President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, together have allowed the foreign policy of the United States to disintegrate into chaos. This chaos, in the midst of international political turmoil, constitutes a clear and present danger to all American citizens.
The problem, inevitably, stems from the Obama White House, and is epitomized by a lazy, weak and essentially indecisive President, who shows little or no comprehension of the complex realpolitik requisite for effective superpower leadership in a world characterized by asymmetric power, a world in which the strong are easily brought to their knees by the weak, in the absence of a clear and ruthless pursuit of national self-interest.
Confronted by a medley of uprisings in the political cauldron of the Middle East – some populist, some would be terrorist initiated, some initiated against U.S. allies, some against U.S. enemies – President Obama and his foreign policy team have responded with varying degrees of decisiveness, with no apparent comprehension of where America’s interests lie, and with a clear demonstration of the decline in U.S. military authority.
What worse lesson could there be for a world that relies on U.S. authority and yet would love to see that authority publicly humilated? Could there be any worse comparison between the United States at the dawn of the twenty first century and the Roman Republic at the peak of its success in the first century B.C.; or more specifically, between Barack Hussein Obama and Gaius Julius Caesar?
President Obama has intervened in the Middle East to bring down Hosni Mubarek, a key U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism. He has dithered and delayed while the Egyptian army has removed all effective opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood, who are now all but certain to rule Egypt under the authority of Islamic extremism. Essentially, by this move, President Obama has aborted economic reform in Egypt and encouraged the re-socialization of its markets.
President Obama has intervened in Libya in a weak attempt to bring down Muammar Gaddafi, a relatively new U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism. With an unequivocal demonstration of U.S. military weakness, the President has created the conditions for civil war in an oil producing nation, cranking up the price of oil worldwide, and driving the U.S. dollar down on its path to insignificance.
President Obama has failed signally to provide U.S. support for key U.S. allies against the war on terrorism in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Yemen, against Iranian-sponsored Shia uprisings that, if successful, would choke the United States by oil embargoes. Yet, he has provided implicit support for the evil regime of President Assad in Syria, perhaps the Arab world’s bloodiest dictatorship.
Worst of all, President Obama has cravenly refused to intervene in Iran to support a popular uprising against a government explicitly dedicated to the destruction of the United States and its key Middle Eastern ally, Israel. By his inaction, he is exposing his own country to ultimate devastation by an Iran-led and/or an Iran-supplied nuclear attack on New York and Washington, DC.
November 2012 cannot come quickly enough, in such circumstances, if Americans themselves can only waken up from their post -1989 torpor to recognize the clear and present danger that confronts them, and the specific domestic source from which it springs.