For the foreseeable future, the most direct threat to America, at home and abroad, remains terrorism, but a strategy that involves invading every country that harbors terrorist networks is naive and unsustainable.
Aside from double talk and the fakebelieve threat that Earth Worshippers espouse, it marks the kick off of 44's “intense” two week focus on foreign policy. After West Point, 44 jets to Old Europe to dig the 70th anniversary of D-Day and then hits New Europe in Poland.
44 has been slammed up one side and down another for a weak foreign policy – even The New York Times accused him of playing “small ball” – and the White House is clearly beginning to feel the sting. But there’s a problem for the president in articulating a foreign policy vision; he will have to do something.Pic - "Hyperpuissance never retires!"
There lies the rub, as he discovered after warning Syria’s Bashar el Assad that the use of chemical weapons was a red line. Since that ignominious moment, things have only gotten worse. So unless the president is planning on explaining that Great Satan is on hiatus from global leadership, he will be challenged to answer the questions piling up about why the US seems AWOL on the world stage. And once answered, those listening will expect action.
What all will 44 need to explain? Here’s a by-no-means exhaustive list:
1. Why the administration has waited more than three years to do anything meaningful for the people of Syria, and is only now considering training rebels.
2. Why the administration has watched the metastases of al Qaeda and related groups from Yemen to Egypt to Syria to Lebanon to Iraq to Libya to Mali to Somalia to Nigeria, all the while continuing to insist that the group is in trouble.
3. Why the administration plans to exit Afghanistan, leaving behind fewer troops than recommended by military leaders, leaving the Taliban and al Qaeda to once again take territory.
4. Why the administration has stood by as China has preyed upon putative US allies in the Pacific.
5. Why the administration has ignored the threat of North Korean nuclear weapons and missiles, and the export of that technology.
6. Why the administration supported the overthrow of Muammar Qadhafi and then ignored Libya.
7. Why the administration did nothing as Russia invaded a neighboring nation, and continues to refuse to arm the Ukrainian military to defend itself.
8. Why the administration has conceived of vital trade agreements with Asia and Europe, but refused to do what is necessary to sell those agreements to Democrats in Washington.
9. Why the administration is approaching an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran that fails to address Iranian enrichment capacity, Iranian delivery vehicles, or Iranian support for terrorism.
10. Why the administration abandoned the people of Iraq to the forces of Iran and al Qaeda, and now refuses to assist the Iraqi government in fighting the latter.