For the last ten years, I have watched this man’s uncanny rise to the pinnacle of power and vacillated between those two choices. His inexperience suggested the former, but his ideology made me wonder what he would do when the international chips were down. I have come to the conclusion that ideology trumps inexperience. His ego is so massive, and his leftist beliefs and Muslim upbringing are so strong, that he is willing to throw our country as we have known it — not to mention any inconvenient allies — under the big international bus.
Let’s review our Middle East policy since Obama took office in January 2009. He made it his top priority to go to the region and prostrate himself before the Islamic world, bowing before Saudi sheiks and telling outrageous lies about the great and glorious history of a religion rooted in 7th Century barbarism in his now-infamous speech in Cairo.
Since then, he has unilaterally withdrawn from Iraq while perpetuating a semi-war in Afghanistan that is doing nothing but getting our troops killed a few at a time.
And, of course, he has proceeded to do everything in his power to place as many crazy Muslim zealots in power as he possible can.
So now what do we have? We have Egypt, formerly a solid U.S. ally whose leader kept the peace with Israel for thirty years, in flames and in danger of becoming a Russian ally, at best, or imploding into Islamist chaos, at worst.
Next door, in Libya, where every terrorist in the area is still laughing at us after the fiasco in Benghazi, we have replaced a tinhorn tyrant with a truly dangerous al-Qaida-run government, a scenario we are about to repeat in Syria.
Meanwhile, the calculating Shiite Ayatollahs in Iran are watching our every move and threatening to “rain down missiles on Israel” if we attack the government of their friend in Damascus, Bashar al-Assad.
Hard as it may be, try to look at the Middle East through Obama’s eyes. He thinks the United States is the problem in the region. He has stated so repeatedly, beginning with that speech in Cairo. He obviously believes the same canard George Bush kept repeating about the “religion of peace.” The difference is that Obama cannot or will not differentiate between so-called moderate Muslims and radical Islamists. Bush at least knew that when people attack us, they probably are not our friends. He also was willing retaliate against them when they proved themselves hostile.
Obama hates Israel, and he no longer has any need for the naïve liberal Jewish vote that helped put him in office — twice — so he feels emboldened to do what he wants to the tiny Jewish state. If Iran attacks Israel in promised retaliation for a U.S. strike on Syria, Israel will be forced to defend itself, possibly with nuclear weapons. Given Obama’s willingness to twiddle his thumbs and pretend to agonize over his decision to make any moves against the Syrian regime, thereby giving every terrorist mullah in the Middle East time to plot revenge, one has to wonder, will he do anything to defend Israel?
And if you think that lofty entity known as “The World Community” gets up in arms over the use of a few canisters of chemical or biological weapons, wait until you see the ginned-up outrage that will arise against Israel when they defend themselves with nukes. After all, America is still getting flak from the Left for using them on Japan 68 years ago. Such a scenario would provide Obama — not to mention a lot of cowards in Congress on both sides of the aisle — with the excuse he has long sought to abandon our only real ally in the Middle East.
Add to that the fact that the chaos this president has encouraged all across the region could drive the cost of gasoline in the United States to double digits — another Obama dream come true — and one more piece in his radical environmental puzzle slides into place.
If I could name more than a handful of statesmen in Congress, I would begin to wonder when the word “impeachment” might seriously be spoken there.
Doug Patton describes himself as a recovering political speechwriter who agrees with himself more often than not. His weekly columns are syndicated by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. Readers are encouraged to email him at email@example.com and/or to follow him on Twitter at @Doug_Patton.