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September 17, 2012

Obama, the Middle East and the future of the U.S.

CLAREMORE — The current turmoil unfolding in the Middle East that has resulted in attacks on our embassies and the deaths of our citizens can be laid at the feet of President Obama and his feckless foreign policy team.

The purported reason for the protests against the U.S. is a 13-minute trailer for a stupid movie posted to YouTube. I watched it. It’s stupid. Stupid dialogue, horrible acting, even worse cinematography. Why the fuss? Because Muhammad is portrayed as a lecherous, hypocritical opportunist. 
This is blasphemy in the eyes of the Muslim faithful warranting the mob behavior, pillaging of foreign embassies, and killing of innocents. But the movie is actually just an excuse and a poor one at that. 
The violence actually reveals deeper problems in both the Muslim world and the Obama Administration, the latter fixable if he is voted out of office in November while the former may never by rectified.
Understandably this diplomatic crisis has been fodder for the presidential campaigns, news media, and pundits of all stripes. For me, the incident serves as yet more evidence that: 
- our foreign policy is in shambles; 
- our President is either sincere but ignorant, incompetent, or actually wishes our country harm (one can make a solid argument for all three propositions); 
- radicalized, militant, fundamentalist Islam is a sorry system that will keep its adherents rooted in the 11th Century; and
- if $1 trillion in budget cuts (known as ‘sequestration,’ half of which must come from Defense) mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 is allowed to continue we will see more of this nonsense and even less ability to protect our interests around the world.
History shows that strength begets respect while weakness invites abuse. Teddy Roosevelt knew that diplomatic words are only effective if they are backed by military power - “speak softly and carry a big stick.” 

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