Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Obama Foreign Policy Disaster

September 30, 2015

President Obama brought his only experience, community organizing, along with his radical beliefs into the White House and foolishly applied both to foreign affairs. It has been a devastating failure.

Obama’s well-documented socialist (and communist) background shapes his social agenda and his belief that the U.S. should be less powerful and less influential around the globe shapes his foreign policy. He believes that the U.S. has done more harm than good and should be stripped of its power and dominant leadership role in the world.

With no thought given to consequences, Obama began a campaign to level the playing field and change the balance of power in the world. His aggressively dismissive attitude toward Israel not only alienated our staunchest ally in the region, it encouraged surrounding Arab states and Islamic extremists to ramp up engrained hatred for Israel and the Western world.

His hasty removal of all troops from Iraq satisfied his campaign promise as well as his distaste for the military and U.S. military power but it cleared the stage for Islamic extremists. His refusal to do anything about the increasing chaos allowed Putin to gain an influence in the Middle East that has been denied him for years. We have now lost our foothold in the Middle East as well as respect.

Obama’s idealistic deal with Iran will result in leveling the nuclear playing field in the Middle East as well. Iran will obviously continue a nuclear weapons program under the toothless deal forcing surrounding countries to counter the threat with nuclear weapons of their own. The Middle East is on the verge of going nuclear at a time when bloodthirsty terrorists are rampaging unimpeded.

European countries can no longer rely on the U.S. for protection and are now dangerously vulnerable. Obama’s weakness and the refugee influx from the disintegrating Middle East provide Putin with another opportunity to take advantage. Europe is now facing danger at a level not seen since WWII.

It took years to gain respect, power, and influence around the world and it will take years to regain what we have lost – if we can. The upcoming presidential election will determine whether we are going to try or just give up. Which way will you vote?

David J. Hentosh

Wrong Lessons From the Vietnam War

May 21, 2015

Our abandonment of Vietnam in 1975 was a national disgrace. Scenes of helicopters on rooftops desperately trying to evacuate people at the last minute continue to haunt responsible Americans, especially those who served in Vietnam. There are many lessons to be learned from the entire fiasco of that war, but it seems the only lessons learned have been the wrong ones.

One of those wrong lessons has been to simply declare a war over when it is no longer popular and pack up and leave. In Vietnam, a pretense of a peace agreement was used to rationalize our abandonment along with a promise of aid if North Vietnam broke that agreement. Our abandonment became official when Congress refused to finance the aid promised.

In Iraq, Obama took that lesson further by declaring beforehand when the war would be over and pulling all our troops out at that designated time. The pretense of a peace agreement was replaced by the pretense of an Iraqi army capable of defending the country but the abandonment remained the same.

The task of evacuating those who helped us during the war was also abandoned in Iraq. Our attempt to evacuate those who helped us in Vietnam was honorable but there was little preparation and little time to accomplish it properly. Our hasty retreat caused chaos and thousands of those we left behind were tortured and killed because of our inability to get them out.

The lesson learned from that was to avoid the entire mess by not even trying. In Iraq, no preparations or efforts were made for evacuation. Collaborators were knowingly left behind to fend for themselves when our troops left, therefore, thousands died when we abandoned our honor along with our commitment – just to fulfill a campaign promise.

Allowing a president and his civilian, political advisers to form and dictate military strategy failed in Vietnam where rules of engagement based on political fallout and civilian casualties put our troops in danger and forced a stalemate. Rules of engagement have become even more politically based since then and politicians continue to subvert military experts’ strategies for political purposes. When will we ever learn?

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
– George Santayana

David J. Hentosh

The Iran Farce

March 31, 2015

No one really believes that Iran can be trusted and no one really believes Iran will give up its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. That makes the desperation in this administration’s courting of Iran embarrassing, confusing, and frightening – and a farce.

Obama has not only ignored Israeli concerns in his frantic attempt to reach an agreement, any agreement, with Iran; he took personal, vindictive swipes at Prime Minister Netanyahu and subtly attempted to influence Israel’s election against him. It is embarrassing to all Americans to see a staunch ally such as Israel being deliberately insulted.

At the same time, Obama seems to be trying hard to help Iran become a nuclear power. The delays in negotiations, including the latest one, have given Iran plenty of time to hide its nuclear bomb-making facilities while Obama continues to make beneficial concessions to Iran. As if that isn’t baffling enough, Obama has the US helping Iran fight ISIS in Iraq while we are fighting against Iran in Syria.

Saudi Arabia, fearing the inevitability of a nuclear Iran resulting from Obama’s negotiations, is now contemplating arming itself with nuclear weapons. The Middle East is on the verge of nuclear proliferation and becoming much more dangerous – with nukes available to Islamic fanatics who have vowed to annihilate Israel on their way to conquering the world.

Obama seems to be blind to it all and holding fast to a policy that is naïvely unrealistic. Regardless of any agreement that may be reached, the inevitable violations by Iran will be handled through the UN Security Council. This is sure to be a slow (and impotent) process that will guarantee Iran gets enough time to complete its quest for the bomb. It’s a win-win situation for Iran and total loss for the rest of the world.

