Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?
After 5 years of “Smart Power”, is America better off in the field of Foreign Policy?
Let’s examine the wherefores and the whys, shall we?
I first knew that “Smart Power” was going to be neither smart, nor powerful, shortly after Obama was inaugurated.
On June 4, 2009, Obama spoke to the Muslim World at the University of Cairo, where he said,
I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles — principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
I do so recognizing that change cannot happen overnight. I know there’s been a lot of publicity about this speech, but no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that I have this afternoon all the complex questions that brought us to this point. But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” (Applause.) That is what I will try to do today — to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.
Now part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I’m a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and at the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.
That speech, and the resulting perception that Obama was an appeaser, set the stage for “Arab Spring”.
“Arab Spring” busted out all over the Middle East in late 2010. Arab nations throughout North Africa and the Middle East saw Muslim Fundamentalist-led “grass-roots movements” “spring” up in an effort to replace their Moderate Muslim dictatorial governments with Muslim Fundamentalist-led groups, promising to install democratic systems within their countries. Some of these movements have been more successful than others, and overs are still blossoming, but, there is no doubt that the so-called “Arab Spring” has fundamentally transformed the Middle East.
Several factors led up to the Arab Spring. These factors include economic conditions, demographic trends, and the more obvious social and political influences.
These factors brought a newfound opportunity for the Muslim Brotherhood, giving them political leverage which they never had before.
The “Arab Spring” movement was sparked by a young Tunisian street vendor named Muhammad Bouazizi on 17 December 2010. Bouazizi, out of desperation over his harassment by local police, set himself on fire in front of the municipal building of Sidi Bouzid, the town where he lived.
From there, the revolution traveled to Egypt. And, the rest, as they say, is history…
Had the Arab Spring moved in the right direction, Obama would have been hailed as a strategic genius for his smart, low-cost management from the sidelines. The brutal reality, is, that it has moved toward instability, violence, dashed hopes, and the strengthening of the Muslim Brotherhood. As a result, people saw Barack Hussein Obama react as a president who became strangely disconnected and who at best just seemed to have other things to do. At worst, he seemed to have simply stopped caring about the volatile situation in the Middle East, almost as if the takeover of the Muslim Brotherhood was what he wanted to happen in the first place.
So, now that Obama has succeeded in getting our Middle Eastern Ally, Israel, surrounded by Muslim Extremists, what will he do for an encore?
Well, it appears that he is going to reunite North and south Korea…under the flag of Communism.
Kim Jong-il’s successor in December 2011, his third son Kim Jong-un,has turned to out to be just as big an unstable goofball, as his old man was.
He agreed to suspend long-range missile tests in order to receive US food aid in February 2012, only to turn right around and challenge the US by announcing that they were going to fire a “rocket-launched satellite” for April, to celebrate Kim Il-Sung’s birthday.
The launch failed, but in October 2012, the “Norks” responded to the unveiling of a new missile deal between Seoul and Washington by claiming to have missiles capable of hitting our shores. A December satellite launch served as a forewarning that North Korea is developing such rocket technology, and brought immediate condemnation from the UN, US, Japan and China.
In January 2013, right after the UN Security Council condemned the launch, North Korea announced that it planned to conduct a third “high-level nuclear test” and rehearse more long-range rocket launches aimed at the US “arch-enemy”. It proceeded to perform a third nuclear test in February 2013, followed swiftly by another set of UN Security Council sanctions on cash transfers and travel for its diplomats.
Undeterred, North Korea threatened South Korea and the USA with war and announced that it would restart all facilities at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, including a reactor mothballed in 2007.
According to an Obama Administration official, the Norks may test fire mobile ballistic missiles at any time, based on the most recent intelligence showing Pyongyang probably has completed launch preparations.
According to a CNN Poll, 4 in 10 Americans view North Korea as an imminent threat to the United States.
However, just as he proved during “Arab Spring”, Obama does not “walk softly and carry a big stick”.
This wuss of a president speaks loudly and carries autograph DVDs of his speeches as peace offerings.
God protect us.
Until He Comes,