Syria has heated up its atrocities by using chemical weapons against its own people this week according to some sources.
While it is not our place to invade attack or otherwise interfere in a civil war, one has to wonder as to the intent of our President and our foreign policy. It continues to vary wildly and that is never a good thing. One does not know where the United States stands on many issues, and that is creating a power vacuum overseas, which is leading to more violence.
President Obama has been inconsistent from day one on the Middle East. He condemns Republicans for the ‘war on women’, but is silent on the barbaric treatment of women around the world by Islamic extremists, including attacks on foreign tourists. He promotes the ideology of peace and wins a Nobel Prize but continue to launch drones into foreign lands and murder their tribal leaders. Obama says the use of chemical weapons is game changer, and then continues to pursue a policy of abject non-interference when it is obvious Syria uses them. Men are killed at the Benghazi consulate, and when other US interests are threatened he simple tucks tail and runs rather than defend them.
Our foreign policy is all over the place, and bears no cohesion to domestic issues which ideologically are intertwined.
Violence is foreign countries is a foregone conclusion as is overseas wars. They start and stop all the time. But the United States certainly does not have to help it along. The US has been a stabilizing force in the world, and not just because of its military. Its economy and trade established ties between nations; its bully pulpit of the Presidency establishes a moral compass the world follows. The threat of intervention brings people to the bargaining table.
All of this has been consistently misused by this President. Our economic policies have damaged our economy to the point where foreign aid is threatened and becomes a target by Congressmen. Our military does not act where it needs to and over reacts in places where it is not wanted. We use subterfuge and espionage against our own people, but where it is so desperately needed to support our interest overseas it is almost nonexistent.
The incompetence is startling to the point where the American people begin to think its own government is an enemy, acting in this fashion to bring upon the electorate a police state tyranny and destabilize the world for its own prurient interests.
The worst part? Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are now at risk for extermination. Whole populations could simply cease to exist as a result of this careless ignorance of foreign lands and what drives world peace. The US has largely kept the peace since 1945 not because of its nuclear weapons, but because of skillful management of its hard won hegemony.
This is what Mitt Romney meant last year when he questioned Obama’s foreign policy in the debates. It’s too bad the American people could not understand this.
Worse for the world, they simply may not care.