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Syrian Policy an Abject Failure

By Friday, 16 October 2015 03:35 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The president sat down with Steve Kroft of "60 Minutes" recently to discuss a wide range of issues. This would typically be seen as a softball interview given the history of Kroft going easy on this president.

Kroft surprised most in the political arena with some hard hitting questions, particularly on foreign policy. Obama’s responses were defensive and prickly, which has become the norm when he gets challenged.

The interview started with questions pertaining to the foreign policy in the Middle East. Kroft questioned Obama on what the strategy on getting rid of Assad in Syria and getting rid of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Obama responded saying that its going to take a “community of nations,” which falls right in line with the “lead from behind” foreign policy practiced by this administration, but that is just code for letting someone else lead.

The unfortunate situation in Syria is that the one leading is Russia’s Vladamir Putin. Putin is backing Assad with air raids on ISIS and the rebels, while the failed U.S. policy of arming and training the rebels has fallen flat.

Obama admits this with a taciturn admission that we need to “test the propositions” and “try different things” like he is experimenting with a crab cake recipe. He adds that the “key players need to recognize a transition to a new government.” This is just typical Obama arrogance.

His worldview is one that suggests everyone else just needs to understand and listen to him, and when they do, everything will be great. Is he so blind to see that the dangerous and nefarious leaders around the world could care less what our professor-in-chief thinks?

Kroft claimed to Obama that Putin is challenging his leadership, to which Obama laughs and asks who thinks that. Kroft responds quickly listing off foreign nations and the Republican Party. Obama said that he is leading on climate change and the Iran deal in an attempt to minimize the embarrassment of Putin’s power grab in the Middle East. Really?

China and India are far and away the world’s worst polluters, and they will be ignoring any climate policy that hinders their economies. The Iran deal is a joke, negotiated hat-in-hand by an administration begging for a deal.

His foreign policy has been filled with half measures of half measures that have no consistency, which is now being admitted by his own party. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is the vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee, has said Obama’s foreign policy suffers from a lack of coherent strategy to deal with ISIS and Iran.

The Middle East sees America as someone who wants to end the date early to catch the fourth quarter of a football game. We are not committed, and the result is ISIS gaining ground in large swaths of Iraq as well as Syria.

Obama allowing Assad to walk all over his red line two years ago has been followed by weak, callow leadership. More importantly, it has sent the message that America is willing to accept losing hard fought territories in the Middle East while allowing Russia to take the lead.

When Kroft highlighted the mistakes of Obama’s policies, you got the typical condescending response of, We knew that was always a possibility when we did that strategy. Then why did you do that strategy, Mr. President? The president is so smart that he is always one step ahead of his own mistakes. Amazing.

The interview ends with Obama being questioned on Hillary’s email. He said it did not pose a national security risk . . . why would an easily hacked, home-brewed server with oodles of sensitive national security information on it be any risk at all? Well, I suppose the FBI will be the arbiter of that.

Kevin Broderick serves as a consultant for a Fortune 500 Insurer in the Employee Benefits marketplace for large employers. He received a finance degree from Providence College. For more of his reports, Go Here Now

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Kroft surprised most in the political arena with some hard hitting questions, particularly on foreign policy. Obama’s responses were defensive and prickly, which has become the norm when he gets challenged.
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