Obama Doctrine: Obama’s Mideast Jihad

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Five years and counting, the elite right is finally removing the veil of oblivion and reporting on the real consequences of what I predicted and warned of for years. Max Boot, Mark Levin, et al sound just like me …. five years ago. They distanced themselves from me and the few other truth tellers. They looked down their nose on the truth and helped destroy the country with their silence and complicity.

Now they are lamenting? Shame on them. They went left when they should have been right. And this is just the beginning. You ain’t seen nuthin yet.

No More in 2016.

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Obama’s Mideast Realignment

His new doctrine: Downgrade ties to Israel and the Saudis while letting Iran fill the vacuum left by U.S. retreat.

By Max Boot, Wall Street Journal, March 25, 2015

Let’s connect the dots.

Data point No. 1: President Obama withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011 and is preparing to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016, even while keeping a few more troops there this year and next than originally planned.

Point No. 2: The Obama administration keeps largely silent about Iran’s power grab in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, even going so far now as to assist Iranian forces in Tikrit, while attempting to negotiate a nuclear deal with Tehran that would allow it to maintain thousands of centrifuges.

Point No. 3: Mr. Obama berates Benjamin Netanyahu for allegedly “racist” campaign rhetoric, refuses to accept his apologies, and says the U.S. may now “re-assess options,” code words for allowing the United Nations to recognize a Palestinian state over Israeli objections.

Taken together, these facts suggest that Mr. Obama is attempting to pull off the most fundamental realignment of U.S. foreign policy in a generation. The president is pulling America back from the leading military role it has played in the Middle East since 1979, the year the Iranian hostage crisis began and the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. He is trying to transform Iran from an enemy to a friend. He is diminishing the alliance with Israel, to lows not seen since the 1960s.

Call it the Obama Doctrine: The U.S. puts down the burden, and Iran picks up the slack.

Perhaps the least disputed of these points is the notion that Mr. Obama is stepping back from the Middle East. He has repeatedly said as much, promising to “rebalance” our commitments by shifting forces to the Pacific. The U.S. still maintains substantial forces in the Persian Gulf, as it has done since the early 1980s. But the number of troops in Iraq has fallen from 142,000 when Mr. Obama took power to fewer than 3,000 today, after an interregnum of zero between 2011 and 2014. The number of troops in Afghanistan tripled to 100,000 in 2010 but has since fallen to 10,000 and is supposed to hit zero before the president leaves office. This will be disastrous and destabilizing, but it will allow Mr. Obama to claim that he “ended” the war. In reality, pulling out U.S. troops will only fuel the conflict.

A corollary to Mr. Obama’s vow to make the “tide of war” recede is his determination, if forced to fight, to employ air power alone. The U.S. took part in the NATO air campaign to depose Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, but afterward Mr. Obama refused to send a peacekeeping force, a decision that has consigned the country to anarchy. Now Mr. Obama is launching airstrikes against Islamic State while refusing to commit to any ground troops—even though they are essential to ensuring the success of airstrikes.

This brings us to the second part of the Obama Doctrine. The U.S. has regarded Iran as its enemy since our embassy in Tehran was stormed and our diplomats taken captive. The Iranians have sponsored numerous terrorist attacks on American targets, in Lebanon in the 1980s and Iraq in the 2000s.

In response, successive U.S. presidents have backed Israel and Sunni allies, notably Saudi Arabia. Mr. Obama is bucking this foreign-policy consensus. He is offering Iran extraordinarily generous terms in the current negotiations, suggesting that he will lift sanctions if Iran merely slows down its nuclear-weapons program for a decade.

Mr. Obama is also doing little to contest Iran’s growing imperium in the Middle East, symbolized by the ubiquitous presence of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, which is charged with exporting Iran’s revolution. Tehran backs proxy militias such as Hezbollah, which has moved from its Lebanese base to support Iranian client Bashar Assad in Syria; the Badr Organization, which is leading the charge against Islamic State in Tikrit; and the Houthi militia that has taken over San’a, the capital of Yemen, and is now at the gates of Aden, a strategically vital port near the entrance to the Red Sea.

All U.S. officials will say in response is that Iran’s actions are “helpful” as long as they are not too “sectarian”—akin to praising Al Capone for providing liquor to the thirsty masses while piously expressing the hope that his conduct isn’t too criminal. Now the U.S. is even supporting the Iranian-directed offensive against Tikrit by providing surveillance flights and airstrikes for attacking forces.

The flip side of this shift toward Iran is a move away from longtime allies, most notably Israel, which views the Iranian nuclear program as an existential threat. The president vowed to put some “daylight” between Washington and Jerusalem, and boy has he delivered. His aides deride the Israeli prime minister as a “chickens—” and a “coward,” and Mr. Obama has exhibited more visceral anger at Mr. Netanyahu than he has at Vladimir Putin or Ayatollah Khamenei.

Mr. Netanyahu has sometimes played into Mr. Obama’s hands—for example, by agreeing to address Congress without first running it by the White House and then vowing, in the closing days of his campaign, that there will be no Palestinian state while he is prime minister. What Mr. Netanyahu meant, as he later explained, was that the Palestinians have not shown a commitment to peace that would make him comfortable giving up further land in the West Bank at the moment. But by appearing to flip-flop on his pledge to seek a two-state solution—a bedrock of U.S. policy under Mr. Obama and George W. Bush—Mr. Netanyahu has provided ammunition for those in the White House who maliciously insist on painting him as a crazed warmonger and ethnic cleanser.

Will Mr. Obama succeed in pulling off his sweeping diplomatic realignment? He still has almost two years in office and considerable presidential prerogative to reorient foreign policy as he sees fit. Ironically, the biggest obstacle in his path may be the Iranian mullahs. If they reject his extraordinarily generous offer for fear of doing any deal with the Great Satan, the folly of his foreign-policy revolution will be brutally exposed.

