A post-Obama foreign policy.
For the seven disastrous years of the Obama administration, it’s become easier to be a mullah building nuclear weapons in Iran than a Jew building an apartment in his capital, Jerusalem.
To get us to this point – a complete reversal of America’s long-standing and hard-won alliances – took more than just words from Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry. It took seven years of policy changes.
America 2016 is a very different model year from America 2008. Obama didn’t just redesign the hood, change the fenders, or swap out the 350 hp V8 for an electric motor that thumps like a washing machine (or a Prius trying to accelerate).
He fired the design team, retooled the assembly plant, and tried re-writing the laws of physics.
The result is the dangerously misguided Iran nuclear deal, an obsessive fixation on Israeli “settlements” (ie, apartment complexes and dormitory communities outside of Jerusalem), and an exhausted and dispirited military led by Obama-generals who have sissified the corps and sought to break its warrior spirit.
The next president can turn this around, but it will take more than just words. Because the damage has gone deep.
Here is an area where Americans of all stripes have overwhelming confidence in Donald Trump. Who better to walk into the State Department, gather round its panty-hosed, Democrat-donor diplomats, and quietly say: You’re fired.
I can already hear the Party of Permanent Government screaming, you can’t do that. Yes, he can. Watch him.
The next president needs to do the same thing in the military, and fire the new generation of politically correct generals bred and promoted under Obama to make America a follower nation, not a leader.
No more leading from behind. It just isn’t the American way.
Through their disastrous give-all, get-nothing deal with Iran, Obama and John Kerry have made war with Iran inevitable. This is a war we do not need and could have avoided.
Iran is not America’s enemy: our enemy is the Islamic, cleric-led fascist regime that has been murdering Americans for the past 35 years in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and yes, even Libya. To think that $150 billion of goodies will suddenly turn the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and its Quds Force goons into pussy-cats is truly delusional.
Want to know why ISIS is so powerful today? Because Obama walked away from Iraq, handing that country over to Iran, whose leaders saw a perfect opportunity for expanding their control over the region. Iran’s clerical leaders are many things, but they are not stupid.
Just as the Soviet Union did decades ago, the Iranians threw a match onto their neighbor’s house, then asked if he would like their fire engines to put out the fire.
(Yes, there is extensive evidence that both Iran and Turkey helped ISIS get started, although both now pretend to oppose it. If they truly opposed it, ISIS would be toast by now).
So what should the next president do about the Islamic State of Iran?
Announce today that you will rip up the Iran deal on the first day of office, and tell our European allies not to be so eager to extend tens of billions of euros worth of export credit to companies seeking to rebuild Iran’s crumbling infrastructure, because they’re gonna lose money, big time.
Ripping up the deal is just the first step. It’s bumper-sticker policy, and several candidates have already used it.
It must be accompanied by a robust, well-thought out plan for rebuilding our alliances so that together, after 36 years of putzing around, the freedom-loving countries of the world finally help the people of Iran to overthrow their tyrants.
(For the detailed brief on how we do this, see me. Just one hint: it doesn’t involve U.S. military force).
ISIS is a historical anomaly that never would have happened without Obama. ISIS is what you get when America leads from behind.
Obama’s steadfast refusal to keep U.S. troops in Iraq created a power vacuum that was immediately filled by Iran, which had no interest in seeing Iraq grow into a powerful, democratic country that unified three disparate communities: Shiite, Sunni and Kurd.
The Sunni uprising that began after the U.S.-led liberation in 2003 showed what happens when a president hands off his policies to incompetent or possibly hostile managers. On his third day in country, presidential envoy Paul “Jerry” Bremer had a brainstorm: he decided to fire the Iraqi army, persecute the Baath party down to the school teachers, and fire the new Iraqi governing council we had groomed to take over the country.
All of a sudden, there were 300,000 men with guns and no paychecks roaming the streets. And Bremer was surprised that an insurrection began?
The solution – and it remains the solution today – was to empower local Sunni tribes to hunt down the terrorist leaders, and then to give them a strong assist as they carved out a power-sharing arrangement with the Shiites and the Kurds.
What short memories we Americans have. We still have troops today in South Korea, sixty years after the Korean war. Those troops are not just a trip wire to guarantee that America will come to South Korea’s defense in the event of invasion. Up until now, they have served as a powerful deterrent to invasion. (With 30-year old Hollywood Kim now in charge, today all bets are off).
Keeping U.S. troops in Iraq was the prudent thing to do, the smart thing to do. It was in America’s interest. I guess that’s why Obama didn’t do it.
In Syria, we will need American troops on the ground to guide and restrain the 350,000-man Sunni army the Saudis have been building in recent months.
Defeating ISIS militarily will not be difficult if the next president gives our military the clear orders to do so. After all, with fewer than 4,000 troops and air power, the Russians did enough damage to ISIS to declare mission accomplished and return home on March 17.
But shaping the peace out of the wreckage of Syria will be a far more complex undertaking.
It begins with American values, American goals.
When they came to power in 2009, Obama and Hillary Clinton were determined to overturn America’s long-standing alliances and values.
Instead of a Middle East held together by a strong U.S.-Israel alliance, and a region-wide alliance against political Islam, Obama and Hillary sought to empower the Islamists, starting with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
They bum-rushed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, a U.S. and Israeli ally of 30 years, to the door. Then they pivoted to Libya and helped to create the first al Qaeda regime, impaling (quite literally) a Qaddafi who had become our ally just 7 years earlier in the battle against Islamic terrorism.
Woe to any leader seeking to crush Islamic terrorists in his midst. Under Obama and Hillary Clinton, America sides with his “opposition.”
With the help of a cheerleading media and delusionists on the Republican side (think: John McCain, Lindsay Graham), Obama and Hillary called Islamic jihadis “freedom fighters.”
We even had our very own Ambassador to Al Qaeda, a man who got to know every jihadi leader in the post-revolutionary Libyan regime and who was schooling the State Department in the nuances among them. Alas, Chris Stevens paid the price for that delusion in Benghazi, along with three other brave Americans who were there to protect him.
It reminds me of a joke some of my Iranian friends tell about President Ruhani. What’s the difference between a “moderate” mullah and a hard-liner? The “moderate” will rob you before he cuts your head off, while the hard-liner will kill you first and then rob you.
All of this can be changed, some of it overnight, by a president who puts American interests and America’s values first.