May 30, 2015

Broken record Bill O'Reilly with another blood thirsty, fearmongering Talking Points Memo this Friday. I don't think blustering Bill-O is going to be happy until we start WWIII.

I guess he's got to keep his viewers worked up into a lather in anticipation of the upcoming Patriot Act showdown this Sunday.

From O'Reilly's blog:

America's power overseas is in free-fall decline. ISIS continues to expand, murdering thousands, creating chaos wherever it goes. In response, the president speaks of climate change and touts his international record. In fact, there are few victories in the war on terror.

Syria is under siege by ISIS; Iraq is tottering as ISIS controls about a third of the country; Yemen has no functioning government; Libya has no functioning government; In Nigeria, ISIS is aiding the savage group Boko Haram.

Meantime, Iran has gained power throughout the Middle East by supporting terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. President Obama likes to point to a 60-nation coalition that has signed up to confront ISIS.

Outside of a few countries that are undertaking a few bombing missions, there is little sign the coalition is effective. Maybe Italy, Spain and Germany have noticed the millions of people trying to cross into Europe from Africa and the Middle East. Many of them are fleeing terrorism, much of it generated by ISIS. The jihad is advancing, yet the coalition is as impotent as any group could ever be. There isn't enough Viagra in the world.

As American power recedes, tyrants like Putin in Russia take advantage. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Putin, promising him sanctions would be lifted if he promised to stop seizing more territory. Putin will take whatever Kerry gives him, and then do whatever he wants.

Same thing with China, which is seizing territory that does not belong to it and developing its military in a dramatic way. This is a perfect storm of weakness. Not only is the USA reluctant to use its power, but NATO and the other Western countries do not want to confront evil either.

Talking Points is aghast that American foreign policy is so bad. While it's true we can no longer police the world with ground troops, we can use our economic and diplomatic power to hurt countries that violate international law. We can also lead the world into confronting ISIS and the other barbarians in a meaningful way.

All the foreign chaos is going to be a huge problem for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she campaigns for president. But in the end, it all comes back to President Obama, the most reluctant commander-in-chief this nation has ever had. Mr. Obama comes from an ideology that usually sees American military might as a negative.

The far left in the USA historically have opposed using American power abroad. And now, after thousands of American military folks were killed and maimed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the left is joined by some conservatives and independents who believe we should stand down overseas.

But by withholding American power abroad, the president is plunging the world into a very dark place. Next up, a phony nuke deal with Iran that will empower that villainous country.

God help the next president of the United States.

God help the rest of us if they take advice from the likes of O'Reilly.

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