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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.
Even though nominally under British rule, the British government, for the most part, left us alone.
We set up our own local governing councils. The people of the colonies (later states) drafted their own Constitutions, which then became the model for the eventual federal Constitution.
At the time of the American Revolution, the people of the 13 colonies were the wealthiest people in the British Empire. Because of a respect for property rights and the Protestant work ethic that reigned in America, America had thriving businesses. We dominated ship-building, the rum trade, the tobacco trade, and were challenging the British government’s East India Tea Company (a government monopoly) for the world’s tea business.
Hence the British government’s crackdown on the American tea industry with a special tax on tea that led to the Boston Tea Party rebellion that then triggered the American Revolution.
So the American people (then British subjects) had a history of living as free people. We had been governing ourselves since 1620, the year the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and adopted the Mayflower Compact.
The American people were also well-read in the literature of liberty. Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations (the classic book on why capitalism works so well to create prosperity) was the most widely read book other than the Bible in the 13 colonies at the time of the American Revolution. The Americans were also heavily influenced by the writings of John Locke and William Blackstone.
America’s Declaration of Independence is really a summary of Locke’s theory of the Social Compact.
According to Locke, every person has a natural right, or God-given right, to life, liberty, and property. It is government’s job to secure these rights. Thomas Jefferson changed “property” to the “pursuit of happiness” in our Declaration of Independence because he was looking for a broader term that would include property.
Under Locke’s theory of the Social Compact, members of society agree to live under a shared system of laws. Government is instituted to make laws that protect these three natural rights — the right to life, liberty, and property. If a government does not properly protect these rights, we have a right and duty to overthrow that government.
Locke’s theory became the American idea. Locke’s theory was popularized by Thomas Paine in his pamphlet Common Sense.
The Mayflower Compact, adopted 156 year prior to the American Revolution, was the classic Lockean idea (though the Mayflower Compact predates Locke).
The point is, the American people had a 156-year tradition of living as free and independent people, governing themselves.
Heavily influenced also by the writings of William Blackstone, they had a deep respect for the “rule of law.”
So America had a tradition of being governed by the “rule of law,” not men, not kings. In America, the law applies equally to all, including to government officials.
This is why the American Revolution succeeded. Really, the American Revolution was not a revolution at all in the minds of Americans at that time.
The Declaration of Independence, in fact, makes the case that the Americans were acting in self-defense. They were defending their own governing councils and their own Constitutions that had been in place for a century or more.
Americans wanted to be free to continue to live as they had been living.
The American Revolution was not about creating a new kind of government. It was about defending a tradition of local government that had been in place in America for 156 years, since the signing of the Mayflower Compact in 1620 — a tradition that included regular elections, the secret ballot, rule of law, and an understanding that the purpose of government is to secure our God-given rights to “life, liberty, and property.”
There is no such tradition in Egypt.
In a place like Egypt, democracy is used as a weapon for one faction or the other to seize power. The losing side is then slaughtered. In a place like Egypt (and other Islamic countries where there is no respect for life, liberty, property, or law) we usually get one election, then tyranny.
The rebels in Egypt say they plan to try President Mohammed Morsi (the guy Obama backed) for the crime of “insulting the Presidency.” Of course, Morsi was no peach either. He jailed newspaper columnists for writing editorials he disagreed with.
To call Egypt a democracy simply because they gave the people a piece of paper to mark their choice for President is a joke. Whichever side wins an election in a place like Egypt just uses their power to kill off and jail the losing side.
The vote, of course, is only part of why the American system works. It’s really the last piece of the puzzle.
First, there must be a general respect for the rule of law and the God-given rights of individual citizens. The losing side in elections needs to feel secure that they won’t lose their life, liberty, or property if they lose an election.
This is why it was such folly to get rid of Hosni Mubarek, the Shaw of Iran, or even Saddam Hussein.
As brutal as Saddam Hussein was, he was actually a bulwark against terrorism. He hated al Qaeda as much as we do. He was also a counter to the much more dangerous Iran, which is why Ronald Reagan backed Iraq in its war with Iran in the 1980s.
The Shah, too, was very tough. But he brought Iran out of the Middle Ages and into the modern world. Iran had a modern capitalist economy thanks to the Shah. A well-educated strongman like the Shah is about the best we can hope for in countries like Iran, Iraq, and Syria — which have no tradition of liberty or democracy.
