Wednesday, February 18, 2015
President Obama's Policy of Strategic Patience in Action
The Obama Administration declared its foreign policy is premised on “Strategic Patience.” The Obama Administration is currently hosting a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, not to be confused with Anti-extreme Islamic Terrorism. We are patiently waiting to hear the words “Islamic Extremism,” “Islamic Terrorism,” “radical Islam,” or even “Violent Islamic Extremism,” uttered at the Summit. The President started the week by declaiming Christian extremism in the Crusades. The State Department’s Marie Harf said yesterday that “we cannot win this war by killing them,” so we need to get them jobs. Let’s pull out more of those “shovel ready jobs,” which we are still patiently waiting for. Senator Robert Menendez (D. N.J.) thinks the Administration’s statements and quotes are “talking points coming out of Tehran.” Isis is using social media and bullets to win. The State Department is flooding social media with tweets. Bullets versus tweets. Patience. Fortunately for America, golf is a game of patience. The President is a master of the links. ISIS beheads James Foley. The President declaims the act, and then golfs on Martha’s Vineyard. ISIS beheads 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. President Obama golfs in Rancho Mirage after decrying the death of the Egyptians, never acknowledging they’re Christians. He has time to think about the world’s problems as he golfs. He neglected to mention the Jews in his request for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIS as he referred to the French Kosher Market victims as victims of random violence. Kayla Mueller died because the President exercised patience over a week before the military launched its unsuccessful rescue mission. The hostages had been moved in the interim. The President is exceedingly patient in answering questions about the IRS, Benghazi, and Fast and Furious. Republicans are out of patience. He has patiently watched “Core Al-Qaeda” and “The JV Team” morph into the deadly ISIS. He has patiently supplied the Ukrainians with MRE's as Vladimir Putin supplies the Ukrainian "rebels' with special forces and tanks. MRE's versus tanks. Patience. He is patiently watching the Iranians progress to building the Bomb. His grand strategy apparently is to patiently await the fall of the Ayatollahs and Russia with the collapse of oil prices. He is also patiently awaiting, but doing his best, to speed up the fall of the Netanyahu government in Israel. He is patiently waiting for the Arab Spring to blossom into a secular, tolerant democracy. He is patiently watching ISIS gran more land in Syria, Iraq, and now Libya to establish the first Caliphate since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. He is patiently studying the fall of the Yemeni government to pro-Iranian rebels after he lauded the success of the Yemeni government and his strategy for fighting Al-Qaeda in Yemen. It is the model as we apply the strategy elsewhere in the Mideast. Patience hath its virtue, but what it is in the Mideast is known only to President Obama. Quick question: Association When you hear “Strategic Patience,” does General McClellan and ‘Strategic Withdrawal” pop into mind? Patience.