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President Obama’s Syrian Quandary

Posted in Foreign Policy, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2013 by authorcarloscardoso

The President has been hesitant to get involved in the Syrian civil war from the beginning. However during the heat of his re-election campaign in trying to sound strong on foreign policy he made an unnecessary blunder and declared that if the Syrian regime used chemical weapons it would be a “red line” that if crossed would draw United States military intervention. This statement along with his use of the same “red line” description for not allowing Iran to acquire nuclear weapons puts the credibility of the United States in question both with our friends and foes alike at a very dangerous time in the region. To do nothing makes us seem weak and to do something ineffectual or worse leading to unintended consequences such as starting a broader war in the region could be catastrophic.

The fact is that we have not intervened in the over two year civil war and to do so now would not be in our national security interests. Syria has been supported by the Soviet Union throughout the cold war and still is, as Russia has sent them arms to use in the fight against the insurgents. The facts are that our limited intervention as outlined by the White House will not change the strategic balance in the war. Assad’s forces have gained the upper hand after insurgent gains made by mostly Islamic militant fighters aligned and led by elements of Al Qaeda. This means that we would be facing a historically Russian ally with ties to Iran while supporting an Al Qaeda Islamist group, neither of which is in our interests.

The Syrian regime is financed by Iran and spreads arms to terrorist organizations in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories to Hezbollah and Hamas.  This has been true for many years and if we had been able to put together a coalition of moderate Syrian forces looking to bring liberty and arm them in the infancy of the insurgency then we may have been able to make a difference. We missed our opportunity and are left with no viable options outside of an all out invasion taking out the current regime, securing the weapons of mass destruction and trying to build a national consensus government in an area with no such history. The Middle East as it stands today is the haphazard partitioning of the Ottoman Empire after World War One which was the final defeat of the Muslim jihad that began in around 600 BC and led to the establishing of an Islamic Caliphate that spread from the Middle East to Africa and across most of Europe into Spain. What we are seeing now is the rise of Islamic power trying to once again conquer the lost lands and ultimately the whole world.

Our dilemma is if we do nothing we lose face in front of the whole world, emboldening our enemies and frightening our allies. However, given our current fiscal problems to launch a limited attack as outlined by the President with no reason to do so other than to save the President’s and the United States’ reputation is going to be a tough sell to the American people. The President knows there is nothing to be gained by his planned military action strategically and even more importantly politically here at home. His speech on Saturday seeking Congressional approval for a much more limited action than he began in Libya without seeking it then is nothing more than seeking political cover for his foreign policy failure. We should not be in this position where there is nothing to be gained and much could possibly be lost. It is another example of this President’s failed leadership.

The Congress will debate and vote on whether or not to authorize the limited use of force the President has planned. If they vote to not authorize the use of force the President said he still feels he has the authority to do so but the consequences will be his and his alone. If he fails to act America’s reputation will be irreparably harmed and the rise of radical Islam will be emboldened and Israel will be left feeling that they will have to strike at Iran alone before they can become a nuclear power. If they do authorize it and it turns out bad the President has political cover for the fallout if it leads to all out war in the Middle East.

 Unfortunately it will be up to the brave men and women of our Armed forces and the American taxpayers who are going to have to pay the consequences. The real national security issues would be if Syria was to fall and their weapons were to fall into the wrong hands, or Syria began smuggling chemical weapons and or advanced weaponry to Hamas and Hezbollah. The other is will Iran be allowed to become a nuclear power. Now with the specter of Iran on the horizon this situation grows exponentially in importance. None of this would have been necessary if it weren’t for the President’s political posturing and poor choice of words putting America’s reputation on the line when no national security interests were at stake

 

The United States, Israel and Iran

Posted in Foreign Policy, Politics with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by authorcarloscardoso

The president decided that he will not as requested meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later this month here in Washington or in New York at the United Nations at the General Assembly meetings. This after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proclaimed there are no deadlines for Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency claimed Iran is getting closer to a weapon. Reporting that they are working on computer modeling the destructive power of an atomic warhead, clearly indicating that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons technology. Iran threatens to wipe Israel off the map and to attack both American troops in the region and America itself. The Israeli Prime Minister says ‘The world tells Israel, ‘Wait. There’s still time and I say: ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’ Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.’’ When Israel is threatened with complete annihilation, the United States has a moral responsibility to ensure that the Jewish people are defended and protected.

