Obama Foreign Policy

Americans Agree: Obama Is An Incompetent Who Has Made America Weaker

Featured image This joint Democrat/Republican poll reported by the Washington Post reflects what I take to be the consensus on Barack Obama’s failed presidency: A majority of voters say the Obama administration is less competent than Bill Clinton’s and a plurality say it is less competent than George W. Bush’s according to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday. Sixty-eight percent say the Obama administration is less competent that the Clinton administration. »

Mad Magazine on the Bergdahl Fiasco [Updated]

Featured image I read Mad magazine a long time ago–50 years or more. This was long before anyone thought of getting serious political commentary from comedy shows and publications, and I don’t recall Mad having a political slant. It was generally transgressive, however, and that tradition apparently continues. Mad weighs in on the Bowe Bergdahl disaster: Recently, President Obama exchanged five Taliban leaders for an American POW, Bowe Bergdahl. One prisoner for »

As U.S. Retreats, Russia Advances

Featured image As the U.S. winds down its effort in Afghanistan, a collateral consequence is loss of the ability to project power in Central Asia. Reuters reports on the imminent closing of a base in Kyrgyzstan that played a key role in supplying allied troops in Afghanistan: The United States on Tuesday handed back its only Central Asian airbase to the government of Russia’s close ally Kyrgyzstan, as President Barack Obama winds »

Bergdahl’s box of horrors

Featured image In his CNN report on soldiers’ reaction to the prisoner exchange that resulted in the release of Bowe Bergdahl from his time with the Taliban, Jake Tapper included Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s nonanswer to the question whether Bergdahl had walked away: A reporter asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday whether Bergdahl had left his post without permission or deserted — and, if so, whether he would be punished. »

Angry Parents Compare Bergdahl Coverup to Benghazi

Featured image The Obama administration’s handling of the exchange of Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban commanders has been baffling on a number of levels. Did Obama think that the recovery of Bergdahl would be a PR coup that would drive the VA scandal off the front pages? That seems to be the implication of his Rose Garden announcement with Bergdahl’s parents. But the father, Bob Bergdahl, is an anti-American radical and »

Meanwhile in Arafatistan

Featured image Mahmoud Abbas serves in the ninth year of his four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority. Having engineered the formation of a unity government that enlists the support of Hamas, he now brings to an apparent end the seven-year civil war that severed Gaza from his jurisdiction and placed it under the control of Hamas. Here is the beauty part: no members of Hamas itself participates in the newly »

Obama foreign policy successes? Not Libya

Featured image Abe Greenwald has written an important article for Commentary called “He’s Made It Worse: Obama’s Middle East.” We’ve already seen how Obama made it worse in Egypt. Today, we focus on Greenwald’s discussion of Libya. The Arab upheaval, unanticipated by Obama, hit Libya in the form of an armed insurrection against the Qaddifi regime. When Qaddifi quickly grabbed the upper-hand, the rebels appealed to the West for help to avoid »

Overcoming our inordinate fear of Islamism

Featured image In Year Six of the Age of Obama, we seem to be destined to reliving the Carter administration. I have tried to make the case that we are in the Killer Rabbit phase or unwinding of the Age of Obama, when our Dear Leader becomes an object of mockery. With more than two years to go, however, a lot of damage remains to be done. In his commencement address at »

When will Obama move mountains to rescue Americans and when will he not?

Featured image Substantial questions surround Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American POW for whose release President Obama traded five murderous members of the Taliban. The questions are collected in this New York Post article. The circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban are murky. Did he desert? Did he wonder off base drunk? Was he simply lagging behind his patrol, as he has claimed? We don’t know for certain. But Bergdahl view of »

Taliban becomes our latest enemy to play Obama for a patsy

Featured image President Obama has released five senior Taliban commanders from the Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. It’s a great moment for Bergdahl and his family, but unfortunately it puts American lives at risk. This would be true regardless of who, exactly, had been released. Any exchange puts Americans in danger of being seized as bargaining chips to secure the future release of terrorists. But Obama’s exchange »

The Hamas-Fatah unity government is fine in principle with Obama

Featured image On Monday, it becomes official: Fatah and Hamas will announce the formation of a Palestinian unity government. Fatah is Israel’s alleged “peace partner.” Hamas is openly dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Where does this leave the “peace process”? Israel has been clear on the subject. It will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas. What about the Obama administration? It too is clear in its own way. »

Obama foreign policy successes? Not Egypt

Featured image According to Richard Engel, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, you would be “hard-pressed to find” one country with which the U.S. has improved its relations since President Obama took office. By contrast, you can easily find countries where Obama has made our relations worse. Abe Greenwald finds plenty of such countries in just one region — the Middle East. Indeed, his article in the May edition of Commentary is called “He’s »

Annals of the killer rabbit phase

Featured image I found President Obama commending himself for a job well done in his handling of various foreign policy challenges in his commencement address at West Point earlier this week. I wrote about the speech briefly in “More mush from the wimp,” noting that Obama more or less congratulated himself on his handling of Russia, Syria and Iran. I facetiously included Libya, which Obama somehow overlooked. In the video clip below, »

Obama foreign policy successes? Let me get back to you

Featured image During the 2008 campaign, one of my law partners explained to me why he was going to vote for Barack Obama. No explanation was necessary, the partner in question is a liberal Democrat. But he wanted to explain himself. My partner’s number one reason for supporting Obama was that electing him would improve our relations with the rest of the world. He took this to be beyond dispute. I responded »

Is Obama too sanguine about al Qaeda’s threat to the homeland?

Featured image Amidst all the straw men President Obama grappled with during his mushy commencement speech at West Point were a few serious points. One of them was this: [T]he need for a new strategy reflects the fact that today’s principal threat no longer comes from a centralized Al Qaida leadership. Instead, it comes from decentralized Al Qaida affiliates and extremists, many with agendas focused in countries where they operate. And this »

More mush from the wimp

Featured image President Obama gave the commencement speech at West Point this morning. The subject of the speech was foreign policy. The White House has posted the text here. The White House has also posted the video here and uploaded it to YouTube; I have posted it below. Please check it out. I find it difficult to imagine the mental nullity required to draft and revise this speech. You almost have to »

This Time, They Really Are Our Girls: Bring Them Back!

Featured image The most outrageous story in world news these days is the persecution of Meriam Ibrahim and her family. Ibrahim is a 27-year-old Sudanese woman who is described in some news accounts as a doctor, although I am not sure this is correct. Ibrahim is married to Daniel Wani, who lives in New Hampshire and has been an American citizen since 2005. News stories describe him as a biochemist. Meriam Ibrahim »