One debacle after another. “Now at least one of the five Taliban commanders that was released played a key role in al Qaeda’s plans leading up to the attacks of 9/11. The White House thought the American people were going to cheer when the president released these terrorists. I think his misreading of the American people is fairly shocking. And with terrorists marching toward Baghdad, we’ve asked the president for a strategy to reverse the momentum and spread of terrorism. I heard a little bit about Iraq yesterday, but the White House has known for months about the situation in Iraq, and when you look it’s not just Iraq. It’s Libya, it’s Egypt, it’s Syria. The spread of terrorism has increased exponentially under this president’s leadership.”
A fiasco in the offing? “In the 12 states with competitive Senate races this fall, only 38 percent of likely voters said they approved of the way the president is handling his job. An index of all national polls shows the president’s approval rating about 4 percentage points higher nationwide.”
Another foreign rights disaster. “The Iranian regime continues to involve itself in these serious human rights abuses — even as we sit here today — on a very large scale. At least 750 people have been executed without due process in the past year — this is under President Rouhani. It’s no wonder that Iran continues to stiff-arm the U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran. . . . [T]his failure to speak out against a regime’s abuses — whether it is Tehran or Pyongyang — fails to grasp the concept that promoting human rights, promoting democracy in Iran and improving our national security, in fact, go hand-in-hand.”
As Obama’s calamities pile up, look out for more tension. “As [Hillary] Clinton, a prominent Democratic figure and former administration official, seeks to replace a two-term president of her party, she will necessarily have to create some distance between her and her former boss. These internecine squabbles are to be expected as Clinton and Obama’s alliance of convenience collapses. However, it is just as natural for the president’s supporters to be enraged by Clinton’s efforts to recast history in order to create space between her and the president. Expect the backbiting to continue.”
Another catastrophe: “Assad Still Using Chemical Weapons–and the United States Does Nothing.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) warns that teaming up with Iran would be yet another blunder. “Iran has been the implacable enemy of the United States since 1979, when revolutionaries took 54 American citizens hostage for 444 days. Earlier this year, Iran demonstrated that this rapid, anti-American hostility is alive and well by trying to get a U.S. visa for one of those hostage takers to serve as their ambassador to the United Nations. . . . When push comes to shove, the American people know that Iran is our enemy. We need to bring this same clarity to current circumstances in Iraq. Just because Iran fears the ISIS jihadists, it does not follow that we should partner with them in this fight. The enemy of our enemy, in this instance is not our friend.” Well worth reading in full.
This was certainly one of Obama’s worst flubs. “So by the admission of the top figures in the Obama administration, they were quite pleased and very optimistic about the situation in Iraq. And no wonder: Iraq was a functioning (if fragile) democracy and an American ally (if a difficult one) in the Middle East. At least it was until President Obama failed in 2011 to get a new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) agreement, which set into motion a series of events that have led to where we are.”