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President Obama cannot point to a single foreign policy success for his Administration. Everywhere you look, his foreign policy is a disaster.
Here’s your handy list of Obama’s 12 Worst Foreign Policy Disasters:
1) Iraq is imploding.
Obama released Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist who was in U.S. custody and who is now leading the ISIS takeover of Iraq. ISIS is an al Qaeda offshoot which is so radical that it was disavowed by al Qaeda as too extreme even for them. Upon his release from a U.S detention camp in 2009, al-Baghdadi promised America: “I’ll see you in New York.”
Iraq had a relatively stable pro-America government on Obama’s first day as President. All he needed to do was get a “status of forces” agreement with Baghdad — easy to do, if Obama had wanted it. But he was determined to leave zero U.S. presence in Iraq.
So the terrorists are filling the power vacuum.
We are now in the incredible position of hoping Iran (“Axis of Evil”) steps in to stop the advance of ISIS.
2) Afghanistan soon to be under the control of the Taliban and al Qaeda again
Now that we’ve swapped five Taliban terrorist leaders for one U.S. Army deserter, Obama has made it clear that America will do nothing to stop the Taliban from retaking control of Afghanistan. These terrorist leaders he released back into the field are top commanders, mass-murders, called by experts “the worst of the worst.”
At least four of the five will return to the battlefield.
Obama has now taught terrorists that one American deserter equals five top Taliban commanders.
Taliban leaders have announced that they plan to kidnap as many Americans as they can.
Every American is now a target for kidnapping by terrorists.
As in Iraq, Obama is determined to leave no U.S. presence in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan will be under Taliban-al Qaeda control again within a year.
3) Obama Lost Egypt
Obama actively undermined U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak in favor of the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian military has since expelled the radical Muslim Brotherhood from power in a coup and reestablished some semblance of order over the country. But America has lost a key ally in the Middle East.
4) Libya is in flames
Libya is now a terrorist enclave thanks to Obama – who backed the al Qaeda-led insurgency against Gaddafi. As bad as
Muammar Gaddafi was, he at least wasn’t al Qaeda and seemed satisfied with just being dictator of Libya. Gaddafi hasn’t been a threat to the United States since President Reagan sent a couple of cruise missiles into his living room.
One of the side benefits of the second Iraq war and the capture of Saddam Hussein was that this convinced Gaddafi to abandon his nuclear bomb program. Gaddafi had become a toothless tiger in his old age.
The successful al Qaeda attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulting in the killing of a U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans shows who is really in charge of Libya today — thanks to Obama. It also sent a message to the rest of the world that this Administration is utterly inept when it comes to protecting Americans and U.S. interests.
For terrorists, it’s now “open season” on Americans.
6) Assad calls Obama’s bluff
I find myself in rare agreement with the leftist former Congressman Dennis Kucinich who says the Obama Administration has become al Qaeda’s air force in the Middle East. Yes, the Assad regime is bad, but the replacement is likely to be far worse – al Qaeda and other radical offshoots.
For some reason, Obama thought the Assad regime’s alleged killing of 1,400 insurgents with chemical weapons during a civil war was beyond the pale. But this is small potatoes as far as brutal regimes go. The Rawanda regime slaughtered 800,000 innocent Rawandans, but we did nothing. Pol Pot slaughtered one-forth of Cambodia. We did nothing.
So why the selective outrage?
Assad claims his regime did not use the chemical weapons. He claims these chemical weapons were used by the Muslim Brotherhood or perhaps in a “False Flag” attack — as a tactic by the rebels to bring the Western world’s wrath down on Assad. Assad has supplied some decent evidence that this might be the case.
At any rate, Obama backed off his “red line” threats to Assad to get rid of his chemical weapons, thus sending a message to the world that Obama doesn’t mean what he says. Putin has since taken advantage of Obama’s fecklessness to seize the Crimea and roll tanks into the Ukraine.
Obama’s on-again, off-again threats to Assad combined with his complete withdraw of U.S. forces from Iraq and Afghanistan signaled to the world that Obama is no force to be reckoned with.
