Beyond the Cusp

September 6, 2014

ISIS and Other Foreign Crises not Obama’s Fault

President Obama has performed and executed his position of President of the United States of America exactly as the electorate that placed him in that office twice demanded of him. President Obama was elected to be the anti-Bush President. This meant in large part that he was to ignore foreign entanglements and never ever use American military might in foreign soils but solely as the last ditch effort to protect the United States should the nation come under attack on its own soil. The electorate sent that message in a loud and clear voice which erupted in ecstatic exuberance when President Obama chided Mitt Romney in their debates berating his answer claiming that Russia was America’s existential threat by correcting him and chided Romney telling him the 1980s wanted its foreign policy back. This one statement stood apart from the rest as the defining difference between Romney and Obama, one that has played out exactly how anyone writing a political thriller would have cast it with that statement becoming the sorrowful joke that it has proven to be. President Obama was elected to address problems on the home front and not only with but because he promised that he would bring all the soldiers home and refuse to redeploy them unless the entire world became inflamed by conflicts. Wherever President Obama may have failed the American people, he has not failed on the foreign policy front as he was reelected because he had withdrawn or had set dates by which American military force would be disengaged and return home never to be redeployed anywhere while President Obama was in the White House.


We were amongst those who even back in the 2008 Presidential elections sounded the alarms that the world was about to explode in violence, destruction and potential genocides and that the only force which could prevent the coming disasters was the United States. This claim was carefully crafted because of the fact that American force since World War II has been the force most beneficial and capable in the world and because America had little desire for conquest, the American military would always return sovereignty to the people indigenous to the nation involved and would remain in order to stabilize the nation guiding it towards inclusion in the Western world with the ideal of cooperation and mediation as the way to solve differences. This was most evident in the rebuilding and steady guidance and assistance which restored Germany and Japan to functioning nations with minimal force or presence and steadily reducing the American presence from their initial position as the enforcers of the rule of law while also routing out those who belonged to the hierarchy of German Nazis and Japanese who guided Japan into a military threat to the Pacific nations if not the entire world. President Obama did correctly point out that the world is in the twenty-first century and expressed the view that the world might have outgrown naked aggression and that the nations who were entrusted with the most major roles should set an example of cooperation and mediation and refrain from the use of brute force as Russian President Putin has displayed in the Eastern Ukraine and by annexing the Crimean Peninsula.


But if only President Putin advancing and swallowing up parts of the Ukraine were the only problem facing the world today. The most ominous threat facing the world today comes from the Middle East and has direct effect not only there but across North Africa and is threatening to sweep into, or even across, Europe and beyond. This is the specter of radicalized Islamist forces with the greatest threat at this moment being ISIS, or IS if one accepts their self-aggrandized title of Caliphate. Whether the title is earned or even applicable is not the problem, the genocidal murdering of entire towns and the wiping out of entire minority populations and even posing a threat to their fellow coreligionist Sunnis who any ISIS member believes is not sufficiently devout and the other slaughters are the problem. The use by ISIS of beheadings, crucifixions and other barbaric forms of punishment which were the custom over a thousand years ago and are mostly utilized by barbaric tribal forces which have failed to progress into the twentieth century, let alone the twenty-first century are the acts which are abhorred and need eradication by twenty-first century standards of civility. These practices which are being directed and imposed by the leadership of ISIS are not in use so as to properly apply the Quran but as a means to control and intimidate the people over whom ISIS has spread its deadly wings. Many of the leaders in ISIS were educated in Western universities and most have higher degrees, many in engineering or other sciences, and have obviously lived in the technologically advance Western World and lived in what would be regarded as a civilized atmosphere, though if I recall college through the haze my mind spent much of the time there, not completely civilized. The ISIS leadership has intentionally chosen to enforce the Quran in the most crude and barbaric forms pulled from Islam’s earliest days of conquest when Islam proved to be the preeminent force sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa and threatening to sweep into the heart of Europe only to be repulsed by the barest of fortunes. I pray that the ISIS leadership is not employing these tactics and barbarous acts as they believe they are required in order to return Islam to its former glory and give the Muslims the renewed ability to vanquish their foes on the battlefield and allow them to complete the sweeping glory bring the rest of the world to heed their edicts and bend to their commands.


If these are their motivations, then they should know that as soon as the West gets leadership from the people finally choosing their President to resolve the worldly threats, especially to end threats posed by barbaric pretenders who think if they are sufficiently brutal the world will cower before their greatness. The American people are slow to rise to threats from abroad but once they awaken and their sense of justice and righteousness has been incensed, there is nothing which is capable of withstanding the force of their indignation as it produces a righteous anger filling their soldiers with purpose and drive unparalleled in its force over any army in human history. The forces of the United States that broke the wills of the Barbary Pirates was but a compliment of Marines, one cannot compare the meaning of the full force of the United States from that early foray into international politics. President Obama was correct when advising that the world has entered the twenty-first century and that everything is different today. No longer does there need to be a soldier with his weapon in close proximity to a target to remove them from this earth, a drone piloted from well over the horizon is equally adept at delivering the same justice as any sniper. This has been proven quite well by President Obama as drone strikes have pretty much served as his weapon of choice and has shown a great propensity to use this impersonal weapon to remove problematic persons. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi should be very mindful that these drones fly very high, are almost impossible to hear and even more difficult to see, operate in daylight and the pitch dark of night, can see through rain or windswept sand, be piloted from just over the hill or from across the globe via satellite links, and can destroy you and everybody in that tent with you before you know your number has come up. And if the people of the United States stand united and have the will to commit their sons and daughters to guarantee your demise, well, just as Saddam Hussein or Osama ben Laden when you see them as Vice-President Biden opens up the Gates of Hell to allow you to pass within their domain. Enjoy America’s slumber for as long as it lasts because you will know as soon as it lifts what real determined warriors are capable of and how weak is your horse when reality comes knocking.


Beyond the Cusp


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  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.


    Comment by OyiaBrown — September 6, 2014 @ 5:19 AM | Reply

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