Two weeks ago it was announced that President Obama would spend the next two weeks outlining his vision for US foreign policy.
It started with a speech that Obama gave in Afghanistan stating that the US would bring the war there to “a responsible end” by withdrawing US military forces. Then came the release of Taliban prisoners.
Not much else has been announced that could be remotely described as visionary.
In other news, Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, has fallen to the ISIS. Mosul is home to about 3 million people, who live there nestled between civil war in Syria and imminent civil war between the Kurds and the rest of Iraq.
There were about 75,000 Christians living in this city in 2003. Yesterday that number was down by 66%. With al Qaeda now in control of the local parking inspectors, that’s likely to change again. And not in a good way.
If there was ever a blueprint for an irresponsible way to end a war, it’s called Iraq.
That “responsible withdrawal” was Obama’s baby and he’s not changing the bathwater at all when it comes to Afghanistan.
Granted, Obama is not accountable for the whole process. But he has to carry the can for most of it.
Just so you know, the entire 8-step process of modern Western war goes like this:
- The US goes to war.
- The rest of the West joins in.
- All of them refuse to say who the enemy is.
- Someone makes a Powerpoint presentation that says security goals have been met.
- Because it is on Powerpoint everyone else agrees.
- The rest of the West gets the hell out of dodge before the dung is flung at the rotating blades of the last departing chopper.
- The US President talks about responsibility.
- Finally, al Qaeda and their buddies start running the joint.
Obama has just completed Step 7 of the Irresponsible War Plan for Afghanistan.
And, right on cue, al Qaeda has ticked off on Box 8 of the Irresponsible War Plan for Iraq.
It’s worth remembering that al Qaeda didn’t control any of Iraq in 2003. Now its pet project, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is the fastest growing nation in the world and it’s just added a city the size of Brisbane and the Gold Coast to its belt.
Anyone who believes that this craziness won’t happen in Afghanistan is deluded. They should be certified as clinically insane and locked up for the general good of society at large.
Unfortunately, it seems that anyone who holds this belief is in some government leadership position. Heaven help us all.
This is the first of three posts exploring the link between the failures in Iraq and Afghanistan and the battle for Western civilisation’s soul.
- Losing the Western will to fight (Part 1): An 8 step plan for failure
- Losing the Western will to fight (Part 2): Dissecting disaster
- Losing the Western will to fight (Part 3): The insidious really civil war