My Opinion

The greatest foreign policy failure of the Obama administration.

I didn’t write a word of the following, but I surely agree with every word of it. This President is among the most inept “leaders” this Country has ever seen. He is the perfect politician, whining about the past and his opposition while applying short-term focused solutions to populist issues and ignoring the most difficult and serious. 

In the following example, the seriousness of inaction and excuses is incalculable. 

President Barack Obama described the shooting as “an act of terror and an act of hate.” He made clear his disapproval of gun laws. He called for solidarity. He said nothing about ISIS, or the way the Islamic State’s hold on territory in Syria and Iraq reinforces the charismatic potency of its ideological appeal, disseminated from that base through the internet.

He also said this: “To actively do nothing is a decision as well.”

Yes, to have actively done nothing in Syria over more than five years of war — so allowing part of the country to become an ISIS stronghold, contributing to a massive refugee crisis in Europe, acquiescing to slaughter and displacement on a devastating scale, undermining America’s word in the world, and granting open season for President Vladimir Putin to strut his stuff — amounts to the greatest foreign policy failure of the Obama administration.

It has made the world far more dangerous. I hope for the best but fear the victory of the politics of anger in America and Europe.


Roger Cohen, The New York Times Opinion section, June 13,2016

All this is quite ironic in view of the Facebook post I saw today.

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  1. Sorry, more than half of all Americans voted for this guy. Twice! He was the first president in 16 years, four elections, to actually receive a solid majority of votes of all Americans – Clinton never did, and W didn’t in 2000, and got just barely 50% in 2004.

    President Obama promised that he would end wars and would keep us out of other conflicts. He has been good to his word. That is what those who voted for him wanted.

    He never told you that it would involve surrender, but, you didn’t care. He never told you that he would repeat what members of the Clinton Administration admitted as their worst foreign policy mistake – allowing genocide (Clinton in Rwanda, Obama in Syria/Iraq/elsewhere). For Clinton, he admitted that of the 800,000+ killed, perhaps 300,000 could have been saved had he not sat on his hands. It will be decades into the future before we have a final body count of Syrians and Iraqis and others from Obama’s inaction – but it will certainly total over 1 million.

    That is, President Obama didn’t care about the consequences. He correctly read the mood of the American public. He had his priorities (getting elected and getting reelected), and well, he’ll let the next guy/gal commit even more American soldiers in the future (and then, likely criticize them too!)

    President Obama has two daughters, Malia just turned 18 and she is now ready for the infantry and, according to President Obama’s administration, front line combat. Let’s see how she decides to serve. I will pray for her too.

    I was a crappy soldier during the Vietnam war, and I protested the war, both before and after my army service, but, when it was my turn, well, … that was a different time.

    Look in the mirror America. You did it to yourself. You voted for Obama over McCain, and you voted for Obama over Romney.

    One of the most telling editorials I remember was in the New York Times during the 2008 presidential election. See:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/23/opinion/23kristol.html where Bill Kristol criticized MoveOn.org’s ad on ending the war in Iraq. It showed a woman with a baby named Alex. She says: “Hi, John McCain. This is Alex. And he’s my first. So far his talents include trying any new food and chasing after our dog. That, and making my heart pound every time I look at him. And so, John McCain, when you say you would stay in Iraq for 100 years, were you counting on Alex? Because if you were, you can’t have him.”

    Kristol notes that “McCain is open to an extended military presence in Iraq, similar to ones we’ve had in Germany, Japan or Kuwait.” He then quotes the mother of a soldier at BlueStar Mom.com: “Does that mean that she wants other people’s sons to keep the wolves at bay so that her son can live a life of complete narcissism? What is it she thinks happens in the world? … Someone has to stand between our society and danger. If not my son, then who? If not little Alex then someone else will have to stand and deliver. Someone’s son, somewhere.”

    Kristol concludes: “… The MoveOn ad is unapologetic in its selfishness, and barely disguised in its disdain for those who have chosen to serve — and its contempt for those parents who might be proud of sons and daughters who are serving. The ad boldly embraces a vision of a selfish and infantilized America, suggesting that military service and sacrifice are unnecessary and deplorable relics of the past. And the sole responsibility of others.”

    I don’t like Kristol. He’s just too smug for me. But, we would all do better by remembering the words of President George H. W. Bush, a WWII hero, about his decision to move troops into the Gulf on 8/8/90:

    “… In the life of a nation, we’re called upon to define who we are and what we believe. Sometimes these choices are not easy. But today as President, I ask for your support in a decision I’ve made to stand up for what’s right and condemn what’s wrong, all in the cause of peace. …

    There is no justification whatsoever for this outrageous and brutal act of aggression (By Saddam Hussein)…

    Four simple principles guide our policy. First, we seek the immediate, unconditional, and complete withdrawal of all Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Second, Kuwait’s legitimate government must be restored to replace the puppet regime. And third, my administration, as has been the case with every President from President Roosevelt to President Reagan, is committed to the security and stability of the Persian Gulf. And fourth, I am determined to protect the lives of American citizens abroad.

    … We succeeded in the struggle for freedom in Europe because we and our allies remain stalwart. Keeping the peace in the Middle East will require no less. We’re beginning a new era. This new era can be full of promise, an age of freedom, a time of peace for all peoples. But if history teaches us anything, it is that we must resist aggression or it will destroy our freedoms. Appeasement does not work. …

    I want to be clear about what we are doing and why. America does not seek conflict, nor do we seek to chart the destiny of other nations. But America will stand by her friends.

    … Standing up for our principles will not come easy. It may take time and possibly cost a great deal. …

    Standing up for our principle is an American tradition. As it has so many times before, it may take time and tremendous effort, but most of all, it will take unity of purpose. As I’ve witnessed throughout my life in both war and peace, America has never wavered when her purpose is driven by principle. And in this August day, at home and abroad, I know she will do no less. …”

    Again, a majority of you voted for President Obama … TWICE … including, probably Roger Cohen and almost all of his coworkers at the New York Times.

    Look in the mirror. You wanted it, and you earned it.
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  2. Climate control and using bathrooms and showers based upon your gender identity not your birth identity is more important to this liberal democratic President and Party than fighting threats to our security here and around the world.

    Make a positive difference in someone’s life today. Bill Mitchell

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