CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 9, 2015 – There was something about Barack Obama’s swipe at Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker’s foreign policy credentials earlier this week that was extremely distasteful.
Granted, it was Washington business as usual when the president told Walker that he should comment on the Iran nuclear treaty “after he’s taken some time to bone up on foreign policy.” Profoundly high and mighty assertions from a man whom former Vice President Dick Cheney refers to as the “worst foreign policy president in American history.”
Walker, who is quite capable of holding his own, countered with “President Obama’s failed leadership has put him at odds with many across the country, including members of his own party and key allies around the world. Whether it is cutting a bad deal with Iran, calling ISIS the JV squad, or touting Yemen as a success story, Obama’s lack of leadership has hurt America’s safety and standing in the world.”
The rift is hardly breaking news, but Obama’s so-called historic agreement with Iran is an on-going story that Breitbart News says is already unraveling by the minute. While Breitbart may be a bit premature in its assessment, there is strong evidence to believe that its claims will ultimately prove prophetic.
Consequently, Barack Obama’s chastising anyone for lack of expertise on foreign policy is so laughable it actually defies comment.
As Breitbart reports, Iran was “loudly announcing his (Obama’s) spin on the deal was false before the sun set on the day the agreement was announced.”
According to the Times of Israel, Iran was actively violating the terms of the agreement before it has even been written or signed. A Times article says that if the information about Tehran’s cheating are correct: “The report makes a mockery of the world powers’ much-hailed framework agreement with Iran, since such a move clearly breaches the U.S.-published terms of the deal, and would dramatically accelerate Iran’s potential progress to the bomb.”
Typical of Obama’s administrative operations, there is no real method of determining whether Americans are being told the truth from the White House or if the Iranians are propagandizing the terms of the agreement for their own purposes.
Iran claims their high-powered centrifuges are allowed under the agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland, which completely refutes what the president has outlined.
In the final analysis, it is really not a matter of “if” Iran will cheat, but “when,” meaning that both Breitbart and the Times of Israel will ultimately be accurate.
For the moment, whether the reports out of Iran are true or not has little significance because Tehran’s primary goal appears to be to embarrass Barack Obama and the West through defiance and a refusal to cooperate. Iran knows all too well that victories are never won on paper, regardless of how preferable they are to military action.
Right now the Middle East is a burning forest of military brushfires. “Stability” is a relative term that only means there is less violence at any given time than at another. Other than that the word has no definition of any consequence.
The Middle East thrives on conflict and hate. Apparently it cannot survive any other way. Everyone is a victim, which means that bloodshed is forever justified.
Confusion is a hallmark of Team Obama in whatever task it undertakes. By creating chaos, it can explain away mistakes when questions arise. The Iran negotiations are no different. As Breitbart writes, “Until last week, we were routinely assured that Iran was years away from a nuclear bomb, and only alarmists like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said otherwise. Then, suddenly, Obama was talking about the current ‘breakout’ time for Iranian nukes being only 30-90 days, as he claimed his deal would increase it to a year.”
That statement had administration officials scrambling to “explain” what the president was trying to say. That, too, is typical of the present administration’s style.
Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on a high-speed train to negotiate with Iran. The Iranians left the station to meet him in Lausanne, Switzerland. Somewhere in between there was a foreign policy train wreck.
The only problem is that nobody with any authority seems to be able to locate where everything went off the tracks.
And, in the aftermath, the president of the United States has the audacity to challenge a Republican candidate for president about his ability to understand international affairs.
Dr. Martin Luther King “had a dream,” and Barack Obama is living in a “dream world.”
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 (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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