7) Putin considers Obama a joke
Obama, meanwhile, has turned America into the world’s laughingstock.
8) Iran soon to have nukes
Obama has made it clear he will do absolutely noting to stop Iran’s program to develop nuclear weapons.
9) North Korea soon to have nukes
Obama has made it clear he will do absolutely noting to stop North Korea from getting nuclear weapons.
10) Alienated Israel
Obama is the most anti-Israel President in American history. Actually, he’s the only anti-Israel President in American history. Obama has made no secret of his disdain for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
11) Alienated Great Britain
Obama outraged America’s closest ally by agreeing to provide Britain’s nuclear submarine secrets to Vladimir Putin. He did this, apparently, as a gesture to Putin that we are on Moscow’s side and as part of his program to “reset” relations with Putin.
12) Alienated Poland and Eastern Europe
Obama reneged on America’s commitment to provide anti-missile protection to Poland. He did this also as part of his failed program to “reset” America’s relations with Putin.
Never before has America been more loathed and disrespected around the world. Obama is universally regarded by foreign leaders as arrogant, weak, dishonest, detached, selfish, back-stabbing, petulant, lazy, foppish — just about every characteristic you don’t want in a leader.
Now that the price of oil is soaring to over $110 a barrel, Americans might be starting to see that foreign policy matters. Get ready to pay $6 for a gallon of regular gas – which is what Obama says he wants.
Meanwhile, Obama is playing another round of golf today — his equivalent of Nero’s fiddling.
QUESTION: Is Obama really this incompetent? Or is he failing on purpose as part of his program to destroy America and Western Civilization?
Imagine a referee who ALWAYS gets the call wrong — never right. At a certain point, you’d have to conclude this isn’t by chance, or that perhaps there’s some kind of mental illness at work.
A side-benefit of all these foreign policy disasters for Obama is they distract America from the disaster of ObamaCare and the disaster of Obamanomics. The U.S. economy in Q1 actually shrank by 1%.
So which is worse: Obama’s foreign policy, or his domestic policies?
It’s a tough call. I would say his foreign policy disasters are worse . . . because most of the damage he’s doing in foreign policy can’t be fixed.
Make This an Annual Family Tradition
The only way to save America as the “land of the free” is if the voters regain an appreciation of freedom.
America’s Declaration of Independence (written by Thomas Jefferson on July 2 and adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776) is perhaps the greatest statement on the proper role of government ever written. The purpose of government, according to the Declaration, is to secure our unalienable God-given rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.“
When the central government goes outside that mission, it trends toward tyranny.
Read the Declaration out loud at your barbecue with your family, friends, and loved ones.
When you read the Declaration, you’ll be stunned by how far we have drifted away from the principles of limited government outlined in the Declaration. The complaints we had against King George were minor compared to what our federal government is doing to us today.
America’s Founders would never have stood for ObamaCare, or this massive politicized IRS, or the NSA PRISIM program, or the assault on our Second Amendment rights, or our government’s assault on religious freedom, or the progressive income tax, or the Department of Education, or HHS, DHS, or much of what our federal government is doing today.
If we had a federal government that actually followed the Constitution, it would be about one-third the size it is now.
Make the reading of the Declaration of Independence an annual family tradition. If every patriotic American family would do this, we could educate tens of millions of Americans about the benefits of liberty, and why liberty is the idea that made America the most prosperous nation in human history.
Here’s the text of the Declaration . . .
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Sad to say, I’m underwhelmed by the new World Trade Center.
I was looking for something really spectacular.
It’s certainly a nice looking building. But it’s the same height as the old World Trade Center. The old one was 1,368 feet.
The new one is 1,368 feet. That’s the height of the highest roof. If you add the antenna spire, it’s 1776 feet — again, about the same as the old World Trade Center.
But the old World Trade Center was TWIN TOWERS.
This is ONE TOWER.
It also looks thinner than either of the old TWIN TOWERS.