This is why it’s also a fool’s errand to intervene in Syria on behalf of the rebels against Bashar al-Assad. Yes, the Assad regime is dreadful by Western standards. But we’ll get something far worse if the rebels prevail. We’ll get Iran, Part Deux.
Is this what Obama wanted for our U.S. ally? Mubarek defends himself in a cage at his death penalty trial
So this is what happens to you if you are a loyal ally of the United States when Barack Obama is President. The U.S. turns on you. You then end up in a kangaroo court show trial. You are then hanged by the neck until dead.
The 83-year-old Hosni Mubarak is now lying in a bed in a cage as his trial is being broadcast on national Egyptian TV. Either way, Mubarek looks like he’s on death’s doorstep.
Mubarek was far from being an ideal leader. But except for Israel, Mubarek was America’s best ally in the Middle East. Now he’s on trial for murdering the 800 anti-Mubarek protesters.
But that’s a big part of what governments do, including our own — kill people. Our government has certainly killed a lot of people (including innocent civilians) during the past decade in Iraq and Afghanistan. So should our Presidents be put on trial?
Mubarek’s trial in a cage and coming execution will certainly make it very tough to convince dictators and strongmen to exit power in the future — if this is what happens to them. Not that Mubarek was even a dictator by Middle East standards.
No wonder Muammar Gaddafi is fighting to the death to avoid this fate.
Obama’s foreign policy is so misguided, so incompetent that it borders on criminal. Who in their right mind would would to be an ally of the United States after this?
GREAT NEWS! Egypt’s ‘secular’ leader is also a 9-11 Truther and Holocaust Denier . . . But he’s not as powerful as the even more radical Muslim Brotherhood
WASHINGTON TIMES: A leader of Egypt’s top secular party says the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were “made in the USA,” the Holocaust is “a lie” and Anne Frank’s memoir is “a fake” — comments sure to roil the post-revolution political debate in the Arab world’s most populous country.
Ahmed Ezz El-Arab, a vice chairman of Egypt’s Wafd Party, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with The Washington Times last week while in the Hungarian capital attending the Conference on Democracy and Human Rights.
He denied that the Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War II.
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS-VANITY FAIR: When anatomizing revolutions, it always pays to consult the whiskered old veterans. Those trying to master a new language, wrote Karl Marx about the turmoil in France in the 19th century, invariably begin haltingly, by translating it back into the familiar tongue they already know. And with his colleague Friedrich Engels he defined a revolution as the midwife by whom the new society is born from the body of the old.
Surveying the seismic-looking events in Tunis and Cairo in January and February of this year, various observers immediately began by comparing them to discrepant precedents. Was this the fall of the Arab world’s Berlin Wall? Or was it, perhaps, more like the “people power” movements in Asia in the mid-1980s? The example of Latin America, with its overdue but rapid escape from military rule in the past decades, was also mentioned. Those with longer memories had fond recollections of the bloodless “red carnation” revolution in Portugal, in 1974: a beautiful fiesta of democracy which also helped to inaugurate Spain’s emancipation from four decades in the shadow of General Franco.
Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson has about the same assessment of Egypt as Hitchens
HOWARD KURTZ-DAILY BEAST: The hard-charging CBS News correspondent was attacked in Tahrir Square, sexually assaulted, and hospitalized.
Lara Logan had already been arrested in Egypt when she decided to go back for what turned out to be the closest call of a danger-filled career.
CBS News disclosed that Logan was surrounded in Tahrir Square and “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.” She was hospitalized upon her return to the United States.
CBS NEWS: On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Egypt’s Army officially took over the country Sunday, dissolving Parliament and suspending the constitution to make way for a new democratic government.
Filling the vacuum left after extraordinary street protests toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces said it would run Egypt for six months, or until elections are held – whichever comes first.
It also announced the formation of a committee to draw up constitutional reforms to be voted on by the people in a referendum.
Egypt’s protesters, who rocked the world last week by peacefully forcing out Mubarak after 30 years of iron rule, hailed the developments.
“They have definitely started to offer us what we wanted,” said activist Sally Touma.
Ahmed Shafiq, Egypt’s prime minister, who is nominally running the country, promised his caretaker government would return peace to the streets and start rooting out corruption.