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Obama’s friends are America’s foes

by Frank Gaffney, Jr.


For nearly five years, this column has described the Obama Doctrine with nine words:  Embolden our enemies. Undermine our friends. Diminish our country.

Virtually everything President Obama has done since coming to office falls into one or more of those categories.  He promised to fundamentally transform America, and he is doing so with a vengeance by adhering to policies that conform to those nine words.

So imagine our surprise when Mr. Obama denounced his political opponents in Congress with the following words: “…Probably nothing has done more damage to America’s credibility in the world, our standing with other countries, than the spectacle that we’ve seen these past several weeks. It’s encouraged our enemies, it’s emboldened our competitors, and it’s depressed our friends, who look to us for steady leadership.”

Now, this is hardly the first time President Obama has tried to shift the blame for his myriad failures onto others.  But it is especially important in this instance that he not be allowed to get away with it because we have plenty of reason to believe that the predictable – and predicted – repercussions of the Obama Doctrine are about to come due, big time.  Worse yet, the associated costs are likely to be sufficiently high, in both blood and treasure, that Team Obama must not be permitted yet again to obscure or deflect its responsibility.

The truth is that Mr. Obama has throughout his presidency confused our enemies with America’s friends, and vice versa.  A case in point has been his strategically ominous transposing of the character and actual status two of the Eastern Mediterranean’s most strategically important states: Turkey and Israel.

Barack Obama has treated Turkey as a reliable partner even though, for the better part of a decade under its Islamist Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, this nation that is supposedly a NATO ally has been aligning ever more palpably with our adversaries.  Among the symptoms of this trend: the fomenting of rabid anti-Americanism by the Erdogan regime and its increasingly state-controlled media; Erdogan’s promoting of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Libya and Syria; and his assistance to Iranian efforts to circumvent U.S. and international sanctions.

By contrast, notwithstanding President Obama’s occasional gestures and rhetoric to the contrary, his administration has behaved towards Israel as though it were, at best, a country in which we have no interests.  At worst, Mr. Obama seems to consider the Jewish State as a hostile power.  He has: repeatedly demeaned its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; contributed to its international isolation (for example, by demanding at one point an end to settlement expansion as a precondition for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations); and subverted its vital interests (notably, by declaring that Israel must withdraw to the indefensible pre-1967 borders).

Particularly reprehensible has been the Obama administration’s indifference to Turkey’s serial acts of aggression against Israel….


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