John Bolton has an interesting piece in, of all places, the Los Angeles Times, outlining the weaknesses of the Obama administration’s foreign policy and the likely consequences thereof. His thesis is that US foreign policy has centered in three initiatives which are bound to fail: negotiating with Iran, muddling about in Syria and attempting to negotiate a peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Obama (and the Left generally, I might add) has consistently made three fundamental errors: misreading the intentions of our adversaries, not knowing who our adversaries really are, and not knowing who our friends are.
He concludes that not only will these initiatives fail for the stated reasons, but they will fail catastrophically. These failures will not only result in expanded and more violent conflict in the region but will make America weaker and more vulnerable. It is all but certain that America’s enemies will exploit the opportunity the Obama administration is presenting to them; America will be attacked again as we were on 9/11.
Caroline Glick has taken Ambassador Bolton’s analysis and expanded it. She points out that not only is he correct, but that the principles he elucidates apply equally in a wider frame. Not only the in Middle East but everywhere the Obama administration fails to understand what our adversaries truly intend, who they are and who are our friends. Obama and his Sock Puppet of State John Kerry are strengthening our foes while undermining our allies in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, in short, everywhere, and that these policies will necessarily have devastating consequences for the inhabitants of those afflicted areas, and for the United States.
She points out that Americans have not been an isolationist people, certainly not since 9/11, but that we have functionally become so in part because we have so many grievous problems domestically, in part because we can’t bear to look at the foreign policy train wreck unfolding before us. But also because there is no one in the Republican Party who is articulating a viable alternative. On the one hand is Rand Paul and his extreme isolationism and on the other is John McCain and the Neocons’ touching faith in democracy for all. Glick argues that both these approaches have failed and will fail again; another approach is needed lest America be shocked into consciousness again as we were on December 7, 1941 and September 11, 2001.
Bolton and Glick are correct. The current administration’s foreign policy is a boon to our enemies, a disaster to our friends and a catastrophe for America. An effective alternative which does not depend on the twin failures of isolationism and naive interventionism must be devised and promoted by the opposition party. This must come from the Republican Party as it is not part of the Tea Party’s agenda.
Next Thursday, February 27, the Republican Club of the Foothills is hosting a dinner talk featuring an expert on North Korea. All my gentle readers are encouraged to attend. As citizens it is our duty to be informed so as to guide our representatives in making sane policy choices on our behalf. We don’t depend on them as much as they depend on us. Click the image for more info on this Thursday’s event.