Secretary of State John Kerry, arguably the most inept man to ever be Secretary of State, walked into a closed door this week at 10 Downing Street in London, but this wasn’t the dumbest thing he did while implementing the Obama foreign policy. For example in response to the massacre in Nice, France, John Kerry said that ISIS is “on the run, and I believe what we’re seeing are the desperate actions of an entity that sees the noose closing around it.” A comment so asinine, Jake Tapper was forced to push back saying “with all due respect, sir, I’m not sure it looks that way to the public that ISIS is on the run. In the last few weeks we have seen a series of ISIS inspired attacks and 49 killed in Orlando and 45 killed in Istanbul and more than 200 killed in Baghdad and 84 in Nice. This is just the last five weeks. I don’t think ISIS is on the run– and they might be expanding.” I swear you can’t make this stuff up. This, of course, is the narrative of the Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy, a strategy that’s a lot like walking into a closed door at 10 Downing Street in London.
War has been declared on western culture, and they simply will not admit that we’re in a battle. We are at war with Radical Islam. Just saying this is considered a slur against the entire Muslim culture. Of course, this is a progressive fallacy that cripples our ability to name our enemy. We’re at war with an ideology that seeks to destroy us. We’ve gone to war with despotic ideologies in the past. For example, we went to war against Nazism and not the German people. We also waged a cold war against communism, not the Russian citizens. It is entirely possible to wage war on an ideology without impugning an entire culture. There were four individual stories that broke just this week that show just where we are when it comes to leadership abroad and in the homeland when it pertains to keeping us safe.
The attempted coup is a perfect example of this administration leading from behind. The coup which began as quickly as it ended left a lot of unanswered questions and 235 people dead. Ever since the failed coup ended Turkish President Recep Erdogan has conducted what can only be called a purge of the military and government. The purge has affected nearly 50,000 people that include, Judges, Generals, Politicians, and anyone else who he perceives as a threat.
By all accounts, it’s likely the coup was led by a secular Muslim cleric in America named Fethullah Gulen. Erdogan and Gulen were longtime allies before falling out. Mr. Gulen denies any involvement in the coup saying to CNN, “as someone who suffered under multiple coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations.” There are also a few odd circumstances surrounding Mr. Gulen himself. First of all, he has ties to the Clinton Foundation, which may amount to nothing more than a donation and some lobbying request. Oddly enough, he also runs one of the largest private charter school networks in Texas. The Schools have come under scrutiny, but again, Mr. Gulen has also come under scrutiny over the years. Despite this, the cleric is a longtime proponent of a secular Turkey.
Turkey is now demanding we extradite Gulen, a move that would likely lead to his execution. The treaty we have with Turkey regarding extradition, states that it has to be an “Extraditable Act” treason doesn’t fall into that category. Once the Turkish government puts the squeeze on John Kerry and Obama, they’re likely to fold once again, weakening our standing. Mr. Gulen’s donation to the Clinton Foundation may be his only saving grace with this administration. Turkey has a right to self-determination but just because someone has a right to do what they please does not give them a right to have us as an accomplice to it. Kerry and Obama should tell Erdogan to go pound sand.
South China Sea
If historians are honest, which they probably won’t be, America’s defense of the South China Sea or lack thereof will prove to be a stain on the legacy of this administration. As most awake people know the Chinese have been slowing building up a military presence in the South China Sea by building these huge man made islands. They have no claim to this land whatsoever, but they saw weakness and acted. The South China Sea is a major shipping channel according to Businessinsider.com more than half of merchant fleet tonnage flow through here. 5 Trillion dollars of goods travel through here every year. Obama gave plenty of lip service to pushing back on this land grab, but he was all but ignored by China. When that strategy failed, someone decided to take them to court.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China saying they have “no legal basis” to the region which was a stinging rebuke. The ruling characterized in its best light is a brilliant political move if all you ever intend to do is talk. A court with no enforcement mechanism is about as useless as an army with no weapons. The Philippians brought the case, but it is widely believed the US was behind it. This, of course, is progressive logic 101 when things don’t go your way, run to the courts. Unlike Republicans, court cases won’t curb Chinese ambitions. Some admirals in the Navy have been practically begging Obama to take a more aggressive approach to no avail. I guess for now we will just have to live with an empty court judgment.
