On Tuesday, Obama spoke to the United Nations General Assembly, and made some of the following comments:
“The world is more stable now than it was five years ago.” “Just as we reviewed how we deploy our extraordinary military capabilities in a way that lives up to our ideals, we’ve begun to review the way that we gather intelligence so that we properly balance the legitimate security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share,” he said. “As a result of this work and cooperation with allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago,” he added. Obama did note, however, that “dangers remain.” “Even a glance at today’s headlines indicates that dangers remain,” Obama said. “In Kenya we’ve seen terrorists target innocent civilians in a crowded shopping mall, and our hearts go out to the families of those who have been affected. In Pakistan nearly 100 people were recently killed by suicide bombers outside a church. In Iraq killings and car bombs continue to be a terrible part of life.” “Meanwhile, al-Qaida has splintered into regional networks and militias which doesn’t give them the capacity at this point to carry out attacks like 9/11, but it does pose serious threats to governments and diplomats, businesses and civilians all across the globe.”
Now, he did acknowledge there are dangers. Bully for him. But the rest of this world vision simply is a level of self-delusion that is not just amusing for his opponents and our enemies on the world stage, but is in fact quite dangerous.
Let us take a case by case look at the world, shall we?
Afghanistan: Almost twice as many American military personnel have died in that country under Barack Obama’s 4+ years than during Bush’s 7 years of over seeing that war. The government has largely distanced itself from its American counterparts, and to varying degrees has aligned itself with Iran and Pakistan. The Taliban is resurgent, and simply are waiting for the inevitable Obama announcement for exiting the war all together.
Pakistan: This critical nation is more destabilized now than ever. The political situation is tenuous, and our relations with them continue to reach all-time new lows.
Iran: Iran inches toward nuclear weapons, a clear goal if there ever was one. We missed an opportunity during the Green revolution in 2009, and such a chance will be unlikely to come again.
Iraq: The country for which Obama has the least historical responsibility, but things are not going well here. Violence has escalated, almost close to the levels of the civil war of 2006. And because we withdrew from the Bush-era force agreement, we have no leverage there, as Iraq, like Syria before it, starts to become a proxy state for the Iranians.
Syria: The biggest, most glaring hole in Obama’s claim. 100,000 Syrians have died during the two-year civil war, and tens of thousands more will die before the war is over.
Israel/Palestine: The peace process has been dead as a doornail, with neither side even approaching the negotiation table.
Egypt: After Syria, maybe the next most glaring example of failure. Violence has been rampant all year, as the Muslim Brotherhood was pushed out of the democratic process. Ever since Obama helped displace Mubarak from the leadership, Egypt has been in a slow death spiral. Now, ironically, it looks like only the Egyptian military, from which Mubarak himself originated, can save the country.
Libya: We helped oust Qadhafi, and ever since, it has been a failed state. The central government controls less than 1/3 of the nation. Islamists control the rest. Many of the weapons we sent to the rebels has been used in other Islamist conflicts through out Africa, the most prominent being the Mali civil war.
Russia: Outside of the Middle East, the biggest diplomatic failure. We are closer to a new Cold War than we have been since 1991. Putin has no respect or love for Obama, and opposes him at every turn.
Al Qaeda/Islamic terrorists; Probably deserves its own category. Whether you are discussing Yemen, Kenya, or elsewhere, the death of Osama Bin Laden has done little if anything to stop the generational war that Islamists continue to fight, whether we admit it or not.
Simply put, no rational analysis of the world situation can result in thinking the world is more stable today than five years ago. We can argue whether this is Obama’s fault or not, whether this is a historical trend we are swimming against, whether this all the fault of George W. Bush, or maybe the fault of Aliens. But in short…Obama’s view is simply delusional. There is no other way to describe it.