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Obama's Global Meltdown

- September 27, 2015

Obama's Failed Policies Are Under The Spotlight Amidst A Growing Number Of International Crises

Today, Obama Will Address Global Leaders At The United Nations' General Assembly. "The latest public schedule for the General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders - the so-called General Debate - lists Castro as speaking on the afternoon of Sept. 28. U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Russia and China and Iran's president are also due to speak on the same day." ("Cuba's Castro To Travel To New York For U.N. General Assembly," Reuters, 9/15/15)

  • Former Secretary Of State Madeline Albright: "The World's A Mess. That Is A Diplomatic Term Of Art. I Am Sorry, But It Is True." MADELINE ALBRIGHT: "And we see how many of the assumptions of my generation, and your parents' generation, about the 21st century have been proven wrong. To put it another way: the world's a mess. That is a diplomatic term of art. I am sorry, but it is true." (Madeline Albright, Commencement Address At Tufts University, Medford, MA, 5/17/15)

THE HORROR OF THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR WILL SURELY "BE SEEN AS THE GREATEST FAILURE OF HIS PRESIDENCY"

One Year Ago At The United Nations General Assembly, Obama Said "America Is Training And Equipping The Syrian Opposition To Be A Counterweight To The Terrorists Of Isil And The Brutality Of The Assad Regime." OBAMA: "Together with our partners, America is training and equipping the Syrian opposition to be a counterweight to the terrorists of ISIL and the brutality of the Assad regime." (President Barack Obama, Remarks To The United Nations General Assembly , New York, NY, 9/24/14)

Today, "At The Root Of What Surely Will Be Seen As The Greatest Failure Of His Presidency Is Mr. Obama's Refusal To Commit To A Coherent Plan For Ending President Bashar Al-Assad's Murderous Assault On His Own People." (Editorial, "More Waffling On Syria," The Washington Post , 9/19/15)

  • The Dangers And Consequences, "Including The Rise Of Islamic Jihadists," That Have Occurred As A Result Of The Obama Administration's Inaction In Syria "Are Growing." "As it is, every consequence that Mr. Obama warned might come from U.S. intervention - including the rise of Islamic jihadists who now control much of Syria's territory - has occurred in the absence of U.S. action. And the dangers are growing." (Editorial, "More Waffling On Syria," The Washington Post , 9/19/15)

The Administration Is Facing A "Catastrophe" In Which Over 200,000 Syrians Have Been Killed In The Civil War, Waves Of Refugees Are Fleeing To Europe, And Russia Is Sending In Troops And Arms. "Either way, it underscored White House sensitivities about the widening Syrian catastrophe. With more than 200,000 killed in the civil war, a wave of refugees flooding into Europe, and Russia now flying in arms and troops, the president finds himself with a geopolitical and humanitarian mess that will most likely not be settled before he leaves office in 16 months." (Peter Baker, "Finger-Pointing, But Few Answers, After A Syria Solution Fails," The New York Times, 9/17/15)

  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis Is The Latest "Moral Horror That Has Captured The Attention Of The World," Which Is A "Direct Result" Of The Country's Ongoing Civil War. "To understand the Syrian refugee crisis - the moral horror that has captured the attention of the world - you really need to understand what caused it. These 4 million Syrian refugees are a direct result of their country's civil war, which is perhaps the most destructive conflict on Earth today, and which has displaced several million more Syrians within Syria." (Zack Beauchamp, "Syria's Civil War: A Brief History," Vox, 9/14/15)
  • The Syrian Civil War "Is Perhaps The Most Destructive Conflict On Earth Today." "These 4 million Syrian refugees are a direct result of their country's civil war, which is perhaps the most destructive conflict on Earth today, and which has displaced several million more Syrians within Syria." (Zack Beauchamp, "Syria's Civil War: A Brief History," Vox, 9/14/15)

Russian President Vladimir Putin Has Stepped "Into The Vacuum" In The Absence Of Obama's Leadership

"The 'Source Of The Problem' In Syria Is An Unrelenting War Waged By A Brutal Regime. But It Is Also The Failure Of The United States To Back Up Its Objectives With Consequential Action." (Editorial, "More Waffling On Syria," The Washington Post , 9/19/15)

