“United States is now signalling its retreat”
Peter Foster, Washington writer for The Telegraph, interviewed Ian Bremmer, foreign policy guru and author of ‘Superpower.’
“After six decades serving as the global policeman, the United States is now signalling its retreat from the world.”
I never thought I would hear those words in my lifetime. I never thought I would see United States and “retreat” in the same sentence.
Let that sink in for a second. “Retreat.”
Russia, Islamic terrorists and China are flexing their muscles. They see the weakness. They see Obama is not trying to do anything on a foreign-policy front except for make friends with evil empires. So this is making them and Iran, South Korea, Hamas, Hezbollah and ISIS… all if them, feel more comfortable.
The only threat Obama has ever issued was one against Assad in Syria, yet even with Syria under attack, with the nation crumbling, Obama didn’t even follow through with that.
Foster started the article with this quote from Bremmer:
“America is no longer ‘indispensable’, and that’s bad news for Britain”
I feel the need to add, it’s not just “bad news for Britain,” it’s bad news for all innocent people in the world.
For years I was leaning more and more toward libertarian isolationism. Well, it’s not just libertarians, as you can see, with Obama pulling the troops out from all over the world, Democrats are like that too.
Lately though, I’ve started to recognize that without decent people out there protecting innocent people from evil and acts of aggression, evil will move forward and the acts of aggression can be brutal.
The most direct evil action in the world for many, many years has been Islamic terrorism. Fanatical Muslims have been teaching the rest of the world how psychotic and extreme they can be, one suicide bomber after another.
It’s not like we didn’t know how crazy extreme Muslim people could be. Just look at Beirut and Ronald Reagan. Over 30 years ago a suicidal Islamist drove a truck into one of our buildings, killing over 300 people, 241 of them Americans.
Since then, hundreds of radical Muslims have killed themselves while killing us and our allies. Even when they yell “Allahu Akbar!” before killing 13, wounding another 30, Obama just calls it workplace violence.
And by the way, “Allahu Akbar!” is Arabic for “God is great!”
Now, if Hassan would have said “Jesus is great” he probably would’ve gone to jail. Not for the shooting of course, but because he praised Jesus as a military officer.
Before I continue, let’s examine those starting words “After six decades serving as the global policeman.” What was significant 60 years ago? Think of all the things that happened back then, and all the things that happened between then and now. To name a few:
– Israel became a nation again
– Russia mowed down countless innocent people and took over nation after nation
– Israel was involved in three major wars
– Reagan stood up to Russia, the Berlin wall fell, Russia lost the “USSR”
– America fought many wars and defended many innocent people including, Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Vietnam, Serbia and more.
– We beat Iraq in Gulf War 1, saving the rich Arabs in Kuwait
Most of those events and many more over the years happened because America carried a big stick and everybody knew it. The only thing countries see Obama carrying right now is a violin.
Obama is such a weak Commander-in-Chief, even 50,000 Islamic terrorists laugh at him as they move almost freely around their new caliphate. In the meantime, Obama, acting as America’s Baghdad Bob, told us how ISIS is “on the run” during his State of the Union speech.
Responding to that statement, John Bolton said Obama can talk about terrorists being on the run, but “it’s obviously not true.”
Six months later, it still isn’t true.
Believe it or not, Iraq has a new Baghdad Bob, though his name is/was General Qassim Atta.
With the Middle East engulfed by the flames of sectarian conflict, Europe’s borders menaced by the threat of war and China starting to flex its muscles in Asia-Pacific, it is clear the world has entered a new period of volatility.
That uncertainty begs tough questions for Britain: how should we respond to this new American pragmatism? And as our traditional ally turns inward, what should that mean for British foreign policy?
Americans don’t really understand what it’s like living in countries that have either been at war or have been threatened by war for so long, most generations don’t know anything else.
I grew up in Germany, it was my home for 19 years. Either we were under attack by terrorism or we were afraid of the Russians. These were very real fears. When America came under attack at Pearl Harbor and on 9/11, those were the only times America really felt that kind of fear.
Most Americans have no idea What’s going on in the world. They don’t know what it means that Iran, a nation run by Islamic extremists, is pursuing nuclear weapons, all the while yelling “death to America!” and “Death to Israel!”
You would think after fighting Islamic extremists for over 10 years this country would understand, but thanks to Democrats and Democrat-controlled media, most people are oblivious to the danger.
In the blink of an eye, Russia took over Crimea. They poked Europe , United Nations, NATO and America in the chest and said “What are you gonna do about it? Nothing. That’s what I thought.”
That area is on the brink of war, and the Ukraine knows, if the Russians come, the only thing they can expect from Obama is a get well card.
Foster asked Bremmer what his choice for America would be right now and Bremmer responded he sees an:
‘”Independent’ America where the US gives up trying to solve the world’s problems, but seeks instead to lead by example by investing in America’s security and prosperity at home.”
Like I said, I used to believe this as well, but if we did that, a lot of people might as well resign themselves to a future of tyranny, torture and death.
Innocent people, including Christians other religions and just people in general are suffering because of tyranny. ISIS, with just 50,000 men, has murdered and tortured countless people and will continue to do so until somebody stands up to them.
The United Nations is a laughable excuse for a world body that pretends to do a lot, yet does nothing except condemn America and Israel.
America, mostly under conservatives, has pulled together many countries in the past to battle tyranny and won.
Unlike Obama, Bremmer Believes America is “exceptional.” He says:
“I also think we cannot just jettison the idea of the exceptionalism of the United States. Maybe this is my American bias coming out, but I really do believe that America stands for a lot more than, ‘we’re going to be like any other country’. I believe the values that the United States was created with actually do matter.”
Interesting he says it that way though. The values we were created with certainly aren’t the values we’re living with today. The Constitution has been so distorted by Supreme Court justices who seek more to create new law than to defend the document men died for so long ago. Seriously, Obamacare and abortion are somehow unconstitutional? What nonsense!
In the context of my article, I think the most important statement Bremmer made was:
“if you asked me if I believe it is credible right now to take big bets and tell the Europeans ‘we’re really there for you’, and the Japanese, ‘we’re really there for you’, and the Gulf States ‘we’re really there for you’, then the answer is ‘no’.”
Many countries in the past may not have liked America but they respected us and other nations feared us. That was good for us and it was good for the rest of the world. Under Obama, many nations do not like America, they don’t respect us and they do not fear us.
Not good for us, not good for the world. It isn’t time for America to signal a “retreat,” it’s time for America to stand tall and let evil know we are here, and let good people know, they are not alone.
United we stand ~ Divided they die
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