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Pissing Away the War on Terror

January 23rd, 2012 - 7:00 am

Obama promised he would end the war in Iraq in order to free our forces to win the war in Afghanistan. But the war in Iraq was already won by the time he arrived and the war in Afghanistan was probably never winnable. Yet because no change in circumstances or information could induce the man to change his ideologically rigid mind, he has found himself jeopardizing our Iraqi victory by pulling out too soon and must now try to surrender in Afghanistan without anyone being able to call it what it is. Same difference, right? Whatever.

Obama’s War on Terror policy has been a complete disaster. We keep hearing about how he killed Osama bin Laden and about the assassination of high ranking terrorists with drones. (And I approve of this by the way, although I’d prefer if after the drone kills a terrorist, another specially designed drone would come along and piss on him.) But do you remember how the media always judged George W. Bush by the so-called Pottery Barn Doctrine: “You Break it, you bought it?” It wasn’t enough for Bush to oust and capture and kill the mass murdering tyrant Saddam Hussein. No, no. He also had to successfully install a working constitutional republic in Hussein’s wake or else the whole business was a rank failure. Well, with Obama, we seem to be operating under The Lindsay Lohan Doctrine:  ”You broke it—whoopee!” Obama has helped remove bad leaders almost randomly, leaving the Islamist problem more terrible than before. He surrendered our victory in Iraq, endangering the democratic buffer-zone between Iran and Syria.  He refused help to the rebels in Iran in 2009, leaving an insane regime in place to continue their search for nukes. He then facilitated overthrows in Egypt and Libya, leaving those countries to almost certain domination by the jihad-loving Muslim Brotherhood.  And now he’s about to leave Afghanistan to be taken over by the same cut-throats who provided the training ground for the World Trade Center massacre. All this while cutting our military budget to the point where retreat will not only be an option, but pretty much the only option. That’s pushing the reset button all right—if you’re trying to reset the 9-11 disaster.

Barack Obama’s people keep telling us that he has fulfilled his promises. He has. We used to be the freest, wealthiest, strongest nation in the history of the world. He promised to fundamentally transform us into something else.

Good job, Barack.

[For an excellent — though somewhat terrifying — explanation of the "Arab Spring," check out this terrific article by Andrew C. McCarthy at National Review.]

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