Stop the War Coalition...
Summing up some of his military accomplishments a few months ago, Obama declared: “We’ve succeeded in defending our nation, taking the fight to our enemies, reducing the number of Americans in harm’s way, and we’ve restored America’s global leadership. That makes us safer and it makes us stronger. And that’s an achievement that every American -- especially those Americans who are proud to wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces -- should take great pride in.”
Obama actually has little to show for his war policy after nearly four years. Most importantly, Afghanistan -- the war he supported with enthusiasm -- is predictably blowing up in his face. A symbol of the Bush-Obama 11-year Afghan folly is the recent 2,000th death of an American soldier, not at the hands of the Taliban but a US-trained Afghan police officer, our supposed ally. The truth is that public opinion in Afghanistan has always overwhelmingly opposed the invasion, and rightly so.
Obama hopes to avoid the embarrassment of a takeover by the Taliban or another violent Afghan civil war (as happened in the 1990s) after the bulk of US troops pull out at the end of 2014. He’s made a deal with the Kabul government that allows Washington to keep thousands of American troops — Army, CIA agents with their drones, elite Special Operations forces and pilots — until 2024.
There are two reasons for this. One is to keep a US-controlled government in Kabul as long as possible. The other is to station American combatants near Afghanistan’s borders with Iran to the west and China to the east for another 10 years, a verdict hardly appreciated in Tehran and Beijing.
The Middle East is in turmoil. Israel is still threatening to attack Iran, an act that would transform turmoil into catastrophe. The Syrian regime refuses to fall, much to Washington’s chagrin.
Egypt’s new government has just declared partial independence from Washington’s longstanding domination. The plight of the Palestinians has worsened during Obama’s presidency. Relations with China and Russia have declined.
Very few of Obama’s 2008 foreign/military election promises have come to fruition. He said he would initiate a “new beginning” in relations with the international Muslim community which had reached a low point under Bush. America’s popularity jumped after the president’s promising Cairo speech in 2009. But now, after repeatedly attacking Muslim countries with drone assassins, the rating is only 15% positive, lower than when Bush was in command.
Obama had promised to improve relations with Latin America, get diplomatically closer to Iran and Cuba, settle the Israel-Palestine dispute and close Guantanámo prison, among a number of unrealized intentions.
All the foreign developments the Democrats could really brag about at their convention were ending the war in Iraq “with heads held high” as our legions departed an eight-year stalemated conflict that cost Uncle Sam $4 trillion, and assassinating al-Qaeda leader Osama bin-Laden (which drew the most enthusiastic of those jingoist “USA! USA! USA!” chants from Democratic delegates).
Actually, George W Bush ended the Iraq war by signing an agreement with the Baghdad regime -- before the new president took office -- to pull out all US troops at the end of 2011. Obama supported the treaty but tried unsuccessfully until the last minute to coerce the Iraqis to keep many thousands of American troops in the country indefinitely. (Antiwar.com reported Oct. 2 that up to 300 US soldiers and security personnel have been training elite Iraqi security forces for months.)
Obama as warrior president discombobulated the Republicans who in past elections always benefited from portraying the Democrats as “weak on defense.” Efforts to do so this year have fallen flat after the president in effect melted down his undeserved Nobel Peace Prize to make more bullets. Obama also obtained a second dividend. He wasn’t besieged by antiwar protests as was his predecessor, because most anti-Bush “peace” Democrats would not publicly oppose Obama’s militarist policies. (This essentially destroyed the mass US antiwar movement, which has been kept going on a much smaller scale by the left and the pacifists.)
While I don't agree with every assumption made in this article, especially the parts I left out here opposing any military funding, they are spot on about Obama's failed foreign policy. Instead of bringing peace to the Middle East and more respect to America by foreign countries he has created more animosity towards the US and Islamist extremism has risen and become emboldened. Perhaps it was done with intention??
The attack in Libya is proof of this, along with the rise in green on blue attacks, where at least 50 members of NATO have been killed by insider attacks just this year. In addition, the number of military deaths has risen under this administration due to the weak/failed rules of engagement.
Obama boasts about killing Osama Bin Laden, yet the WH leaked information on the attack to the media and Hollyweird movie producers, putting the lives of our heroic SEALs and their families at greater risk. By identifying SEAL Team 6 his administration has put a target on their backs. Since then we lost over 30 SEALs in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan shortly after OBL was killed, none were part of the OBL raid, but they were SEAL Team 6 members. To this day many question the security and intel reasons for putting so many on one helicopter without backup and using a slower helicopter than they would normally use.
The military/Obama admin claim no secrets were revealed...,but the division who killed OBL was revealed and a month or so later about 22 Navy SEALS were killed in a helicopter 'accident',as originally reported in the media. https://plus.google.com/u/0/103087425533147519173/posts/2hhdwTe71SP
According to a report in the LA Times, they were supposed to be on a rescue mission, which would have required them to have room for more passengers. [per LAT article,see G+ link above, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt who investigated:"called the decision to load the entire unit onto a single helicopter a "tactically sound" move to minimize aircraft exposure to ground fire."]
This incident, the Libya attack, fast&furious, along with the loss of one of our drones to Iran, which supposedly crashed without any damage are more of the failures of Obama's foreign policy and more of the cover-ups this administration has participated in. How many more lives will be lost with this kind of deadly incompetence and leadership??
Obama's History of Terrorism Cover-ups:Benghazi in Little Rock,Then Ft Hood Massacre&Now Libya http://t.co/ZIwfQFeq
We thought Fast&Furious was bad, but things are much worse when you consider Obama's weak foreign policy, which is basically none at all.
US Special Forces Lives Are At Risk and Our Troops Have Been Disarmed!!??
Must Read! “Obama’s 2nd-term Assault on U.S. Military” http://t.co/5zSoiW9a
<he's already disarming them,and arming Afghan soldiers!
Like Fast&Furious, the US aided the 'rebels' with weapons in Libya and now after our meddling four Americans were killed
Obama sent personal condolence letter to rapper’s family
He sent a form letter to the families of fallen SEALS &I'm sure he sent a rubber stamped form letter to the Ft Hood victims families too
Pentagon expected to inform former Navy Seal, now author, that he violated secrecy, but it was ok for Obamao to reveal secret details following the raid which cost Navy SEALS their lives afterwards
Here's what the SEALS have to say about Obama politicizing the OBL capture/kill:
QUOTE of the DAY:A good leader lets his people shine&that reflects on him w/o him having to beat his own drum.