Americans are war weary
, much like what happened after World War II when the United States protected South Korea
from communist forces from North Korea and China. It would be the first of a series of wars that would be described as “police actions
So, it is understandable that Ron Paul’s foreign policy
views and his intent as to what to do with the US armed forces scattered around the world prepared to meet any challenge.
It is even more understandable because of the fact that the US has been in Afghanistan for ten years now, and we still haven’t totally disengaged from Iraq as far as troop deployment.
I agree with Ron Paul that we should focus upon the condition of our economy as well as focus upon stationing troops on the entire length of our southern border iDrug cartels are not only trafficking drugs and weapons/munitions, but they are establishing themselves in our urban areas across America; as well as threatening Texas ranches and farmers along our southern border.
Whether it is because of Obama’s weak and useless foreign policy or a combination of other factors, Iraq is moving from a democratic model for the Near- and Middle-East to emulate to a police state. And, as Katie Kieffer
points out in her February 6th
article addressing Obama’s shortcomings –
Why did it take you three years to bring the troops home from Iraq? You broke the promise you made on March 19, 2008: “When I am commander-in-chief, I will set a new goal on Day One: I will end this war [in Iraq]. – I will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. We can responsibly remove one to two combat brigades each month.”
And here is the one that makes me personally angry: Obama being naïve thinking that Pakistan is our ally, when in fact, Obama bin Laden had a fortified compound near the Abottabad military academy in Pakistan. In addition:
Pakistan ignored the CIA and let China examine SEAL Team Six’s stealth copter tail technology. You gave the orders to kill bin Laden from the Situation Room but his capture and kill was the result of a cumulative effort over many years by many talented people.
Americans need a president that is capable of wearing two hats – one as the President of the United States, who is responsible for the welfare of the people and to oversee the diplomatic corps to ensure that US interests are met before any foreign interests are considered; and the other responsibility is duties as our Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces. …
You failed to negotiate with the Taliban and distinguish between the Taliban and al Qaeda. Senior Diplomat Richard Holbrooke believed in negotiating with the Taliban. For, the Taliban used to be our allies and they are primarily concerned with keeping foreigners off their land. When you took office, you undercut Holbrooke’s authority and threw away his opportunities to broker peace with the Taliban and potentially ouster al Qaeda’s top lieutenants quicker and with minor loss of U.S. blood, treasure and military technology.
One of the big things that Obama emphasized on was accusing GW Bush of being a war hawk and other factors concerning the war against Islamic-fascism. And, despite telling the American people that he would veto the unconstitutional National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes the US military (not the local police or FBI), to arrest and imprison (indefinitely) American citizens without a trial or a lawyer. Among other constitutional violations, the act violates the 4th, 5th, and 6thAmendments. And, the Republican majority Congress DOES NOTHING.
An American citizen, because of that legislation, can be arrested for visiting a particular website or some other way of accusing someone of being a terrorist or part of some conspiracy. Hello! Wasn’t this the big thing against GW Bush who was depicted as a brown-shirt, Hitler-mustached Nazi on the Internet and tagged as a fascist in articles about the Patriot Act and other actions he took?
Are the rules different for members of the Democratic (Socialist) Party of America?
Apparently, because the media ignores much of the “negative” concerns and actions that this White House administration implements, as well as ignoring actions like that of Nancy Pelosi, who is wholeheartedly siding with President Obama in his attack on the liberties of the Catholic and other Christian churches in regards to birth control, condoms, et cetera.
It is NOT the business of government to socially engineer their ideology or policies upon the People of America, its taxpaying citizens, who are losing their rights and liberties more rapidly than ever before, as caused by the last three presidents – with the help of a “business-as-usual” Congress.
President Obama, just as in his State of the Union address, bragged about Afghanistan thus:
From this position of strength, we’ve begun to wind down the war in Afghanistan.
After Obama took office, there was a troop surge. I personally didn’t complain because I had taken it as an action to “get the thing over with” and pull out. However, we are still there and with little or no results. The economy sucks and America, as Ron Paul has stated several times, cannot afford the present and past foreign policies nor the $2 billion a week funding in Afghanistan that Obama and Congress authorized. Obama and his “advisers” – czars – did nothing when it leaked that Afghanistan ambassador,Umar Daudzai, was receiving $1 to $6 million every other month from Iran – the enemy of the United States and the free world. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been disrespectful and unappreciative while US troops are dying there and coming back crippled – PLUS – receiving, last year, $11.6 billion from the United States Treasury that holds the taxpayer funds of Americans to train Afghan security forces and other infrastructure costs.
I really don’t know why America/Americans must wait until November of this year to be rid of this guy – there is enough on him, excluding the continued accusations concerning his suspicious birth certificate and questionable place of birth. The Afghanistan government now in place is more loyal to Pakistan (a false ally) than it is to the United States, despite all that funding courtesy of the economically hurting Americans and its irresponsible government (White House and Congress).
The funding sent to Libya, reportedly $9.5 million per day, has done nothing to improve the conditions and situation there – another item to add to the long list of failed foreign policies enacted by the last three governments (White House and Congress).
Despite President Obama’s words (“crippling sanctions on Iran” and “I support Israell”) – his foreign policy jeopardizes Israel’s sovereignty as well as that little nation’s safety; a nation that is surrounded by enemies who want to dissolve that nation and exterminate its people; except for Egypt, whose former government had been working with the US and Israel in attempts for peace in that part of the world. As the administrations before Obama – all a failure, often more harm than good. Meanwhile, our government is doling out taxpayer funds to foreign nations. Despite the changed conditions in the form of aggression towards Israel, Egypt is still receiving an annual $1.5 billion in currency and military support. Despite Saudi Arabia’s treachery in the past and present, Obama still pushed for $30 billion sale of US fighter jets, that could be used against Israel in the not-too-distant future. If Israel is our ally, why are funding in cash, military sales and support, as well as purchasing the crude oil of that nation’s enemies?
We need a president to clean up our foreign policy and our government’s tendency to stick their noses in other nations’ affairs, when we have big trouble right here in America.
President Obama should be paying attention to Vali Nasr, Middle-East expert [see Bloomberg] who warns us of our past and present interventions in that region, specifically Iran. ii
Working with other national governments in terms of sanctions that will hopefully change the actions and policies of the Iran government; however, we rattle our swords in regards to Iran’s nuclear program, despite the fact that our Department of Defense has reported that Iran’s nuclear program is designed to be a deterrenceand defensive, at least for now.
Recently I overheard a conversation of two citizens living here at Door Peninsula, and when I asked why they supported Obama’s failed domestic and foreign policies, they simply stated: “I like Obama”. My question was why – and there was no answer.
Many Americans who foolishly supported Obama, like those who foolishly supported GW Bush, the GOP establishment’s poster boy in the primary elections; are always going to continue to make mistakes in who they use their voting power for. They complain about how things are and want “changes” – but vote for the same type of candidate or reelect those that have caused or contributed to the myriad of problems that require answers and responsible action.
The several incidents and events that the Mexican government enacted and got away with – any other country would have declared war against Mexico. Literally, the government is sanctioning an invasion, and why not? Mexico boosts its economy with billions of dollars a year being sent to and spent in Mexico via illegal immigrants working here and sending money to Mexico.
Obama’s foreign policy blunder, one of them, was when he sided with the Muslim Brotherhood
organization in 2009, which disenchanted President Mubarak
, who had been and was willing to interact with the US in establishing more peaceful actions with Israel.