Afghanistan and Obama’s foreign policy weakness

Pakistan terrorists slaughtered 145 people, mostly children, in a manner that so cruel and vicious that "inhumane" is inadequate to describe it.


CHARLOTTE, N.C., December 29, 2014 — Just when you think that jihadists have reached the limit of their brutality, they come up with even more gruesome horrors that defy imagination.

Such was the case in Pakistan, where terrorists slaughtered 145 people, mostly children, in a manner that so cruel and vicious that “inhumane” is inadequate to describe it.

Teachers were burned alive in front of their students and children were beheaded while their friends were forced to watch.

All of this was in the name of Islam. It was religion reduced to depravity.

And yet, these are the victims. These are the people we tolerate. These are the animals that Barack Obama refuses to call “terrorists.” These are the people President Obama will not call by name because they are the chosen ones the president believes can become “peace partners” in Afghanistan.

Obama’s endorsements of Islamic extremism are getting as old and tired as his rhetoric.

Following the massacre, Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs quoted a Department of Defense statement saying, “We’re not going to target the Taliban simply because they’re the Taliban.”

Meanwhile, nearly ten time zones away, the president finished his beer at the turn and headed out to the back nine.

It is one thing for an American president to turn his attention to other agendas that are more interesting to him and more important to the country, but the depravity of this president is illustrated by the sanction he gives to Islamic terrorists who have been vicious in their assault on the United States and the West for more than a decade. This all goes unnoticed or unmentioned by the mainstream media.

In the same week that New York police officers were slain by an unhinged civil rights protester, Obama unequivocally claimed that race relations are far better under his leadership than they have been in years.

And so the man who leads our country continues to be deluded by his unrealistic and narcissistic image of himself.

Nothing is more egregious than the president’s woeful ineptitude in dealing with international affairs. Syria, Libya and Egypt are all prime examples but Afghanistan is no better, just underreported.

Since Obama took office in 2008, attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan have reached record levels.

As Pamela Geller reports, Obama’s national security advisor Tom Donilon told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that “the Taliban are not our enemies and we don’t want to fight them.”

Even worse, writes Geller, “Under Obama it was announced that Mullah Omar could run for president in Afghanistan. Mullah Omar has been wanted by the U.S. State Department since October 2001. There’s a ten million dollar reward on his head. He sheltered Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda killers in the years prior to the September 11 attacks. He had a hand in the 9/11 attacks and has been directing the Taliban’s ongoing war against the U.S.-led NATO forces and the government of Afghanistan.”

These are but a few of Obama’s atrocious policies in a country America knows nothing about because the press refuses to tell the story.

Terrorism is terrorism no matter what you call it; whether it is committed by the Taliban, al-Qaeda, ISIS, or Boko Haram, it is all the same. Islamic terrorism pursued one goal regardless of which organization is responsible: global domination by Islam.

Strategies vary. Techniques are different. One group’s methods for achieving the goals may be in conflict with those of another, but they all spring from the same root with the same milestone to accomplish; making Islam the dominant religion in the world.

No amount of political correctness, refusing to call terrorism what it actually is, turning a blind eye to reality, failing to condemn acts of mass slaughter, lying to protect the “victims” of Islamophobia or any other means to sugarcoat the obvious will alter the fact that the United States under the leadership of Barack Obama is in far greater danger because of him than we have been at any time in our recent past.

During a debate with John McCain in his first campaign for president, Obama said that he would “negotiate with terrorists.” That should have been a signal the moment the words left his mouth that the man was naïve and unprepared to lead this country into the realm of foreign policy.

Six years later those words have come back to haunt not only the United States but the West.

Diplomacy on an international scale is tricky enough without having an American president as the primary barrier to resolving global problems with terrorism.


Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (

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Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.