"Into The Vacuum Of American Leadership Has Stepped Russian President Vladimir Putin, Who Has Dispatched Troops And Equipment To Syria…" "Into the vacuum of American leadership has stepped Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has dispatched troops and equipment to Syria in an effort to force the world to accept his solution to the war, which is the creation of a new coalition to fight the Islamic State that includes the Assad government." (Editorial, "More Waffling On Syria," The Washington Post , 9/19/15)

  • "The Only Winner Will Be Mr. Putin, Who Aims To Restore Russia As A Power In The Middle East At The Expense Of The United States." (Editorial, "More Waffling On Syria," The Washington Post , 9/19/15)

OBAMA IS SEARCHING FOR A NEW ISIS STRATEGY AFTER HIS "FLAILING EFFORT" COMBATING THE TERROR GROUP

Obama's Strategy To Defeat ISIS In Iraq And Syria Has Been A "Flailing Effort." "President Barack Obama is about to lose the man he hand-picked to build the war effort against the Islamic State. Retired General John Allen will be stepping down as envoy to the global coalition this fall, and the White House is searching for a replacement to be the face of America's flailing effort to destroy the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq." (Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, "Obama's Islamic State War Czar Stepping Down," Bloomberg View, 9/22/15)

  • The Associated Press Headline: "Despite Bombing, Islamic State Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago" (Ken Dilanian, Zeina Karam, and Bassem Mroue, "Despite Bombing, Islamic State Is No Weaker Than A Year Ago," The Associated Press , 7/31/15)

Bob Woodward: Anyone Watching Can See "There Is No Strategy" Against ISIS. JOE SCARBOROUGH: "Based on all of your reporting who is telling you there is no strategy?" BOB WOODWARD: "Well, I think everyone who looks at this realizes there is no strategy and it's reported today that Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, was up talking to the Senate democrats yesterday saying we are going to ask for a resolution and tried to define, a war resolution effectively, and define what we're doing here. There's going to be a giant, and there should if a giant, debate on this." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 2/11/15)

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As ISIS Continues Its Stronghold, Obama Is Left Searching For A New Strategy

The Obama Administration Is Now Thinking Of "Scrapping" Its Current ISIS Strategy In Syria And Is Left Searching "For Alternatives To Prevent The American-Led Effort From Collapsing." "The Obama administration is considering scrapping its effort to create a large-scale Syrian force to fight Islamic State as it searches for alternatives to prevent the American-led effort from collapsing, officials said." (Carol E. Lee and Dion Nissenbaum, "U.S. Administration Rethinks Syria Strategy," The Wall Street Journal, 9/17/15)

This Month, Top U.S. Military Official Gen. Lloyd Austin Gave A "Startling Admission: There Are Now Just 'Four Or Five' U.S.-Trained Fighters In Syria, A Far Cry From The Up-To-5,400 Fighters The Administration Had Hoped To Train In The First Year Of Its $500 Million Train-And-Equip Program." "But senators peppered him with pointed questions, forcing him into a startling admission: There are now just 'four or five' U.S.-trained fighters in Syria, a far cry from the up-to-5,400 fighters the administration had hoped to train in the first year of its $500 million train-and-equip program." (Austin Wright, "Senators Blast Top U.S. Commander For Upbeat Syria Assessment," Politico, 9/16/15)

  • "By Any Measure, President Obama's Effort To Train A Syrian Opposition Army To Fight The Islamic State On The Ground Has Been An Abysmal Failure." (Peter Baker, "Finger-Pointing, But Few Answers, After A Syria Solution Fails," The New York Times, 9/17/15)

Obama's ISIS Czar Has Grown Frustrated With The Administration's Approach And Is Now Jumping Ship

