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Monday, January 12, 2015

National Security Mistakes

While President Obama's national security mistakes have been legion, the following mistakes and missteps happened during his first 100 days in office: 

  • Apologizing for America in Europe and Latin America;
  • Bowing before the Muslim king of Saudi Arabia;
  • Pledging to base America’s foreign policy toward Iran on “mutual respect” in a video to the Iranian people and Iran’s Holocaust-denying dictator;
  • Ordering Guantanamo Bay closed without any idea of where to send the terrorist suspects held there. (Many of those sent back to the Middle East are under loose surveillance and will undoubtedly engage in future terror attacks on the U.S. and its interests);
  • Caving to communist Cuba by relaxing travel restrictions and remittances for Cuban Americans before any Cuban political prisoners have been released;
  • Shaking hands with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez;
  • Sitting silently though a 50-minute anti-American diatribe by Nicaragua’s communist president, Daniel Ortega;
  • Releasing Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the suspected mastermind of the 2000 suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole;
  • Releasing classified CIA memos outlining our interrogation techniques;
  • Telling our CIA agents not to be discouraged when he acknowledges their “mistakes”;
  • Declaring a new openness to “truth commissions” and prosecuting intelligence officials involved in enhanced interrogations of terrorists;
  • Proposing to send a $900 million foreign aid package to Palestinians in Gaza;
  • Asking Congress to relax the law so that some of that money could go to the terrorist organization Hamas;
  • Calling for the U.S. to eliminate its nuclear weapons;
  • Telling Russian President Demitri Medvedev that America’s commitment to missile defense is negotiable; 
  • Dropping the term “enemy combatants” for GITMO detainees;
  • Dropping the term “terrorism” for “man-made/man-caused disaster”;
  • Dropping the term “Global War on Terror” for “overseas contingency operations”;
  • Giving his first interview as president to the Arab language network Al-Arabiya;
  • Telling the Muslim world that his “job” was to communicate “that the Americans are not your enemy,” when it’s Muslim extremists who have declared war on us; and
  • Proposing that military veterans use private insurance for the cost of a service-related injury before they would be eligible for coverage through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Obama has been an ideologically-driven president with little-to-no knowledge of national security. Let us hope that in the next election we can elect a more qualified leader.

* Attribution:  http://www.cwfpac.com/sites/default/files/100%20days.pdf

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