It’s been a bad week for the United States in the Middle East. Unfortunately for us, with Barack Hussein Obama as the President, it’s not going to get better.
Remember after the 2008 election when President-elect Obama told us that his presence alone was going to make things better with Muslim countries in the Middle East? After that, in his New Beginnings speech in Cairo, Barack Hussein Obama invoked his full name, references to the Holy Qu’ran and appeals to Muslim sympathies by quoting Muslim prayers to lay claim to the notion that he personally could change the relationship between Islam and America? President Obama strode the world stage promising great changes in the relations between America and the Muslim world. Promises that proved empty, and that are now shattered.
Remember when, in 2007, we did not have diplomatic relations with Syria because of a myriad of affronts to the US, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq and countless other countries? But Nancy Pelosi cozied up to Bashar al-Assad and insisted, “the road to Damascus is a road to peace?” Remember when the Obama administration restored full diplomatic relations with Syria in February 2010 and then in March 2011, after Assad had started killing his Arab Spring protestors, the Obama administration said Assad was a “reformer” and said the U.S. believed he would respond appropriately to the demands of his people?
Remember during the 2008 campaign when Barack Hussein Obama said he would pick up the phone and initiate talks with Iran without pre-conditions? Remember when Ahmadinejad stole the Iranian presidential election in June 2009 and the Obama Administration voiced no objections and then stood by silently while Iran snuffed out the Green Revolution and slaughtered the dissidents as they demonstrated?
Remember how an orderly withdrawal from Iraq that was to leave behind a legacy of a stable and democratic government became a footrace for the exits and an abandonment of the Iraqi people to live in the shadow of Iran?
Remember how the surge in Afghanistan was announced like a Broadway Show that would have only a limited run? Remember how the Obama administration imposed restrictive Rules of Engagement on our forces in Afghanistan starting with the surge and steadily tightening to the point that nighttime raids by US forces now require prior approval by Afghani officials? The American presence in Afghanistan is a perfect example of where United States policy stands across the Middle East – timid, unimaginative, disinterested and disengaged.
I could go on, but I think you get the point. President Obama started out with some big promises and a rather inflated view of himself as the Mahdi for American — Muslim relations. He tried his way for a little while, but after being rebuffed he showed no flexibility or staying power. There has been only one “win” for US foreign policy in the Middle East under the Obama administration – the killing of Bin Laden. And now, that win is the cause of virulent and extremely violent protests across the Arab world, with the protestors chanting again and again “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama now!”
So where are we now? At the beginning of the week, Obama had to reply to insistent requests by Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu that the Obama Administration draw a red line over which Iran cannot cross without triggering military action by the United States to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Obama certainly did not want to do that. Spoken or unspoken, he has no red line that the Iranians cannot cross. Then Prime Minister Netanyahu started asking for a meeting while he was in the United States for the beginning of the United Nations’ general session, and Obama said, “No thanks, I’m too busy trying to raise money and get myself re-elected.”
Then, on 9/11 the Arab world erupted with assaults on the American embassy in Egypt and the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Al Qaeda used the protests as a cover for a massive assault on our Libyan consulate that was for all purposes, wholly undefended, on 9/11 no less. On 9/12, and for the rest of the week, protests spread to 124 countries across the region, including of course, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our preparation and response to the angry mobs was (take your pick) naïve, incompetent, timid or all of the above. Come on, why did it take the President of the most powerful country in the world nearly 36 hours to pick up the phone and call Egypt’s Morsi, who is begging for $1 billion of debt forgiveness and hoping for the continuation of about $1.5 billion of other annual assistance, and tell him to do his job and protect our embassy?
So Bibi, think about what Barack Hussein Obama is doing. The leader of the most powerful country in the world has already prostrated himself before all of your worst enemies and experienced nothing but disrespect in return; has embarrassed his country by being unprepared for assaults on Americans and American facilities by Al Qaeda led Jihadis on 9/11; is cowering before the Arab street, and in the face of lawless rioters in those Arab countries, is barely able to speak in defense of the First Amendment, a fundamental principle of his own country. Let me ask you, Bibi, whatever Barack Hussein Obama says to you, do you believe that he is going to tell Iran that “This here red line is a line you cannot cross without feeling the might and power of America and that part of the Free World that still remembers the Holocaust and still says Never Again?”
It’s been four years and all of his behavior points to one conclusion – YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN! Clearly, he will not draw a line in the sand on depriving Iran of nuclear capability (and he is scared to tell you that). But think about it; if he won’t draw the line there; what’s the point of drawing the line on possession of a nuclear weapon? Won’t he just tell you, “sorry about that, but what good will military action do now? They have plenty of material and they will just make another one.” One can only wonder if he would even draw the line at the use of a nuclear weapon. Talk is cheap; and vague blandishments are even cheaper.
So Bibi, the ball is in your court. Nothing will be done by Obama. Unless Romney wins, you will either have to live with a nuclear (and hopefully contained) Iran, or you will have to do it yourself.
— Mark Conley
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