With many accolades under Ronald Reagan’s policies, we won the cold war against Russia, (formally the Soviet Union) and their tyrannical communist regime---all without firing a shot.
The war in Iraq was over in two weeks and Saddam and his thugs were defeated militarily, but it took a few more years and the blood of our heroes to finally secure the peace, and drive out outside interest, including al Qaeda.
In Afghanistan, George W. Bush kept his promise that those who attacked us on 9/11, (and any parties that protected them), would pay dearly. Both al Qaeda and the Taliban were driven out of the country, along with Osama Bin Laden taking up cave-dwelling.
Both Iraq and Afghanistan required a surge of our military to finally claim a strategic and demographic military victory over these two nations. Credit to Barack Obama for the one in Afghanistan and finally locating Bin Laden in the Pakistani suburbs and disposing of the vermin.
But, this is where Barack Obama’s experience in foreign policy and leadership comes to a pathetically sad ending.
Without insisting on leaving a status force in Iraq, Obama misjudged, (in his hurry to score political points), the level of strength in the Iraqi forces to maintain stability in the nation---a fatal mistake that may very well prove over 4000 of our finest might have died in vain. Even with the warnings that a power-vacuum was occurring from Syria all the way through northern Iraq, Obama did nothing. Politically, he had little choice, since a war-weary America would never allow “real forces” to re-deploy to the region. Today, ISIS forces are on the city limits of Bagdad, and the entire nation is about to fall into total chaos. The ISIS Jihadist have even declared in a fatwa that all women between the ages of 14 and 46 undergo Female Genital Mutilation in the town of Mosul:
Isis orders all women and girls in Mosul to undergo FGM
UN says 'fatwa' issued by militant group in and around Iraqi city could affect 4 million
The militant group Islamic State (Isis) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations says.
The "fatwa" issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Irbil.
The UN Human Rights Council is too busy siding with the Palestinians over the Israel’s rights to protect their citizenry.
And I doubt there will be an official statement from this organization before these barbaric brutalization begins in Iraq. And, of course when Obama abandons Afghanistan with no status force agreement, the Taliban will march right back in and demand a similar fatwa for those low-life women who thought they might finally enter a 21st century society.
So, there you have it. Vlady Putin is strutting his bare chest with an expansion tour/re-taking his lost territory, while rebuilding a former Soviet Union. Iraq is about to become a full-fledged terrorist haven. And Afghanistan will only be an “Obama executive order” away from becoming the same.
Three wars……and they’re all lost because of Barack Obama.