Let me explain to you why the Obama administration’s propaganda leak effort to prove the president is tough on national security is nonsense.
Almost every example, with two exceptions — a computer virus against Iran and regime change in Libya — revolves around the willingness to combat or kill al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden. There has never been any question that the Obama administration views al-Qaeda as an enemy and a danger that should be wiped out — that isn’t the problem. The problem is this is the only factor in the world this administration sees as a national security threat, since al-Qaeda is eager to launch direct attacks against targets on American soil.
The administration does not act against any other possible national security threat, be it Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela, North Korea, China, Russia, Pakistan, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Turkish Islamist regime, the Muslim Brotherhood, or anything else. The administration has shown its belief that engagement, flattery, refusal to help their intended victims, and concessions can win over these enemies. It has even tried to redefine the Taliban as a group that can be conciliated and given a share in a new Afghan government, despite its involvement in September 11.
The only partial exception to that list is Iran. Yet even there, the Obama administration avoided doing anything for almost three years, and even now the government has been desperate to make a deal with Tehran. Only Iran’s intransigence — and preference for stalling — has prevented some bargain. Even on the Iran issue, the administration did less than Congress wanted and virtually exempted China, Russia, and Turkey from having to observe the sanctions.
Thus, the one other case of administration “toughness” has been support for Israel’s strategy of using such delaying tactics as computer viruses. Of course, the administration is happy with low-cost, no-risk ideas that postpone its having to deal with Iran having nuclear weapons.
During its term, the administration has not been tough in terms of helping allies all over the world. A few dozen governments friendly or allied with America have been very disappointed by U.S. policy.