David Moss: Foreign policy failure

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This letter is written with a heavy heart for the troops unnecessarily harmed by our ineffective foreign policy. When President Barack Obama took office, he began his world tour by indicating he considered the United States as the first among equal nations, in contrast to the “cowboy” Bush, who considered us as the sole remaining superpower that had the responsibility to provide leadership in the world. In Cairo, Obama told the Muslims that we were their friends and they no longer should hate us for who we are. Recent riots show how effective that message was.

Since then, he has joined a long line of presidents who failed to solve the Israeli/Palestine problem. He completed the Iraq war following the Bush timetable and plan. He had the U.S. “lead from behind” in Libya and let Russia and China stalemate progress to solve the Syrian problem. He missed a chance to back the people of Iran as they revolted against their government. He disagreed with Israel on how to stop Iran’s nuclear development while the centrifuges continue to spin.

This brings us to Afghanistan. During his campaign, Obama attacked Sen. John McCain and the Republicans for the Bush policy of ignoring the war in Afghanistan to focus on Iraq. Shortly after he took office, he spent several months considering the Afghan war and finally decided to surge 33,000 troops and leave by a certain date (2014). Why he thought the Afghan war would be finished by then never was clear, at least to me. He did indicate that the casualties would increase in the short run. This promise has been kept. The total casualty level at the time was less than 2,000 killed. Now the level is more than 3,000 and rising rapidly. What the Bush policy had achieved was removing Afghanistan as a safe haven for al-Qaeda, removing the Taliban from power in the central government and maintaining it as a somewhat stable country.

I always have regarded Afghanistan as a country similar in many ways to Vietnam. Both countries have been invaded many times. The people have decided to remain loyal to their local village or tribe and not worry or care about who is running the country or central government. Meanwhile, the corrupt central government tells the U.S. whatever we want to hear to get as much money and support as they can to use for their own purposes.

Our attempt to fix Afghanistan is failing miserably. Our attempts to train the security forces are being rewarded by the people being trained in killing our troops. Most people understand that this is the result of a failed policy to fix an unfixable country before we leave in 2014. Our troops are paying the price with their lives.

The killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens and others again shows the ineptitude of the Obama administration. This attack by Muslim terrorists was in response to the killing of Osama bin Laden and other terrorists throughout the world. It was as carefully planned over a period of time as the Navy Seal raid. The riots in Egypt and Libya were planned and coordinated to cover for the attack. For the administration to not understand that the first anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, after the killing of Bin Laden required increased security throughout the Arab world is a massive failure even without any direct intelligence of an attack. To try to sell the attack as spontaneous is an insult to the common sense and intelligence of the American people. To paraphrase the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s foreign policy failures are coming home to roost.

David Moss

Clark

Comments

Dan Hill 1 year, 7 months ago

Actually David all this shows is the ineptitude of both political parties who insist on interfering in a region where we are not wanted, wasting money and more importantly the lives of our troops on a fantasy of changing other societies by force. Our presence in the Middle East simply inflames the situation.

It galls me to see Republicans making so much of the minor differences in approach taken by Obama when it is the basic policy assumptions that both parties share that are the problem and need to change.

You are twisting yourself in knots trying to somehow paint the experience in the Middle East under Bush as a success and under Obama as an unmitigated failure when the reality is that apart from the first three to six months rooting out Al-Qaeda from its stronghold in Afghanistan the entire thing has been a fiasco.

As for the charge of "leading from behind" on Libya, would you have preferred a few hundred more dead American soldiers instead? And for what? Do you really think Libya would somehow be more stable if we had put American troops on the ground? Seriously? Syria is an even bigger nest of vipers and yet there are those who want us to get involved there too, because we're not sinking deep enough into the quagmire already I suppose.

For all your criticism it's impossible to see what policy you are actually proposing - other than blame Obama of course. I'll tell you where I stand - with Ron Paul and the Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson who are the only ones talking sense on Middle East policy - let's get the hell out of there.

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Robert Huron 1 year, 7 months ago

David if you want to see the success of the Bush/Cheney Middle East policy first hand just go to any National Cemetery, VA Hospital or Walter Reed Hospital.
The Middle East has been a mess since after World War 2 and every President since then has tried and failed to change anything. Even the great Ronald Reagan saw the futility of the situation which is why he cut and ran from Lebanon. I guess he was leading from behind. (His) The only thing that invading Iran, Syria and Libya would do is cost the lives of tens of thousands of our Troops and cost Trillions of dollars and would accomplish nothing. How about paying for the Afghanistan and Iraq war first which was put on a credit card totally $ 2 Trillion before we go on another misadventure. There is a reason that Afghanistan is called the "Graveyard of Empires".

