In his State of the Union Address Obama claimed that we have had "turned the page" after 15 years of terrorism and war. He was right about that. We've turned the page from a bad situation to one that is much worse due to his failure to lead.
You need look no further than Yemen as a an example of Obama's failed foreign policy. It was just four months ago that Obama touted the U.S. Yemeni alliance as a success story in the war on terror:
OBAMA: This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.Now that the government of Yemen has collapsed and ceded power to Iranian back radicals there is no question but the alliance that was so pivotal to Obama's lead from behind strategy in Yemen is shattered as well as the counter terrorism strategy (1,2).
Remember also that Obama just released five Yemeni terrorists from Gitmo. Just in time to supply reinforcements!
Note that Obama never mentioned Yemen in his State of the Union Address.
Obama did mention ISIS (or ISIL):
OBAMA:In Iraq and Syria, American leadership -- including our military power -- is stopping ISIL’s advance. Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group. (Applause.) We’re also supporting a moderate opposition in Syria that can help us in this effortReally? Is this what success looks like?
|OBAMA: “In Iraq and Syria, American leadership—including our military power—|
is stopping ISIL’s advance.”
Throughout the Middle East things are getting worse, not better. The only bright spot may be the relative stability of Egypt whose military leaders defied the Obama Administration and tossed the Muslim Brotherhood from power.
Bi Partisan Opposition to Obama's Incompetence, Indifference and Misguided Policy
Writing at Commentary Magazine Pete Wehner runs down the list. Remember Obama's brag about freeing Libya? Then the Benghazi attack came along. And things with Iran just keep going backward:
Our percipient president also declared in his State of the Union speech, “Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material.” That assertion is so reality-based that (a) the Washington Post fact-checker declared “there is little basis” for the president’s claims and (b) the highest ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, said the more he hears from Mr. Obama and his administration about Iran, “the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.” Oh, and the president made his announcement on the very day that we learned that Russia and Iran are more aligned than ever, having signed an agreement on military cooperation between the two nations.Russia signing a military cooperation agreement with Iran? Anyone remember 1939? Also, Russian tanks and troops continue to roll across the border into Ukraine. Does that sound like a success story for Obama?
And note that Sen. Bob Mendez (DEMOCRAT-NJ) says that Obama's talking points on Iranian nukes sound like they "come straight out of Tehran." For those who were looking for more bipartisanship in Washington, we just found some!
With all this going on you would think that Obama would be busy huddling with his foreign policy team. Instead, on Thursday he was giving interviews to You Tube stars. You know, the kind of people who gain fame and notoriety by doing stupid stuff. One interviewer was Glozell Green famous for bathing in Fruit Loops and milk [full video].
|Obama Interviewed by Glozell Green famous for this scene on You Tube.|
UPDATE: Washington Post Editorial
IN DEVOTING 250 of the 6,800 words of his State of the Union address to the fight against “violent extremism,” President Obama offered a boilerplate description of his policy. “Instead of sending large ground forces overseas,” he said, “we’re partnering with nations from South Asia to North Africa to deny safe haven to terrorists who threaten America.” As he spoke, his strategy was crumbling in a nation he failed to mention: Yemen, home to the branch of al-Qaeda that claimed credit for the recent attacks in France and has repeatedly attempted to strike the U.S. homeland.
The Yemen mess reveals the weaknesses of Mr. Obama’s “partners” strategy, which has been too narrowly focused on drone strikes and training of specialized units, and not enough on providing security for the population, institution-building and support for moderate political forces. Unfortunately, the president’s cursory and formulaic description of his counterterrorism policies this week, following a year in which jihadist forces and terrorist attacks expanded across the world, suggested that he remains uninterested in correcting his mistakes.