By Rich Sena
KCRP Legislation Chairman
Whether it be in the business world, sports, or politics, in order to be effective it is essential for leaders to earn and receive respect.
As a world leader, the USA must be a force for freedom and respected by her allies. Conversely, it is advantageous to our interests for our enemies to fear us. This doesn’t mean that we should constantly be at war. Rather, those who wish us harm should understand the consequences of their actions, be it economic or diplomatic sanctions, or as a last resort military action in conjunction with our allies.
One element of respect is to have earned the trust of those you work with. Sadly, many of our allies increasingly find that they cannot trust the USA anymore, and that the actions of the Obama administration cater more to pleasing our enemies than supporting our friends.
Polls of Israeli citizens reveal they feel that the USA has turned its back on them. Middle East allies that we have worked with effectively in the past such as Jordan and Egypt, cannot count on our word while questioning our resolve. Other nations with whom we’ve had a more pragmatic relationship, such as Saudi Arabia, also sense a drifting world leader that seems to want to abandon its historic role as a force for stability and progress. Unlike the presidencies of Reagan and both Bushes, freedom loving people see absolutely no emphasis or support for their aspirations from Obama.
Fear seems to be non-existent amongst our enemies, which includes (whether or not the Obama administration is willing to admit it) the Islamic state of Iran. In both October and November 2015, Iran tested medium range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. This was a brazen violation of Security Council resolutions prohibiting such launches. Obama, a self-proclaimed “citizen of the world,” should view such actions with alarm. He chose to do nothing, failing to protest or even make some insincere comment about “drawing red lines in the sand.”
Obama claims victory in this week’s return of some of our American hostages held in Iran, but the truth is that any civilized nation never would have captured these innocent people in the first place. To get their release, Obama released Iranian terrorists. This is similar to his release of Al Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo in exchange for the return of Bowe Bergdahl, who faces court martial and whom many view as a traitor for abandoning his unit. Obama’s announcement of Bergdahl’s return received wide news coverage in an ostentatious Rose Garden ceremony. Such a display of sympathy and support for the families of Americans killed in battle would have been more appropriate of a Commander in Chief.
The Middle East is indeed a complex region that has perplexed world powers seeking hegemony there for many centuries. The USA has not always made the best decisions regarding the region. None the less, it should be clear to all that the one regime seeking to upset the apple cart is Iran, whose former President Mahmoud Amhadinejad vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
Obama’s other Iranian buddy, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reveled in leading chants of “Death to America” just several days after Obama and Kerry caved and signed off on the nuclear “deal.” And Obama expects us to trust these crazy people? This so called peace deal will give Iran access to $150 billion in unfrozen assets that they can then use to continue supporting terrorism. Yet, Obama continues to make excuses for these jihadists while blasting anyone who dares to question his thought process.
Conservative Republicans have no great desire for war. It is worth noting that during the twelve years of the Reagan and Bush 41 presidencies, we were at war for little more than a month’s time. Rather, those leaders rebuilt the military, promoted world freedom, and successfully defeated Communism to win the Cold War.
Conversely, the military is one part of the government that Obama is more than willing to cut. He has proposed budgets that will eviscerate our navy to levels not seen since 1920, and reduce the size of our army to pre-World War II levels. This will not promote world peace, but rather foment enemy aggression and violence.
I think that Obama’s actions are based on his world view. Many on the far left view the USA as an arrogant force that creates world problems instead of seeing us as a beacon of hope for mankind. Obama was raised in a far left environment that did not instill pride in or love for America, but rather skepticism and doubt.
Many Americans increasingly do not trust his judgement, worldview, or motives. Yet, it is our nation that will pay the price for a president who seeks to abandon America’s role as world leader and promoter of freedom. How sad; January 20, 2017 can’t come soon enough.