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President Obama’s Top Foreign Policy Blunders

We are down to just over two months before we start saying “Former” President of the United States Barack Obama. America would be more excited by this if it wasn’t so scared of what was coming after. Alas. Let’s look at the biggest foreign policy failures of the Obama administration, in no particular order.

1. Fast and Furious

Hopefully no one’s forgotten this one, going all the way back to President Obama’s first term in office. It was supposed to help the ATF deal with drug cartels operating inside the US. The reason this made it on our list was because of the international ramifications of the results. What were those results? Well thanks to the Obama administration, instead of dismantling drug-trafficking routs, it ended up helping criminals south of the border gain their hands on 2,000 or so weapons. These weapons have since been used to kill citizens of Mexico and one US Citizens, a border patrol officer named Brian Terry (Source).

2. Arab Spring: Egypt an Libya

Everyone remembers the unbelievable events that started in Tunisia. People in various nations mobilizing through social media and other means to protest and rise against injustice and demand democracy. And how did it all end up? Exactly as most predicted.

President Obama had admitted that intervention in Lybia was a big mistake because he failed to consider what would happen “the day after.” As The Atlantic called it, “This was yet another act of presidential contrition for the NATO operation in 2011 that helped to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi but left the country deeply unstable.” He misjudged the situation, but blamed Lybian tribal communities and NATO for the problem.

President Obama also praised Egypt for the election of Mohammed Morsi, who was part of the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization which was responsible for the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. In December of 2012, as reported by BBC “Islamist-dominated constituent assembly approves draft constitution that boosts the role of Islam and restricts freedom of speech and assembly. Public approve it in a referendum, prompting extensive protest by secular opposition leaders, Christians and women’s groups.” Hurray for Freedom and Democracy…oops.

He has also been relatively silent on the treatment and rights (or lack there of) of Coptic Christians.

3. Interfering in Israel’s Election and General Attitude Towards Israel

You read that correctly. The President of the United States interfered in the democratic process of it’s friend and ally, Israel.  Now while Obama had not been the biggest fan of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this was by far the most active thing he did. This wasn’t his administration pushing Israel to negotiate with Mahmoud Abbas, or offhanded comments about how much it sucks to work with the Prime Minister, or just general disrespect. This was blatant and on purpose.

How did the president do this?

“There was money moving that included taxpayer U.S. dollars, through non-profit organizations. And there were various liberal groups in the United States that were raising millions to fund a campaign called V15 against Prime Minister Netanyahu,” states John McLaughlin, a Republican strategist, as reported by the Jerusalem Post.

This of course backfired and actually ended up helping Netanyahu’s win by a wider margin than what was reported in the US. Bibi’s speech to congress also reportedly helped. Obama’s actions and influence and pushing for opposition candidates who were more a bit more open to a two-state solution shows a blatant disregard of Israel’s right to its own decisions.

4. Syria

There are many possible failures here, giving money to armed rebels who’s allegiance was unclear beyond “Stop Assad”, not acting soon enough or not being tough enough, or perhaps not staying out of it and not being able to do anything regarding Russia’s involvement. But what a Diplomacy Professor mentioned as the biggest failure was the “red line”.

In 2013, Assad’s forces used Chemical weapons on the people of Damascus, killing 1,500 civilians, at least 400 of whom were children. Social Media was flooded with the most gruesome of images following these events. President Obama the year before gave a speech in which he said that if Assad used chemical weapons it would be crossing the red line. So Assad crossed it and what did President Obama do? Not much. This sent a clear message to a lot of countries around the world, that they could no longer feel safe with the US watching their backs.

Syria will follow his legacy more than some of the other things on this list.

5. The Iran Deal

You know…the deal where Iran got the better end and there’s no guarantee that it will actually curtail its nuclear aspirations. Yeah. That deal. Iran still gets to enrich uranium and merely delays the time frame of Iran’s nuclear capability. This deal was plagued by controversy and opposition from conservatives. This deal also gives money, lots of it, to the state sponsor of terrorism.

The US and Iran did not even agree to release any of the people we know are being held in Iran.

Marco Rubio covered all the basis in his questions on the Iran deal.

There you have it. These are just 5 of Obama’s biggest blunders of foreign policy. What are your thoughts on Obama’s biggest mistakes? Let us know, comment, and share.

By | November 13th, 2016|International, Politics|0 Comments

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By | September 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Well Said!

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Dan Cincinnatus

In response to the rumors of a Seattle Seahawks team sit-down for the Star Spangled Banner on 09/11, I wrote this open letter to Russell Wilson and posted it on his Facebook page.

Dear Mr. Wilson,

My name is Dan Russell. I am a lifelong Seattle Seahawks fan, a native Washingtonian, and I have the humble privilege of serving as a Police Officer in my community.

