Students of history know well the messages contained in the Monroe and Truman Doctrines. Now after more than six years in office, President Obama has finally set forth what history will remember as the Obama Doctrine. Presidents Monroe and Truman sent a clear message to the rest of the world concerning America’s interests: hands off or you will pay. In establishing the Obama Doctrine the President has sent a much different message to the world: Go ahead and run over us—my goal is a weaker America. A key aspect of the Obama Doctrine is that when it comes to negotiating with our enemies, the President’s team is willing to give away anything that will help achieve Obama’s ultimate goal of a weaker America.
When it’s time to buy a new car, I want to buy it from Barack Obama. Why? Because judging from his record, the President has to be the worst negotiator imaginable. His approach to negotiating seems to be to give away everything he can while getting nothing in return. If you were an enemy of the United States and wanted to buy a used car, you could walk into Obama Motors with just enough money to buy a beat-up, pre-owned Yugo and drive off the lot in a shiny new Lexus. Oh, and you would have money left over. Based on his performance in the Bergdahl trade and more recently in the Iran nuclear negotiations, Barack Obama appears to be the proverbial witless rube who could be duped into paying top dollar for useless swampland. The only problem with this supposition is that Obama is no dupe. He knows exactly what he is doing. And what is that? It is everything possible while still in office to leave America a weaker, less secure nation.
With Bergdahl, Obama gave away five high-value prisoners who are now plotting new terrorist acts against the United States. Bergdahl, on the other hand, has turned out to be exactly what informed people tried to tell Obama he was all along: A deserter and traitor who should spend the rest of his life in prison. Now that Bergdahl has been court-martialed, perhaps he will get what is coming to him. Frankly, I am pleasantly surprised that the Army had the guts to stand up to White House pressure and move forward with bringing desertion charges against Bergdahl. However, I will not believe that the Army is willing to defy President Obama until the Bergdahl court martial brings a guilty verdict against the deserter.
The moment the nuclear deal with Iran was announced even a child could tell that the negotiating process had been a one-sided travesty that paved the way for Iran to achieve its nuclear ambitions while simultaneously easing economic sanctions on the cash-strapped country? How? By simply observing the response in Iran where its citizens began dancing in the streets the moment the treaty was signed. Anyone who knows the history between the U.S. and Iran knows that anytime the citizens of this unhappy land are happy, all Americans should be weary.
If one steps back and looks at the nuclear deal from a big-picture perspective, several concerns stand out so obviously that they practically jump off the page: 1) Iran will now benefit from near-term sanction relief without giving up anything of substance, 2) Iran will eventually have the nuclear capability the deal was supposed to prevent, and 3) The U.S. gained nothing from the deal except temporarily relieving political pressure on the Obama White House. The real winners in this deal: Iran and Barack Obama. The losers: America, Israel, and all other freedom-loving nations of the world. Iran will get the nuclear capability it fully intended to get anyway—deal or no deal. Barack Obama has kicked the can far enough down the road that he can blame the eventual travesty of a nuclear-armed Iran on a future successor. The rest of the world is right where it was on the day the negotiations began: looking down the road at a rogue nation that hates the West and Israel and is armed with nuclear weapons.
All the negotiations with Iran have achieved in practical terms is putting Israel between a rock and a hard place and the rest of the world at risk. Israel still faces the inevitability of having to make a pre-emptive strike against Iran or face the certainty of annihilation. Such a strike would then pull the U.S. and all of the other leading nations of the world—as well as those in the Middle East—into a nuclear conflagration that could become Armageddon. Barack Obama might have thought less about politics and more about the lives of his own children and future grandchildren before allowing his team to strike a deal that conceded everything of importance without gaining anything of significance.
Why we negotiated with Iran in the first place is a mystery to thinking people everywhere. After all, this is Iran we are talking about. Is anyone so foolish as to think that this hate-filled nation will live up to any part of a nuclear deal or any other kind of promise it might make. A snake is a snake no matter what it promises and, if you don’t kill them first, snakes eventually bite. Further, Iran came to the bargaining table only because it was being starved by economic sanctions, and the Mullahs knew that a starving population could become difficult to control. Frankly, had Obama been willing to turn the economic thumbscrews a little tighter, the Iranian people might have solved the problem for him. With any of the sanctions lifted, Iran’s resolve to negotiate further or live up to promises made in the current deal will evaporate before the ink is dry on the treaty papers. As soon as the sanctions are lifted, Iran will begin its covert development of a nuclear capability and will refuse to allow the types of inspections that would ferret out what they are doing. Only a fool wouldn’t know this.
Negotiating with Iran in the first place gave this rogue nation something it badly needed: credibility in the Middle East and throughout the world. The minute America’s Secretary of State sat down at the bargaining table, Iran’s nuclear ambitions gained legitimacy in the eyes of the world, especially in the Muslim world. Obama and his team also transformed a marginalized Iran into a full-fledged, leading player in the Middle East. Barack Obama has now put the U.S. in the unenviable position of having to support a pre-emptive nuclear strike by Israel or risk seeing this tiny nation evaporated in a nuclear holocaust. President Obama and his team have now given Iran the ability to do what the United States fought World War II to prevent Hitler from doing. For a president in search of one, this is hardly the legacy anyone would think Barack Obama would want—unless, of course, the destruction of Israel and a weaker America is exactly what he wants.