A nuclear Middle East will become Obama’s legacy but by that time, he will be out of office and on the golf course, blaming whoever inherits the White House – and the media will back him up.

David J. Hentosh

No Dignity In Jihad

March 17, 2015

ISIS fighters are dressing as women in attempts to escape the battlefield and the Iraqi army. The humiliation for these terrorists who regard women to be beneath them must be, one can surely hope, intense. It is the least they deserve.

Some of these terrorists tried to maintain Muslim tradition by foolishly keeping their facial hair while dressing as a woman. Apparently, shaving a beard is a step over the line for those using women and children as human shields, beheading innocent people, and viciously slaughtering non-believers.

Being dragged away by Iraqi troops while dressed in drag must be very embarrassing for ISIS terrorists who have been projecting themselves as fierce, unbeatable warriors. How mortifying it must be to find there is no dignity in jihad. There is only ignorance, arrogance, and savagery – and eventual defeat.

David J. Hentosh

Can We Survive This?

February 20, 2015

ISIS continues to grow in number and power, committing even more horrendous atrocities as it takes over more territory in the Middle East. In response, the Obama administration is ramping up its politically correct agenda of denial.

A White House spokesman said there is no particular “vulnerable community” prone to producing radical violence so they are looking to see how they can find those who are susceptible to recruitment to violence, adding that Muslims aren’t being targeted in this search. This fear of offending Muslims has become a driver for Obama and it hampers all administration efforts to fight terrorism.

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said “we cannot win this war by killing them” and we need to go after the root cause such as “a lack of opportunity for jobs”. When challenged, Harf put on elitist airs and insulted the intelligence of critics saying her comments were too nuanced for them to understand.

This academic drivel is useless against the evil and violence of ISIS and it is a pitiful excuse for inaction. Obama’s distaste for U.S. military might was nurtured during his early association with radicals and it fueled his anti-America apology tour when elected. His only concern is social engineering and he tries to ignore threats rather than deal with them.

In the past, Obama told us that victory was not a goal in Afghanistan and that he didn’t even like the word “victory”. His inaction concerning ISIS, therefore, should not be a surprise, but the depth of his denial is astounding and his total immersion in political correctness has gone far beyond foolishness. Shunning victory can only result in defeat, and we are being defeated.

This all makes the latest Gallup poll finding Obama’s job approval at 50% mystifying and frightening, especially since a CNN poll found that 57% disapprove of his handling of ISIS. Is it really possible that more than half the people believe ISIS terrorism is a real threat but find Obama’s personal “transformation of America” more important – and acceptable?

If so, survival of this country is questionable.

David J. Hentosh

Wrong…Wrong…and Wrong Again

February 16, 2015

The U.S. embassy in Yemen is closing as turmoil in the country increases and security deteriorates. This is the same Yemen that President Obama held up last September as a successful model for fighting ISIS, the same ISIS he compared to a “JV team” a little over a year ago.

Obama is now seeking war powers from Congress to help in the fight against ISIS. His premature promise not to put boots on the ground (where there were already boots on the ground) is starting to look a lot like his promise of keeping your doctor and your health insurance plan. He is now considering “limited” ground combat operations against ISIS. Zero has turned into limited – and this is far from over.

He gave terrorists advance notice of when he was going to pull out of Iraq and then, ignoring military advice, pulled all of our troops out and proclaimed the war in Iraq to be over. As predicted, terrorists immediately began taking over Iraq. Obama denied this and began a victory dance over Osama bin Laden’s death and his self-proclaimed decimation of Al Qaeda, the same Al Qaeda that has tripled attacks since 2010 and just now seized an army base in Yemen.

In 2012, President Obama set the use of chemical weapons as a “red line” for using military force in Syria and then did absolutely nothing when chemical weapons were used. Later, in 2013, he tried to say he never set that red line in the first place, blaming the “world” for setting it. It is clear he set it and reneged, setting the stage for ISIS to grow into the world threat it has become.

This president has been horribly wrong on everything concerning the Middle East and terrorism. How wrong does he have to be for supporters and the media to hold him accountable and seriously question his leadership? How much more damage can he do while we wait for that to happen?

David J. Hentosh

Moore Leftist Crap

February 11, 2015

The media is covering the Brian Williams fiasco as if it were some sort of world-shattering event and both sides of the political aisle are piling on. Williams is being treated and trashed as if he is a rock star. Ironically, behaving like an egotistical rock star is what landed him in trouble. Some criticism, however, is taking a different path.

Liberal John Stewart did not make excuses for Williams but he did chastise the media. He complained that the current media’s righteous indignation was missing during the Bush administration’s run up to invading Iraq, adding: “Finally, someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq war.”

