Obama Foreign Policy

The mullahs thank Mr. Obama

Featured image Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal carries an incisive editorial (“The mullahs thank Mr. Obama,” accessible here via Google) on developments with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Every step along the way, Iran proves itself the mortal enemy of the United States, and yet President Obama thinks otherwise. Iranian intentions are clear. Their actions comport with their announced view of the world. When the mullahs chant “Death to America,” we have no »

The Middle East Couldn’t Possibly Get Worse. Could It?

Featured image The Sunni-Shia schism goes back more than a millenium and has been a more or less constant feature of geopolitics in the Middle East for a long time. The closest the balance has come to being upset within recent memory was the Iran-Iraq war, in which the United States sensibly did what we could to prevent either side from winning. Now, though, the long-simmering feud is heating up, primarily, I »

U.S. foreign policy: from bad to worse in 2016?

Featured image 2015 was a bad foreign policy year for America. Our enemies in Tehran won a pathway to prosperity and additional regional influence without losing the ability to obtain nuclear weapons within 10 to 15 years, or sooner if they choose. Our enemy in Moscow enjoyed an enormous expansion of his influence in the Middle East and continues to menace U.S. allies in Europe. Our enemy in Damascus, propped up by »

Report: Obama’s NSA spied on Israel, Congress, and Jewish Organizations

Featured image President Obama announced two years ago that he would stop eavesdropping on leaders of U.S. allies, after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs. According to The Wall Street Journal, this meant an end to spying on French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders. However, Israel apparently failed to make Obama’s list of true allies. The Journal reports that »

How to Get Barack Obama Interested In Terrorism

Featured image President Obama thinks global warming is the biggest threat to the United States. Why? If the climate were one degree warmer–the horror!–more of the U.S. would be prime golfing territory. Most Americans think terrorism is a far bigger problem. How can we get Obama to notice the terrorist threat? Michael Ramirez supplies the answer. Click to enlarge: »

In case you missed it, John Kerry is bringing peace to Syria

Featured image In a recap of “significant success[es]” in 2015, State Department spokesman John Kirby lists “Bringing Peace, Security to Syria.” Talk about a whopper. Even the obnoxious team of Jen Psaki and Marie Harf might have shied away from a claim this preposterous. Here is how Kirby tries to depict our Syrian success story: The conflict in Syria has continued to unfold in tragic ways over the course of 2015. From »

On Christian Persecution, Obama Gets It Half Right

Featured image Today President Obama released a Statement by the President on Persecuted Christians at Christmas. The statement is long overdue, and I applaud it. Here is Obama’s statement in its entirety: During this season of Advent, Christians in the United States and around the world are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. At this time, those of us fortunate enough to live in countries that honor the birthright of »

Good news: ISIS control of Ramadi in jeopardy (but watch out for Afghanistan)

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Iraqi troops, supported by U.S. air strikes, have stormed into the center of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. At last word, they hadn’t yet retaken the city from ISIS, but their prospects of doing so seem excellent. According to the Post, this is the first major offensive by the Iraqi army in which Shiite militias have been largely excluded. Thus, it can be viewed »

Obama’s latest effort to appease Iran

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration has advised the rulers of Iran not to worry about new U.S. legislation, signed into law by President Obama, that clamps visa restrictions on people who have traveled to Iran. The assurances came after Iranian officials publicly complained that the new law could dampen investment interest in their country. Here’s the background, as explained by The Tower. After the San Bernardino »

The Iran Deal: From Bad to Worse

Featured image The Iran nuclear deal has faded from the headlines. That must mean things are going well, right? Just kidding. Amir Taheri brings us up to date: Last month the president sent his Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to Vienna to twist the arm of International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano into issuing a favorable report on the state of the Iranian nuclear program. The yes-or-no question Amano faced was simple: »

Leading From Behind

Featured image In anticipation of Hillary Clinton’s counter-terrorism speech, which is being delivered this afternoon in Minneapolis, America Rising has released this excellent short video on presidential leadership. Titled “Leading From Behind,” it contrasts the current leadership in Washington (Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton) with such past presidents as Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. The ad is being targeted, among others, to liberal-leaning Minnesota students: »

Wave of the eighth century

Featured image President Obama fancies himself a progressive in the Progressive tradition. He wants not only to ride the wave of the future but to sense where it is going and give it a nudge. As with all good progressives, it is history by which Obama takes his bearings, not the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence. Thus in his Oval Office speech this past Sunday, he declared that “we are »

Winning is the American tradition to which we should be true

Featured image In his address last night, President Obama described “our strategy to destroy ISIS” as follows: First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary. In Iraq and Syria, airstrikes are taking out ISIL leaders, heavy weapons, oil tankers, infrastructure. And since the attacks in Paris, our closest allies — including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom — have ramped up their contributions »

Good news: ISIS is losing territory and revenue

Featured image We have been critical of President Obama’s campaign against ISIS, and we will continue to be. The air campaign against the terrorist state should have been far more vigorous from the outset and we should have more boots on the ground. In fairness, though, there are indications that ISIS is finally being pegged back. ISIS has lost a significant amount of territory. In Iraq, according to the Washington Post, up »

ISIS and al Qaeda — same sport, same level, different strategies

Featured image President Obama famously characterized ISIS as al Qaeda’s jayvee. This bit of idiocy will long be remembered, to the detriment of Obama’s legacy. But how should we compare ISIS and al Qaeda? A year ago, if I recall correctly, conventional wisdom had it that ISIS was preoccupied with securing and expanding its regional caliphate (sort of like Stalin’s “socialism in one country”), whereas al Qaeda was more internationally focused (Trotsky »

Save the planet…from Barack Obama

Featured image Watching Barack Obama in action at the Paris conference on the phenomenon formerly known as global warming, I have a thought about saving the planet. The planet must be saved from Barack Obama. The man has done enormous damage. We will be living with the consequences for a long time. Living, if we are lucky and if the next president undoes some of the damage he has done. The man »

With friends like Obama. . .

Featured image President Obama has steadfastly refused to provide weapons to Ukraine with which that beleaguered nation might defend itself from Russian aggression. Heaven forbid that a weapon from the U.S. might be used to kill a Russian invader or even a Ukrainian fighter aligned with Russia. What would Putin say? In lieu of weapons, the U.S. has supplied Ukraine with certain non-lethal equipment. But according to the Washington Post some of »