President Obama has been very condescending in describing Mitt Romney’s foreign policy credentials. Of course every rational person in the country must realize by now how much foreign policy experience Obama himself brought to the Presidency three and a half years ago, right?
Every rational person in the country sees the absolutely superb job Mr. Obama has done as president in the foreign policy arena.
All of us feel so much safer now that he’s had three plus years to “engage” the Iranian mullahs and convince them to give up the pursuit of nuclear weapons, particularly after taking the side of the mullahs during the abortive “Green Revolution” in Iran.
Leading from behind (his words) in freeing Libya from the grip of a lunatic dictator was clearly one of the most creative bits of diplomacy since the Greeks introduced the Trojan Horse. And helping by not helping our ally, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt was a close second in effective use of diplomacy. Libya and Egypt should have been clearly on our side.
Nor can we forget how successful President Obama was in convincing North Korea to abandon their dreams of nuclear dominance over the entire Korean peninsula.
Undoubtedly our diplomatic personnel working in the capitals any of the fifty-seven members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation all feel completely secure.
In fact it could be said with complete confidence that President Obama has done nearly as good a job in the area of foreign relations as he has with the economy here at home.
Of course we all must recognize that there are, from time to time, minor misunderstandings in the healthiest of international relationships, such as those that we’ve seen in the past few days with both our new friends, Egypt and Libya.
When asked about the source of these expressions of disagreement, the responses of the President, the Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and U.N Ambassador Susan Rice have been extremely illuminating. Uniformly, the diplomatic establishment of this administration has tried to explain that a nearly unknown, amateurish, home-made video is the sole reason for the entire Muslim world to go up in flames over what devout Muslims consider the blasphemy inherent in the video.
The President has stated that he regrets that this video has upset our new friends, and has implied that he also regrets that the pesky U.S. Constitution, specifically the 1st Amendment, prevents him from pulling the video off YouTube.
That was pretty much the extent of our official response to this diplomatic disaster.
But the President, being the “smartest guy in the room” would be the first acknowledge that considering alternate points of view and divergent opinions is always useful, if for no other reason than to provide a basis to check the realism of your own conclusions.
So, as a public service, here are several suggestions for the best way to respond to these minor difficulties that the current administration is having.
First, close all our embassies and consulates in every member of the Organization of Islam Cooperation. Make it clear, publicly at any rate, that this is because we are recalling our Ambassadors and their entire staffs for consultations to examine any and all other issues that might be simmering below the horizon of Washington, so they can be addressed before any more Ambassadors are murdered, mutilated and dragged through the streets. Oops, my bad. I should have phrased that “brought to the hospital”.
Then cancel all student visas from Islamic nations, i.e., all of the 57 members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. And by all, I mean not just pending visas, but those currently in use by students already here as well. Recently elected President Morsi of Egypt was educated here in the United States and we can vividly see how friendly his government has been. Perhaps we should no longer offer to educate generation after generation of such ardent supporters of democracy.
In addition, deny entry visas from any, I repeat ANY, of these 57 nations. Send all of them a nice note saying that all our hotels are going to be full for the foreseeable future, so we’re not accepting tourists for the next few decades. Visas should be denied to anyone coming from any other part of the world if investigation indicates that the individual applying for a visa even though they are currently living in England, France, Canada, Germany or any other non-Muslim nation, originally came from Lebanon, Syria or any other nation that reacts with violence over an awful video that no one has seen.
Will this deny entry to some Muslims who desperately want to escape the horrors of living under Sharia law? Of course it will. But how do you decide whether someone has been merely exposed to a plague and survived, or if they are still active carriers of the disease. The CDC would undoubtedly err on the side of caution and vote in favor of quarantine. So too must the State Department, Homeland Security, the DoD and the White House recognize that quarantine is an effective preventive form of treatment.
Reduce all foreign aid to member nations of the OIC to zero. These nations are proud of their history, their independence and their ability to succeed without the interference in their internal affairs by the United States or any other “infidel” nation.
We can offer that aid to Israel in cash (or long range bombers if they prefer).
Drill for domestic oil every place where there might be as little as a single barrel of oil. Clear environmental hurdles for more rapid approval of refineries. Perfect our fracking technology to maximize the yield from the natural gas resources that lie beneath our feet. Repeal all of Lisa Jackson’s draconian impediments for coal fired power plants. Starting from effectively “zero”, we were able to send a man to the moon in less than a decade in the 1960’s. We should be able to be totally independent of Middle Eastern oil by 2020 at the latest. It’s not as if we don’t know how to drill and have to figure out how to do it.
Write off Afghanistan. Admit to ourselves that, although our intentions were admirable, it just didn’t work, wish them luck, tell them that they’re on their own and leave. Before we leave, though, we should gather any and all of our 21st century war making materials and equipment that we will not be able to bring back to the U.S. into a single location, and utterly destroy all of it, so that nothing remains that could be used against us in the future. If the Afghans/Taliban want to live as if it was still the 7th century, we shouldn’t leave any artifacts that would sully their religious purity. They will just have to slaughter each other with swords, the traditional way.
After doing all those things, the more moderate elements in the Muslim world (and possibly some of the more rational extremists) will begin to wonder what’s next on our “to-do” list. This should lead to what psychologists would call “behavior modification.”
All we need do at that point is to keep them wondering.