Tag: foreign relations

Need A Strategy, Mr President?

Obama_pic_135hOur President and leader, Barack Hussein Obama, has been having problems dealing with the real world. I admit it must not be easy, especially for a man whose only accomplishment has been on basketball courts playing trash-mouth, in-your-face games. That’s his adopted style for pretty much any conflict with anyone.

Just talk trash, Mr President. The American people will take care of upstarts like Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, and world-wide Muslim terrorist organizations. Once you have contributed your bad-mouthing we will do the hard work of designing a strategy for Iraq and the Middle-East.

We have to understand what our interests are in the area. Some of these are international oil markets, terrorism suppression, business and trade aspirations, human rights, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, helping our allies (Israel), and protection of US citizens as tourists or expatriates. Once we have agreed what these interests are, it is a process of prioritizing, or rank-ordering the importance of each. I think everybody will agree that human rights is up there almost at the top of the list, otherwise, why did we interfere in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Somalia (Black Hawk Down)?

If suppressing world-wide terrorism is on the list, I think that most people would agree that it is best done in the deserts of the Middle-East rather than on the streets of Boston or New York. This is a no-brainer if there ever was one. If we choose to make terrorism suppression a primary element of our Iraq and Middle-East strategy, the proper action is to move aggressively, and not wait for the fight to come to us. Defensive strategies are rarely successful.

If fighting terrorists in the sands of Iraq is a whack-a-mole exercise, then we need to militarily adopt a whack-a-mole strategy. One element of this is to interfere with Iran’s ability to contribute weapons and funds to the terrorists. The same thing applies to other Arab or Muslim countries. They are funding the terrorists, and we should call their hand.

Oh, wait! Have we not we been through all this, before? Were we not at the point where terrorism had been effectively suppressed in Iraq? Did we not have a policy with Iran and other belligerent countries to sanction them for funding terrorists causes, or developing nuclear weapons?

Oh, shades of George Bush. It turns out that the Bush Administration was right. Yeah, I know that a lot of people didn’t agree with the Iraq war. Sorry about that. We won, and now our current President has given the whole country to the terrorists. So, if you want to curse G W Bush, do so after recognizing that Barack Obama is a comparative mental cripple.

If you are not with us you are against us.

Take the fight to the enemy, and fight on their soil. Be aggressive and not defensive.

Mr President, this sounds like a proper strategy to me. We need to understand that the end game may not being a clear win. At the same time we must be dedicated to the necessary survival of our nation, free markets, and individual freedom. We can even call this the Obama strategy.

I don’t think George Bush would mind.

 

 

Neville Chamberlain Called Barack Obama…

Neville Chamberlain  (18 March 1869 – 9 November 1940)  called Barack Obama wanting his foreign policy back. Appease, appease, appease seems to be the track for Barack Obama. Or, maybe ignore, ignore, ignore is more descriptive of the Obama Doctrine.

Whatever Barack Obama is doing is not working. In Obama’s address to the graduating class at West Point Military Academy, things got really trivial. Obama used the first person, singular, I, thirty-seven times to my count. This was not a speech about the future of the graduating West Point cadets. It was a speech to outline Barack Obama’s excuses and vision for foreign policy.

He launched into his mythical achievements instead of concentrating on the cadets and the future they face. He said, “Al Qaeda’s leadership on the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been decimated, and Osama bin Laden is no more. ”

Of course, we have known since September 11, 2001 that even though Al Qaeda had a leader, they were organized such that when that leader was eliminated, Al Qaeda would spread like cock roaches, starting new organizations in the image of Al Qaeda everywhere. And, they have gained ascendency in Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, etc. They are all over, and are known by many different names.

Obama also says, “when a typhoon hits the Philippines, or schoolgirls are kidnapped in Nigeria, or masked men occupy a building in Ukraine, it is America that the world looks to for help.”

America has yet to help the Ukraine keep Russia out. The Nigerian kidnapped girls are still out there, somewhere. Yeah. we send humanitarian help to those struck by typhoons, and other natural disasters, but Obama seems to be afraid of Vladimir Putin.

Obama has yet to help anybody in Syria, and the Benghazi Cover Up is standard policy for the Obama White House.

Essentially, Obama says he will not get involved in foreign entanglements if the United States is not directly threatened. Of course, in most historical cases, our nation was not directly threatened. Think about Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq War I, and Iraq War II, and Afghanistan. The only direct threat was terrorism, and it is arguable that terrorist in the Middle East cannot directly hit the United States.

If you have any more delusions like this, you should not be President. In each of those cases there were threats to the United States, or one of our allies.

Whenever one of our allies or friends is challenged around the world, what do we do? That’s the basic issue Obama must answer. It is trivially simple when somebody is throwing bullets or missiles at us.

Like Neville Chamberlain, Obama will let the bad guys take over a significant portion of the world before he perceives a threat.