The new One World Trade Center is an attractive structure — no doubt about it. Architect David Childs is very good. It’s a gorgeous building.
But the new One World Trade Center is not even as tall as Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower). Soon the Chicago Spire will go up.
The roof on that structure will be 2,000 feet, and will dwarf One World Trade Center.
So my question is this: Why not make the roof on One World Trade Center 1776 feet?
That would be pretty cool.
The current structure’s antenna goes up to 1776 feet, but that doesn’t count.
In fact, that reinforces the point that America can’t build a real building that’s 1776 feet tall. We need to put up a little stick that goes that high.
Heck, I could put up a stick that goes up 2,000 feet. But that’s not really a building, is it?
Frankly, why didn’t we just make it the tallest building in the world?
And I’m talking about roof structure here — not a stick on top of the building.
Literally make this thing a monstrosity that can be seen from outer space.
Right now, the Great Wall of China is the only human structure that can be seen from outer space.
Why not have One World Trade Center also carry this distinction?
I was looking for something really big — really spectacular — something that would send a message to the world that “America is Back.”
Instead, we got this.
So now we have One World Trade Center that is about the same height as the old World Trade Center. But it’s one tower, not two.
To me, this appears to be a victory for Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.
The World Trade Center is now half the size it was.
So bin Laden (dead though he may be) has managed to cut the World Trade Center down to its current size . . . and, by extension, also cut America down to size. So bin Laden is the big winner here. He achieved what he wanted to achieve — diminish America: Show the world that America is no longer the power it used to be.
This is a sad commentary on America’s current political leadership — whether Barack Obama or Michael Bloomberg.
These leaders seem to want a smaller America.
They want an America with a smaller footprint in the world.
Well, we certainly have that now with One World Trade Center.
This is a far cry from John F. Kennedy’s promise that America would land on the moon within 10 years.
Now, we no longer even have a space program . . . of any kind.
America used to be able to do big things, big projects.
That no longer appears to be the case.
It’s more than disappointing that we had to wait more than a decade for this.
The Empire State building stands 1,250 feet to the highest roof, 1,445 to the tip.
It was the tallest building in the world from 1931 to 1972.
The Empire State Building took 15 months to build from start to finish.
One World Trade Center took more than a decade to build.
It’s sad how far America has fallen. We really can’t do anything big anymore.
We’ve become a lot like, well, France.
File this piece under “America’s Decline.”
FAREED ZAKARIA-TIME: I am an American, not by accident of birth but by choice. I voted with my feet and became an American because I love this country and think it is exceptional.
But when I look at the world today and the strong winds of technological change and global competition, it makes me nervous. Perhaps most unsettling is the fact that while these forces gather strength, Americans seem unable to grasp the magnitude of the challenges that face us. Despite the hyped talk of China’s rise, most Americans operate on the assumption that the U.S. is still No. 1.
But is it?
Yes, the U.S. remains the world’s largest economy, and we have the largest military by far, the most dynamic technology companies and a highly entrepreneurial climate.
But these are snapshots of where we are right now. The decisions that created today’s growth — decisions about education, infrastructure and the like — were made decades ago.
What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and ’60s: the interstate-highway system, massive funding for science and technology, a public-education system that was the envy of the world and generous immigration policies. Look at some underlying measures today, and you will wonder about the future.
YNET NEWS: “Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder,” wrote British historian Arnold Toynbee in the middle of the 20th Century. At this time it appears that Western civilization no longer has the strength, desire and willingness to stand up to its external enemies and especially to face liberal leftist elements within it that do everything in their power to render it powerless.
And so, it took NATO a week to issue the “brave” statement that it will not interfere in the Libyan carnage, it took nine days for the president of the American superpower to condemn the massacre in the country, and the UN secretary general needed 10 days to call for a Security Council session in order to mull “far-reaching” steps such as sanctions against the Libyan regime. This is more or less the amazing effort that the West, with its great military might, was able to produce in the face of a nutty leader and a military that is no match for even a tiny part of NATO’s force in Europe.