Obama’s Foreign Policy: Let Everyone Do As They Please

Monday, July 20th, 2015 and is filed under Blog, Foreign Policy

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If the last few weeks have shown us anything about the President’s grasp on the issues taking place around the globe, it’s that he’s weak when he should be strong.

With new information from the Pentagon last week, Obama came out with a new plan to defeat the terror group ISIS. This “new strategy” comes a month after Obama approved the deployment of 450 more troops to Iraq sent to help train Iraqi soldiers to eventually take over the majority of the fighting. However, U.S efforts to train and attract Sunni volunteers and additional enlistments to the Iraqi forces have fallen significantly under the mark. Less than 100 new troops have been trained, falling way below the yearly 5,400 goal.

Despite the success that the air strikes have had and additional efforts the U.S have made against ISIS, the evil terrorist group has still been expanding and posing a threat to many countries and innocent individuals. Recently, there have been terrorist attacks in France, Canada, and the United Arabs (to name a few) as an increase from the initial problem in the Middle East. Regardless of what the Obama Administration is saying, ISIS is a growing threat that needs to be stopped immediately.

In the new plan, the President stated this battle is one that will be won “through ideology, not guns”. Obama also said that it will be a “generational struggle”: one that will take a long and slow process. His focus will be on “partnering with Muslim communities” and working to continue to train forces in Iraq and limit U.S involvement to a simple partnership.

But the facts is, no one wants a long-term fight with ISIS, or any country or group for that matter. The U.S is already involved whether we like it or not so we need to complete this task as quickly and effectively as possible. ISIS poses an immediate threat to our national security, which we continue to be reminded of as domestic attacks increase. But ISIS also threatens other countries, not only in the Middle East, but the entire world.

By stating that the United States “lacks a complete strategy”, President Obama fails to convince anyone that he knows what to do to defeat ISIS once and for all. He also sends a single of weakness to ISIS and likeminded international terrorist threats. As Commander in Chief, the President needs to take charge and push for a more effective plan. Obama also said that if the United States takes on ISIS alone, it will take much longer than necessary to make progress in the battle. However, if the United States doesn’t lead by example, the President can forget about getting support from other countries.

This problem with the President’s approach to foreign policy is also clearly seen in his negotiation of an Iran deal that gives Iran too much of a break and ultimately provides them with the resources necessary to continue to support terror groups and expand their military power.

After a long debate, the United States, alongside five other countries (China, Russia, the U.K, Germany, and France) struck a deal with Iran on Tuesday that supposedly limits Tehran’s nuclear program and in return, lifted financial and oil sanctions on Iran. However, the deal is proving to be more beneficial to Iran than the United States.

For one, the removal of sanctions will give Iran an influx of about $100 billion in sanctions relief. Note, just six days ago, Iran sent $1 billion to Syria (supporting the terror groups). Clearly, there is a pretty good chance that some (if not the majority of) the sanctions received from the deal will be sent to aid the terror group.

In addition to the great benefits that Iran will be enjoying from the nuclear deal, countries like Russia and China received “breaks” from the U.S to get them to stand by the United States in light of the long fight for the nuclear deal. China is now making a move to bid to buy out the last American owned memory chip producer; the very day that President Obama revealed the Iran deal, China’s Unigroup Ltd. stated that it planned to bid $23 billion for Micron Technology. If this move were to go on as planned by the Chinese, they would be one step closer to an overall control of the technological industry.

Regarding Russia, the meeting of Putin and Sec. of State John Kerry signified an acknowledgment of Russia’s importance by the U.S. By having to keep them in the deal talks, the United States has refrained from providing Ukraine with weapons that could be of use to defend themselves from increased Russian aggression. Thus, the deal has allowed Russia to maintain a sort of control over the U.S’ approach to their power hungry actions.

Both the approach to ISIS and the Iran deal show that the President is weak when it comes to dealing with global issues. This minimalistic approach is leading to other countries walking over the United States and essentially either getting their harmful agendas through or doing as they please in the global “playing field”. This is a dangerous precedent and we must change course. The future of our nation depends on it.