Obama’s singular achievement: the Middle East in flames

According to Vice President Joe Biden, “ending” conflict in Iraq was supposed to be Barack Obama’s greatest achievement. But now we’re witnessing an entire region in turmoil.

There were red lines and then there were none. Hosni Mubarak had to go and was replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood. Bashar al- Assad had to go but Putin and Russia stepped in. Talks are occurring in Geneva with Iran — we don’t hear much about that — but it sure seems Iran hasn’t slowed down its development of nuclear capability — and it’s still the world’s largest state supporter of Islamic terrorism.

In fact, the situation is so dire in that neck of the woods that Elliott Abrams of Politico Magazine wrote an article about Obama entitled, “The Man Who Broke the Middle East.”

Abrams explains, “Where (Obama) administration policy has had an impact, the story is one of failure and danger. The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good. Iran was contained, its Revolutionary Guard forces at home. Today, terrorism has metastasized in Syria and Iraq, Jordan is at risk, the humanitarian toll is staggering, terrorist groups are growing fast and relations with U.S. allies are strained.”

How did this all begin?

You might not remember Obama’s 2009 speech in Cairo, Egypt where Obama unveiled his Eastern, Islamic orientation believing it would create a bond, a unity between America and the Islamic world. What it actually portrayed was his weakness and misunderstanding of what the Islamic world respects greatly — strength, power and might.

Abrams recounts that Obama said he had “special expertise in understanding the entire world of Islam—knowledge “rooted in my own experience” because “I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.” “As a boy,” Obama told his listeners, “I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk.”

As Abrams wryly notes, “nice touch, but Arab rulers were more interested in knowing whether as a man he heard the approaching sound of gunfire, saw the growing threat of al Qaeda from the Maghreb to the Arabian Peninsula, and understood the ambitions of the ayatollahs as Iran moved closer and closer to a bomb.”

It was Obama’s kumbaya moment with the Islamic world and it foretold the present collapse we now see.

We saw Obama retreat from Iraq. We saw Obama commit U.S. forces and resources to Libya in support of Islamist rebels. Obama forced a secular leader to step down in Egypt and praised the Muslim Brotherhood rising to power. Obama laid down a gauntlet in Syria and constantly expressed that Assad must go — then when decision time came — the line disappeared. Obama has cowered before the ruling ayatollahs in Iran as they continue to develop a nuclear capability.

Drones do not stop a vicious jihadist ideology, only resolve, and so based on campaign lies and deceit, we now have a force far more demonic and evil than even al-Qaida on the march in the Middle East.

As Abrams describes, the real result of the naiveté of Obama and his rhetoric — which seemingly has no one’s attention — is this: “at least 160,000 killed in Syria, perhaps eight million displaced. More than a million Syrian refugees in Lebanon (a country of four million people, before Obama added those Syrians), about a million and a quarter Syrian refugees in Jordan (population six million before Obama). Poison gas back on the world scene as a tolerated weapon, with Assad using chlorine gas systematically in “barrel bombs” this year and paying no price whatsoever for this and for his repeated attacks on civilian targets.”

He continues, “in security terms it’s even worse: the largest gathering of jihadis we have ever seen, 12,000 now and expanding.They come from all over the world, a jihadi Arab League, a jihadi EU, a jihadi U.N. Two or three thousand are from Europe, and an estimated 70 from the United States. When they go home, some no doubt disillusioned but many committed, experienced and well trained, “home” will be Milwaukee and Manchester and Marseille—and, as we see now on the front pages, to Mosul.”

So from the Cairo speech in June 2009 to today, ask yourself, is the Middle East better off?

If you say yes, then the liberal progressive kool-aid you’ve been drinking has saturated your brain. Pax Obama in the Middle East — actually everywhere — has been an abject failure and every one of us will pay a price. That price will be paid while Obama is building his library, giving more speeches, and patting himself on the back while filling his personal coffers. And I just can’t help thinking it was all intentional.

There may have been a tenuous stability in the Middle East before 2009, but it did exist nonetheless. Now we await a potential catastrophic event. In 2001, the price was nearly 3,000 American lives. I fear the price is going up with each passing day.

25 COMMENTS

      • The old Americaa? REALLY? This is 2014. The old America wouldn’t stand a chance! It misght as well be the new Russia or China…

      • The basis for our country, the constitution, is timeless. My ancestor was one of the signers. I was referring to the non socialist leaning America. Socialism does not work, you are correct. We are resembling Russia, although recently Russia has allowed more religious freedom than us, which is ironic. The old America withstood alot and would continue to do so if run correctly.

      • President Obama is doing a great job running the country by himself, since there is ZERO congress input. There is nothing wrong with America, just people whining and complaining about every little thing, you know, the kind that is never happy with anything. Way too many people have died, or have been killed, suffered immense pain and horrific tragedies due to religion freedoms. Still, not a single proof, any religion is true or ever happened………….

