Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Arab Gladiators: Tahrir's Square Peg in Obama's Round Hole

The strategies of the Obama administration in the Middle East and surrounding regions are void of the transparency he promised.  The president has failed to communicate his policy.  He apologized to the world of Islam for America being America and taking the lead for international stability and human rights.  He ducked in Libya and punted to the rest of the world.  He did not stand up to evil after he helped oust the government, allowing terrorist organizations to run rampant and resulting in the execution of one of our ambassadors.  He stalled in Syria, then gave underground support to Al-Qaeda affiliates, ultimately deciding to support the heart-munching opposition that is the equally wicked of two evils fighting there.  He has been nothing but politically even-keeled, staying gutless and apologetic.

President Obama's overarching policy is that as leader of the free world, he wants America to slip into being the harbinger of the decline of freedom.  His ideals do not line up with what we believe, something any voter that was paying attention should have recognized.  We believe in the rule of law, in human decency and safety, in free trade and the actual definition of fairness.  The president would see America  take a back seat to the rest of the world, because he believes that the weak rise as the mighty fall.  His vision is coming to pass and this is clear when watching the death matches occurring in Arab nations.  The flaw of his vision is that we are not living in the story of Robin Hood or David and Goliath.  The weak do not always have good ideas or intentions; they are frequently in their position because of their bad ideas and wicked intentions.

The situation is completely broken.  Where there may have been obscure opportunities to act on the right side of history and save a bloodbath, we are now in the viewing booth watching slaves fight to the death at the Roman Coliseum.  Instead of picking our favorite gladiator after it was too late in Syria and giving them heavy weapons of war, President Obama should focus on a diplomatic solution with Russia.  Focus should be on stopping Russia and Iran from giving tools of death to Assad's regime, increasing the carnage.  We are past the point of trying to pick the winner and loser; because everyone is now a loser.

Egypt is on the brink and Obama has yet another chance put America on the high ground.  The official statement reads:

 "President Obama encouraged President Morsi to take steps to show that he is responsive to their concerns, and underscored that the current crisis can only be resolved through a political process. As he has said since the revolution, President Obama reiterated that only Egyptians can make the decisions that will determine their future."

Gutless, even-keeled politics.  If we would have elected a president who stands up and does what needs to be done, America would immediately cut off all aid and hold all contracts until a recall vote is held.  The President would have a loud, resounding voice for the rest of the world to follow suit.  There are at least three parties that will move to civil war if the situation is not dealt with properly, and we will be left with the next-gen of Islamist extremism. Obama has the chance to be on the historical high-ground and the possibility of helping to stop the gladiators from entering the pit.

But alas, this is the new America, the new world, and we are all getting drunk in the viewing booth.  How soon until we find ourselves in the pit, wondering how we got there?

-Hashtag Holly

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