Skip to comments.America's biggest foreign policy problem: No one trusts America anymore
Posted on 06/25/2014 6:53:53 PM PDT by Hojczyk
The more times Uncle Sam pulls out of half-finished conflicts, the less likely America is to be counted on as the globe's protector
raq is ablaze again. And as is so often true in the Middle East, it looks as if there are no good options.
Doing nothing and allowing an al Qaeda offshoot to set up a terrorist state over half of Iraq is obviously not a good idea. Then again, the U.S. invading Iraq all over again doesn't seem like such a hot idea, either.
Obviously, the Iraq misadventure was started by America's 43rd president, and opposed by its 44th. Nonetheless, it looks like the scale of this new disaster might have something to do with the Obama White House's incompetence and dithering in matters of foreign policy. The administration, for instance, was unable to decide whether it wanted a deal with the Iraqi government on the nature of continuing American presence.
Iraq is fractured by a lethal sectarianism between Shiites, Sunnis, and, to a lesser extent, Kurds. Few Iraqis blindly trust members of the groups of which they are not a part. And it's this lack of trust that is critical.
Part of the reason why the United States, in the aftermath of the famous surge, was able to bring some order to Iraq was because America was able to bring a measure of trust to a region with a long history of mistrust. Sunnis could trust that the United States would protect them against the majority and, perhaps, revenge-seeking Shiites. Hence the so-called Sunni Awakening that tamped down much of the violence.
Today, the United States cannot be trusted.
This is not a new problem. If you were to look at the history of America's conflicts since the end of World War II,
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The 4th biggest oil producing nation on Earth will be Al-Qaeda-stan?
Well done, Mr. Obama, well done.
Why is it not a good idea to let the mid east fight amongst themselves?
Why do we have to be the world’s policemen?
Pull our troops out and secure our own borders. Develop our own energy and let the third world be their own little world. Leave US out!
There, fixed it.
I don't believe anyone is ignorant enough and naive enough to think this is possible. Are you sure you are not a liberal?
More importantly, Islam holds grudges, big ones. There is no way we can tell it that we’re just bowing out of their game.
Nor should they under democrat leadership.
I’m off to Poland for two months next week. I shall report the feelings on the ground of my ancestral land.
Perhaps I am.
That is where his final position usually ends, but along the way he usually takes 4 positions on every issue.
Just take the IRS for example.
A."This is horrible and Americans cannot stand for this."
B."We need to investigate."
C."Not a shred of evidence."
D."We don't need to investigate."
The trick is in figuring how he gets from point A to point D, the worse possible response.
I think it’s a domestic problem too. I don’t believe a damn word any of them say.
You might say to yourself, “well, there will be a Republican in office two years from now to repair the damage”. Even if that happens, the problem is, that in the long view, every other country has to consider that the US idiocracy could vote for another Obama every four years. On the domestic front, what kind of corporate idiot would embark on a capital-intensive, multi-year project that might be even slightly environmentally sensitive?
So, as far as Obama is concerned, Mission Accomplished.
You forgot, “E. ‘Dude, that was n years ago’.”
Many of her own citizens don’t (those who are paying attention) - why should anyone else?