The United States and the people of the world vowed that after the holocaust, we would never allow it to happen again. Yet when Israel is threatened more than ever, the administration snubs Israel and the Prime Minister leaving them isolated and left to deal with the Iranian threat alone without American support. This behavior is unconscionable and all Americans must contact our elected officials in the House, Senate and President Obama to support a bipartisan effort to voice our unequivocal support for Israel pressuring the White House to commit to eliminating the Iranian’s from acquiring a nuclear weapon or the technological ability to create them.

The Democratic Platform originally did not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel until the media publicized it. The floor vote on the convention floor was supposed to pass with a two thirds majority and after three voice votes the chairman said the ayes had it drawing a chorus of boos by the delegates. This display showed the Democratic Party and administration does not support Israel, the omission was intentional and only changed for political expediency and not conviction. This continues a trend by this administration of bringing our historical traditions and policies to an abrupt end while openly disrespecting Israel’s leaders and failing to support the nation of Israel. This administration would allow the destruction of Israel and the mass murder of the Jewish people, abandoning one of our staunchest allies. We need a change of leadership that will stand with Israel and make it clear to our friends and foes alike that we will honor our commitments to our allies and those who would oppose us should do so at their own peril. Respect on the world stage requires leadership and peace through strength with the use of force when necessary to protect our friends, interests and fight the spread of evil by all means necessary.

The Relationship Between the United States and Israel

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2012 by authorcarloscardoso

The position of the United States has historically been one of complete support for the Jewish State of Israel. This has been the case since the recognition of Israel and has remained true throughout the years. The relationship however has been markedly different over the past almost four years. The signs have been unmistakable as a valued ally has been treated with a total lack of respect. French President Sarkozy called Prime Minister Netanyahu a liar, President Obama caught unguarded on a live microphone responded, “at least you don’t have to listen to him everyday”. Longstanding U.S. policy abandoned with the endorsement of the position held by the Palestinians, stating that the peace negotiations should begin with Israel returning to the pre 1967 war borders without any concessions on the part of the Palestinians. The lands won were from Egypt, Jordan and Syria, not Palestine. This places Israel in a position of giving up strategic land won, leaving the Israeli borders indefensible. Prime Minister Netanyahu was then snubbed for dinner and yet responded with a tremendous speech to a joint session of Congress highlighting our common values, unshakeable historical alliance and common interests.

Provocative actions by Iran were responded to by cancelling planned joint military exercises with U.S. and Israeli defense forces hardly a show of strength and support. Iran has been allowed to pursue a nuclear weapon without the U.S. preparing a military response leaving Israel to prepare to act alone at a time when the Middle East has never been a more dangerous place. Administration sources leaked an Israeli plan in April to attack Iran from airbases in Azerbaijan effectively destroying the element of surprise, forcing the cancellation of the airstrikes to destroy the Iranian nuclear program. They leaked sensitive national security secrets to the press publicly acknowledging that the U.S and Israel had created and deployed the Stuxnet virus that sabotaged the Iranian nuclear program. These were covert acts of war that should never have been revealed, costing us the ability to continue this path of slowing Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Funds were withheld and $70 million was just recently released to assist Israel with its Iron Dome missile defense system both done in an election year with obvious political motives.

Clearly the level of support enjoyed by Israel over the years is not what it once was. It is a sad day when the Prime Minister of Israel concludes that the current American leadership will never attack Iran. America and Israel must stand firm together, against all threats. Leadership that unequivocally supports Israel must be put back into place here in America. The relationship between the United States and Israel must be repaired, as Israel finds itself increasingly surrounded by groups who openly advocate their destruction. America has a moral obligation to ensure that history is not repeated and the Jewish people may continue to live in peace and security. Israel must know that America stands with you. When dependable diplomatic and military support once counted on is in question, confidence must be restored immediately as the stakes have never been higher.

Foreign Policy Debate

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 14, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

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The Republican debate on foreign policy showed a clear distinction between Barack Obama’s policies and the candidates’ approach. All point out the President’s weakness on the world stage and failed approaches to mitigating the threat to the United States and our allies. Speaker Gingrich set the tone admirably when he refused to attack his fellow candidates and instead focused on the differences between the candidates and the current President. I urge all American’s to view the debate and choose a candidate on vision, leadership and knowledge of the complexity of the current world situation we find ourselves in. I also invite the American people to find out for themselves what UN Agenda 21 is that the Speaker mentioned and the implications on our way of life and national sovereingty.