      • The point of our governmental structure is to ensure the pres. doesn’t run it for himself. This is a federation, not a dictatorship or kingdom. true? btw I appreciate someone who can comment with their own name. Takes some gonads, if that is your name anyway. 😉 The religion debate isn’t necessary here. I believe, you don’t, oh well. lol

      • That’s a load of crock! There is no dictatorship here at all. What do you want, for the congress and the WH to sit there and do absolutely nothing about anything? That’s ridiculous! We put them in office to work and somebody better be working. Stop with the dictatorship BS. If that were the case, you wouldn’t even be allowed to write any of this here. Names have absolutely nothing to do with what you or I have to post here. The religion debate isn’t necessary anywhere! I don’t believe in wizards and magic…. YOU DO…. LMAO!

      • My best male friend is an atheist so discussed it all. Haha he says that too. ;p so lets not go there as he says I have the best arguments he has heard..but of course did NOT change his mind. Stubborn ppl lol we are on the verge if a dictatorship. If we did not have the checks and balances we do we would he in even more trouble. So in one aspect you are correct. I also agree that Iraq has been at war for generations. We did not need to go there, although a Kurd I know was glad we did. Even so, we cannot fix this mess. We need to help othwr countries defend their borders perhaps from further encroachment of this movement, but that still would not be a solution. They do not necesarily hate americans individually, but they do hate us as a whole, our country, our govt. Alot of it is jealousy as they sit in squalor. They have no idea many of us do too. So we can blame media for much of the impression the rest of the world has of us. They get shows like jerzey shores and honey boo boo and we wonder why they think we are all disgusting pigs. I do my best to chamge opinions, but more ppl need to be vocal and show them differently. God is good all the time. Lol had to throw that in haha sorry. I do that to my bid to get him going. If there is no God we need not discuss Him yes?

      • What or where is this dictatorship you keep spewing about here? President Obama using his executive powers to get things done is dictatorship? Where was this notion when Bush, Clinton and Reagan did it? President Obama is trying to things to help American people because, guess what, no one is doing anything about anything. Congress and the Senate are DEAD and all need to be thrown out. An embarrassment to America and not to mention the waste of time and taxpayer’s money. Those countries of hated Americans for a long, long time. We need to mind our own business and just those countries deal with their own BS. None of them come to America and try to sort out our problems, why should we “always” rush to help any of those countries and especially the ones that loathe us passionately? Ridiculous!
        I’m sure there is a God, a great power, just not the one written in your fairy tale book, who snapped his fingers 7 different times and created the Earth and everything in it in 7 days. That’s just ridiculous, even for anyone with a brain who believes in that type of nonsense. No discussion here!

      • Then you should crawl back under your rocks or MOVE. No need for people like you here. This is Happy America… Adios!

      • Lol you missed my clarrification. I said there are too many whiners so I was in agreement. I think you,mr ms judgemental”guest” who didnt read my clarification, dont know what debate is or how it works. You might not pass my debate class. I am an American Patriot born and raised. My dad was a WWII vet, so I inherited some moxie. I think we might have discussion here as to who came from under some “rocks” and who should go. I earn my right to call myself American every day.

  1. The floor blood moons are passing over America. Our time is up. The first has already passed, at Passover this year. Watch for the 2nd to appear at the Jewish Festival of Sukkoth in September 2014, and then 2 more next year at Passover and Sukkoth 2015. It’s all tied to Israel’s fate and America’s judgment.

  2. barry is proud of the achievements in the middle east. He does it for his supreme leaders, the Saudi’s. He laughs every time he usurps the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. He doesn’t give a crap about the US, it’s people or it’s heritage.
    He wants to be on top in 2016, martial law, most likely.
    He will do whatever he can to stay in power.

  3. Last night the death by murder of three jewish youths at the hand of Hamas was officially announced. Hamas is Muslim Brotherhood off-shoot in the Muslim population of Israel. Where it is soveriegn, the Gaza strip, it shoos rockets onto Israel’s civilians because per Hamas, and MB, and any Mulsim, no Israeli is a civilian. They are all marked for death by dint of rejecting Muslim domination, refusal to be Dhimmis. So the boys died, for being Jews. What does it have to do with obama? Lots. Because Obama empowered all Muslims to live their faith to the fullest, which naturally includes killing anyone who does not wish to live under muslim domination. Obama pledged to supress all discussion of Islam’s true nature. Obama pressed Israel hard to forgo its defensive positions, and trust them to the nebulous “international forces” despite the abject rout of “international forces” from Iraq and afghanistan. America has become untrustworthy, which is is exactly how Obama loves it.

  4. The Middle East should have NEVER EVER happened! NEVER! It was a waste of time, money and especially the many fallen soldiers and not to mention the local innocent civilians. Someone had to put a stop to this madness that should have never happened. WE need to just leave the damn Iraq and their people alone. Let them sort out their own damn problems.

    • Here we agree completely. Sorry for all the banter, but the intelligent are few and I always appreciate someone with an actual mind. It was good to hear your thoughts. I will pray for our country (not asking you to) but you can hope with your moral heart we can hold it together and still have a decent country to live in. Tc. See you on some comment board somewhere.

  5. “I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.” by a dope smoking pedophile and war lord.

    Not exactly Moses coming down from the mountain, nor Jesus peaceably spreading the Word. Like their leader, Mo’s disciples spread their word by the sword, while Jesus’ disciples spread it peaceably.

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