The Collapsing Obama Doctrine

That’s actually a tame way of describing the Dick Cheney Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal: The Collapsing Obama Doctrine. I’m not sure that I’ve seen a more thorough takedown of this President’s failed foreign policy; and he did it without once mentioning Benghazi. It’s worth the read. Heck, it’s worth framing and hanging in your office.

As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama’s past statements about ISIS and al Qaeda. “If a J.V. team puts on Lakers’ uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant” (January 2014). “[C]ore al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated” (August 2013). “So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding” (September 2011).

Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is “ending” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America’s enemies are not “decimated.” They are emboldened and on the march.

I’d forgotten about that Kobe Bryant comment. Good lord, this President makes some of the most ridiculous, off the cuff comments that always end up making him look small. The first sentence in the second paragraph probably sums up the Obama presidency better than any group of words could. “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.” I defy even the greatest of wordsmith’s to describe the Obama era any better than that.

Cheney then goes on to describe a trip he took to the middle east in which they heard a “constant refrain” of questions about just what exactly the president is doing when it comes to his middle eastern foreign policy. Cheney was warned that al Qaeda was setting up safe havens and camps from Syria to the Anbar Province in Iraq. He was asked pointedly, “Don’t the Americans care?”

Our president doesn’t seem to. Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.

Saying that Obama is “blithely unaware” or “indifferent” to the fact that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a danger to the U.S. is giving him the benefit of the doubt that he would actually care if he weren’t unaware. I’m not as nice as Dick Cheney. I don’t think Obama cares at all. He thinks that if Iraq crumbles under the weight of this “J.V. basketball team”, Bush, not he, will ultimately be blamed. He will have been the guy who was always against the “wrong war.”

Cheney goes on to cite how al Qaeda and other terrorists groups are resurgent all over the world in the age of Obama. He then mentions Obama’s “willful blindness” about his terrible policies.

This president is willfully blind to the impact of his policies. Despite the threat to America unfolding across the Middle East, aided by his abandonment of Iraq, he has announced he intends to follow the same policy in Afghanistan.

Make no mistake. Once Obama pulls out of Afghanistan to appease his left-wing base, the Taliban, along with remnants of al Qaeda will take back over.

The entire piece is great, I recommend reading it. It ends this way:

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan said, “If history teaches anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.” President Obama is on track to securing his legacy as the man who betrayed our past and squandered our freedom.

President Obama could never be a good student of history (the same could be said for Hillary Clinton), simply because he would always assume that he could have executed a failed policy better. Obama’s policies have failed because they are failed policies, regardless of whose they are. He just thought that his persona would have made what was a sure failure into a success. He’s that delusional.

(cross-posted at Rotten to the Core)