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The Obama response: more engagement. Obama hosted the Muslim Brotherhood, which vows never to recognize Israel “under any circumstances,” and announced a gift of $1.5 billion in American taxpayer dollars to the new Egyptian government. Last week, Secretary of State Clinton visited Egypt, bearing an additional $1 billion of debt relief. She also stood silently as the Egyptians explained how they did not see themselves bound by Camp David absent a (non-existent) regional peace agreement.
Hazard a guess as to which candidate has earned their support?
China. During Obama’s 3 ½ years, Chinese GDP has increased roughly 35%; the US has stagnated, averaging about 0.6% annual growth. Even more disturbing, the astronomical Chinese debt Obama has accumulated is approaching the point where US interest payments alone will equal Chinese military expenditures—at a time they are aggressively building up their military to challenge US dominance of the Pacific Ocean. This is a dynamic the Chinese would love to see continue.
Russia. Not even Czar Putin’s could have imagined that the “Reset” button gift from Obama could be used repeatedly. Yet, Russia blocks sanctions against Iran and Syria, sells Iran advanced air-defense systems, and ensures Syria is armed sufficiently to massacre its people. Russian military jets simulate bombing runs against America while violating US airspace, and Putin turns human rights back a generation. Repercussions? No, Just “Reset” again!
Obama has no Russia policy other than concession and appeasement: he unilaterally cancelled missile defense systems for our Czech and Polish allies at Putin’s command, slashed US nuclear deterrent stockpiles upgraded Russia’s WTO status–and revealingly promised the Russian leaders over an open microphone that he would be more flexible in a second term. Has America gotten anything in return?
And the list goes on–North Korea, the Taliban and Obama’s friends at Solyndra, to name just a few, are also better off today than four years ago.
Obama should expect plenty of support.
Abe Katsman is an American attorney and political commentator living in Israel. He serves as Counsel to Republicans Abroad Israel.
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