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Obama’s Foreign Policy – Stick Our Heads In The Sand

ObamaFor 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.

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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“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.

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The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban. …

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“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!”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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  • Obama and his State Department intentionally destabilized North Africa and the Middle East. I don’t doubt for a moment that everything that has happened there in the last two years was what he and Hillary knew would happen. He and Hillary have been hinting for months that the US must come to the aide of the rebels in Syria. This is going to blow up, Larry. Russia has vital interests in keep Assad in power and Syria stable once again. Russia needs those deep water Syrian ports and they want to move their oil and other resources to those port by crossing Turkey into Syria. Obama and Hillary are either fools or they have some other evil plan in the works.

    • bill

      “Obama and his State Department intentionally destabilized North Africa and the Middle East.”

      looks like alice and i aren’t alone in the rabbit hole; thank you mr. gourdie. i’d up the ante and humbly query; who gave them their ‘marching orders’?

      one can argue that the machinations of government are best left in the hands of those with the intelligence data and foreign policy expertise during a crisis; and historically, the american people have trusted those ‘in charge’. yet it has also been the ‘charge’ of americans to be mindful of the facts at hand and form their opinions accordingly.

      i form mine on an ‘independent’ basis. today i watched the house intelligence committee’s inquiry into the benghazi
      incident in it’s entirety. (not braggin’, just had a fortuitous day off). if anyone had their ‘head in the sand’ it was patrick kennedy (state dept. under secretary for management) who, when asked point blank by congressman dennis kucinich (d); “to your knowledge, how many shoulder fired rockets, (sams or sa-7’s) are still at large following the 2011 ouster of ghadaffi?”; mr. kennedy hesitated and then replied, under oath, “i don’t know.”

      well i know ; and so did the security advisor testifiying. mr. nordstrom answered without hesitation; “10 to 20 thousand.”

      do most of us in this once great country, as mr. jackson suggests, have our heads in the sand? without a doubt. my concern is that if if we, as a nation, continue our propensity to dis-engage and allow our opinions to be formed by the 5:00 news; our heads ‘will’ be in the sand, literally…b

    • I find myself torn between two train of thoughts. I can’t decide if Obama is so clueless about what would constituted an effective foreign policy that he is throwing this out there, hoping it will stick to the wall. Or if he is intentionally sabotaging our efforts to stabilize the region. It may be a mixture of the two. At any rate, he can not be trusted to do the right thing, unless he stumbles onto it accidentally.

      • bill

        not clueless or naive mr. jackson. our president knows what is in the water he is carrying and exactly who he is carrying it for. just a wheel within a wheel. of
        course my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt ’cause i chose the red pill, same as ‘neo’…b

  • lou222

    Larry, there are some people you can not play nice with, militant Islam falls under that category. We should have learned that by now, but apparently we (this administration) are slow learners.I know when Obama got into office there were those that thought he could do anything and was going to make the world a better place to live. To my knowledge, that has not happened. I think we move on from here with our guard up and attack when needed but always watch our backs and those of our allies, this has not been done lately and needs to be picked up again. We as a nation have been taken down a few notches with Obama in office, hopefully this will change when Romney takes over.

    • I have said, more than a few times, that our foreign policy towards the Middle East should be simple. For the most part, we should remove ourselves from the region. We should support Israel and tell the rest of them to straighten up, or no more foreign aid. If they refuse to stop exporting their violence outside of their borders, then they should suffer the consequences. We may not make them like us, but they would think twice about attacking our people, if they realized a carrier battle fleet was floating off their shores, just itching to practice some military maneuvers. Strength is the only thing these people respect.

  • Steve Dennis

    Great post Larry. Barack Obama’s appeasement policy has failed. Sure it looked good after bin Laden was killed but now we are beginning to see the results of trying to coddle terrorists–it doesn’t work and it never will. If this doesn’t wake up the American people and convince them that Barack Obama needs to go nothing will. He has made the world a more dangerous place while trying to convince us he is a foreign policy mastermind.I shudder to think what the Middle East will look like if he is reelected.

    • Thanks, Steve. You’re right. Obama’s foreign policy just isn’t working. It’s really that simple. I prefer to think he is clueless. The alternative would mean he is doing this on purpose and that would be worse.

  • Dragonconservative

    As Steve said, great post. Obama’s platform with regards to foreign policy in 2008 was to work with the Muslim world. As I have stated before, How can you work with a people that has no interest in diplomacy (some exceptions, of course)? The Muslim people respect strength and power, not a willingness to work together. If the US is to bring stability to a region ravaged by violence, it must demonstrate that it is capable of using deadly force to end terrorism there. We cannot have events such as the sexual assault of Lara Logan happen. EVER.

    Notice I said “capable of,” a couple sentences back. I don’t think that we should march in there with an army. That would be overtly imperialistic and a breach of the freedoms of the innocent people of the Middle East. It’s important to remember that it’s less than half of the Arab populace that fits the stereotype of the “America-hating, AK47 brandishing, crazed terrorist.” So any action taken in the Middle East is walking a very fine line. So what do we need to do?

    1) Support Israel aggressively. A strong Israeli-American alliance would allow America to impose “peace via strength” in the region. Netanyahu has shown himself to be a willing ally, if only the United States were to extend its hand in friendship. Why not? Israel is relatively stable, and the backing of the US would definitely help peace there.

    2) Pull all funding from any established governments that cannot keep their people from making trouble and harming others. Take a look at Egypt. Look at what happened to Lara Logan there. That was a horrible occurrence, and nothing of the sort should happen. The US needs to make it clear that its journalists are innocent and neutral, aiding neither side of a conflict. Furthermore, Mohammed Morsi did nothing to stop the invasion of the US consulate there in the protests, and should be held accountable. If we pulled funding, we’d have many countries begging for

    3) Sanctions on any country that behave suspiciously; in this case, “suspicious behavior” means any actions that threaten to undermine peace and prosperity in the region. Look at Iran. Because of the sanctions on Iran, their currency is losing value as we speak. Prices in Iran are rising about 50% every month. While I do think stronger sanctions are necessary, Iran is a clear example of the potential effects of economic sanctions. Thus, any “suspicious” country in the Middle East should be subject to economic sanctions.

    I think that pretty much covers it. Sorry this is so long, Larry.

    • I would tend to agree with your positions on foreign policy towards the Middle East. I have no desire to see our troops march into any of those countries, but those who are in charge should be warned. If they refuse to keep their violence in check, ie. inside their own borders, they should realize they will be facing the very big stick of the American military.

      Cut all foreign aid and make them prove they deserve our money. No more freebies. Sooner or later, we will get their attention.

  • The constant drone killing throughout Africa is creating much antipathy towards us. Massive civilian casualties are the order of the dsy. It only stokes the anger and fuels the terrorists.

  • As with EVERYTHING Obama has ever done, his foreign policy is always with an eye toward the latest poll and its role in keeping him in power. I’ll say it again: Obama is a politician first and always, and our national leader last.

  • The world is X and Obama tells us it is Y.

    Everything that makes the world X is ignored and people die (like the 4 in Libya). Obama continues to cling to the lie that the world is Y when clearly it is not. Finally, under testimony, members of his admin admit the world is not really Y yet they continue to act as if it were.