Well the cold war has officially thawed. Through the failed ending of the Iraqi withdrawal and the indecisive foreign policy of the Obama administration, the Middle East has become a hotbed for uncontrolled violence with absolutely no leadership alternative rising up to quell the bloodshed.
In his press conference in August of last year, Obama announced to the world: "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet." As amateurish as that was, one still would think that during the course of an ENTIRE YEAR one could muster up at least a few effective ways to combat the enemy. Somewhere between grabbing a napkin and drawing arrows on it towards an X and launching the Normandy Invasion, there should at least be a few effective steps to show the enemy and the world that yes, we do know our responsibility to work for stability in the world.
But when the barbarians released videos showing the first few people having their heads cut off, the underwhelming response of our leaders belied any acknowledgement of leadership on the world stage.
Americans beheaded: We’re working on it….
Thousands of Christians and minority groups raped, pillaged and murdered: We’ll see what we can do….
Governments being toppled and entire sections of countries being dragged into the Middle Ages of torture and chaos: We want to weigh our options….
Voting “present” as a member of the Senate may have been allowed, but it is not acceptable as the commander in chief of the most powerful nation in the world. The Middle East is in chaos. In the middle of this leadership vacuum, the one who rises up to seize the opportunity to challenge the US for international appeal — our old foe Russia. Putin has been testing the waters on Obama over the last several years by his unchecked forays into Ukraine, followed by continually disregarding NATO and missile treaties and shoring up his alliances everywhere from Tehran to Beijing. Now as Russia sends its war planes and missile defenses in Syria, one might ask how much longer will the U.S. sit back and watch the world burn.
Regardless of political party or the differing views on American Isolationism, the fact in these times is that we do not have the luxury of inaction. Voting “present” instead of actively and decisively leading the world in the eradication of terrorism is not an option. The approach of Chamberlain in a failed desire for “peace in our time” now, through the clear view of history, is criminally negligent. Many have suffered, thousands more have died. How’s that plan coming along now, Mr. President?