I’ve been watching the news, and it seems President Obama’s already planning his post-presidency life. He’s enlisted friends like Steven Spielberg and Eva Longoria for his team to ensure a successful transition, and of course, help build his lasting memory — his presidential library. Sadly, as he contemplates his legacy, it will be us — the citizens of the United States — who must contend with the post-Obama presidency. In some ways, it’s already taking shape.
As reported by the Times of Israel:
Kuwait has broken up a new terror cell and seized large amounts of weapons, ammunition and explosives, the interior ministry said on [last] Thursday.
Three Kuwaiti citizens were arrested and have confessed to joining a terror group, a statement said.
On [last] Sunday, authorities said they were searching for three more suspects who may have been involved in smuggling weapons and scouting information on commercial shipping activity.
Local newspapers quoting unnamed security officials linked the cell to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah group.
Security forces seized “19 tons of ammunition” as well as 144 kilos (316 pounds) of TNT, as well as rocket propelled grenades, hand grenades, firearms and detonators, the ministry said. It said the explosives were found in a farm in Abdali, near the border with Iraq, and in two houses in undisclosed locations.
You just have to ask: why are we unfreezing billions of dollars for Iran — the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism? The false narrative being promoted is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will avert the inevitability of war — however, it seems we’re already there. This may not be a grand-scale combat engagement with massive tank formations, but where there’s violent conflict between ideologies, there is war.
This new battlefield will not comprise massive armies; rather, non-state, non-uniformed belligerents supported by nation-states. Even Russia has learned the art of deploying “para-military” forces to covertly conduct their business of armed conflict. And so it’s imperative to interdict the flow of finances and material support to these unlawful enemy combatants.
The Gulf Cooperation Council states understand they must make a stand against Islamic jihadism — whether Sunni- or Shia-backed. If we had resolute and trustworthy leadership, we just might find willing allies in the Middle East.
I remember the coalition put together for Operation Desert Shield/Storm against Saddam Hussein. There’s no doubt it’s possible to build an alliance centered around Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Kurdish Regional Government and Israel. But again, it takes leadership and trust.
When building a legacy, one would think it’d be based on something lasting, especially when it comes to foreign policy and national security. Saying you were the one who “ended the wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan and opened up diplomatic relations with Cuba (still a hardline Communist country) — which will lead to the shutting down of Guantanamo Bay — are great campaign talking points, but hardly a lasting legacy of global leadership and success. To claim you were the one who offered a reset button to the Russians — so they could reset the Cold War — may make a nice library exhibit, but meanwhile, the Ukrainians lost Crimea and the eastern part of their country.
And it most certainly is not a legacy-worthy claim that the most vile, savage and barbaric Islamic terrorist group arose on your watch.
Enabling Iran’s objectives isn’t something to be embraced as a legacy event. Iran has not displayed any behaviors or actions that would lead a rational person to believe they’ll honor the JCPOA. This latest bust of an Islamic terrorist cell, linked to Iran and Hezbollah, confirms that assertion.
The world is ablaze, but President Obama is already looking for the exit door. A legacy is supposed to be something positively passed on to subsequent generations — something on which they can reflect and feel a sense of pride. Consider how sports teams build legacies by winning championships and raising banners at the beginning of the new season. When that banner is raised, something swells within the chest of not just the players, but also the crowd. There’s a roar whose level rises like thunder. There is a focus to earn the title of repeat champion.
The banners being raised in these troubling times are not the standards of liberty and freedom, but rather of oppression, tyranny and barbarity. The legacy that will be remembered is not one of American victory and resurgence, but of our retreat. I don’t think this is something worth repeating — do you?