One doesn’t have to be an expert in foreign affairs to conclude that the Obama administration has been a disaster. The way Obama has treated allies like Great Britain and Israel while showing favor to countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable. The way Obama didn’t respond to the uprising in Iran in 2009 and the way his State Department single handedly disrupted the stability of the entire Middle-East by supporting the so-called Arab Spring are other examples of failed foreign policy.
Yet, in spite of our friends not being sure they can trust US and our enemies see US as weak, the Obama campaign will play up Obama as a foreign policy success story. He will be credited for ending the war in Iraq and for killing bin Laden and for winding down the war in Afghanistan. All good things to be sure. I am particularly glad to see our troops out of Iraq and I wish our troops were coming home sooner from Afghanistan. In case you missed it, you might want to read this Fox News story on our efforts to get out of Afghanistan.
The US has been secretly releasing captured Taliban fighters from a detention center in Afghanistan in a bid to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the insurgent group, the Washington Post reported Monday.
The “strategic release” program of high-level detainees is designed to give the US a bargaining chip in some areas of Afghanistan where international forces struggle to exercise control, the report said.
So, there you have it. We are going to play nice with the Taliban so that they will come to the peace table. Wasn’t the reason we prolonged our stay in Afghanistan To rid the country of the Taliban so the Afghan government might have a chance for peace in a country that has never known peace? Maybe I got that wrong. But, just so you know we didn’t just bend over for the Taliban:
Under the risky program, the hardened fighters must promise to give up violence and are threatened with further punishment, but there is nothing to stop them resuming attacks against Afghan and American troops
Now don’t you feel better? You would think our Liar in Chief would know he can trust these people; but maybe he doesn’t care. Obama told the troops during his secret trip the other day:
“We have made it clear that they [the Taliban] can be a part of this future if they break with Al Qaeda, renounce violence, and abide by Afghan laws. Many members of the Taliban — from foot soldiers to leaders — have indicated an interest in reconciliation. A path to peace is now set before them,” Obama said.
I’m sure the Taliban have something clear in their minds. So how many more of our brave men and women will die while our fearless leader is playing the charade of “peace talks”?
Related to today’s theme, Paul Mirengoff has written a two-part series at the Power Line blog titled Obama’s foreign policy — good enough for government work?. These both short articles I think you will find interesting.
In Part I, the author is focused on Pakistan.
Obama is second to none when it comes to pronouncing Pakistan, but his policy towards that country has been misguided from the start. As Shashank Joshi shows in the April 2001 issue of Current History, Obama came into office holding great hope that Pakistan would be a full-fledged partner in the war in Afghanistan. Naturally, Pakistan played on this hope, and was rewarded with the Kerry-Lugar-Berman “Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act” of 2009, which conferred $7.5 billion in aid over five years.
Obama was willing to believe in Pakistan’s viability as a full-fledged partner despite statements from Mike McConnell, Director of National Intelligence, that Pakistan regularly supplies weapons used to attack Afghan and coalition forces. Indeed, the U.S. had a telephone intercept in which Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s chief of staff, described the head of the Haggani network in Afghanistan as a “strategic asset.” The Haggani network is the Taliban’s partner in the war in Afghanistan.
You have to ask yourself how much of that $7.5 billion was/is used by pakistan to fund their friends the Taliban to continue killing Americans?
In Part II, Mr. Mirengoff is focused on India, which he refers to as the flip side of the same coin with Pakistan and rightly so. With a less than stable nuclear Pakistan and with China flexing its muscles, it would make sense to be building a strong relationship with India, right?
…But Obama seems to have burned too many bridges for that alliance to flourish while he’s in office.
Although the Obama campaign will be lauding his foreign policy expertise, this humble observer gives him an “F”. America will be paying for Obama’s mistakes and his mischief for years to come.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?