Barack's fatal flaw is the likelihood that America's enemies around the world would perceive him as weak and act accordingly.
Reality: Rookie United States Senator Barack Obama, offering Obamalot, is far more likely to be perceived by America's enemies around the world as someone they can challenge than Republican John McCain, or Democrat rival Hillary Clinton, or the late JFK, who offered Camelot...and look what happened with JFK!
Hillary should send flowers to the folks at Saturday Night Live for focusing on that important reason NOT to vote for Barack.
The Saturday Night Live skit showing a President Barack in bed calling a Senator Hillary in bed for advice after learning from the CIA that Iran has developed a nuclear device, with the help of Russia, North Korea and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, because he had been inaugurated as the President of the United States, is just what Hillary needed the voters to see.
The skit shows Hillary in face cream trying to get a breaking down Barack to "man up" after she receives what seems like a 3 AM phone call from him.
Barack's fatal flaw is the likelihood that America's enemies would perceive him as weak and act accordingly.
Ironically, America suffered that kind of problem after JFK became President: a belief that the President of the United States was afraid to fight and therefore could be bullied.
When Ike was President (1953-1961), the Communists did not doubt his resolve. Thus, the United States helped Guatemala recover from Communist influence by backing a coup d'etat in 1954 and the Soviet Union could only grumble.
Ike also laid the groundwork to take back Cuba from Castro, but the invasion of Cuba was set for 1961 and JFK had won in 1960 instead of Ike's Vice President, Richard Nixon.
The result was the Bay of Pigs fiasco in April 1961, as JFK did the worst of all things possible in the circumstance: he didn't call off the invasion OR provide the air cover critical to success.
Wikipedia: "Prior to Kennedy's election to the presidency, the Eisenhower Administration created a plan to overthrow the Fidel Castro regime in Cuba. Central to such a plan, which was structured and detailed by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with minimal input from the United States Department of State, was the arming of a counter-revolutionary insurgency composed of anti-Castro Cubans. U.S.-trained Cuban insurgents were to invade Cuba and instigate an uprising among the Cuban people in hopes of removing Castro from power. On April 17, 1961, Kennedy ordered the previously planned invasion of Cuba to proceed. With support from the CIA, in what is known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion, 1,500 U.S.-trained Cuban exiles, called 'Brigade 2506,' returned to the island in the hope of deposing Castro. However, Kennedy ordered the invasion to take place without U.S. air support. By April 19, 1961, the Cuban government had captured or killed the invading exiles, and Kennedy was forced to negotiate for the release of the 1,189 survivors. The failure of the plan originated in a lack of dialog among the military leadership, a result of which was the complete lack of naval support in the face of organized artillery troops on the island who easily incapacitated the exile force as it landed on the beach. After twenty months, Cuba released the captured exiles in exchange for $53 million worth of food and medicine. The incident was a major embarrassment for Kennedy, but he took full personal responsibility for the debacle. Furthermore, the incident made Castro wary of the U.S. and led him to believe that another invasion would occur."
Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev, the head of the Soviet Union, met at a summit conference in Vienna on June 4, 1961.
A result of the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Vienna summit was that Khrushchev concluded (wrongly) that he could get away with installing offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba, because JFK was weak.
It wasn't something Khrushchev would have tried with Ike or Nixon in the White House.
JFK insisted that those missiles be removed after they were discovered and, in the words of JFK's Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, the United States and the Soviet Union went "eyeball to eyeball."
Fortunately, notwithstanding JFK's 1960 campaign rhetoric about a missile gap, the balance of power was in favor of the United States, so a deal was cut whereby the missiles were removed, Castro was left in control of Cuba and, after a short interval, the United States declared its Jupiter missiles in Turkey (which bordered the Soviet Union) "obsolete" and removed them.
JFK was a World War II veteran, had served in the House of Representatives and was a veteran senator when he was elected President in 1960.
Barack chose not to serve in the military, lost his race for the House of Representatives and started his run for President about a year after he became a rookie United States Senator.
Presumptuousness is not a substitute for preparation for the Presidency of the United States.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.