Princess Leia is dead. ISIS is still kicking it. The leftists are still freaking out over Trump’s victory. Climate change will apparently destroy us all. While we hold the cooking grenade of 2016 in our hand, how can 2016 get even more screwed up? Guess… with Obama being a dick, as usual.
The past several days have proven to be one of the most trying times of Obama’s tenure. When I use “trying,” nevertheless, I am referring to the trying times the American citizens face.
In a foreign policy showdown on multiple fronts, Obama has managed to cock-up decades of foreign relations in a matter of days.
The following chronicles the Obama’s big, big foreign policy cock-ups from the past few days:
Obama Cock-up #1: United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334
On December 23rd, right before the Christmas holiday and Hanukkah, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334, condemning Israeli settlement claims in Palestine. President Obama, to stir the pot and make matters worst, also ordered Samantha Power, the lame-duck U.S. Ambassador to the UN, to abstain on vetoing the resolution, resulting in the resolution to pass through the Security Council, unanimously. Making matters even worst, Secretary of State John Kerry pulled a “Clinton” and spent an entire speech convincing the world that Israel is led by right-wing extremists. You can read the Resolution here:
Obama Cock-up #2: “Punishing” Russia with sanctions for alleged Election hacking
Upon the publishing of a joint report on the alleged Russian hacking December 29th, President Obama issued new sanctions on Russia diplomats. With this act, Obama further divulges the agenda of giving “the bird” to the former Cold War rival. In addition, 35 Russia diplomats and sanctioned counterintelligence agents were expelled from the country, due in part to the belief that these individuals were involved with hacking the election, swaying results in favor of Donald Trump. Adding to the drama, the report from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security outlines probable scenarios of this taking place.
Though invasive and provides a decent narrative with evidence, the report is accompanied by a disclaimer that states:
This report is provided “as is” for informational purposes only. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not provide any warranties of any kind regarding any information contained within.
Interesting, huh? Nevertheless, Russia assured retaliation. A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry indicated that they are “tired of the lie about the ‘Russian hackers.” Media reports also indicate that Russia’s president, Vladamir Putin, will work with his cabinet to offer similar sanctions and actions.
Read the report from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, in its entirety, here:
Obama Cock-up #3: Making the Situation In Syria Worst
Also on December 29th, Russia, and Turkey brokered a truce with the Syrian Government of Bashar al-Assad and the rebels fighting the oppressive government. U.S. News & World Report, highlighted that the deal “cut out” President Obama and put to shame any efforts the administration attempted to help stabilize the war-torn country. The truce also serves as a sentiment that Putin and others like Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, can pull geopolitical power plays without the presence of the United States. Not that this is a bad thing, to say the least, it serves as a stain on Obama’s legacy in the Middle East.
A column in Foreign Policy also indicated that:
Obama, entering office after Bush’s ruinous adventurism, made the avoidance of another quagmire his primary goal. Encouraged by national security aides who hailed from the realm of domestic politics, Obama let the fear of crossing antiwar opinion dictate his path.
Understanding What’s Happening In An Unstable International Environment
In the environment that we see ourself in is imperative. Though several of the aspects of this article were meant to be satirical, the overarching sentiment is that national security and foreign policy under the Obama administration was lackluster, at best.
Through any recollection are a future debate on the topic, I, and millions of Americans, do not condone the use of violence and geopolitical posturing as a stance a country should make. Nevertheless, though, maintaining a presence in the international world should be a priority for the incoming presidential administration. The only things that should happen under Trump’s foreign policy regime should advocate international progress.
The final remark, in respect to the issues highlighted in this article, should be as follows: The president of the United States holds a level of influence that can dictate a million different outcomes. To add piece of mind to the citizens and to the allies of the United States, the best foreign policy to adopt is one of pragmatism and realism. Avoiding nation-building and other acts will serve all, a better world.
Also published on Medium.
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