Tag: Iraq

Obama’s Disengagement Ideology

No one man or administration can be blamed for the ongoing Middle East crisis. It’s rooted in ancient history and will never be erased completely. But that doesn’t mean that American policy can’t have an effect on those festering resentments and hatreds. We can help keep them under control or we can create a situation where they break into the open. George Bush, when he changed tactics and approved the surge, largely pacified Iraq. He handed over to Barack Obama… Read more »

America’s Nero?

So now we’re sending humanitarian aid—finally—to those displaced in Iraq by the bloodthirsty ISIS terrorist organization. And we’re dropping a few bombs on ISIS positions. I wonder how many Americans have been fooled into thinking this somehow represents decisive action? I don’t recall which military spokesman it was, but someone in the last day or two clearly stated that our pinprick policy of bombing wasn’t going to put any real dent in the ISIS forward movement. Back when President Obama… Read more »

Persecution of Christians: It’s Real

Persecution of Christians worldwide seems to be increasing. China is tearing down crosses. The Islamic regions either outlaw Christian evangelism (ex., Saudi Arabia) or are dominated by radical Islamists who seek to wipe out Christianity entirely. The poster child for this new persecution, sadly enough, is Iraq, where the U.S. has expended so much effort to turn that nation into a civilized ally. As the country falls apart, and sections of it are overpowered by the latest Islamist terror organization,… Read more »

Iraq: A Tragedy Unfolds

What’s transpiring in Iraq is horrendous. No matter what one’s position on whether we should have gotten involved there, current events should leave everyone uneasy. The stability that seemed to have been achieved in the later Bush years has now crumbled. I’m caught between two points of view myself on our Iraqi involvement. Saddam Hussein was a destabilizing influence throughout the Middle East, his regime was rewarding suicide bombers, and he was beginning to welcome Al Qaeda elements into the… Read more »

Our Consistent President

One thing I’ll say about President Obama that might sound like praise is that he is proving to be consistent. However, one must always examine the consistency. In his case, I’ve concluded he’s just as off-base and dangerous in foreign policy as in domestic. He brags about how he has Al Qaeda on the run, but now Al Qaeda elements are threatening to overrun key areas of Iraq. The entire American endeavor in that country—overthrowing tyranny and helping set up… Read more »

The Middle East Mess: Obama Disconnected

The Middle East is more of a mess with each passing day. And we helped. The major player now in that area is not the United States but Iran, which is actively exporting its Islamist ideology. I know that George Bush’s actions can be critiqued, but at least when he decided to unleash a surge in Iraq, it worked. Radical elements in that country were set back significantly. Iraq, for the first time in quite a while, experienced something approaching… Read more »

Obama & Syria: Further Reasons for Opposition

A Senate hearing yesterday on the Syrian situation and the administration’s desire to get involved militarily constrains me to comment once again on this topic. My last post laid out some of my rationale for opposing involvement: neither side deserves our help; we will either be aiding a dictatorial regime allied with Iran or an uprising with a distinctly Al Qaeda flavoring. I have a few more thoughts to add today. First, it’s interesting how this is not a purely… Read more »