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And On the Foreign Front…

February 3rd, 2009 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Foreign Affairs

…the news of where Obama’s policies are taking us could not be worse. First, Obama is letting legal considerations dictate policies of war. Bush also failed here, but I’m not sure if he would have done this:

The captain of a ship that the United States Navy recently detained has said his vessel is now en route to Syria. The boat was initially believed to be carrying arms destined for Hamas, though sources say the weapons will likely be delivered to Hezbollah.

The U.S. navy was forced to release the ship, which it had detained in the Red Sea on suspicion of carrying arms to Hamas-ruled Gaza. Weapons of various kinds were found aboard the ship, which was flying the Cypriot flag when it was stopped January 19, the U.S. military said.

The ship was released Tuesday when it became apparent that there was no legal basis for holding it.

No legal basis for holding a ship full of weapons headed for terrorists? Is this a serious way to wage the “war on terror”?

There is no legal authority that could rightfully stop a free country from blocking weapons intended for terrorists. Any such laws written by whatever body are meant only to hamper America (and its ally Israel) from defending itself.

When Obama talks about “restoring America’s reputation in the world,” he means America sacrificing its interests in a dangerous world that wants us dead.

But don’t question Obama’s patriotism.

The second bit of news, if true, is astonishing:

According to, a newsletter published by The Washington Times’ ace national security reporter Bill Gertz, “Diplomatic sources said Barack Obama has engaged several Arab intermediaries to relay messages to and from al Qaeda in the months before his election as the 44th U.S. president. The sources said al Qaeda has offered what they termed a truce in exchange for a U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. ‘For the last few months, Obama has been receiving and sending feelers to those close to al Qaeda on whether the group would end its terrorist campaign against the United States,’ a diplomatic source said. ‘Obama sees this as helpful to his plans to essentially withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq during his first term in office.'”

A deal with terrorists that would see America withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq — for what? A promise from them not to attack us? How long would that agreement hold up?

This is pragmatism so blind it is suicidal. It would guarantee that the enemy will renew its strength and attack again.

After thinking about it, I’m not surprised at this report, because this is what a half-assed war leads to. Eventually, we will have to wage a serious war to destroy the enemy, including all states that sponsor terrorism, or we pull out and stick out head in the sand as it seems Obama wants to do. All Bush’s wars will have gained us is some time without attacks — which is something, but it’s not a permanent solution.

UPDATE: Minor revision.

UPDATE II: Here is a comprehensive look at how Obama might be a disaster.

6 Comments so far ↓

  • Bill Brown

    If Obama is trying to emulate FDR, he’s certainly on the right track. Who will be his Stalin, I wonder? He’s got Kim Jong-Il (if he’s actually alive), Vladimir Putin (which makes sense given his rehabilitation of the dictator), Hugo Chavez, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to choose from.

  • dismuke

    He only wants to emulate FDR when it comes to putting chains on our evil economy. When it comes to putting chains on our evil country’s foreign policy and military, he is apparently trying to emulate Dhimmi Carter who never met a tyrant he didn’t feel apologetic towards.

  • Bill Brown

    Maybe. I sure hope you’re right.

  • L-C

    Lefty’s foreign policy merits the eloquent response of a facepalm, as I believe the internet refers to it.

    Apparently the “opposition” is some kind of respectable business partner with whom one has a slight disagreement of contract terms.

  • madmax

    But at this pace, will he so disgust the non-leftists in America that there will be a big backlash against the Left? Is that even possible?

    Obama is so disgusting I don’t even want to read the news for fear of what I may find. This is going to be a long 4 (or eight) years.

  • L-C

    “…backlash against the Left? Is that even possible?”

    Perhaps, but “against” without a “for” to back it up is a fleeting thing.