Gen. John Allen, Obama's ISIS War Czar, Is Stepping Down After Frustration With The Obama Administration's Handling Of The Conflict. "President Barack Obama is about to lose the man he hand-picked to build the war effort against the Islamic State. Retired General John Allen will be stepping down as envoy to the global coalition this fall, and the White House is searching for a replacement to be the face of America's flailing effort to destroy the jihadist group in Syria and Iraq. … U.S. officials familiar with Allen's decision say he has been frustrated with White House micromanagement of the war and its failure to provide adequate resources to the fight." (Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, "Obama's Islamic State War Czar Stepping Down," Bloomberg View, 9/22/15)

  • Bloomberg View Headline: "Obama's Islamic State War Czar Stepping Down" (Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, "Obama's Islamic State War Czar Stepping Down," Bloomberg View, 9/22/15)

OBAMA'S WEAKNESS ABROAD HAS EMBOLDENED RUSSIA TO BECOME "THE GREATEST THREAT" TO AMERICA

Council On Foreign Relations' Leslie Gelb: "Greedy Lawbreakers Have Been Emboldened By Obama's Unenforced 'Red Lines' In Syria" (Leslie H. Gelb, Op-Ed, "Obama Must Show He'll Use Military Means To Deter Russia In Ukraine," The Daily Beast , 3/30/14)

  • The Wall Street Journal : "When The Leader Of The World's Only Superpower Issues A Military Ultimatum And Then Blinks, Others Notice." (Editorial, "Putin Declares War," The Wall Street Journal , 3/2/14)

The Washington Post Editorial Headline: "Mr. Putin Makes Moves In Syria, Exploiting America's Inaction" (Editorial, "Mr. Putin Makes Moves Iin Syria, Exploiting America's Inaction," The Washington Post , 9/8/15)

  • "As It Is, Mr. Putin Likely Believes That U.S. Weakness Gives Him An Opportunity To Tilt The Military Balance Back Toward The Assad Regime." (Editorial, "Mr. Putin Makes Moves Iin Syria, Exploiting America's Inaction," The Washington Post , 9/8/15)

Obama's Top Defense Chiefs Point To Russia As The Country's Top Threat As Russia Flashes Its Military Might

"With Its Large Nuclear Arsenal, Destabilizing Role In Ukraine And Threat To NATO Nations On Its Borders, Russia Presents A Significant Challenge To The U.S…" "Russia currently poses the greatest global threat to the United States, according to the man slated to be President Barack Obama's top military adviser. …With its large nuclear arsenal, destabilizing role in Ukraine and threat to NATO nations on its borders, Russia presents a significant challenge to the U.S., even as it faces threats like that of ISIS." (Jamie Crawford, "Joint Chiefs Nominee: Russia Greatest Threat To U.S.," CNN, 7/10/15)

  • Marine Corps Chief Lt. Gen. Robert Neller Pointed To Russia As Posing "The Greatest Threat" To The United States. JOE MANCHIN: "Sir, with that being said, I've asked this question to everyone who's come to this committee for their approval, and that would be, what do you assess as the greatest risk or threat the United States of America faces from another country? LT. GEN. ROBERT NELLER: "If you are asking me about a country, Senator, who poses the greatest threat, I would say another nation-state, I would agree with General Dunford that Russia has the most increasing capable force, and their actions and the fact that they have strategic forces make them the greatest potential threat, although I don't think they want to fight us. Right now I don't think they want to kill Americans. I think violent extremists want to kill us. And their capability is not that great but their intent is high." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/23/15)

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  • Army Chief Of Staff Gen. Mark Milley: Russia Is The Greatest National Security Threat To The United States. JOE MANCHIN: "What do you consider the greatest threat the United States of America faces, national security, as far as the country?" GENERAL MARK MILLEY: "As a soldier, as a military officer, I'd have to say that it's Russia." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/21/15)

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  • Vice Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Paul Selva: Russia Presents The Top Threat To The United States. GENERAL PAUL SELVA: "I would put the threats to this nation in the following order: Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, and all of the organization that have grown around the ideology that was articulated by al Qaeda early in the turn of the century." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/14/15)

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  • Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford: "[R]ussia Presents The Greatest Threat To Our National Security." JOE MANCHIN: "And sir, I'm sure you've had the opportunity to form opinions on what our threats have been and what our threats are today. What would you consider the greatest threat to our national security?" GENERAL JOSEPH DUNFORD: "My assessment today is that Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/9/15)

