Ralph Reed: US Needs Strong Leader Like Netanyahu

Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 05:23 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The United States desperately needs a leader with the backbone of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, according to Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

On Wednesday's "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV, Reed lamented the lack of leadership the U.S. has shown in the ongoing slaughter of Christians around the world, particularly in Iraq.

"There are millions of Christians and those of other faiths who are forced to leave their homes because of their religious beliefs,'' Reed said.

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"What we need is the president of the United States to use the bully pulpit of his office to highlight this issue. We need to put religious freedom and human rights for people of faith at the center of the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and right now it isn't.''

Reed, whose conservative, non-profit think tank has been "educating, equipping, and mobilizing people of faith and like-minded individuals to be effective citizens,'' believes the Obama administration is too cozy with the world's enemies.

"This administration is very good at coddling America's enemies and betraying America's friends and we see the way that has unfolded in the Middle East in the dispute in Gaza,'' he said.

"And we see it in the way we've allowed Iraq to basically be threatened with a takeover by a radical Islamic Caliphate. We need a president who has a backbone and looks a lot more like Bibi Netanyahu and Winston Churchill than the current occupant.''

Churchill, who was British prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955, was acclaimed as one of the greatest wartime leaders in history.

Reed believes Obama has failed to address the issue because he has a belief that the U.S. has not been "a force for good'' in the world.

"This whole thing began in 2009 with him going to Cairo and trying to announce a new beginning with the Muslim world, kind of a Middle East version of the Russian reset … we're going to start over,'' Reed said.

"If you go back and you read that speech … he spends a good bit of time apologizing for the role of the United States in the Middle East, apologizing for its role in the change of regime that took place in Iran in 1953 and on and on it goes.

"When you begin with the premise that America has been an agent of, maybe not as much, but close to as much evil as good in the world and its history, you start off basically saying that the projection of American power is not a force for good. That's the problem.''

That philosophy, Reed contends, led to the unilateral withdrawal of forces from Iraq after the U.S. spent billions of dollars and sacrificed troops in military might to make it a democratic nation.

As well, there was the unilateral withdrawal from Iraq and the failure to reach a Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government, Reed said.

"We sit by hopelessly as [ISIS], really an al-Qaida affiliate, gets a safe haven stretching from the border of Syria to the outskirts of Baghdad on this administration's watch.

"The U.S. government has got to start doing something about it or I'm telling you there will be very few Christians left in the Middle East by the time the new president is sworn in in January of 2016.

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