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Bottom line in the Middle East

And it is fairly obvious from here:

Maybe Putin will save Assad, maybe he won’t. But people and governments in the Middle East will long remember that Obama’s definition of leadership meant abandoning our allies in Baghdad, showing the back of his hand to our friends in Jerusalem, cozying up to the liars and killers in Tehran, waging an effete air campaign against ISIS, and dithering while Syria descended into an almost unimaginable humanitarian crisis.

In the broader region, Obama’s leadership left Libya in ruins and wide open to ISIS penetration, alienated Egypt, decreased our leverage in Pakistan, and accomplished almost nothing in Afghanistan except to turn it into a safe haven for pederasts.

Obama’s disastrous failure to lead in the Middle East has helped to flood Europe with refugees and potential terrorists, encouraging the rise of Putin-like far-right parties throughout NATO and the EU. Meanwhile, Moscow appears set to flagrantly violate Obama’s New START agreement, building up its arsenal of deployed nuclear warheads above the impending caps. Our own arsenal continues to shrink, already well under the 2018 limits.

However, the president does see an opportunity coming soon to turn all this around, telling Kroft that “my definition of leadership would be leading on climate change, an international accord that potentially we’ll get in Paris.”

Obama fiddled with the thermostat while the world burned.

So I’m off the grid for a few days (enjoyably so) and find not much has changed.

And, given that, now we’re in the middle of “reaping the whirlwind”.

Meanwhile, the dope in the White House is all about fighting “climate change” which apparently doesn’t deal with whirlwinds.  His Secretary of State reminds us he’s “concerned” about the Russians and the Middle East, which, you know, is pretty proactive for this administration.

And our erstwhile or, perhaps “former” allies in the region?

They’re shopping for a new patron.

~McQ

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13 Responses to Bottom line in the Middle East

  • Oh, and Iran tested out one of their larger throw weight nifty new missiles in probable violation of the treaty that the ink hasn’t even been put to yet.

    GREATEST PRESIDENT EVAH!

    Goin down in history, along with the flaming wreckage of any effective US foreign policy.
    I was going to say effective containment policy, but hell, the overall policy is a smoking pile of scrap, why bother mentioning the containment piece.

    Did I mention greatest president evah?

    • That missle can hit Europe.

      So I’m not too worked up about it. Europe deserves what’s in store for it.

    • Perhaps when Captain Oblivious writes his memoir he can title it: “Things That Don’t Matter”.

  • They’ll be able to bs the low information voter for a one more year. Then it becomes the next presidents problem. I regret it will fall to undeniable shit on someone else’s watch and Obama won’t get the credit.

  • We dropped 50 tons of small arms ammo and grenades on…somebody…somewhere…for some reason.

    This was described by one source at least as “a change in strategy” . It wasn’t even a tactic. It was just a broke-dick gesture.

    • “somewhere”

      Mehhhh Baaaahahahahahahahahahhhaaaahhh baaahhhahhh (translation: Heh, just wait till those two legged asshats come up here to try their next goat rope….)

  • Someone wants to start a proxy war! Let’s not make Putin’s mistake.

    • Just where do you assert Putin has “made a mistake”, you idjit?

    • I love the whole proxy war meme that has sprung up since the idiot in Chief used the term – because it demonstrates how miserable our education system has become.

      There is a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Syria. Not between the US and Russia.
      The Obama administration is busy behaving like clueless spectators ineffectively cheering for the “freedom” fighters, of which there are none, who are no more likely to create a democracy upon victory then Ghengis Khan would have been. Our policy is so witless and scatterbrained we’re supplying weapons to people in Syria who if they were in Afghanistan or Iraq would be aiming to return the explosive portion of the weapon to American troops first hand.

      Russia just officially took any Obama fantasy proxy out of the war by getting directly involved. Any remotely proxy behavior provide by the west will end here as the Syrians reconquer territory with the help of their Russian owners. Once the supply of American ordnance runs out the rebels probably won’t see much more.
      Since we’re not prepared to stare the Russians down we’ll make some kind of exit without honor and it will be interesting to see which arms suppliers the Syrian rebels/Saudi moneymen are forced to turn to before they’re ultimately crushed.

  • “Now, we often hear that our pilots are striking the wrong targets, not IS,” Putin said at an investment forum in Moscow explaining that Russia had asked Washington to provide a list of targets.

    But Washington declined.

    “‘No, we are not ready for this’ was the answer,” Putin quoted them as saying. “Then we thought again and asked another question: then tell us where we should not strike. No answer too,” he said, adding: “That is not a joke. I did not make this up.”

    “How is it possible to work together?” he asked. “I think some of our partners simply have mush for brains, they do not have a clear understanding of what really happens in the country and what goals they are seeking to achieve.”

    Often forgotten is that there is no “Mercy Rule” in foreign policy

    • Good lord, Reagan must be spinning. I always thought about the fall of the Roman Empire and wondered if before everything imploded they knew it was coming. And if we would know. 🙁

  • Bruce, you misplaced your quotes. You sneer-quoted “former.” But you should have sneer-quoted “allies.”

    Because we don’t have any allies in that region. And except for Israel, we never have had any.

    I’d have thought that the fact that almost every one of the 9/11 attackers was a Saudi Arabian might have put that to rest.

    Apparently not.