The Iran Deal, another cornerstone of the Obama-Clinton legacy, was exposed this week as a complete failure. Those paying attention will remember all text were supposed to be made available to Congress by law, but there were these side deals no one knew about welllllll….. Here’s a report released this week from the AP:
“Key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The confidential document is the only text linked to last year’s deal between Iran and six foreign powers that hasn’t been made public, although U.S. officials say members of Congress who expressed interest were briefed on its substance. It was given to the AP by a diplomat whose work has focused on Iran’s nuclear program for more than a decade, and its authenticity was confirmed by another diplomat who possesses the same document. Both demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to share or discuss the document. The diplomat who shared the text with the AP described it as an add-on agreement to the nuclear deal in the form of a document submitted by Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency outlining its plans to expand its uranium enrichment program after the first 10 years of the nuclear deal.
But while formally separate from the bigger nuclear accord, he said that it was in effect an integral part of that pact and had been approved by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, the six powers that negotiated the deal with Tehran. Details published earlier outline most restraints on Iran’s nuclear program meant to reduce the threat that Tehran will turn nuclear activities it says are peaceful to making weapons. But although some of the constraints extend for 15 years, documents in the public domain are short on details of what happens with Iran’s most proliferation-prone nuclear activity — its uranium enrichment — beyond the first 10 years of the agreement. The document obtained by the AP fills in the gap. It says that as of January 2027 — 11 years after the deal was implemented — Iran will start replacing its mainstay centrifuges with thousands of advanced machines.”
Translation…. Iran will likely have all they need to secure a nuclear weapon in a very short time. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, warned us this was happening. That’s probably why our government sought to defeat him in his election last year. According to this great deal, Iran gets $1.7billion in tax payer funds, which John Kerry admitted will be used to fund terrorism around the globe. We let them capture and humiliate our military breaking the Geneva Convention, with little rebuke. Kerry actually praised Iran’s conduct after the capture. They also received S-300 missiles from Russia. They’ve also already been accused of cheating on this sweet deal. Already it was just announced that sanctions would be placed on top Al Qaeda operatives located in Iran. The administration claims the operatives were funneling money to terror groups from South East Asia across the Middle East. What did we get in return? I’m not sure. Probably more terrorism and eventually a nuclear armed Iran.
A new GAO report released just last week shows a shocking lapse of oversight at the NRC. If you pay attention to Washington you’re familiar with the GAO (Government Accountability Office). Most people aren’t aware of the lengths they go to provide that government accountability. The GAO went undercover to test the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission). The NRC is tasked with, among many things, keeping radioactive material out of the hands of criminals and terrorist. So the GAO decided to test this agency’s ability by setting up three fictitious companies, and then they leased several lots and applied for licenses to buy controlled hazardous and radioactive material.
The scary and not so shocking truth is the NRC failed. One of the three fictitious companies was able to obtain a license which enabled them to buy radioactive material. The fictitious company would have been legally able to purchase enough material to build a dirty bomb. What’s, even more, damning is the lot obtained by the fictitious companies were undeveloped empty lots. Any cursory oversight would have aroused the suspicion of the NRC. We all know as governments grow larger and more intrusive they become even more inefficient and incompetent. Even key government functions prescribed in the Constitution like protecting the homeland fall prey to this. Under Bush and Obama, this government has grown and encompasses an incredible amount of our daily lives. This ultimately will be a part of Obama’s legacy due to his feckless inability to name our enemy and provide focus to our intelligence personnel. Obama not telling our agencies that this war is about radical Islam will ultimately lead to them into trying to watch everyone. This kind of mindset comes straight from the top. In this bloated government you will continue to see this gross incompetence.
This is progressivism on display on the world stage. They set fires all around the globe and these things explode with such regularity you could write a story like this on a weekly basis. These are just things that happened in the past ten or twelve days. These things taken individually would appear innocuous, the intricacies of a world gone mad. Taken as a whole, these things reveal a pattern of an out of control Radical Islamic ideology enabled by an out of control progressive ideology that has engulfed western democracies and our republic. We face a fight for our very survival against a suicidal mindset that seeks to dominate the globe, and if we continue to sit on the sideline, we will continue to pay the consequences and so will the world. The symbol of Americas foreign policy is the equivalent of our Secretary of state walking into a closed door stupidity.