SIOUX FALLS, SD, September 21, 2012 — President Obama entered office with zero foreign policy experience. He offered lofty rhetoric, and now the results are in. Obama should be judged by his record, and only his record. His foreign policy record is available for all to see and verify.
Iran: In 2009 the people stood up against the mullahs and asked President Obama if he was with the people of Iran or the mullahs. President Obama sided with the mullahs by default. Iran could have been toppled from within, but America turned on its back on the Iranian people. The Ahmadinejad government continues to oppress its people.
Iran is still marching toward a nuclear weapon. Sanctions have failed. President Obama says that Iran will not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, but he has no plan to prevent this from happening.
Syria: Bashar al-Assad is butchering his citizens at a rapid clip. Again, sanctions have failed to stop the killing. Assad was supposedly on his last legs a few months ago. The president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton keep issuing warnings, which are completely ignored with zero consequences. The Syrian genocide takes place with America seeming impotent to stop it.
Egypt: By throwing Hosni Mubarak under the bus (which I admit favoring at the time), Obama helped the Muslim Brotherhood be elected. When Islamists attacked the US Embassy in Cairo, the Obama Administration tried to blame an anti-Muslim movie that virtually nobody had ever seen. After a week of denials and willful blindness, the administration finally relented and referred to the killing as a terrorist attack. Obama still cannot admit that the attacks were carefully coordinated to occur on the eleventh anniversary of the original 9/11 attacks. He claimed that he had no intelligence warning of an attack. He should have. He was unprepared. He still does not know what to do about foreign aid to Egypt. He will not classify the attacks as the work of Radical Islam.
Libya: By "leading from behind," a "kinetic conflict" in Libya allowed Obama to violate the War Powers Act while claiming he was complying with it. The conflict that should have ended in weeks dragged out several months, resulting in many more needless casualties. Khadafi was killed, but the new government in Libya also shares an enthusiasm for burning everything American. This act of war has gone and will go unpunished. As of now foreign aid has not been suspended.
Israel: Mr. Obama is hostile toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is anti-Likud, and openly so. His supporters claim he is pro-Israel because he has been praised by Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak. Both of those men are failed leaders who were thrown out of office. They are also rivals to Netanyahu. Mr. Netanyahu publicly stays out of American politics, but he has asked America to demand a "red line" that Iran cannot cross. Obama refuses to do this.
Iraq: Mr. Obama "inherited" a fairly stable Iraq from President George W. Bush. We had won, and Iraq was slowly on its way to democracy. Iraq has deteriorated on Obama's watch. He promised to end the American presence in Iraq, but that was seen as a surrender in the Middle East. Deaths of Americans and Iraqis has increased since the American troops left.
Afghanistan: Mr. Obama "inherited" a situation in Afghanistan that had ups and downs but was salvageable. American generals said they needed 40,000 troops and were only given 30,000. Obama has promised to be totally out of Afghanistan by 2014. American and Afghani deaths have skyrocketed since he promised to leave, a promise seen in the Middle East as weakness.
Obama did kill Osama bin Laden, which he reminds us of more than John Kerry spoke of his Vietnam service. Obama was persuaded by Valerie Jarrett three times to call off the decision to kill bin Laden. Bin Laden was caught using the very George W. Bush coercive interrogation methods that Obama has now banned. Obama even tried to criminally prosecute some of the very people who aided in the capture. While spiking the football and yelling "I love me some me" (actually that was NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, the only man more boastful than Obama), Americans learned about SEAL Team Six. Nobody should have ever known about this brave elite unit. They are supposed to operate in secrecy. Once terrorists knew the identity of SEAL Team Six, the worst case scenario was inevitable. A bunch of these now sitting ducks were killed in a helicopter crash one month later.
Mr. Obama and his ideological soulmate Attorney General Eric Holder wanted to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in a civilian trial in New York City. Only after an uproar did Obama table the decision. The location of the trial is being delayed as long as possible until after the 2012 election.
Pakistan: The brave Pakistani who led America to bin Laden should have been given asylum in America and a ticker tape parade. He was arrested in Pakistan and rots in jail. Months have passed, and nothing has been done to secure his release. The administration claims it is "working on it," which is code for failure.
Cuba: President Obama promised to close Guantanamo Bay, which remains open. Gitmo should stay open, but many of the Islamofascists freed from there have returned to the battlefield and murdered Americans.
Russia: Mr. Obama shoved Poland under the bus by canceling a missile defense agreement with our staunch Polish ally at the bequest of Russia. In return, Obama got nothing from Vladimir Putin, who knows he can roll the American president.
China: Mr. Obama has increased the American national debt by five trillion dollars, and the Chinese have threatened to stop propping up the United States. Chinese growth is slowing, and Obama has offered no answers or plans on what to do when the global house of financial cards collapses.
Mexico: A plan to track American guns in Mexico known as "Fast and Furious" became a tragedy when the Obama administration lost track of the guns. Eric Holder was held in Contempt of Congress criminally and civilly for refusing to disclose who authorized the program. One of the guns was used to kill an American border agent. Obama claimed that his predecessor had a similar program. The programs were not similar, and his predecessor does not have a dead border guard to answer for.
Canada: President Obama's refusal to sign off on the Keystone Pipeline is more than just a capitulation to the greeniacs that will prevent thousands of good American jobs. Canada has threatened to instead do business with China on the oil issue, putting China in further control of the world economy and further eroding American national security.
Africa: Even Obama praised his predecessor for leading the fight against AIDS in Africa. Obama has cut the PEPFAR budget, and has been seen as less aggressive in continuing the fight. He does issue lofty rhetoric, but the actions have not backed up the words. An increase in the number of people with AIDS in Africa would absolutely be another national security threat. People with nothing to lose are ripe for being radicalized.
South America: Hugo Chavez in Venezuela is a major world problem, but this may be the one area that is not solely the result of the Obama administration. He has done nothing to solve the Venezuela problem, but it was not his making either. Flip that around, and while it was not a problem of his making, he did nothing to solve it. On other Latin American fronts, Obama takes credit for enacting free trade agreements that he fought against every step of the way. The agreements were in place by Bush, and Obama held them up for three years due to concerns from environmentalists. He eventually signed the agreements when other members of his constituency applied greater pressure, but allies of ours were needlessly angered by what they saw as a betrayal of signed agreements.
Antarctica: President Obama has not had a single foreign policy failure on this entire continent. Unlike the rest of the world, relations with Antarctica have not deteriorated or melted on his watch. Neither has the ice, despite predictions that it would do so and cause tsunamis. Antarctica has not become a terrorist haven. Antarctica is ice cold, which is the overall record of the Obama foreign policy.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy "Ideological Bigotry, "Ideological Violence," and "Ideological Idiocy."
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