“Two years ago in Cairo, I began to broaden our engagement based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. I believed then -– and I believe now -– that we have a stake not just in the stability of nations, but in the self-determination of individuals. The status quo is not sustainable. Societies held together by fear and repression may offer the illusion of stability for a time, but they are built upon fault lines that will eventually tear asunder.”
These were the words of President Obama four years ago. This was the concept of his Middle Eastern and North Africa foreign policy. How has that worked out under this Presidents leadership?
Iraq, which the US, had stabilized to some extent, is now in utter chaos, The fight in Iraq is now between ISIS and Iran. I say Iran because effectively that’s who is controlling Iraq more and more these days. Our involvement has effectively handed Iran the victory over Iraq they fought long and hard for yet could not achieve on their own.
Since most of the US troops have left Iraq the assault by ISIS has been swift and damning. The few US troops left behind, have been given no authority or ability to fight the onslaught and must watch the weak-willed, Iraqi military fail in every attempt to contain and destroy ISIS.
Iran has been able to negotiate their way to not only potential Nuclear weapons but over 100 billion dollars to fund their continued terrorist activities. Our crack negotiating team with the illustrious Secretary of State, John Kerry couldn’t find a demand he didn’t want to cave in to.
This administration presided over the killing of Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi (Qaddafi, Kaddafi, Gaddafi), only to have no plan to contain the disarray that followed. Now ISIS has also taken root in this country. Pro-democracy forces were not properly supported and now Libya is a complete mess.
Syria, sports some shiny new planes as Russia fills the vacuum the US and other forces have created in this once brutal but relatively stable country. Once again the desire to remove a dictator without any real plan has left the US looking extremely weak and powerless. Russia and their leader Vladimir Putin are the strong horse here. Syria’s leader Bashar Assad will, not doubt, be able, with Russian support, beat back the Syrian rebels all the while claiming to lead the fight against ISIS. The lack of a coherent plan and Europe’s suicidal mentality have now created an illegal immigration disaster that Europe hasn’t seen since the second world war. While, President Obama can’t be blamed for European insanity, his policy’s have pushed the crises along.
In Afghanistan, we continue to act as if we have completed the mission, only to find the Taliban resurgent and Al Qaeda and ISIS using it as a playground. The country isn’t safe or truly democratic.
This is just the tip of the foreign policy debacle this administration has led. It’s not that previous administrations haven’t screwed up, it’s that they never had the complete collapse we see today of a blind foreign policy. It’s either complete incompetence or a terrible alternative.