I honestly believe that this election should be about the economy, but foreign policy is rapidly making itself an important concern as well. Many of my fellow citizens feel that the President is doing a good job in the international arena, but I do not. I am opposed to his efforts to appease groups and nations that have vowed to destroy us. Appeasement has never worked, be it Rome trying to thwart the Visigoth, Moscow attempting to stop the Mongol horde, or Neville Chamberlain trying to slow down Adolph Hitler. Barack Obama's foreign policy vis-a-vis terrorism, and those countries that support it, is very clearly in the same mold as these failed efforts of history.
I will pass over the argument as to whether or not we are at war with the terrorists and whether we should use police tactics or all-out retaliation against those that threaten us. That semantic argument that so fascinates the politicians and news reporters is quite literally gibberish. I am old school in this regard. When faced with a dangerous foe, one does what one needs to do and lets the wordsmiths and historians decide what to call it. We are in a very nasty, life and death struggle with fanatical enemies that want to destroy us and are willing to die to do it. We have to be clear about that fundamental point. Those of us who do not understand the menace that confronts us are living in a fantasy land and their inattention to the threat is endangering the entire country.
Many of us are prone to hide out head under the pillow and wish the threat away. Others propose that we just pull out of all foreign countries "that do not like us" and come home to Fortress America. 911 demonstrated that our current set of enemies can hit us at home, and hit us hard. President Obama claims to be vigorously prosecuting the attack on Al Quaida and takes great credit for having ordered the assassination of Osama bin Laden. During his non-stop electioneering and fund raising events he brags about the effectiveness of his foreign policy and even says that Al Quaida is on the decline. His supporters point to the stepped up drone attacks on suspected terrorists throughout North Africa and the MIddle East as a demonstration of the forcefulness of his policy.
I am not on the scene, but I suspect that every single drone attack creates far more terrorist recruits and sympathizers than it kills. I suspect that the net effect of the drone attacks is to magnify the danger - not reduce it. As for the assassination of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, I believe that it was a very grievous error on several counts. It misunderstood the threat that we face and misused the power that we possess in a misguided effort to get even for 911. Osama bin Laden killed in this manner is far more useful to terrorists than his continued existence would have been. Today, this old man's martyrdom is far more dangerous than he was before his assassination and our unilateral intrusion into Pakistan has seriously complicated our relations with that country. The fact that Pakistan is teetering on becoming a full fledged enemy of America is made more important for us by the fact that they have a very respectable arsenal of nuclear weapons.
Bulletin: Much of the world, not just the Middle East, is living a lousy life with a thin upper crust of wealth and a deep base of abject poverty the likes of which most Americans can not fathom. Modern communication systems give all of these folks a peek into what life is like in the United States. Put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself whether you would be content with the status quo. Then layer over that set of hard feelings with the picture of an America that is unilaterally deciding which of their citizens should be killed and which permitted to live. Then add a network of radical revolutionaries who play on those hostile feelings to generate heated anti-American demonstrations. It is not surprising that our enemies were able to murder a personal representative of the President of the United States and it is not surprising that many in the Arab Street were subsequently chanting "Obama, Obama we are all Osama."
The threat is terrible today, but imagine what it is going to be like when (not if) our enemies have access to nuclear weapons. Imagine for just a moment, the detonation of a dirty bomb in a major American city and ask yourself what we should do about defending ourselves. I argue that we should be smarter about the reality of the threat and we should address it on multiple levels. First and foremost, we should stop the vast majority of the drone attacks and replace them with an expanded effort to work with host governments to capture key terrorist cadre. These captured terrorists should be interrogated for intelligence and then incarcerated until they can be tried, preferably by the host country. The intelligence gained should be carefully exploited to further cripple the organization to which they belong. It is a long, dirty and difficult process, but it is the only way the terrorist networks will be defeated. Simultaneously, this country must get smarter about how we use our foreign assistance. If we do not find a way to address the fundamental poverty that exists in this world today, we will never again be safe in this country.
Obama-Biden do not understand that their foreign policy is making matters worse not better. They actually think that things are somehow improving in the world around us. They are so certain of it that the president does not even feel that he has to attend his national security briefings. He can go on partying with sycophants rather than talking to world leaders. He thinks that it is enough to once a week look at a list of names in some foreign language and decide which ones he wants to kill that day. It is almost as though he were playing a game on XBox. I strongly suggest that we need to replace Obama-Biden with Romney-Ryan and then we, the people, need to get smart about what is really going on outside of our own country. It is not hyperbole to warn that not only is our lifestyle in danger, our very lives are increasingly threatened. We must not continue to go down the Obama-Biden foreign relations path.