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Ex-Rep. Flanagan: Obama Good at Showing 'We're Not in Charge'

By    |   Monday, 29 December 2014 11:14 AM

President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is best described as a "systematic policy of disengagement, a systematic policy of taking a step back, of abrogating our leadership role in the world," former Illinois Rep. Michael Flanagan told Newsmax TV.

The U.S. is doing so "not just in small and little ways here and there, but in an overall we're not in charge, we're never going to be in charge again, don't look to us for leadership we're not going to provide it," Flanagan said.

Flanagan and military expert Scott Neil, a retired master sergeant, appeared together on "America’s Forum" on Monday to discuss world affairs ranging from Obama’s foreign policy to ending combat missions in Afghanistan, and to discuss the raging battle between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and members of the city's Police Department.

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A look at what has transpired around the world during Obama’s tenure in the White House — normalizing relations with Cuba, allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to run roughshod over Ukraine, talk of the possibility of opening an embassy in Tehran, for example — is proof that he has damaged the United States’ global standing as a world leader, according to Flanagan.

"Ask the Ukrainians, ask what's going on in Syria, ask anywhere on this corner of this globe where we had a flare-up or a burn-up that we should have been there, front and center, to work with our allies, whether NATO allies . . . allies in the Mideast, we have said no, thanks, not interested."

"And yet, with these rogue regimes, the president believes in this personal diplomacy that he has some sort of personal magnetism where he can just kind of reach across and say hi and get it all solved," Flanagan told host J.D. Hayworth.  "I'm sure that's what's driving our re-engagement with Castro and with the ayatollah, and it's insane." 

Obama has "absolutely lost his mind, and it simply will not gel to anything other than them taking us for the fools that we appear to be, and the only thing that will solve this is a new administration."

Secretary of State John "Kerry can't even provide him some sort of push-back on this because Kerry also believes in the cult of personality. Only Kerry believes in the cult of his own personality, but it's as backward and as lost as can be. Foreign policy is a complicated thing."

Putin is laughing at us, he continued, adding that "if you can't draw a line in the sand with Putin, you have no prayer at holding anybody back."

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Regarding New York, Flanagan said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton may publicly support de Blasio, but privately Bratton most certainly holds a different view, he said.

"The problem with the commissioner is, he works for the mayor and he's got to maintain a certain level of decorum," Flanagan said. "He's got to do that, so he had to say what he said, but if you caught him privately he'd agree with the policemen, as just about everybody else does."

On the subject of Afghanistan, where NATO has formally ended the war there after 13 years, Neil said the ravaged nation is no safer today than it was when the battle began.

"We're not safer, we're just more uncertain of who the foes are and which direction they're coming from," according to Neil.

Flanagan predicted that Afghanistan will never become a stable democracy.

"Terror groups have not gone away and have only grown stronger in that region," he said. "To assume that they do not want control of that area, like ISIS has in their area … is crazy. It's going to be the same sort of terrorist activity used as a recruiting and training ground."

The United States' mission there will transition to one of "train, assist and advise," Neil said, cautioning that "the war really isn’t over . . . simply because of a sound bite."

U.S. troops should put their knowledge of the land and the relationships they have built with the Afghan special forces into collecting intelligence on insurgent groups like the Haqqanis, Neil said, but, he added, he doesn’t expect that to happen.

"We are going to be drone-happy and try to kill everything that barks and use the special forces as a blunt instrument," he said. "It's not really the way that we should be using this area at this time.

"We should be trying to keep peace in Afghanistan and develop as much intelligence, so that we can find out about these organizations and know their depth and strength in the future."

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President Barack Obama's foreign policy is best described as a "systematic policy of disengagement, a systematic policy of taking a step back, of abrogating our leadership role in the world," former Illinois Rep. Michael Flanagan told Newsmax TV.
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