One of the great legacies of President Obama’s time in office is his undoing of the post-World War II peace. Convinced, it seems, that it was just a bunch of white imperialists carving up the world, Barack Obama wanted to transcend a peace that has lasted generations. In so doing, he altered the American course in the Middle East. But that came with a price.
During the Cold War, the United States largely purged the Soviets of influence in the Middle East. Working tirelessly to stabilize the region and build alliances that pushed out Russian incursions, the United States helped deliver more stability and peace between Egypt and Israel. Likewise, we built up friendships with Jordan and moved Turkey further to the West.
Because of dereliction, negligence, and just plain malfeasance in office, Barack Obama is undoing all of that hard work.
Russia’s use of an Iranian air base to bomb targets in Syria sends a message to Washington as it weighs a military partnership with Moscow: Join us or we’ll look to your enemies.
Tuesday’s missions were unprecedented. Iran allowed Russian warplanes to take off from its territory to strike opposition targets in Syria. The move came with little notice to the United States, which has watched helplessly the escalating bloodshed near Aleppo, the country’s biggest city, and even offered an alliance with Russia against Islamic State and other extremist fighters as a way to get Syria’s government out of the fight.
The Russians know Barack Obama will never stand up to them and Iran knows as well. While the media pats Barack Obama on the back for his successful foreign policy, it has been anything but. He has ceded long held ground to those who mean not just the United States, but the West as a whole, ill. It will end badly for many and Barack Obama will never take the blame.