Right now the 1980s foreign policy is looking pretty good.
You may recall during the presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney a condescending and contemptuous Obama dismissed Romney’s policy position by saying, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”
I would much rather have the foreign policy of the ’80s when the United States was strong and respected under my father and George H.W. Bush. It would be a vast improvement over the mishmash of therapeutic thinking, new age idealism and Harvard faculty lounge pontificating that we have now under the Obama regime. (I’m avoiding the term "administration" because that implies at least some level of managerial competence.)
Obama’s foreign posturing has collapsed the image and prestige of the United States around the world. We are no longer trusted or respected. Every tin-pot dictator with two epaulets and a large hat knows the people currently in charge of U.S. overseas affairs are weak, vacillating and no threat to anyone that refuses to back down.
The international dumpster fire that constitutes Iraq makes my point. All the treasure and blood this nation expended trying to bring that unfortunate land into the 21st century was wasted because Obama wanted to be able to say he brought our troops home during his re–election campaign.
I predict that will prove to be one of the most expensive campaign talking points in the history of the world.
Now Obama wants to double down on failure by working with Iran to save what’s left of Iraq. Iran is not a potential ally. Iran is an actual enemy that is working to build a nuclear weapon. The Obama clack is so "clueless," to borrow a word from Mitt, that they fail to see the stakes are much higher for Iran than the U.S.
For better or worse, mostly worse, the U.S. is completely out of Iraq. The country is now a Shia satellite of Iran, the center of all things Shia in that branch of Islam. The ISIS terrorists now marching on Baghdad. The Sunni have been fighting the Shia for over a century.
Our prestige in Iraq is long gone. If it falls to ISIS now, Iran’s image and power will be severely damaged because they were unable to protect a client state and their co–religionists.
So let Iran worry about stopping ISIS alone. Any money and resources diverted to stop the ISIS threat are money and resources that won’t be used to build nuclear weapons.
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.