Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Obama's Betrayal, Our Shame

I refer you, dear reader, first to this post which highlighted Richard Fernandez's take on Obama's utterly disastrous approach to the world in the context of US security.

Now, I refer you to this Dick Cheney/Liz Cheney op-ed in the WSJ.  It is devastating.  If ever there was a time to RTWT, this is it.  One key bit
On a trip to the Middle East this spring, we heard a constant refrain in capitals from the Persian Gulf to Israel, "Can you please explain what your president is doing?" "Why is he walking away?" "Why is he so blithely sacrificing the hard fought gains you secured in Iraq?" "Why is he abandoning your friends?" "Why is he doing deals with your enemies?" 
In one Arab capital, a senior official pulled out a map of Syria and Iraq. Drawing an arc with his finger from Raqqa province in northern Syria to Anbar province in western Iraq, he said, "They will control this territory. Al Qaeda is building safe havens and training camps here. Don't the Americans care?" 
Our president doesn't seem to. Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.
The tragedy unfolding in Iraq today is only part of the story. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent across the globe. According to a recent Rand study, between 2010 and 2013, there was a 58% increase in the number of Salafi-jihadist terror groups around the world. During that same period, the number of terrorists doubled.
In the face of this threat, Mr. Obama is busy ushering America's adversaries into positions of power in the Middle East. First it was the Russians in Syria. Now, in a move that defies credulity, he toys with the idea of ushering Iran into Iraq. Only a fool would believe American policy in Iraq should be ceded to Iran, the world's largest state sponsor of terror.
and finally,
Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent and they present a security threat not seen since the Cold War. Defeating them will require a strategy—not a fantasy. It will require sustained difficult military, intelligence and diplomatic efforts—not empty misleading rhetoric. It will require rebuilding America's military capacity—reversing the Obama policies that have weakened our armed forces and reduced our ability to influence events around the world.
The killer jihadis are on the march and causing slaughter with knives and guns.  If not stopped they will cause more slaughter with tanks, missiles, and - God forbid - nuclear weapons.  Sooner or later this fight will have to be re-fought and our sons will have to do it.  And some will die doing it.  I pray not my son, but someone's son will, and that isn't much comfort to me.  Our sons dying in a battle to eliminate a threat that shouldn't have been.  That is the tragedy that we face and that is our shame - that is the shame we have earned based on what we did in November 2008 and 2012.


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