To The Daily Sun,
More than a decade of bloodshed and sacrifice took place in the rugged terrain of Iraq. President Bush's successful surge brought a chance for real democracy for the Iraqi people. Al-Qaeda had been decisively defeated and actually "was on the run". All this was accomplished remarkably, with an historically low casualty rate for a war of this length and with a terrific effort by our dedicated troops.
Fast forward to the end of 2013, and the final days of President Obama's 5th year as our Commander-in-Chief. Thirty-seven killed in a Christmas Day bombing in Iraq. Accomplished by two targeted bombing attacks. One at a Christian neighborhood and the other during a Christian mass. Four-hundred people have been killed in Iraq in December alone and over 6,000 this year.
During his year-end speech, President Obama cited as one of his accomplishments, the success in Iraq by virtue of ending the war in Iraq. There is a good chance that these deaths would not have happened had President Obama been willing and able to put together a "status of forces agreement" which would have left a small contingent of U.S. forces in Iraq to ensure stability within the country and avoid the kind of bloodshed that has occurred this year.
Iraq is now considered, by most experts, to be a client state of Iran. Al-Qaeda and it's many affiliates, rather than being on the run, has had an inspired revival. It now controls most of Iraq and Syria and according to most Middle East experts, is now a dominant force in that part of the world. People in those countries are wondering, "just where is the United States?" Charles Krauthammer says the answer lies in "Obama's foreign policy of retreat". "And when Americans retreat, the bad guys fill the vacuum". Our influence has been diminished and with it, lost opportunities for peace around the globe.
Egypt and Libya have been disasters for the United States as we all know. Syria could have been a worse disaster if Putin had not stepped in to save Obama's red line ultimatum. West Africa would be under al-Qaeda control if not for the French stepping up in Mali. Steve Hayes reminds us of how our president dithered and dallied for weeks on end while the Green Revolution was sparking in Iran and the whole world showed concern and looked for that "bright beacon on the hill" to again light up the cause for liberty. Apparently, the White House did not want to meddle in the affairs of others and Dennis Rodman was not available.
Now, we are supposed to believe that the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's speeches for peace are believable? Have we learned nothing from Hitler's peace speeches? If there is anyone who has a clue what our president's foreign policy is, could they please enlighten the rest of us. Steve and Charles believe that there is not now and never has been a coherent foreign policy under this administration. I suppose it's possible that our president is inspired from a song of harmony. That song is probably not from Beyonce, Jay Z or Kanye West, or even his favorite song for singing in the shower, Al Green's, "Let's Stay Together". No, I believe it is "Give Peace a Chance", by John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band.
Sometimes it seems as though America's soul has gone to sleep. How to awaken citizens from our complacent slumber? Is repeating, "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare, Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare", the answer to awaken our soul? Or should we reread the history of Ronald Reagan, Maggie Thatcher, Pope John Paul II and Lech Walesa and their indomitable spirits that brought down the Soviet Union? As Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel reminds us, "Indifference to me, is the epitome of all evil". Should we not demand a coherent foreign policy from our president and proper accountability for how our tax dollars are spent on defense? I think so. What say you?