Obama Losing Control of Middle East Policy
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  • qet

    How many more times must sanctions “produce unintended consequences without achieving strategic objectives” before our opinionmongering class stops writing op-eds describing sanctions as sophisticated nuanced policy preferable to all else? Sanctions are just a “something” that can be “done” so that liberal elites can write opinion pieces claiming that “something is being done,” allowing them to return their concentration to the really important things like gay marriage and background checks. Seeing sanctions for what they are (which is mostly nothing) does not ipso facto mean military action must be taken. It just means we should all stop deceiving ourselves; or, rather, stop allowing ourselves to be comforted by the opinionmongers that sanctions really are “smart diplomacy.”

    • Jim Luebke

      Apart from South Africa, can someone name some effective sanction campaigns?

      I’m asking out of ignorance, here.

      • docscience

        Give South Africa a few more years to decline into corrupt social-tribalism and it too will be classified as a disaster in the name of good, like Zimbabwe.

  • We are certainly losing control of the situation in Syria. But then we never had it in the first place. And as Meade himself has acknowledged, nobody knows how to get it.

    As for Iran, I see these things as the natural buildup to an eventual military response. Of course there will be officials complaining. That’s part of the process.

  • Kavanna

    None of this is surprising, when you consider that we have a clueless, narcissistic empty suit in the White House. He started with another exercise in empty self-righteousness (“reaching out” to the Islamic world), was completely blindsided by the Arab Spring, and has no idea what to do about Iran.

    Then he inexplicably appointed a phony “realist” (Hagel) as defense secretary, who was even more inexplicably approved by Congress. Now the Pentagon has its own foreign policy, run by another unqualifiee. I assume Hagel will be canned at some point — being a Republican, he will easier to boot out.

    Many in the Democratic party expected the Clinton years to come back. On Wall Street, that did happen, by and large, with a full-on Fed-supported asset inflation party and cooked economic statistics, although it can’t last. But in foreign policy, the evidence of incompetence has been coming thick and fast for more than two years now.

    I wonder how much longer it will be before it really spirals out of control. What were voters thinking last year?

    • Carol Shannon

      But, he gave that speech in Cairo! Didn’t that fix everything?

      • Kavanna

        Getting a president who really understands the Middle East and where it’s heading — that would require overturning every canon of PC, as well as the petrodollar lobby. Unlikely.

  • Fat_Man

    Losing? Shouldn’t that be Lost?

  • PDQuig

    No worries: Obumble has the estimable Sec State Kerry to backstop him. And behind Kerry is Chuck Hagel–all in all the foreign policy Dream Team.

  • Meowmeowoofwoof

    A trained neo Marxist agitator sowing confusion in health care, finances,debt, and foreign policy? You are kidding. He is agitating every sphere to create confusion and uncertainty. His mission is to destroy Pax Americana and destroy the dollar as the reserve currency. He laughs himself to sleep every nite. He’s either an economic moron, or a domestic enemy. He is going to leave crap sandwiches which will take decades to fix. ::::::::

  • sue-marie

    He is not a leader….the only vision this man has ever revealed was that of wealth redistribution for all on this planet. A socialistic state is his vision….as far as conflict goes….he is doesn’t have a clue…he is out of his league.

  • Obama remains clueless and continues to appoint people who are equally clueless—what then an you expect?

  • When your policies are based on ’60s Leftist ideology and tempered by political expediency, the result is incoherent policy. Ignorant and venal, Obama and his crew are incapable of forming coherent, rational policy that might yield positive results.

  • kaymad

    It doesn’t inspire confidence does it? Thing is, people attribute all kinds of underhanded motives to Obama, but I don’t think he’s that smart. He isn’t all that interested in Foreign policy, so you have state and the pentagon staggering around in the dark trying to fill the vacuum with a lot of hot air. It’s a disaster.

  • cubanbob

    In the case of Syria the smart move would have been to never get engaged. There are no good outcomes there. Same with the Palestinians. Same with the rest of the Arab and Muslim world. If our interests are directly involved then get in only to the extent needed to protect our interest. Then get out. We cannot mold them in to what we wish them to be and the effort is bloody, expensive and futile and makes us look weak in their eyes.

  • Mr. Obama never wanted anything else but chaos in the middle east. It is part of his efforts to destroy America.

  • massjim

    Sure, but Obama is “cool” and can sure talk about “hoops”, so what difference does it make that his mideast strategy is in disarray? Oh, and he has a charming smile. So there.

  • Jim Luebke

    OK, I’m not all that impressed by either man’s foreign policy… it seems to me that no one has had a good handle on the subject since the Cold War ended.

    But how did we end up with a foreign policy site run by a Democrat, who (rightly) criticizes both parties, that has a comment section with dozens who will vehemently defend GWB but barely any who will defend Obama, even in the most tepid way?

    It’s very strange. Any explanations? And I’m most curious to hear from those who are generally supportive of Obama.

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