Sunday, October 23, 2011
Retreat: The Obama Doctrine...
...Helping to make the world safer for radical Islam
Since the inauguration, Obama has been detailing his intentions to withdraw from Iraq and more recently, Afghanistan. A strategically foolish move that has provided our enemies a timetable on our withdrawal that will give them free reign. A self serving move, bordering on treason, whereby Obama has turned ending these conflicts as a political move, jeopardizing our troops and our country in order to try to stay in power.
Now many fear an increase in violence, growing Iranian influence and political turmoil after. Iraq is defenseless in the face of the threats by the neighboring countries, with no air force to speak of and systemic intelligence shortcomings on all tactical and operational levels. Despite years of promises of better government services, most of the country gets by on a few hours of electricity a day; clearly our work is not yet done there on many, many levels. The small amount of troops Obama proposed to remain are not sufficient to prevent insurgent threats, only enough to address any aftermath. Our embassy there will remain venerable to attack, putting more lives at risk. More attacks by al-Qaida are likely to happen," said Dhia Abdullah, a Shiite from eastern Baghdad. "The security elements are not loyal to Iraq but to parties and militias therefore the security situation will be very bad after the withdrawal."
Talks to keep U.S. troops in Iraq ran aground over Iraqi opposition to giving American troops legal immunity that would shield them from Iraqi prosecution. Many Iraqi lawmakers were hesitant to grant immunity for fear of a backlash from constituents. This "roadblock" was used as an excuse for the Obama administration's expedited withdrawal from Iraq. There was no real effort to come to a mutually desirable decision; a retreat from Iraq was simply a fulfillment of one of Obama's main campaign promises to end the conflict; and it will be a disaster.
The impression of the U.S. increasingly is seen as weak by our enemies. Iranian President Ahmadinejad said that Tehran has "a very good relationship" with Iraq's government that will continue to grow. "We have deepened our ties day by day," said Ahmadinejad. Obama's failure to back the 2009 Iran uprising that protested the rigged election of President Ahmadinejad left this dangerous man in power. It makes a sane person wonder whose side our president is on.
Other Obama administration decisions have betrayed old allies; taking us from dealing with the enemy we knew, to now having to deal with the enemy that we do not. Further missteps and miscalculations from this administration have left the world a much less safe place. Many of Gadhafi's weapons remain at large, stockpiles could remain a threat long after his death, as some are feared to have been sent to Darfur rebels, al-Qaida in North Africa and other militants. Assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns have already passed across Libya's porous borders. Missing shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles are capable of bringing down commercial airliners. No one is sure how many of the arsenal of 20,000 are now in "rebel" hands. More than forty civilian aircraft have been hit by these portable surface-to-air missiles since 1975. A missile launcher capable of firing up to five projectiles at once was recently smuggled into the Gaza Strip and originated in Libya.
What with Tunisia, Egypt and Libya headed toward Islamic rule, Ahmadinejad's dream of an Islamic Caliphate and belief in the return of the 12th Imam, a global nightmare is moving closer to becoming a reality (see post on the 12th Imam in R&R post from 2/28/10). Intel sources now claim that Iran already is armed with a nuclear weapon; the more likely method of deployment being that of an EMP attack (see R&R post here from 8/15/09 on Electro-Magnetic Pulse). In an article titled, "Electronics to Determine Fate of Future Wars," an Iranian Military journal explains how an EMP attack on America's electronic infrastructure, caused by the detonation of a nuclear weapon high above the U.S., would bring the country to its knees. "Once you confuse the enemy communication network you can also disrupt the work of the enemy command- and decision-making center."
The killing of the thirteen of our troops in Afghanistan this week, was the deadliest ground attack on coalition forces in months. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul attack; an action claiming victory now with the U.S. in retreat. Expect more of the same; with Obama's "leadership from behind" and Carteresque philosophy, our country has gone from being the defender of freedom to being viewed as weak and ineffectual. This will be Obama's shameful legacy; a legacy that will be ended with his defeat in 2012, God willing. The survival of America and Western Civilization depends on it.