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I wrote previously about Obama’s second inauguration speech and his divisive, partisan politics in
Part I:Collectivism vs Individualism. Here is the second portion of my analysis of his speech and what we can expect in his second term as far as foreign policy,national security and international relations.
But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.
Foreign Policy and Appeasement:
I also do not believe we can become friends with our enemies, especially those we are currently at war with who seek to destroy our freedoms and despise our way of life. Obama has taken a passive route with Islamists and the spread of terrorism, even to the point of avoiding calling them terrorists, all while arming them in Libya and Syria and even sending tanks to Lebanon and fighter jets to Egypt. After the September 11, 2012 attacks in Libya, it took weeks before Obama would acknowledge the Benghazi attack in Libya that left four Americans dead, including a US Ambassador, in what everyone knew to be a terrorist attack.
Instead, his administration tried to avoid calling it terrorism by Islamists and an act of war and tried blaming the attack on a mob of angry Muslims who were upset over a Youtube video mocking Mohammed, which nobody really saw. He still has not admitted that it was an act of war, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is still yet to testify on what she knew and when she knew it about what the mission in Benghazi entailed and when they knew a terrorist attack was taking place and who denied proper security and intervention when they were under attack for over six hours.
We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.
In addition, Obama says we will ‘defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law’, yet he ignores the fact that he left four Americans to die in Benghazi and once again in Algeria this past weekend, where three Americans were left to die during a hostage take over of a gas plant in Algeria. In the meantime, he likes to boast of his success in defeating Al Qaeda, the killing of Osama Bin Laden and his support of the Arab Spring, which led to the takeover of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the assassination of Gaddafi, a Western ally, in Libya and finally the recent hostage attack in Algeria.
However, the ramifications of his support for the Arab Spring has led to greater tensions in the Middle East, persecution of Christians and the spread of sharia law and terrorism. Gaddafi kept many terrorists imprisoned who were released once he was killed, now these terrorists are responsible for the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, the spread of terrorism into Mali and Algeria and with the help of Obama, the arming of Al Qaeda led forces in Libya, through trafficking weapons into Turkey and into Syria. Now these weapons are being used by terrorists in Syria, Algeria and into Mali, where many US weapons were found after the terrorist attack and hostages were tortured and killed this past weekend in Algeria.
Additionally, Obama supports the overthrow of Assad, the President of Syria, who many claim is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Syrians. However, according to terrorism experts, Obama is once again emboldening terrorists and creating even more instability in the Middle East which could result in greater tensions between the US, Russia, China and Iran, and our only ally, Israel, since Russia, China and Iran are opposed to forcing Assad to step down. This has already created greater tensions for our ally Israel and tensions between the US/Obama administration and Israel, not a ‘strong alliance’.
Obama calls his support of the ‘Arab Spring’ support of democracy, while ignoring the consequences of these actions, such as the outcome in Egypt and Libya, which have led to an increase in sharia law and terrorism, as well as persecution of Christians. While the US is a ‘beacon of hope’ for freedom for those who seek to come here from countries where they have suffered under tyranny and persecution, Obama is weakening our superiority, freedoms and protections. In result, Obama is making the world a more dangerous place.
Check back for: Part III-Immorality and Morality, Religious Liberty and Americanism
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