No, the world does not want to live in peace and harmony. That’s not how it works. People, communities, and nations are all scrabbling for whatever they can get. Some are responsible about it. Some are not. We just experienced the consequences of tolerating those who aren’t. Once the spurious arguments over gun control are out of the way, Americans are going to get comfortable blaming what happened in California on radicalization, a catchall that avoids the truth: this is simply another take on radical Muslim public policy we have seen elsewhere, transplanted to America.
National Security and Foreign Affairs
This category documents a train wreck and a tragedy. After World War II the world looked to the United States for leadership. Now we have no leadership and the world knows it. We can no longer approach national security from a position of power because our power is slipping. Nowhere is that more obvious than how we are conducting our foreign affairs.
Proliferation and nuclear acting out by North Korea, and threats from Iran’s nuclear program signaled America’s weakened role as a world leader. Vladimir Putin tested us over Syria’s chemical weapons and Edward Snowden’s asylum. We lost both times. Iraq is slipping into Islamic oblivion as the U.S. refuses to shore up its defenses and the world contemplates whether dividing the country by sects is the best approach. Is this strategy something the White House will feel comfortable explaining to families who lost members to the Iraq war?
Foreign policy in the Middle East under Obama has not fostered democracy. It has only led to more bad behavior from Islamic extremists as the hopes of the Arab Spring prove time and again to be a fraud. Was buying into nation-building in the Muslim world and trying to negotiate with Iran worth compromising our relationship with Israel, our only completely trustworthy ally in the region and a friend on the world stage whose loyalty we will never have to question?
National security and foreign affairs are about more than the Middle East. China is a much more powerful adversary than troublemakers in North Africa. The Asian superpower is intent on cyber penetrations of our private sector intellectual property and public sector military secrets. As China grows as an economic power and U.S. debt grows along with it, our ability to negotiate favorable outcomes from disputes lessens.
There was a time when America apologized for nothing. Now it seems we apologize for almost everything other countries find fault with, from foreign policy to an American-made video that riled Muslims and led to a televised apology from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on Pakistani television. Is this the future of foreign affairs for America, finding fault with ourselves when other nations act out, compromising our national security by projecting weakness and insecurity?
Humanity should not have been shocked by the attacks in Paris. There was nothing outrageous about what happened, even though the one-time leader of the free world chose to cast it that way.1 When America’s leadership decided long ago to publicly deny the direction Islam was so obviously taking, what did that portend for the civilized world?
The wait is finally over. Beginning today, the world community can see how Iran intends to honor the deal it cut with the West. Hopefully, those who negotiated the terms appreciate the humor in the news of Iran’s new ICBM test and North Korea’s laughable request for a peace treaty.1 Kim Jong-un may be crazy, but he’s paying attention.
Too many on Capitol Hill are still afraid to admit what is so horribly wrong with John Kerry’s Iran deal. The forced urgency is suspicious enough, considering that we have worried about Iran’s nuclear ambitions for decades, a lot longer than the 10-year compliance window being offered. The same sanctions are already in place that Obama plans to use if Iran violates the agreement.
When we point fingers at Obama’s failure to come up with a strategy to deal with ISIS we shouldn’t be thinking about the best tactics for killing radicals. Killing radicals is easy. We have already proved that. The real problem and one we will never have a foolproof strategy for is how to kill their beliefs.