The Limits of Diplomacy Without a Big Stick

A friend on social media recently posted that bombs don’t solve anything. Diplomacy and AID are the way to go.
Well, I’m not a big fan of bombs, and am becoming more pacifist in my old age. But I can observe a few things. Talking never deterred a single tyrant. Neville’s peaceful cheer did not placate Hitler. Aid has not done a damn thing for Africa except enrich its savage kleptocrats.

But lets consider Germany and Japan. The US utterly defeated them. Destroyed their means to make war. And then occupied them. We aided them, too.

Well, Germany and Japan seem to be doing pretty well today. What lessons should we draw about American intent and influence in the world?

Obama, not Trump, was the Stooge for Putin.

The opposition’s new line on Trump is that he’s going to get us into a war with Russia. That is a sudden about face from accusing Trump of being a Russian agent, which never made sense. What has Trump done for Russia? Moved to increase US petroleum production, a policy that will put Russia in a vice? Told Western Europe to spend more money on its own defense to be a counterweight on its own continent?

Now, by comparison, what did Obama do for Russia? He abruptly and unilaterally canceled long promised missile defense installations and humiliated Poland and the Czech Republic. He sent Hillary with that absurd “reset button” to grovel. He mocked Romney for calling Russia a geopolitical threat. He asked Medvedev to relay to Putin that after his last election, he could “be more flexible.” He stood aside and invited Putin to assume a dominant role in Syria and the Middle East.

It is a mystery how critics can accuse Trump of aiding Russia by his glib rhetoric about Putin being a strong leader, while totally ignoring everything Obama did to elevate Russia above the US in strategic global influence.

Obama’s Wretched Record in the Middle East Has Never Been Examined.

In the debate over the limited US strike on Syria, it may be worthwhile to inventory Obama’s record in the Middle East.

His America apology tour presaged the Arab Spring. I’m not claiming he singularly sparked revolution. I’m observing that he animated the masses.

There was a green uprising in Iran. Obama spurned the masses and stood by the Mullahs.
Egypt rises against Mubarak, and Obama hurries him off the stage. He kisses the Muslim Brotherhood, who can’t even make the sewers work. Egyptians revolt in millions, and the Muslim Brotherhood is gone. Obama is still sulking about that. If he cared about Egyptians, over the Muslim Brotherhood, he might have lent al Sisi some support.

Iraq is pacified, but by no means secure. Obama cannot dive out fast enough, Mayhem ensues. ISIS thrives.

Next up, Moamar Qaddafi, the guy who surrendered his WMD program to George Bush. Obama is persuaded by Hillary MacBeth to blow him to smithereens. That turned out well for Libyans, didn’t it? No, actually, it turned out well for ISIS.
Syria begins to heat up. Obama says to Assad: “Don’t use poison.” Assad dumps poison on his his civilian population. Obama scowls and hems and does nothing. He stands by while Putin assumes a dominant role in the region and props Assad up.

Iran. Volumes could be written about Iran. Obama gave them a safe 10 year path to the bomb, and they aren’t even grateful enough to abide by the 10 year path. They took his ransom, his end of sanctions, and they are pressing on full speed like he’s a girl getting groped.

This is Obama statecraft in the Middle East.