I received what follows from a friend of mine, and thought you might find it interesting.
I remember watching an interview a few years ago of a former FBI agent who had infiltrated the Weather Underground back in the early 70s. He described a meeting where the group had been discussing their plans to overthrow the U.S. government by creating uncontrollable chaos. At the time, the agent asked what the group’s plans should be following said overthrow. He recounted that, to his shock, the group didn’t have any plans at all. The group wanted only to destroy the U.S. government, but had absolutely no plans to replace that government with anything.
Fast forward 40 years and I am beginning to understand the Obama administration’s policy in the Middle East. Recall the 2008 presidential campaign when John McCain indicated that the U.S. should remain in Iraq for as long as it takes for that country to build a stabile government. Then candidate Obama proposed the opposite, that we had accomplished our goal of eliminating Sadam Hussain and the Iraqis should be left to their own devices.
Again in Afganistan while it was the Republican stance that we should work to establish a legitimate pro-western government, Obama’s policy was that we had accomplished our goal of destroying Bin Laden and should now withdraw.
In Egypt, the Obama Administration proclaimed that it was time for Mubarik to go, and supported his overthrow, but apparently had not even considered what the future would hold for a post Mubarik Egypt.
Again, in Libya, we see the same result. Assist in the removal of Khadaffi, but offer little in the way of follow through.
Now, less than 5 years following President Obama’s infamous Apology Tour we are faced with a Middle East that is vastly different than it had been during the prior 50 years. Iraq, Afganistan, Egypt, Libya, and now Syria, are all being infiltrated by Islamofacists. Iran is marching full speed ahead toward nuclear weaponry, Christians are being slaughtered throughout the region, and there is no end in sight to the spread of instability.
President Obama’s policy seemingly has been derived from the leanings of the former Weather Underground…everything the U.S. does is bad. Everything the U.S. stands for is bad. Everything that the U.S. has supported in the past is bad. Unfortunately, like the Weather Underground, this Administration seems to have no plans for follow through. In the mean time Russia and Iran step up to the plate in Syria, while China is happily building the capability to fill the vacuum elsewhere in the world.
What I see in the President is not that he stands for the wrong things, but that he doesn’t stand for anything.