Fantasy Foreign Policy
|President Obama & Sec. Kerry's Fantasy Foreign Policy|
Editorial Cartoon by Gary Varvel
Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) had a question for Secretary Kerry about the Obama Administration's plans to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
He showed Secretary Kerry a picture of Ibrahim al Qosi, a personal aide to Osama bin Laden. He was taken to Gitmo in 2002, but released in 2012 by the Obama Administration and sent to Sudan, which is ruled by a radical Islamist regime.
Last year, al Qosi reemerged in Al Qaeda recruiting videos and is confirmed to be a key leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. With President Obama vowing to shutdown Guantanamo Bay any way he can, Sen. Kirk asked Secretary Kerry whether al Qosi's example "would end the policy of [sending] terrorists to terrorist nations."
Kerry paused and replied, "Well, uh, senator, he's not supposed to be doing that."
What is Kerry going to do about it? Arrest al Qosi and put him back in Gitmo?
In his response, Kerry summed up the foreign policy mindset of this administration. Obama's foreign policy is built on the fantasy that bad people can be talked into doing good.
Remember when Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine? Kerry's response was, "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text." Last time I checked, Putin still controls Crimea.
When China started building artificial islands in the South China Sea to challenge the U.S. Navy, the Obama White House scolded Beijing, essentially saying, "Uh, China, you're not supposed to be doing that." Now China is putting missile batteries on the islands.
After the administration negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran, the ayatollah wasted no time test-firing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Obama responded by sanctioning a handful of Iranian companies, little more than a slap on the wrist and a warning not to do that again.
Guess what? Iran is about to test another missile and it is up to a lot more than that.
Tehran's Terrorism - Far from encouraging Iran to moderate, the nuclear deal has emboldened the Islamic regime to become even more aggressive. Flush with cash from sanctions relief, Tehran is doubling-down on its world-wide campaign of terror. Consider these headlines:
"Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guards Planning Attack On Saudi Airliner In Southeast Asia"
"Iran Pledges Cash For Killing Jews"
Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families
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