Skip to comments.Obama’s Foreign Policy: Theatre of the Absurd
Posted on 09/17/2013 8:00:36 AM PDT by SJackson
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Obamas Foreign Policy: Theatre of the Absurd
Posted By Ari Lieberman On September 17, 2013 @ 12:48 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments
President Bashar Assad of Syria has responded to President Obamas demand for WMD disarmament with some demands of his own. First, he demands that the US drop its threats of use of force. Second, he demands that the US cease arms deliveries to terrorists, a euphemism for anyone wishing to overthrow Syrias murderous warlord. Assad noted that once those demands are satisfied, he would be willing to provide information on his chemical weapons arsenal but only one month after becoming a signatory to an anti-chemical weapons convention.
Any analyst with the most basic rudimentary knowledge of Syria and Bashar Assad could have anticipated that Assad would not comply with any request for disarmament. Entertaining that notion demonstrates with utmost clarity how far removed from reality this administration has become. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the administrations failed policies have drawn support from none other than former president Jimmy Carter, the man who introduced us to hyperinflation, who allowed 52 Americans to languish in a foreign prison for 444 days and whose answer to the energy crisis was to wear a sweater.
The Presidents Middle Eastern follies commenced with his 2009 apology tour when he visited those democracy stalwarts of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iraq while ignoring Americas one and only true ally in the region, Israel. Then he coddled up to the Mid-Easts petty autocrats (who can forget the image of our president kneeling before King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia?) and assorted Islamists in a misguided effort to forge relationships with nations lacking in basic morality and who have as much in common with us as Adolph Hitler had with Winston Churchill.
The Presidents mishandling of the so-called Arab Spring has had devastating regional consequences and has sewn mistrust among allies. Israel watches as America and the EU vacillate between threats of measured strikes and diplomatic malaise. Israelis see an administration paralyzed with fear and indecision, a characteristic that has been the hallmark of this administration since taking office five years ago.
There is now no doubt among Israels decision makers that it is alone when it comes to the Islamic Republic of Iran, much the same way as it was alone when Egypt blockaded the Straits of Tiran in 1967. No one can doubt that Israels formidable military is up to the task. The Israelis bought the world a few years of peace when they destroyed Iraqi and Syrian atom bomb facilities, and Israels resolve was further underscored by a series of devastating military strikes against Syria this year.
After years of pursuing a failed foreign policy, one characterized by appeasement to autocrats, the administration has belatedly come to realize that other than Israel, it has no reliable ally in the region. Egypt has been wracked by a surge of violence, Iraq and Afghanistan are unraveling, Jordans little king is impotent and is due to be next in line in the Arab Springs domino effect and Turkeys Islamist leaders are mired in conspiracy theories involving Jews and the interest rate lobby. Despite this, the Palestinian-obsessed administration still appears to be hell-bent on pressuring Israel to negotiate with Palestinian Holocaust deniers and those who propagate ancient Passover blood libels.
The Presidents amateurish foreign policies have become a source of derision and amusement in domestic as well as foreign circles. The Russians have out-maneuvered us. The Chinese are ignoring us. Our enemies are mocking us and our traditional allies have grown to become suspicious of us.
The Presidents continued waffling on critical issues involving national security as well as his penchant for alienating bedrock allies will have devastating international repercussions and will only serve to embolden our enemies.
Accurate for between half and all of the rebels (depending on who you listen to).
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For those not familiar with the reference to the Straits of Tiran in 1967, when Eisenhower (in what Nixon contended was the greatest mistake of the Eisenhower years) prevailed on Israel to return the Sinai to Egypt in 1956 he assured Israel that the US guaranteed they would remain open. Not by treaty, but an assurance US force would be used if necessary. When Egypt closed the Straits in early 67, LBJ attempted to form an international coalition to reopen them, but when unsuccessful, refused to use US force unilaterally. In fairness, we were heavily engaged in Vietnam at the time. No one believes Obama's red line vis a vis Iran.
0bama felt compelled to write himself a waiver from the law disallowing the arming of terrorists in order to arm the Syrian “rebels”.
So 0bama agrees with Assad that the U.S. is arming terrorists.
“Theatre of the Absurd” is a pretty good description of the entire Obama presidency.
True. But Edward Albee was a better writer than the Obama crowd. He earned his street cred in Theatre of the Absurd in a piece ironically entitled “American Dream”.
Obumbler would have us believe that you can give arms to the non-terrorists and they will never find their way into the hands of the terrorists.
“He doesn’t have a head”
“What does he need a head for, when he has genius?”
“What’s your name?”
-From Ionesco’s The Leader.
Its Obama’s Confuse a Cat Doctrine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00tSuXPC0Zs