June 18, 2014

Dick and Liz Cheney: Obama Has ‘Betrayed Our Past and Squandered Our Freedom’

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (bolds are mine):

The Collapsing Obama Doctrine
Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.

As the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) threaten Baghdad, thousands of slaughtered Iraqis in their wake, it is worth recalling a few of President Obama’s past statements about ISIS and al Qaeda. “If a J.V. team puts on Lakers’ uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant” (January 2014). “[C]ore al Qaeda is on its heels, has been decimated” (August 2013). “So, let there be no doubt: The tide of war is receding” (September 2011).

Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is “ending” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America’s enemies are not “decimated.” They are emboldened and on the march.

The fall of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Tikrit, Mosul and Tel Afar, and the establishment of terrorist safe havens across a large swath of the Arab world, present a strategic threat to the security of the United States. Mr. Obama’s actions—before and after ISIS’s recent advances in Iraq—have the effect of increasing that threat.

On a trip to the Middle East this spring, we heard a constant refrain in capitals from the Persian Gulf to Israel, “Can you please explain what your president is doing?” “Why is he walking away?” “Why is he so blithely sacrificing the hard fought gains you secured in Iraq?” “Why is he abandoning your friends?” “Why is he doing deals with your enemies?”

In one Arab capital, a senior official pulled out a map of Syria and Iraq. Drawing an arc with his finger from Raqqa province in northern Syria to Anbar province in western Iraq, he said, “They will control this territory. Al Qaeda is building safe havens and training camps here. Don’t the Americans care?”

Our president doesn’t seem to. Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.

… The tragedy unfolding in Iraq today is only part of the story. Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent across the globe. According to a recent Rand study, between 2010 and 2013, there was a 58% increase in the number of Salafi-jihadist terror groups around the world. During that same period, the number of terrorists doubled.

In the face of this threat, Mr. Obama is busy ushering America’s adversaries into positions of power in the Middle East.

At some point, it becomes reasonable to believe that all of this is whawt Obama wants to see happen. Cheney posits the possibility:

… Despite clear evidence of the dire need for American leadership around the world, the desperation of our allies and the glee of our enemies, President Obama seems determined to leave office ensuring he has taken America down a notch. Indeed, the speed of the terrorists’ takeover of territory in Iraq has been matched only by the speed of American decline on his watch.

Al Qaeda and its affiliates are resurgent and they present a security threat not seen since the Cold War. Defeating them will require a strategy—not a fantasy.

President Obama is on track to securing his legacy as the man who betrayed our past and squandered our freedom.

If this government won’t abandon its fantasies, the people in it shouldn’t be there.



  1. If things keep going in this direction, this story will be retold in seven decades through the happy medium of interpretive dance. Oh wait – there is no interpretive dance in Islam.

    Comment by GW — June 18, 2014 @ 10:47 am

  2. Here’s a little peak behind the curtain:


    Viewed through the prism of AGW it’s all sunshine and lollypops. One man’s failure is another person’s success. Obama is using the too little too late strategy to allow Iraq to go into chaos. He and his buddies require high oil prices for decades.

    Comment by dscott — June 19, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

  3. Some interesting reading on Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood, after reading these you see the long range plan to destabilize the M.E.

    Bombshell: Newly Classified Documents Reveal Obama Administration’s Close Ties with Muslim Brotherhood Terrorists in Libya and Egypt


    The President personally issued Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) in 2010, ordering an assessment of the Muslim Brotherhood and other “political Islamist” movements, including the ruling AKP in Turkey, ultimately concluding that the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting “stability” in the Middle East and North Africa (that is, support for “stable regimes” even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing “moderate” Islamic political movements.

    Obama’s stated goal in Libya and Egypt was to create instability by over throwing those governments and in turn set the M.E. on fire. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State helped Obama do it. Another fine accomplishment by Hillary.

    Muslim Brotherhood delegation allowed to skip airport inspections entering the United States




    The Next Iran


    Comment by dscott — June 19, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

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