ISIS terrorist have captured the third largest city in Iraq. Baghdad builds defense against possible ISIS attacks. Large area in Syria now under control of ISIS. East Ukraine seeks independence. Crimea holds referendum in a bid to join Russia.
These are only some of the headlines that we have seen in the past months. The latest news is that ISIS terrorists are close to the Turkish border and Turkey is part of NATO and a strong American ally. Everyone is wondering what the is going on and are we close to the Third World War. In my opinion the responsibility goes mostly on Barack Obama naïve and dilettante foreign policy.
I can’t say that American foreign policy was perfect in the past two decades (the moment when USA became the only super power in the world) but what is happening in the past few years has never happened before. Ever since Barack Obama was elected as a president we are witnessing series of mistakes in American foreign policy.
The attitude toward terrorists and terrorist organizations is changed and is much softer than ever. For example, USA is releasing Guantanamo detainees really easily and the president seeks civil trials for the rest of them. Even his biggest success (as his supporters claim) the capturing of Osama Bin Laden was not carried professionally. His remains were scattered in the sea and many people have doubts about the whole operation. He is focusing on Afghanistan instead of Iraq where USA has strong economical interests since Iraq is in the middle of a region that is geo-strategically important. He pulled American troops out of Iraq too soon. Now ISIS is doing anything they want in Iraq and Syria. Obama’s weak reactions have encouraged terrorist from around the globe to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria and it seems that the terrorists have more support around the globe. We can read about terrorist plots ion American and European soil on daily basis.
Everyone must admit that some of the moves of Obama when it comes to foreign policy are really amateurish. His inappropriate reaction in the Syrian crisis made ISIS strong and significant force. He first strongly opposed president al Assad in Syria and even gave orders to send weapons to the opposition. This wouldn’t have been such a bad move if we haven’t found out that his administration gave most of the weapons to radical Muslim fanatics who are definitely not fighting for any kind of freedom. Now that Obama is aware of his mistake he is trying to make a coalition with al Assad which is absurd. On the other hand, America’s strongest ally in the region – Turkey is sending messages of disapproval with American foreign policy. This is something that has never happened before. This is only making the situation more complicated and Americans are not sure if the military bases in Turkey are now fully operational or not. In a really short period Obama made few capital mistakes that have ruined decades-long strategy that made USA the only super power. Now with Obama’s help it looks like USA is not alone and it even looks like it is not the strongest nation in the world. Barack Obama’s foreign policy definitely made some people (Vladimir Putin) and organizations (ISIS) really happy.