“The question is never whether America should lead, but how we lead.” But while the U.S. has shown that it “will act unilaterally against threats to our core interests,” Obama writes, the country is stronger when it works with its international partners and should exercise “strategic patience and persistence” in a complex world.
The U.S. has shown that it will act unilaterally against threats, but the U.S. has not done so since January of 2009. In many instances the U.S. has not acted in its own best interest when partners have. We have not given weapons to Ukraine or drones to Jordan.
“We are now pursuing a more sustainable approach that prioritizes targeted counter-terrorism operations, collective action with responsible partners, and increased efforts to prevent the growth of violent extremism and radicalization that drives increased threats.” Obama makes no apology for withdrawing troops from Iraq or Afghanistan, despite criticism that America’s departure from those countries emboldened militant groups and created the vacuum for groups like ISIS. The document also points to significant victories in the struggle against terror networks, such as the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. This is the only victory for which the regime can take any credit and THEY HAVE.
“In the realm of inter-state conflict, Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity — as well as its belligerent stance toward other neighboring countries — endangers international norms that have largely been taken for granted since the end of the Cold War.” The 2015 strategy repeatedly refers to the dangers of Russian aggression and warns of consequences. The consequences have been minor at best. Putin became emboldened after the regime with swagger and bluster declared a red line in the sand with regards to Syria. The red line was crossed and the regime stepped aside to allow Putin to take the lead; which he did.
“The only lasting solution to Syria’s civil war remains political — an inclusive political transition that responds to the legitimate aspirations of all Syrian citizens.” The situation in Syria becomes more and more chaotic as the U.S. absolves more and more of any leadership position it had. Today the options in Syria are less appealing than they were three years ago and they will be less appealing two years from now. ISIS appears to be the strongest player. Meanwhile we hear more bluster and see more swagger.
“Having reached a first step arrangement that stops the progress of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for limited relief, our preference is to achieve a comprehensive and verifiable deal that assures Iran’s nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.” During a speech Friday, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said that when it comes to Iran, “We must give diplomacy a chance to finish the job.” Diplomacy has been happening for six years. The only thing that has been accomplished is that Iran is on the verge of nuclear weapons and Israel, the U.S., and the whole free world is in greater danger of an attack from Iran.
“We face continued challenges, including political dysfunction in Washington that undermines national unity, stifles bipartisan cooperation, and ultimately erodes the perception and strength of our leadership abroad.” Dysfunction is a product of inept leadership and lack of leadership. Obama has been recognized as the most polarizing executive in modern history if not all of history. The Keystone Pipeline is a perfect example. Prior to the runoff election in Louisiana, Obama made no mention of a veto. Today, with support from both sides of the isle, Obama threatens a veto.
The reason for the turmoil in the country and the world is very clear. It lies right at the doorstep of 1600 Pennsylvania.