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US foreign policy is failing dramatically. Why?

WHEN AMERICA WAS ATTACKED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, ITS REACTION WAS TO DECLARE WAR ON TERROR. For the next 13 years the US fought to defeat tyranny, destroy weapons of mass destruction, and promote democracy and Western ideals. It was hoped that American firepower would make the world a better place.

The opposite happened.

On the Iraq and Afghanistan battlefields alone, some 2.5 MILLION American military men and women put their lives on the line. Yet an Iraqi civil war and an indefatigable Taliban are destroying everything America built to date. In Somalia and Yemen, American drones rain fire on enemies below, yet America’s allies are on the run. In Egypt, US pressure helped topple a dictator ally and replace him with a democratically elected terrorist who hated the US. Another coup soon followed, along with a new dictator. In Libya, America bombed Muammar Qadhafi. In his wake came warring militias with terrorist links, a murdered US ambassador plus three staff, and an ongoing deadly civil war that has killed tens of thousands.

America has great political and military power, but in locations all over the globe our foreign policy is failing dramatically. Why? The truth is that God is no longer on our side. The Bible says very clearly, “I will break the pride of your power…and your strength shall be spent in vain.” (Leviticus 26: 19-20). America continues to tell God over and over again, in many different ways, that we do not need Him or want Him. We have a president who tells us he is quoting from the Bible but has no clue that his quoted passage does not appear anywhere in Scripture.  We have a Supreme Court which upholds abortion and same-sex marriage, and our churches think nothing of installing gay pastors in their pulpits.

The following examples show further the truth of the above Leviticus prophecy.

 

LIBYA

In 1967 Co. Muammar Qadhafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa. By the time he was assinated, Libya was Africa’s wealthiest nation. Libya had the highest live expectancy and highest gross domestic product per capita on the entire continent. Fewer people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands. Libya was sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Africa. Wealth was being generated; schools hospitals were running and were free. In 2011 the US led an air campaign supporting the “Arab Spring” and Qadhafi was ousted from leadership. The result was catastrophic. Oil production was cut in half to 810,000 barrels per day. Since 2011, 32,000 people have been killed. The nation is locked in war. It is a terrorist haven, and some 250 militias now control what once was the wealthiest country in Africa.

 

IRAQ

In 2003 Iraq was invaded by a US-led coalition to remove dictator Saddam Hussein, destroy weapons of mass destruction, and create a democracy. Eight years later, 7,888 US soldiers and contractors were dead, along with 190,000 Iraqi civilians. Total cost including reconstruction: $2.2 TRILLION.  Less than two years after America said “mission complete,” the US-built Iraqi army had virtually collapsed, the radical Islamic State had proclaimed itself to be in charge, Iraq was engulfed in a Sunnis vs. Shiites civil war, and over 24,000 more people were dead. Today, Iraq is essentially split into three warring regions: the area controlled by the Islamic State in the middle, a Kurdish autonomous region in the north, and a Shiite-controlled south. On November 7th, the US president was forced to send 1500 additional US troops back to Iraq to support the 1500 who had previously returned. Obviously, our exit from Iraq could be called nothing if not premature.

 

SOMALIA

Washington is trying to help the Somali government to (1) retake control of vast parts of its country lost to the Iran-sponsored terror group called Al-Shabaab, and (2) maintain a foothold on the strategic Gulf of Aden waterway. In October of 2013 Mr. Obama approved the sending of US military to act as advisers.  So far about 220 terrorist operatives have been killed by US drone strikes, while at least $700 million has been spent propping up the Somali National Army and training African Union forces to combat Al-Shabaab. So far, this terror group appears to be completely unfazed and undeterred.

 

EGYPT

In early 2011 America helped push long-standing ally Hosni Mubarak from the presidency. This ushered in an era of instability and violence. Three leaders later, GDP growth has been cut in half from 4 percent to less than 2 percent; unemployment has jumped from 9 percent to 12 percent; and external debt has climbed from $34.7 billion to $45.3 billion. At the same time vehicle thefts have quadrupled; homicides have tripled; and armed robberies have risen from 233 the year before Mubarak’s resignation, to 2807 in the year 2012. Politically this one-time US ally now views America with skepticism and suspicion.

 

YEMEN

In 2009 Obama approved a drone-bombing campaign to help the Yemeni government combat Iran-backed Houthi rebels in the north. America’s involvement turned the local citizenry against the ruling government. By 2011, the Yemeni army and US drones were also fighting Al Qaeda in the south. Today the country is deep in civil war, its capital city is controlled by the Houthi, and the US-backed government faces collapse.

 

AFGHANISTAN

After more than 13 years of war and the death of Osama bin Laden, America is bringing its troops home. The war cost $710 billion and the lives of 2349 American military. After spending $56 billion to equip the Afghan army, it is unclear whether that army will continue to fight the Taliban, or switch sides and join it. At the start of this war the Taliban consisted of approximately 2000 terrorist radicals; that number has now swelled to 60,000. The US has failed in other ways, too. We invested nearly $8 billion in trying to dismantle opium production, but the opium crop is at least twice as large as when we first entered the country. Because we acted as we did in Iraq and announced ahead of time our planned Afghan departure date, Afghan leaders now appear to be cutting deals with the Taliban in preparation for our impending exit.

 

[From a recent article in The Philadelphia Trumpet]

 

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US troops now using Turkey air bases to launch attacks against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria…

AH-64 Apache attack helicopter

Turkey has given the go-ahead to the United States to use its military bases as a jumping point to launch operations against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Department of Defense officials said.