I am the Officer in these photos – two of which went viral – taken in Dallas on 07/07 at the scene where 14 police officers were shot in an ambush; five of whom perished from their injuries.

I decided to dedicate myself to a life of Service on a Tuesday morning sitting in my parents living room on 09/11/2001, as I watched live footage of a plane crash into the World Trade Center. I woke up my brother, a serving United States Marine at the time, to give him the news – America was under attack.

On that sunny and bright Tuesday, 2,996 Americans lost their lives. 343 of those lost were firefighters, and 71 were law enforcement officers. In response to the worst terrorist attack in our Nation’s history, millions answered the call to Service – to Serve their Nation in the military, to Serve their communities as Police Officers, firefighters, dispatchers, paramedics, or as the family of one of these intrepid selfless individuals.

Every day, more choose to answer the call to Serve – inspired by those events of fifteen years ago and the selfless sacrifice of so many that came before them.

I chose to Serve on 09/11/2001. After Ferguson in 2014 I found myself questioning my choice of career and vocation. A visit to Ground Zero reminded me that I was Serving something bigger than myself – something beautiful and everlasting.

America.

I humbly ask – I beg – that you do not sit down for The Star Spangled Banner on this coming Sunday, the 15th anniversary of 09/11/2001.

To do so would be a slap in the face to millions of fans, millions of public Servants, millions of Americans, to 09/11 first responders, to the survivors, and to the families of all that were involved and impacted by that terrible day, most of all –

To those 2,996 who fell in an act of hatred towards our country and all we stand for.

You have so many avenues of making a stand, of letting your voice be one of compassion, reconciliation, and building rather than tearing down. You have shown that you are an inspiring leader, man of community, faith, family, and charity. You have a voice that will be heard.

Please, use your voice in one of those other avenues – do not allow yourself to become one that succumbs to the sensationalism and misguided choices that are currently causing so much division in our country.

Stand for The Star Spangled Banner.

We who Serve will stand with you.

Respectfully,

Dan Russell
Seahawks Fan

By | September 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The ONE Reason To Vote For Trump.

 Ed. note: to anyone-but-Trumps — consider how a continuation of Obama (AKA Hillary admin.) would reshape the Supreme court. If there is ONE reason to vote for Trump – think of the Supreme court.
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On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform the United States of America. After nearly eight years as president, he has delivered on one front by reshaping the federal judiciary. That revolution has been comprehensive, dramatic, and under the radar. When Obama entered the Oval Office, liberal judges controlled just one of… (more…)

By | September 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mule Trading

Curtis & Leroy saw an ad in the Starkville MS Daily and bought a mule for $100.

 

The farmer agreed to deliver the mule the next day.

The next morning the farmer drove up and said, “Sorry, fellows, I have some bad news, the mule died last night.”

 

Curtis & Leroy replied, Well, then just give us our money back.”

The farmer said, “Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.”

They said, “OK then, just bring us the dead mule.”

 

The farmer asked, “What in the world ya’ll gonna do with a dead mule?”  Curtis said, “We gonna raffle him off.”  The farmer said, “You can’t raffle off a dead mule!”   Leroy said, “We sure can! Heck, we don’t hafta tell nobody he’s dead!”

 

A couple of weeks later, the farmer ran into Curtis & Leroy at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store and asked.  “What’d you fellers ever do with that dead mule?”

 

 They said, “We raffled him off like we said we wuz gonna do.”

 Leroy said, “Shucks, we sold 500 tickets for two dollars apiece and made a profit of $998.”

 

The farmer said, “My Lord, didn’t anyone complain?”

Curtis said, “Well, the feller who won was kinda upset, so we gave him his two dollars back.”

 

Curtis and Leroy now work for the government. They’re overseeing the Medicare and Social Security Programs.

 Limit all U.S. politicians to just two Terms. One in office and one in prison

By | August 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Too Many People Vote?

Perhaps a better way to say it is – too many UNeducated people vote. A call for a small civics test to be able to vote sounds like a good idea. Maybe 10 or 20 questions. This prep quiz from the USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services — division of Homeland Security that gives the tests for those choosing to become citizens) would be excellent!  https://my.uscis.gov/prep/test/civics

Todd Herman of Kiro Radio in Seattle says it well. Again though, not a generalization of just “too many” voting – but too many uneducated (hopefully) citizens voting for their personal interest. Not what’s best for the country.

Tell us how you did on the civics test!

 

By | August 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FBI found nearly 15,000 new Hillary Clinton emails

 Ed. note: 5 missing? Maybe. 15,000 emails missing? Yeah, that’s not a mistake.

The FBI found nearly 15,000 emails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never turned over to the government after she left office – despite her insistence she’d handed in all her work-related messages. The Obama administration revealed the messages in a court hearing Monday. The 14,900 emails are just part of thousands the FBI has turned… (more…)

By | August 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments