The results of Olive Branch Foreign Policy
You’ve read it here before, but the President just refuses to believe his Jimmy Carter-styled approach to foreign policy isn’t working. Obama, and most other liberals, just may never get it–despots respect strength, not capitulation.
When one of the first things out of his mouth upon taking office was to tell the world that we will close down the detention center at Gitmo and would no longer practice harsh interrogation tactics that saved American lives, our enemies had to be heartened. This communicated to the world, including those who wish to kill American citizens, that we are no longer fully committed to defeating our enemies. Though the terrorists hang our men from bridges, decapitate them, and drag their bodies through their streets, Obama wants to serve them tea and make them as comfortable as possible. Anything less, he considers human rights abuses.
Iran and North Korea don’t respect this, they laugh at it.
When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s promised consequences for North Korea’s antagonistic actions over the past couple of months amounted to nothing more than a resolution that can’t be enforced, the Communist rogue nation did as many of us expected and ramped up its rhetoric. As I type, the US Navy is trailing a N. Korean flagged ship suspected of violating UN Resolution 1874, but we have no authority to board, inspect, or stop the ship and Kim Jong-Il has declared any such attempt would be considered an “act of war.” Japanese intelligence officials are now reporting the totalitarian regime is planning to launch a long range missile at Hawaii on the 4th of July. Obama’s olive branch has done nothing to alleviate the threat N. Korea poses to the international community. If anything that threat is now more deadly than ever before!
Then there’s Iran. Following the rigging of that country’s latest election by the ruling clerics, a massive pro-Democracy, pro-freedom movement was spawned. A movement the US would have proudly proclaimed its support for at any previous point in history, but not now. After 30 years of anti-American policies and rhetoric, 30 years of supporting terrorism targeting American interests, 30 years of identifying the US as “The Great Satan,” throngs of Iranian citizens have taken to the streets (placing their lives in peril) to demand change that would almost certainly be more prone to ally with the US than the current Islamic theocracy that rules the country. In deference to that greatest of human rights advocates, the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei, the President won’t even express support for the pro-freedom movement taking place, because he doesn’t want to “meddle” in Iran.
It’s absolutely unbelievable that this President refuses to express even token support for a repressed people, now standing up to demand freedom. What happened to the Democratic Party of JFK who, in his inaugural address, stated “To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves…” Right now the Iranian protesters would probably be satisfied with less than our “best efforts,” just some moral support might go a long way to encourage them to keep up the pressure and tear down the wall of radical Islam that has separated them from the freedoms we enjoy for these past 30 years. Just a few words of encouragement, any show of support would be welcome. But they get nothing, nothing but appeasement of the radical clerics who preach the duty of Muslims is to destroy Israel and the US.
In spite of the President’s continued attempts to assuage the tension between the US and Iran’s rulers, the Iranian radical clerics blamed the US for inciting the protests by “meddling” in Iranian affairs. And today, Obama’s hands-off, mouth-closed approach paid off with Khamanei’s declaration of an impending crackdown if the protests continue. So the olive branch Obama continues to offer has done nothing to improve our relations with Iran. Nothing.
It’s time for Obama to admit he was wrong. His apology tour and his offer of dialogue have not made our enemies respect us. We become weaker each time he extends an olive branch, and our enemies become stronger.