It may well be that Barack Obama’s most enduring foreign policy achievement will be the creation of a Russian empire in the Middle East, an objective that eluded czars and commissars alike. Russian fighter aircraft are now openly conducting operations in Syria to protect Bashar al-Assad, Putin’s client strongman in Syria (Daily Mail). And most of the targets do not belong to ISIS.
Despite Obama’s stated objective of reining in America’s commitments abroad, his actual record in the Middle East is one of harebrained interventionism- Egypt, Libya, Syria. Just two years ago he threatened military action against Assad’s use of chemical weapons, and then pulled back from his famous red line because he couldn’t get a single ally to support him once the British House of Commons voted a resounding “No”. (Do you remember how the left blasted Bush for not having enough allies? At least he had some!). Being a dreamy progressive, he undermines allies (Mubarak, Israel), throws away hard-won gains (Iraq, Afghanistan) and empowers enemies (the mullahs of Iran).
Donald Trump’s critics blast him for calling America’s leadership “stupid”. But politically speaking, Obama’s leadership constitutes the dictionary definition of the term. It is stupid. And deadly.
Crossposted from The Minority Report