Thursday, January 30, 2014

Some More Foreign Policy Successes for Obama

If one views Obama's foreign policy strategy as one intended to weaken the United States, undermine its allies, and move the world closer to devastating wars, Obama has been very successful. Iraq is fragmenting, and unable to contain its political violence; Afghanistan will soon be returning to the fold of the Taliban; Libya is in chaos with significant amounts of ground to air missiles reaching the hands of terrorists; Turkey is drawing away from the West. The only bright note is that Egypt has, at least for now, stymied the hopes of the Muslim Brotherhood, although that was over Obama's objections.

So Obama should be pleased with today's and yesterday's news. First, the Times of Israel reports that Iran is in the position to build a nuclear weapon anytime it wants.
Iran now has all the technical infrastructure to produce nuclear weapons should it make the political decision to do, [U.S.] Director of National Intelligence James Clapper wrote in a report to a [U.S.] Senate intelligence committee published Wednesday. However, he added, it could not break out to the bomb without being detected.

In the “US Intelligence Worldwide Threat Assessment,” delivered to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Clapper reported that Tehran has made significant advances recently in its nuclear program to the point where it could produce and deliver nuclear bombs should it be so inclined.
If the Obama administration is just now reporting this publicly, it means that Obama has probably been aware of this for weeks, if not months. In other words, during the whole time Obama was touting his "deal" with Iran about stopping nuclear weapons, he probably had intelligence indicating that Iran had either reached a point where they could construct a nuclear device, or would shortly (i.e., a matter of weeks) be able to do so. If nothing else, Obama allowed Iran the additional time it needed to finish enriching nuclear materials.

And what about Obama's famous deal over Syrian chemical weapons? Reuters reports:
Syria has given up less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal and will miss next week's deadline to send all toxic agents abroad for destruction, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
On the positive side, if Obama had been able to intervene in Syria like he wanted, those weapons would now be in the hands of Al Qaeda.

And while Obama continues his purge of U.S. military commanders, China continues to look forward to the future of warfare. From the Washington Free Beacon:
China is developing anti-satellite missiles and other exotic weapons that can destroy or disrupt vital U.S. military and commercial communications, space warfare experts told Congress on Tuesday.

“The current and evolving counterpace threat posed by China to U.S. military operations in the Asia Pacific theater and outside is extremely serious,” said Ashley J. Tellis, a former State Department and National Security Council strategic specialist.

“And the threat ranks on par with the dangers posed by Chinese offensive cyber operations to the United States more generally,” said Tellis, now with the Carnegie Endowment.
Space supremacy is key to future military security. Yet Obama, to my knowledge, has not publicly stated anything about countering China's militarization of space.

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