Friday, August 30, 2013

Missile strikes make weak presidents feel strong, but accomplish little else
Missile strikes make weak presidents feel strong, but accomplish little else
The president who claimed he would end “Bush’s wars” is preparing to start one of his own — in Syria. U.S., British and French naval forces are being gathered in the Eastern Mediterranean to punish Syrian despot Bashar Assad for crossing the Obama “red line” — again.
The carnage in Syria — 100,000-plus dead, 250,000 wounded, 2.3 million mostly civilian refugees — is a direct result of the O Team’s abysmal, feckless foreign policy.
It began with the president’s 2009 utopian speech in Cairo about an “Arab Spring” that did nothing to improve the condition of anyone in the “Arab World.” In fact, in all these countries, people are worse off.
Mr. Obama has consistently insulted and badgered the Israeli government. His demands that they abandon their right of self-defense and pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a “peace deal” with people who won’t even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist have encouraged our enemies, dismayed our allies, exacerbated tensions and driven up the price of oil.

The president’s “red line” bluster before Mr. Assad used chemical weapons the first time — and his phony promise to bring the perpetrators of the Benghazi terror attack last Sept. 11 “to justice” taught our adversaries an important lesson: Mr. Obama shoots from the lip.
Unfortunately, we no longer have the military power we did when the president came into office. Then we had 11 aircraft carriers. Today we have only six ready to deploy. Our Navy now has more admirals than warships.

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