Leftist Michael Moore, always handicapped by his limited understanding of reality, took the same approach by stating: “The real liars who were responsible for the Iraq War roam free while instead going after Brian Williams for committing the crime of Faux Macho. This just begs to be ridiculed and stopped.

Stewart and Moore were not alone in taking the media to task in this manner, but where were they when the media gave Obama a pass on his “you can keep your plan” lie? That was a whopper told and caught on video tape several times – and Obama even tried to weasel his way out of being caught. Will they demand the media take Obama to task over deliberately “misleading” (aka: lying to) the public about his stance on gay marriage when campaigning for president now that Axelrod spilled the beans?

The media is very selective in reporting about Obama, allowing him to rule like a king with no questions asked and the left says nothing. It is only Bush the left demands the media hold accountable. The blind partisanship and glaring hypocrisy is not unusual but it sure is tiring.

David J. Hentosh

Fool Me Once…

December 10, 2014

President Obama is seeking more discretionary power to wage war as he sees fit. After campaigning to end the war in Iraq, prematurely pulling all our troops out against military advice, and promising not to put “boots on the ground”, he now wants to increase his personal use of military power.

This president has a history of lying (e.g.“if you like your doctor…); a history of acting alone (e.g. executive order for illegals, cancelling Obamacare rules); a history of ignoring the law (e.g. directing ICE not to deport illegals); a history of ignoring the Pentagon (pulling all troops out of Iraq); and a history of reneging on promises (e.g. Immigration reform in first term, transparency, shovel-ready projects, closing GITMO, etc.). It would behoove Congress to remember the age-old idiom: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

Obama has fooled the American public and Congress over and over and he has arrogantly assumed more power than any president was ever meant to have. He has displayed a leftist distaste for the military by shunning military advice, apologizing to the world for past military involvement, and taking military decisions away from the Pentagon. He has assumed personal control over drone use and drone targeting and is now adding “boots on the ground” to the 3500 already there as if never having vowed not to.

Obama has been an egotistical, runaway train doing whatever he wants whenever he wants while refusing to take responsibility for anything. We will spend years trying to recover from the policies and precedents he set in place. It would be shameful beyond belief to grant him more power, especially military power.

Almost everything from Obama and his administration has been s**t masquerading as chocolate.  What could possibly go wrong by giving him more power?

David J. Hentosh

What a Deal!!

November 12, 2014

President Obama struck a deal with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to limit greenhouse gases. The deal calls for the US to severely reduce carbon emissions by the year 2025 while China can continue increasing carbon emissions until the year 2030 when it will then be required to cap them. How’s that for a deal?

Using the same unique negotiation skills that couldn’t convince Iraq to allow any of our troops to remain in-country, president Obama gave the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases the green light to continue producing them unabated for the next 15 years.

The only way he could have sweetened that deal would have been to give China the money, coal, and equipment to help increase their carbon emissions. Then, again, Obama has 2 years remaining in office to consider putting that on the table if China tries to renege by dangerously stopping carbon emissions. China is not known for sticking to deals, so it may still happen.

Next up for Obama is negotiating Eastern Europe with Russia. Don’t be surprised if he pulls off a deal swapping Poland for some prime real estate in Chernobyl. Nothing is off the table.

David J. Hentosh

No Troops…No Troops…No Troops…

September 11, 2014

President Obama’s ISIS speech was less about his ISIS strategy than it was about his personal ideology. He made sure we all understood he was not going to send troops to Iraq and he assured us that ISIS is not Islamic. Ruling out troops twice in his speech emphasized his presumptuousness (which got us into this mess in the first place) and refusing to call ISIS Islamic was just politically correct nonsense.

Obama’s presidential campaign centered on pulling our troops out of Iraq, not winning the war, and he put a timetable on doing that with no consideration of future circumstances. He wasn’t interested in victory, having even stated his dislike for that very word and making sure it wasn’t a goal for the U.S. in Afghanistan. His given date for troop removal gave terrorists preparation time, a morale boost, and a goal.

Furthermore, he was not interested in having any troops remain in Iraq and he pulled them all out against military advice. Obama sees our military as representative of U.S. power and influence in the world – and he loathes it. On his “apology tour”, he made it very clear that he was embarrassed by past U.S. actions and promised he was going to “change” our ways. He has accomplished that and, consequently, the U.S. has lost credibility across the globe.

Obama’s distaste for the military is also behind ignoring the red line he set concerning Syria’s use of chemical weapons. His ideology does not allow use of U.S. power, so his red line was just rhetorical bluster which seems to be the bulk of his failing foreign policy. He has previously stated his belief that he was elected to stop wars, not start them, so he is desperately trying to avoid anything remotely resembling military might.

Obama’s ISIS speech was a result of reality forcing its way into his fantasy view of the world. Reluctance to face that reality was evident by his insistence on ideological notions that circumstances could easily prove to be very naive. Time will tell if reality will penetrate further but the “plan” has been revealed to ISIS in more detail than necessary and ISIS will be eager to test Obama’s resolve of no troops…no troops…no troops…

David J. Hentosh