For the past several days, I have thought a lot about the foreign policy tact being taken by the Obama administration. Those of you who have read my ramblings for any length of time will know how much I distrust militant Islam. I believe they can not be trusted to do the right thing. In fact, the only thing they can be trusted on is their determination to use violence to spread their ideology and twisted version of religion. I would challenge anyone to dispute that with real facts. It can not be done.
Since the killing of Osam bin Laden, President Barack Obama has touted his successes in foreign policy. To be sure, that was an accomplishment. It’s terrible to say the killing of another human being is an achievement, but the man needed to be brought to justice. Anyone who thought bin Laden could have been captured alive is more than a little naive. Obama has told us how he has made us safer. He has ended the war in Iraq and is winding down the war in Afghanistan. To hear him tell it, al-Qaeda is rocking on its heels, about to go down for the count. We have prevailed, etc., etc., etc. Actually, I’m not so sure that is the case. There is every indication that the Islamic militants are simply biding their time. Waiting for us to leave, before they begin anew their push for Islamic supremacy, using violence as their tool of choice.
I’m not the only one who is questioning Obama’s achievements. Of all people, a member of the media is talking about how those achievements are not so much. Of course, Lara Logan may have a different perspective than the rest of us. She has covered the Middle East for CBS for some time and to say she has been in the thick of the fight is putting it mildly. She suffered a violent sexual assault as the result of her being in the wrong place at the wrong time and who knows what other excuses were used to justify her rape. She is pulling no punches.
(Hot Air) Eleven years later, “they” still hate us, now more than ever, Logan told the crowd. The Taliban and al-Qaida have not been vanquished, she added. They’re coming back.
“I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand, that there is a major lie being propagated . . .” Logan declared in her native South African accent.
The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban. …
“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”
Logan stepped way out of the “objective,” journalistic role. The audience was riveted as she told of plowing through reams of documents, and interviewing John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports.
She made a passionate case that our government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. We have been lulled into believing that the perils are in the past: “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”
Looking at the history of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, I would say this. We would be wise to heed the words of Lara Logan. Both of these groups have proven they can not be trusted to pursue peace in a real and meaningful way. They may play along for a while, if they believe they can gain an advantage, but when the truth boils out, they will still insist on their extreme ideology ruling and will not hesitate to use violence to make sure that happens.
Lara Logan isn’t the only person asking questions about the approach to foreign policy President Obama has taken. Representative Allen West takes a very direct tone when talking about what Obama has done wrong. We all know West says what he thinks and lets the chips fall where they may. This written opinion piece is no different.
(Human Events) President Barack Obama has built a foreign policy on trying to appease and make friends with America’s enemies, rather than facing them head on with strength and clear consequences for their actions. The president’s approach, marked by his belief that he could transition from a community organizer to a global organizer, has been an utter failure. The president has diminished our nation’s international influence and stature, and most egregiously, has put the lives of all Americans in peril.
In the days since the attacks on our embassies and consulates on the 11th of September, we have seen a president and his administration demur, deflect, and mislead the American people. Vice President Joe Biden says on the campaign trail that “GM is alive, and Osama is dead.” Tragically, so is our Ambassador to Libya.
President Obama’s community organizer roots have given him a naïve assumption. He believes he can get everyone in one room and with time, they will all eventually get along. Anyone who studies history and understands the global threat America faces today, understands that in order for “peace, love and happiness,” not only do all parties involved need to be willing to try, but they actually have to have the same goal.
Allen West calls Obama’s foreign policy dangerous. I have to agree. I have watched this policy unfold over a period of almost four years and the danger that lurks as a result is troubling. Instead of standing up for what we believe, we have equivocated and backpedaled away from what is right. There is nothing I dislike more than a bully and that is what Islamic extremism is. No matter if it is the Taliban or al-Qaeda, it is a bully. The only thing a bully understands is strength. The only way to stop a bully is to show them what will happen if they continue with their violent attempts to push their ideology onto the rest of us. The only thing Obama seems willing to do is to stick our heads in the sand and pretend nothing is wrong. The only thing that is likely to accomplish is to get our heads, and other prominent parts of our bodies, blown off by the bully.
It’s time we pulled our heads out of the sand and let the bully know enough is enough. Giving Barack Obama another four years to work his magic isn’t the way to do that. Looking the other way hasn’t worked and that isn’t going to change. It’s time to let someone who knows enough to listen to the people who do know about these things have a chance to pull us out of the fire.