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rhys jones 1 year, 6 months ago

War is good business, keeps the home fires burning and wheels turning, as we produce all the bombs and bullets and boots necessary for the event, and the Rothschilds and Bank of England, and other principals of the very-private "Federal" Reserve, continue to bank billions by funding our fun (at the expense of untold future generations, not to mention present losses). It doesn't matter WHO occupies the Oval Office. We NEED a war, (well somebody does) and if we can't find one, we'll make one.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 6 months ago

I propose a new Middle Eastern policy, based on the following predicate: we no longer give a rip about what happens there. If a nation can't protect our embassy, the answer is to close the embassy. If a country takes a billion of our dollars with one hand and indicts our citizens for "religious" crimes with the other, stop shoveling them money.

We won't invade, depose, or nation build. Let the Muslim world wallow in its own stone-age subhuman brutality and lop each others' heads off till the cows come home. Notify them that if one American hair on one American head gets mussed - here, there, or anywhere - we'll show them what carnage and ruin really look like, and administer the lesson from 30,000 feet up.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 6 months ago

An open letter to Ron Paul published during his last presidential run, to which the good doctor has never replied:

Dear Congressman Paul:

Your Presidential campaign has drawn the enthusiastic support of an imposing collection of Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, Holocaust Deniers, 9/11 “Truthers” and other paranoid and discredited conspiracists.

Do you welcome- or repudiate – the support of such factions?

More specifically, your columns have been featured for several years in the American Free Press –a publication of the nation’s leading Holocaust Denier and anti-Semitic agitator, Willis Carto. His book club even recommends works that glorify the Nazi SS, and glowingly describe the “comforts and amenities” provided for inmates of Auschwitz.

Have your columns appeared in the American Free Press with your knowledge and approval?

As a Presidential candidate, will you now disassociate yourself, clearly and publicly, from the poisonous propaganda promoted in such publications?

As a guest on my syndicated radio show, you answered my questions directly and fearlessly.

Will you now answer these pressing questions, and eliminate all associations between your campaign and some of the most loathsome fringe groups in American society?

Along with my listeners (and many of your own supporters), I eagerly await your response.

Respectfully, Michael Medved

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 6 months ago

Ron Paul 2012. If we post that a few more times, I'm sure he's a shoe-in. Ron Paul 2012. Ron Paul 2012. Ron Paul 2012. Kinda fun, actually. Especially since Alfred E. Newman has a better shot.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 6 months ago

Pakistan govt minister offers 100k for Al Qaeda & the Taliban to murder American film maker

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/22/us-protests-idUSBRE88J0VU20120922

"I announce today that this blasphemer, this sinner who has spoken nonsense about the holy Prophet, anyone who murders him, I will reward him with $100,000," Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour told a news conference, to applause.

"I invite the Taliban brothers and the al Qaeda brothers to join me in this blessed mission."

Good thing the Obama Administration ran those $70,000 apology ads in Pakistan this week; atoning for an American citizen's First Amendment right to produce a ridiculous, obscure video clip that's blocked in that country. The White House strategic response: kowtow to bigots. It's working wonders!

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 6 months ago

Pakistani Prime Minister demands that sacrilege against Islam be declared a global crime:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-68614-Sacrilege-be-declared-crime-globally:-PM

All religions are equal. But some are more equal than others.

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Brian Kotowski 1 year, 6 months ago

Seething Midwest Explodes Over Vince Lombardi Cartoons

http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2006/02/seething_midwes.html

Green Bay, WI - Like a pot of bratwurst left unattended at a Lambeau Field pregame party, simmering tensions in the strife-torn Midwest boiled over once again today as rioting mobs of green-and-gold clad youth and plump farm wives rampaged through Wisconsin Denny’s and IHOPs, burning Texas toast and demanding apologies and extra half-and-half...

..."While Wisconsin culture is tolerant compared to, say, Iowa, what many outsiders don't understand is that its ultimate taboo is graven images of Lombardi," said Nigel Rhys-Jones of Harvard's Institute of Primitive Anthropology. "The only Lombardi iconography allowed is allegorical, in throw blankets or needlepoint appliques, and must be purchase at craft fairs from chubby Lutheran women in windbreakers.

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