Most right-thinking Americans have to be concerned that Barack Obama presents a clear and present danger to America. And the more that they know the more that they have become convinced that he is a problem to the security of the country.
Let’s look at some of the external threats that he has not confronted with maximum force. First, we have ISIS or the Islamic State as they prefer. These are the terrorists that have said that they will fly their flag over the White House.
The United States under Obama has confronted them with minimal force. During the Kosovo air campaign there were a total of 38,004 sorties flown over 78 days or 138 per day. Right now the United States is flying 7 sorties per day.
Finally, the daily strike count suggests that the strategy underlying the air campaign may be influenced by a desire to apply the least amount of force possible while still claiming credit for doing something about Islamic State.This rationale would fit with the administration’s claims that degrading and eventually defeating ISIS is likely to take many years.
It may reflect lingering doubts by some policy makers over how serious and far-reaching the threat of an Islamic State caliphate really is to our nation’s vital interests. Or it may be a simple reluctance to begin another open-ended military operation in the Middle East.
We have gradually increased the number of “advisers” with the Iraqi Army, the peshmerga and the Syrian opposition. Meanwhile, Iran is pouring aid, military supplies and troops into the region. Quite simply Iran is beating us to the punch and Barack Obama doesn’t seem to care.
The entire Middle East, North Africa and Central Africa is aflame. Our allied government in Yemen has been quite literally run out of their capital.
Meanwhile, we have implemented a cut-and-run strategy leaving our bases to the rebel Houthis who are supported by Iran. Today, they rolled into our main base. There wasn’t even a whisper of resistance from the Obama administration.
In North Africa ISIS is allied with al Qaeda and Boko Haram. There is news from the region that the three terrorist groups are training together in Mauritania. ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda all have links to two camps in the remote sands of the expansive North African country.
While these parts of the globe are undefended by the United States because of Obama’s timidity, Vladimir Putin is pushing both Ukraine and now the northern borders of NATO.
In Ukraine the Russians are assisting Ukrainian separatists both from Crimea and eastern Crimea. Both NATO and the United States are shipping non-lethal aid to the government while Russia is supplying up-to-date heavy weapons and other military supplies.
Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force is testing our air defenses on a daily basis with provocative overflights. The Russians are also approaching the coastal waters of NATO countries with maritime intelligence collection platforms.
In recent days Obama has refused to see the leader of our longtime ally, Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. He was in Washington having been invited to speak to the Congress.
It has now been reported that Obama has turned down a request by NATO’s new secretary general Jens Stoltenberg who had to be satisfied with a meeting with the U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. Either the President is just plain lazy or just disinterested.
The Obama administration seems to believe that we can sit back while the situation develops. They don’t believe that the United States is the policeman of the world. Unfortunately, that is not the case. If we don’t take the lead now we won’t be able to take the lead later.