Mullah Omar And Bin Laden Begin Their Comeback Under Obama’s Leadership
It’s shocking how fast we’re moving backwards on the foreign policy front with Barack Obama in charge. It’s also freakish how little attention is being paid to it because people are so distracted by the Democratic attempt to model our economy on the Soviet Union, circa 1950.
First off, let’s set the stage. George Bush has been unfairly mocked as being unable to conduct diplomacy, but after 9/11, he made a historic deal with Pakistan. Here’s how Douglas Feith described it,
“In the hours after 9/11, Bush had sent Richard Armitage to demand that Pervez Musharraf declare whether Pakistan was our friend or our enemy. Musharraf promptly opted for friendship and close partnership with an awesomely enraged America, and renounced the support that Pakistan had been giving the Taliban regime since its inception.”
That historic cooperation which Bush rapidly attained and held in place throughout his presidency, ended in the FIRST MONTH of Barack Obama’s presidency. Now, believe it or not, the situation has become even more bleak and unpromising,
Days after the Pakistan government and the Taliban inked a peace deal in Swat following a failed military operation in the picturesque valley, three major Taliban groups in Pakistan have formed a new alliance – Shura Ittihadul Mujahideen (Council for Unity of Holy Warriors) – in the twin agencies of North and South Waziristan after burying the hatchet, declaring the ameer of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Omar as their supreme leader and al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden as their role model.
The development came hardly a few days after the Pakistan government, unable to contain the threat from the Taliban militants in the Swat Valley despite an 18-month long military operation, signed a truce with the Taliban militants in Swat by pulling away its military and thus allowing Shariah to be implemented in the region.
According to an announcement made by the Pakistani Taliban, the new alliance would comprise the groups led by central chief of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Baitullah Mahsud and the two pro-government key commanders — Maulvi Nazir of South Waziristan Agency and Hafiz Gul Bahadur of North Waziristan tribal region. The three reportedly met at an undisclosed location and decided to resolve their differences to foil the external forces designs for dividing the multiple Taliban groups based in Pakistan.
Osama Bin Laden, otherwise known as the official role model of Swat since Barack Obama became President, once said something very applicable about this situation,
“When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they will like the strong horse.”
America under George Bush’s leadership was perceived as a strong horse. On the other hand, Barack Obama is perceived s a gasbag who has more in common with European bureacrats than American Presidents past. His very weakness encourages our enemies to organize, to strike out against us, and to believe that America’s fierce reaction under George Bush was the exception, not the rule.
……Which brings us to that classic quote by Machiavelli,
“From this arises an argument: whether it is better to be loved than feared. I reply that one should like to be both one and the other; but since it is difficult to join them together, it is much safer to be feared than to be loved when one of the two must be lacking.”
On the foreign policy front, NOBODY fears America with Barack Obama in charge and we’re already starting to see the consequences of having a man with no experience who is arrogant enough to believe that he can solve every problem by spending more money and reading a nifty speech off of a teleprompter.
It’s going to get worse. Much worse, I’m afraid…
Hat tip to Gateway Pundit for the story.