Democrats ought to have “some kinda” response to this horror show Obama is responsible for. :shrug:
By any reasonable measure, the Obama administration’s Middle East foreign policy is in disarray. Despite President Obama’s determination to rebuild America’s relationship with the Muslim world—dramatically manifested in his June 2009 Cairo speech—his administration’s empty promises, gross miscalculations, and sudden reversals suggest that he and his team have substituted their wishes about how the Muslim Middle East ought to be for the realities of how the Muslim Middle East really is.
While the president steadfastly refuses to mention jihadism, wars fueled by Islamic extremism rage throughout the region. Time and again, Obama administration policies have made matters worse.
In September at the United Nations, the president announced that “realism dictates that compromise is required” to effect “a managed transition” from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. This appeal to moderation comes more than four years after Obama first called for Assad to step down and two years after Obama fecklessly declined to enforce the red line he had declared against Assad’s use of chemical weapons. The Syrian civil war has since mushroomed into a staggering humanitarian catastrophe. It has left approximately 250,000 people dead; driven some 10 million from their homes; flooded neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey with refugees; and generated a continent-shaking wave of refugees rolling across Europe.
Four years after Western-leaning Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi was forced from power with U.S. help, that country has become a haven for Islamists and a battleground for two governments and dozens of armed groups. It’s barely a country at all.
Almost four years after Obama’s removal of troops from what he declared to be “a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq,” Baghdad is struggling to beat back ISIS’s advances. Meanwhile Islamic State forces, which Obama compared in a January 2014 New Yorker interview to a JV squad, are also waging war in Syria and in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
In an August speech, the president acknowledged that his nuclear deal’s unfreezing of $100 billion to $150 billion of Iranian assets would assist the world’s leading state sponsor of terror in pursuing its ambitions for regional hegemony. The president was correct, and it didn’t take long: Iran has recently stepped up shipments of weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, to its Lebanese client Hezbollah and, in late September, sent hundreds of troops to support Hezbollah ground operations in defense of Tehran’s Syrian client Assad.