proclaim his great single accomplishment: Being the nation’s first African American president. His record is void of any substantive accomplishments.

Congress has considerable work to do bring our nation back from the brink of Obama’s multiple leadership disasters. I am confident Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China MORE (R-Ky.), House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (R-Ohio), and the growing rank of Democrats disgusted by what Obama has done to our country and the globe can reverse course.

Congress must realize Obama is no longer relevant. He has wasted his opportunity to lead. He has lost the confidence of the American people and world leaders. It is Congress that must lead.

In 1980 presidential candidate Ronald Reagan debating President Jimmy Carter while the economy was in shambles with record unemployment, record interest rates, and with our nation seen as an international laughingstock, told America he was a leader who had a plan to bring the country back. Recovery, candidate Reagan told the American people, is when Jimmy Carter loses his job.

President Reagan delivered on his promises. Obama has failed.

Congress must act immediately to secure our country from further cyberattacks and threats to Americans and assets at home and abroad. But real security will not be restored until Obama loses his security badge to enter the White House. That day cannot come too soon.

Patterson, a former Washington diplomat, is a San Francisco-based writer and speaker.