Whether Syrian Muslims kill each other with chemical weapons, guns, bombs, or their bare hands, Allah can help them. They don’t need the U.S. We already blame ourselves for precipitating outbursts of violence inspired by Islam (see: Americans Are Not to Blame for Savagery in the Muslim World). How can our government be so foolish as to get involved in sectarian bloodshed and a conflict that we know will only cause us more pain?
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?
The Boston terrorists brought Americans together. The shootings in Newtown drove us apart. What was the difference? The Newtown tragedy was pushed aside so members of Congress could focus on controlling guns with a polarizing bill that, ironically, brought a surge of Second Amendment patriotism.
The Boston attacks raised old questions about the sort of open-armed immigration policies that make life in America accessible to immigrants but less safe for citizens.
Will 2013 be the year America sacrifices the rest of her credibility to the world? We are dead set on continuing our ill-conceived policy of making nice to countries and groups that hate us (see: Countries that Hate America Could be Our Best Friends), no matter how futile or costly the effort. Instead of non-lethal aid to Syria, how about spending that money in the U.S., where we stand a better chance that our efforts won’t be reciprocated with anti-Americanism?
Religious tolerance is the refuge of politicians preaching that we share values with cultures whose beliefs conflict with and even spawn hatred towards Americans (see: Countries That Hate America Could Be Our Best Friends). Espousing values based on repeating what people want to hear means you can afford to embrace tolerance for all, something our nation’s security can ill afford.
Instead of treading water until the next election fighting over a doomed immigration reform bill, Congress should narrow its sights and take up a deadly immigration issue that has haunted us since 9/11.
As information comes out about the marathon bombers, background checks, immigrant visas, and the path to legal status and citizenship will be in the spotlight.