In announcing his Iran nuke deal Obama declared:
My hope is that building on this deal we can continue to have conversations with Iran that incentivize them to behave differently in the region, to be less aggressive, less hostile, more cooperative, to operate the way we expect nations in the international community to behave.Since then Iran has gone out of it's way to act MORE aggressive, hostile and less cooperative!
In October Iran violated a UN Security Council Resolution by firing a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. If the point Iran was trying to make with that missile test wasn't clear enough Iranian units fired rockets near the USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier on Wednesday. Rockets were within 1500 yards of the ship in what was described as a "close call" and "highly provocative."
Meanwhile, Iran took another American prisoner in October bringing the total number of Americans held in Iran to five.
It doesn't seem to have dawned on Obama that if Iran is willing to violate UN Security Council Resolutions, act in a hostile and aggressive way towards U.S. and allied military units and seize MORE Americans that it might not be serious about living up to a nuclear deal. But then, Obama has always lived in his own world when it comes to foreign policy. Examples abound and they help to explain why Obama has been so deficient in other foreign policy areas like the fight against Islamic terrorism.
The Weekly Standard recently ran a comprehensive article titled "The Long War Continues," In it they recount the story of then candidate Obama's visit to Iraq to see General Petraueus. Obama dismissed Petraueus's experience and insisted that remaining Al Queda in Iraq did not represent a major threat to the U.S. or our allies. It's the same flawed line of thinking that led him to declare that ISIS was the "JV team" in 2012 and was "contained" hours before the Paris massacre.
In the Standard article the author's conclude:
It was an instructive exchange. Obama, a first-term senator with no experience in military or intelligence matters, challenged the general who had beaten back a jihadist insurgency in Iraq, led a remarkable turnaround in the country, and was a leading figure in America’s broader war on terror. The assessments Petraeus offered were based on years of personal experience guiding U.S. troops against jihadist armies generally, and Al Qaeda in Iraq specifically, and they were bolstered by mountains of intelligence reporting on the enemy, its objectives, and its practices.They go on to cite other examples throughout Obama's presidency where facts have been spun to fit Obama's preferred political narrative.
Obama simply thought he knew better. His challenge wasn’t based on facts that contradicted Petraeus, or on facts at all. Rather, Obama made a series of assertions based on nothing more than his long-held conviction that Iraq was a distraction from the war on terror. And when he was presented with evidence that contradicted his thesis, Obama simply set it aside and restated his own view. It’s a pattern that would play out repeatedly throughout his presidency.
Time after time we see a President guiding foreign policy based on a false set of assumptions and a political narrative where facts and reality are routinely ignored. The deadly consequences of Obama's delusion and the failure of his foreign policy are piling up. January 2017 can't come soon enough and our only hope is that a Republican with the guts to turn things around takes office!