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DESPITE THE CONCERN AND DOUBT SURROUNDING THE NUCLEAR DEAL, OBAMA MAINTAINS THAT IRAN WILL BE A REGIONAL POWER

The Iran Nuclear Deal Raises "Serious Doubts About US Credibility And Reliability In The Minds Of America's Traditional Friends." "The Iran deal has ushered in a new phase in the regional balance of power that doesn't necessarily portend closer ties between the U.S. and Iran. But it does raise serious serious [sic]doubts about US credibility and reliability in the minds of America's traditional friends." (Aaron David Miller, "Iran's Win-Win…Win Win Win Nuke Deal," The Daily Beast, 7/20/15)

  • "Arab States Are, Of Course, Under Threat From An Empowered, Better-Funded Iran." "I mentioned Syria earlier as an example of a country that could suffer under this agreement. Other Arab states are, of course, under threat from an empowered, better-funded Iran." (Jeffrey Goldberg, "The Single Most Important Question To Ask About The Iran Deal," The Atlantic, 7/14/15)

Due To The Nuclear Deal, "The Theocratic Regime That Rules Iran-A Regime That Is A Committed And Proficient Sponsor Of Terrorism, According To John Kerry's State Department-Will Be More Powerful Tomorrow Than It Is Today…" "The theocratic regime that rules Iran-a regime that is a committed and proficient sponsor of terrorism, according to John Kerry's State Department-will be more powerful tomorrow than it is today, thanks to the agreement it has just negotiated with the Obama administration, America's European allies, and two U.S. adversaries as well." (Jeffrey Goldberg, "The Single Most Important Question To Ask About The Iran Deal," The Atlantic, 7/14/15)

  • "It Is Hard To Imagine A Scenario-At Least In The Short Term-In Which Hezbollah And Other Terror Organizations On The Iranian Payroll Don't See A Windfall From The Agreement." (Jeffrey Goldberg, "The Single Most Important Question To Ask About The Iran Deal," The Atlantic, 7/14/15)
  • "Equally High For Key Sunni-Dominated Gulf Allies Of The United States Is The Worry That A Deal Gives Iran The Means - Through An Economic Windfall - And An Implicit Green Light To Push Influence In The Region." "Arab countries have deep fears of Iran gaining a nuclear weapon, and some have been skeptical that a deal will prevent that from happening. But equally high for key Sunni-dominated Gulf allies of the United States is the worry that a deal gives Iran the means - through an economic windfall - and an implicit green light to push influence in the region." (Adam Schreck and Lee Keath, "In Arab World, Worries That Deal Will Boost Iran's Power," The Associated Press , 7/15/14)

Council On Foreign Relations' Richard Haass: The Hope That The Deal Will Transform Iran Is "A Wild Hope." HAASS: "I think what it underscores Joe is the hopes that this somehow this agreement will be quote unquote transformational, and lead Iran to be closer to Switzerland is just that a wild hope, it can't be serious thinking or analysis or strategy." (MSNBC's " Morning Joe," 7/21/15)

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Obama's Insistence That Iran "Will Be And Should Be A Regional Power," Is Sure To Raise Concerns For Many Of The World Leaders In Attendance

Obama: "And The Truth Of The Matter Is, Is That Iran Will Be And Should Be A Regional Power." OBAMA: "What I'd say to them is this offers a historic opportunity. Their economy has been cratering as a consequence of the sanctions. They have the ability now to take some decisive steps to move towards a more constructive relationship with the world community. And what I would say to them is the same thing I said earlier this morning, they need to seize that opportunity; their leaders need to seize that opportunity. And the truth of the matter is, is that Iran will be and should be a regional power. They are a big country and a sophisticated country in the region." (Barack Obama, Interview With Thomas Friedman, Washington, D.C., 7/14/15)

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Obama: "Iran Will Remain A Regional Power With Its Own Set Of Challenges." OBAMA: "So contrary to the alarmists who claim that Iran is on the brink of taking over the Middle East, or even the world, Iran will remain a regional power with its own set of challenges." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 8/5/15)

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