The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good. Iran was contained, its Revolutionary Guard forces at home. Today, terrorism has metastasized in Syria and Iraq, Jordan is at risk, the humanitarian toll is staggering, terrorist groups are growing fast and relations with U.S. allies are strained.Where did this disaster come from? Abrams points to a fickleness on which Egyptian leaders to support and the failure to assist the Syrian rebels against Assad. Abrams is wrong, although, somewhat surprisingly, identified the root causes why the Administration is unable to deal realistically with the Middle East.
First, my views on why Abrams is wrong. Egypt was and is on the verge of collapse. It's only means of survival is political stability and a secular government. Obama failed in Egypt because he chose a fundamentalist Islamic group with open and obvious ties to terrorists--the Muslim Brotherhood--over the secular Mubarak. Then he doubled down in support of Morsi when it was obvious that Morsi was going to institute a theocratic Islamic state, placing him at odds with the current government.
The Syrian debacle comes from the same flaw--supporting Muslim fundamentalists over a nominally secular government. If we had left Syria alone, the rebellion would have been crushed and Al Qaeda would have been hunted down. Instead, we have provided sufficient arms that Syrian rebels were able to arrive at a stalemate in Syria, and have the resources to turn to Iraq.
Now, moving on to Obama, Abrams actually identifies factors as to why Obama is so willing to double down on stupid. It is because Obama's worldview is based on Leftist propaganda.
First, as Abrams recounts:
The new president told the world, in his Cairo speech in June 2009, that he had special expertise in understanding the entire world of Islam—knowledge “rooted in my own experience” because “I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.”In other words, at best, he has a fairy-tail view of Islam. Like most Liberals, he doesn't care Islam is anti-American.
Second, as Abrams recounts: "Obama began with the view that there was no issue in the Middle East more central than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Another sentence from the Liberal propaganda machine, although the proposition is blatantly false. Although Israel has been subject to attack by neighboring countries, it has in fact been at peace with the bordering nations. The major conflicts and tensions in the Middle-East do not concern or relate to Israel at all. The only persons believing the Israeli-Palestinian issue is of any great significance are the anti-Western Liberals.
Third, Abrams notes: "... in the White House the key desire is to put all those nasty Middle Eastern wars behind us." This deliberate obtuseness was necessary to Obama's reelection strategy--to claim he had successfully extricating the U.S. from the Middle-East and ended the threat of Al Qaeda. The Liberal Media pushed this issue all through 2012, ignoring Benghazi and the obvious resurgence of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Africa, and Syria. In this case, Obama actually believed his own propaganda.
And so, now that Obama has fanned the flames of war in the Middle East, what is his response. Double down on stupid. In this case, it is continuing to weaken the U.S. militarily and diplomatically for the sake of implementing Leftist pipe dreams. As the Weekly Standard reports, Sec. of State Kerry has indicated his top priority:
So I am very proud of the progress that we are now making even in appointing LGBT ambassadors. I worked with the committee here at the State Department – with the D Committee, and I worked with the White House. And as a result, Ted Osius, sitting here, whom I’ve known a long time, and his family I know, will be the first openly LGBT officer nominated to serve as an ambassador in Asia. And on confirmation, he’s going to join five openly gay ambassadors who are now serving their country. I’m working hard to ensure that by the end of my tenure, we will have lesbian, bisexual, and transgender ambassadors in our ranks as well.And that, in a paragraph, shows the true priorities of this Administration.