Leadership

America’s foreign policy failure

September 15, 2013 

The current administration, under Barack Obama, has our foreign policy in complete disarray. Our friends do not trust us and our enemies do not fear us.

When President Obama came grandstanding into office with his Cairo speech of apology to the Muslim world and then to the whole world, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. This should have been the Nobel speech-making prize because he can talk, but never seems to act or back up what he says. In the Middle East, Syria is in ruins, Egypt is approaching civil war with both sides blaming the United States, Jordan is being overrun with refugees, Lebanon still houses the terrorist group Hezbollah and Iran is gaining power and influence.

So what problem does the administration decide to tackle first, the Israel-Palestinian issue, which has been around since 1948 and seems unable to be resolved.

With this mess in the Middle East reaching new heights of horror, our President decides to “pivot” his attention to the Pan-Asia arena. If his past performance is an indicator, the Pacific Rim countries better watch out for this new attention. I did not even mention the President's highly touted “reset” with Russia, who has the entire world laughing at the United States. Also, sooner or later he will have to answer the question of what to do with Iran, hopefully before they become nuclear.

This administration's foreign policy is just as horrible as its domestic policy, and that is scary. He also seems to think that the war on terror is waning, even after Boston and the closing of 22 embassies for a week. I just hope we can survive the remaining time the current administration is in office.

I wrote this letter three weeks ago but decided to wait to see if any leadership emerged in the White House. It has not. The White House's latest debacle, whether or not to fire a few cruise missiles across Syria's bow as a warning just re-enforced my opinion of the leadership, or lack of, in the Executive branch.

We should be careful because, as someone once said, history has a tendency to repeat itself if it is ignored. The Middle East is beginning to resemble Europe in the late 1930s. If someone had stopped Hitler in the beginning, WWII might not have occurred. No one sane wants war, but sometimes no action or the wrong action allows events to start and no one can stop them. Great, or even good leadership, is important in times like this. Unfortunately we have none.

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.

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