We’ve helped, directly and indirectly, to install Islamists into positions of power in Libya and Egypt within the last year. You can clearly argue we do not know who is in control of either country or what their intentions are. This patchwork of power in the region is unstable at best, and throughout – including east to Afghanistan and Pakistan – I’m seeing a disturbing pattern.
To avoid burying the lede … Even if there is a “small” nuclear attack against United States interests, Israel or another allie in the region, I do not think the Obama administration – or even the United States people – would know how to respond. I’m not even sure we would respond with military force. Read on…
Who are our partners for peace in the region? Certainly, the “leaders” from Libya, Egypt, Iran, Afganistan and Pakistan may be listed as our partners, but since none of them seem to have guiding authority over the people, the radical fundamentalists or some military groups within their respective countries, I really don’t think we’re in a good spot.
- The Word Trade Centers is bombed in Feb. 1993.
- In 1998, two US Embassy buildings are attacked in north Africa.
- The USS Cole is bombed in Oct. 2000.
- The United States is attacked on Sept. 11, 2001.
- In Afganistan, supposed trusted military personel from the Afghan National Police and other military units kill Americans who they are working and training with.
- In Egypt, hundreds of protestors pour over the wall of the American Embassy and rip down the US Flag and replaced it with the radical Islamic phrase “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger.”
- In Libya, our ambassador and three other Americans are murdered by a mob with rocket propelled grenades and other military weapons.
Who is in control? What are we doing about it?
One could rightly state these acts are acts of war. It’s clear that radical Islamic fundamentalists have been waging an outright declared war against the United States and the west for decades. At what point do we say “enough is enough?”
Of course these acts are defined as actions by outlier groups not affiliated with official government leaders who get to dress up, live a lavish lifestyle and visit the United States to discuss peace in the region. I’m not going to propose a solution, rather I will just add a more disturbing thought. Yesterday, officials from the United States stated they would not set a defined limit on what Iran could do with their nuclear development program, nor would they set any deadlines for action. In other words, no lines in the sand.
[A]dministration officials, who are using economic sanctions in an attempt to pressure Iran to curb its nuclear program, made it clear they do not intend to set specific red lines or deadlines for Iranian action. Skeptics of red lines say they limit the president’s options and could draw the U.S. unintentionally into a war.
Asked Sunday whether the administration would set out red lines or deadlines, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Bloomberg Radio that “we’re not setting deadlines.”
Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Monday in response to a question about a U.S. red line that “it is not fruitful as part of this process to engage in that kind of specificity.”
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded.
“The world tells Israel: ‘Wait. There’s still time.’ And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’ Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel,” Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem.
Must I reveal the obvious? Any major attack – including conventional, nuclear or biologic – against the United States or allies in the region will not be from a defined, established government in the region. The State of Iran would probably never send a missel into Israel, and if they did, it would be blamed on an outlier group who was not affiliated with the government. In other words, it would be a terrible tragedy that was some sort of mistake. They would be sorry. Somehow, a radical Islamic fundamentalist group – an outlier – got control over a weapon and used it. The official government leaders would be ashamed. They would promise to root out the evil in their country. The diplomats would go to work again.
And that really is the worst case senario for the United States. A small yield, yet significant attack from a radical Islamic fundamentalist “outlier” group from which we are powerless to respond; simply because a true equal response would result in thousands of innocents being killed and we no longer have the stomach or will to fight such a fight. This is the faith the radical Islamist has.