Mr. Boot is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of “Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present” (W.W. Norton, 2013).

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    • dad1927

      They actually met with Mr “Death to America?”

  • Dr. Doomsday

    SoeBarackah Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm.

  • Ganesha_akbar

    Four years ago mullah Hussein flew an Imam overseas to spit Muslim curses over the coffins of our brave SEAL Team 6 heroes in Dar al-Islam.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bYuUvj7-ME

    It should be clear by now that mullah Hussein invited mullah Bergdahl to chant the bismillah in the Rose Garden because he is committed to competing with ISIS, Iran and al-Qaeda for Muslim hearts and minds.

    But would ACLU progressives please take a moment from the latest Ferguson kerfuffle to explain and justify mullah Hussein’s new policy of nakedly rejecting church-state separation and demanding Federalized official dawah? By what authority does mullah Hussein issue apostasy fatwas to declare other Muslims ‘takfir’?

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters today that the United States needs to “redouble” efforts to explain “what the tenets of Islam actually are.”

    …anybody? …Buehler?

    • Beagle

      Yeah, that is what the establishment of religion looks like, when government is explaining the ‘correct’ tenets of a religion.

      • Ganesha_akbar

        That’s the only rational explanation I can see; but I still wonder what fig leafs, delusions or lies the progressives maintain about mullah Hussein’s naked paleo-establishmentarianism.

  • Commieobamie

    obuttboy is a Total sack of sewer SLIM Scum that sucks the wee wee of islam.

  • e1313ruth

    Obama is the head of the islamic serpent..

  • 4×4

    Obama’s a lying wolf in sheep’s cloth. his bowing to our enemies is certain proof where his real allegiance lies.

    • This Abomination BHO is Anti-USA Everything / Anti-Israel-Yisrael!!

  • Guest

    Cair demands Jeb Bush fire advisor who criticized islam. Here we go.

    http://weaselzippers.us/218638-cair-demands-jeb-bush-fire-adviser-who-criticized-islam/

  • Lia

    Good for you, Mr Boot. Rather late than never still holds true.

  • Keith

    Point 1 actually is that Iranian operative, Valerie Jarrett, in the White House. She and manipulator Soros, and Iran’s Moslem Britherhoid, are running this show along with Obama, who really, is bad enough all by himself. But with the other two and the MB, it’s a case of gasoline on fire.

    • Ganesha_akbar

      Yep. Meanwhile inside Obama’s Beltway, Valerie Jarrett’s friends in Leftist wacademia shift from “Decrying Islamophobia” to fawningly conflate “iconic” Jihadi John with… American heroes at Iwo Jima!

      UMD: Jihadi John unmasked

      Every war has its iconic image. From World War II, we have a famous image of a Soviet soldier raising his country’s flag on the destroyed Reichstag and of Americans doing the same in Iwo Jima. The Syrian Civil War has boasted its own image, the image of foreign visitors as well as enemies of ISIS being beheaded… One executioner stands separate from the rest; he is a masked head-cutter with a noticeable British accent who until recently was given the epithet of “Jihadi John.”

      For a more scholarly discussion of this twisted moral phenomenon, try “Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left.”

      Sounds crazy? It is– and they are.

  • Janelle

    I don’t understand why this is a big surprise to anyone. An individual who pals around with Bill Ayers is suspect.

    • YesSirNoSirNoExcuseSir

      Just 1 of the rats and roaches he crawls around with

      • Janelle

        Don’t forget the flies which seem to circle him….

        • YesSirNoSirNoExcuseSir

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          • Janelle

            Opting for something stronger…….

          • YesSirNoSirNoExcuseSir

            lol, go 4 it!

  • curt

    Some may say rightly that this chaos has been orchestrated by Obama. I say that ignoring the uprising in Iran in ’09, loving the Bro-hood into power in Egypt, deserting the Egyptians when they flipped the table, sticking a burning plowshare up the a$$ of Israel, bending over to accept the Iatollah’s rod, Yemen, Iraq, oil pipeline, is the full extension of the meaning of orchestrate. He is a master at creating a vacuum. Islam is the creepy little demons sneaking out of the cesspool of hell to make this hell on earth. They are as adept at advancing as cancer. If you give them an inch they will spread their filth over a continent. I believe when he closes his eyes he hears the music of Wagner crescendoing to an oblivion for Israel and the U.S.

  • Henry Hawk

    Pam, don’t forget Glenn Beck the false profiteer, he not only remained silent when confronted with the truth, he mocked those that took a stand and only when it helped his wallet did he start saying anything, but all outwards and nothing inside the country.

  • chris wolf

    You are the vanguard, Pam.

    You are the one I first heard of in the Province of California, through the filters and firewalls of the media, rallying New Yorkers against the Ground Zero mosque.
    We all owe you a huge debt of gratitude for your great devotion and tireless advocacy for our freedom and our country’s future and for waking up Mark Levin.

  • chris wolf

    Looking at the present state of the muslim world it should make us feel lucky that “obama” is a closer friend of theirs than of us. LOL!
    Loser.

  • John C. Barile

    Why shouldn’t we expect the mullahs to get behind this agreement? For them, it’s nothing more than tissue paper; just another Treaty of Hudaibiya.

  • dad1927

    Call obola “Death to America” for short.

  • JohnSvengali

    Thanks for calling out the “elite right,” Pam. Levin and his buddies think they are the only real voice of conservatism. They are not, of course.

    Levin is sometimes a repetitive and petty wind-bag. If he lived in his oft times discussed American Revolutionary times, I wonder if he’d fight or talk. Talk is especially cheap when it supplants necessary action.

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