The announcement follows a concerted White House effort to get Turkey to take on a more prominent role in the fight against the terrorist organization.

The New York Times reported that a team of U.S. military members are due to meet with Turkish officials this week to work out the details — including what types of missions can be flown from the bases.

Gen. Martin Dempsey said during a Sunday televised talk show that American ground troops could very well be flown in to Iraq and Syria to serve as advisers for ongoing combat operations, The New York Times reported.

NORM ‘n’ AL Note: The AH-64 Apache has been in service for years, and is a lethal air weapon. It can attain speeds of nearly 200 mph and reach altitudes of 21,000 feet.
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Obama’s latest NATO comments are called “6 piles of bovine excrement” by Allen B. West…

Allen West talks about Obama...I’m listening to President Barack Hussein Obama read more empty rhetoric and here is my assessment during his NATO press conference as he shoveled it on.

1. He stated that NATO’s “combat” mission in Afghanistan will end in three months — I hope they sent the memo to the Taliban and got their consent. Obama just doesn’t seem to understand the enemy has a vote, and they are not disrupted, defeated, and certainly not destroyed – we’re just quitting again.

2. He stated we’ll defend every NATO ally — he should have expressed how, because Obama’s decision to cancel the missile defense shield sent a very telling message to Eastern Europe and Vladimir Putin.

3. Obama committed to a NATO rapid response force — what forces? I served in 1984-1987 in the NATO Allied Mobile Force (Land) which was comprised of several National Airborne units — mine was based out of Vicenza Italy. Obama is cutting our U.S. military – funny, since he stated that all NATO member countries agreed to a 2 percent of GDP increase in military spending — he ain’t doing it!

4. Obama committed unyielding support to Ukraine and its sovereignty — well, kinda late since Russia has the Crimea and is building a land bridge through eastern Ukraine as well. Obama said support to Ukraine will be via non-lethal support. But in case he hasn’t read his intel briefs, Russian military forces have invaded Ukraine and are using LETHAL force — hence why Ukrainian leader Poroshenko has succumbed to a cease fire. Yes, Russia realizes there are consequences to its actions – which is why Putin continues to advance, as no one is stopping him.

So my assessment from President Obama’s NATO press conference is just more bovine excrement that upon review makes no sense. I’m listening to the question and answer portion and it’s just painful to listen to Obama without a teleprompter or prepared words. Oh wait, there’s another couple piles.

5. He said we’re going to degrade and defeat, or is it destroy ISIS just like, he claims, we did al-Qaida — who by the way is establishing itself in the Indian subcontinent. Our enemies are laughing at us as long as we keep putting this charlatan on a stage.

6. Oh – and Obama just came up with another new word — we must dismantle them. So which one is it, Mr. President — destroy, defeat, disrupt, or dismantle? However, we won’t be placing U.S. forces on the ground — he keeps telling our enemy what he is not willing to do.

Folks, Obama has no clue – or he’s following his grand plan.

[by Allen B. West]

 

(NORM ‘n’ AL Note: If Obama’s “grand plan” is selling out the USA to Muslim “extremists,” then his plan is obviously well underway….)

 

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Turns out Obama’s recent swap of five Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bergdahl was COMPLETELY ILLEGAL

The Pentagon broke the law in May when it transferred five Taliban detainees from Guantánamo Bay in exchange for prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to a report from the GAO, a government watchdog agency.

 The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon violated the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act which requires the Pentagon to give certain congressional committees 30 days advance notice before any detainee transfer from the Guantánamo Bay detention facility.

The law also prohibits the Pentagon from using appropriated funds to conduct any detainee transfer, unless the Defense secretary gives the 30 days of advance notice.

The Pentagon said it spent $988,400 on the detainee transfer, according to the report.

“As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD also violated the Antideficiency Act,” the agency found. “DOD should report its Antideficiency Act violation as required by law.”

That report, outlining the violation and any measures taken by the Pentagon in response, would then go to Congress and the president, according to a GAO spokeswoman.

The watchdog report is a legal opinion and will not lead to further measures, said the spokeswoman.

The seven-page finding is in response to a request by Republican lawmakers for an opinion, the report said.

 

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The report’s finding could refuel criticism of the Obama administration’s decision to swap the five senior Taliban commanders for Bergdahl, who had been held by the Taliban since 2009.  [NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  “Could refuel criticism of the Obama administration”? Do we really need ANYTHING at this point to “refuel” criticism of Mr. O and his sorry attempt at acting like a leader? He has already proven he’s not even close to a smart leader, which means he is really not able to lead at all. The bigger problem is that he doesn’t know he’s not smart and not a leader. He’s not even a good golfer, for crying out loud.]

The Obama administration has argued the swap was within the president’s constitutional authority to protect U.S. personnel overseas. [NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Obviously Mr. O and the White House and the Justice Department and the Defense Department were ALL WRONG.  Just another sorry instance of Mr. O jumping the gun to get something done without checking on the legality of his own dumb move first. Whether his dumb moves are legal or illegal, seems like we can always count on them being dumb ones.]

However, lawmakers from both parties were angered by the administration’s move, and some argued the May release could jeopardize the lives of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Others argued it was tantamount to negotiating with terrorists, although the administration negotiated the swap through Qatar.

Bergdahl is currently under investigation by the Army for possibly deserting his post in Afghanistan or being absent without leave, both of which are violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. His investigation is expected to wrap up in September.

[by Kristina Wong, writing for THE HILL]

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