Blunderbuss Foreign Policy

Bill Neinast

Blunderbuss is an antiquated word describing a short-barreled large-bored ågun with a flared muzzle. It was totally ineffective as a weapon and, thus, has faded into history.

Possibly it could take on a new meaning with a little editing.  One possibility is the Obama/Clinton/Kerry blunderbuss foreign policy. 

Using foreign policy in the term, however, creates a misnomer.  From available public information there is no discernible foreign policy with this administration.

As indicated by the following list, a more accurate term would be the Obama/Clinton/Kerry blunderbuss foreign disasters.

The photo op of Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrovof hitting the reset button on American/Russian relations.

Obama’s comment to Putin, "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

Removing all American military personnel from Iraq contrary to DOD’s recommendations.  The positive effects of our troops remaining in Germany and Japan for 70 years after WWII were lost in the shuffle between Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, and Obama and his Secretaries of State.

The deaths of four American patriots in Benghazi.  In the words of Secretary of State Clinton, however, "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?"

The refusal to acknowledge that we are at war.  Claiming, instead, that our only worry is ordinary criminal activity. 

An example of this break with reality is the characterization of the mass murder at Fort Hood as just a civil crime.  Those killed and wounded there were recognized as war casualties only under Congressional insistence.

Then there is the even stronger refusal to recognize that the enemy in the war in which we are engaged is radical Islam.

A refusal to acknowledge that al Qaida is growing and spreading throughout much of the Mideast, Africa, and the Pacific instead of being decimated by the much touted killing of bin Laden.

Drawing many lines in the sand and then walking away as each is crossed by the enemy.

Being replaced on the most admired nations list by Germany, the scourge of the earth only a few years ago.

Refusing the requests of Ukraine for military hardware to resist further encroachments by Russia.

Refusing to help Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi  with the promised military hardware for its use in fighting Islamic radicals.

The worst blunderbuss policy disaster of all, though, is the administration’s failure or refusal to recognize that Iran is currently the most serious security  threat to this nation.  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,  the Supreme Leader of Iran, makes no secret of his hatred for America and Israel and his desire to destroy both.

Obama’s and Kerry’s pussy footing with the Iranians and winking at Putin to do what he likes in expanding Russian influence have posted a guarantee that Iran will soon be a nuclear power.  That means that dirty bombs will be available to terrorist organizations around the world that already have Iran’s blessings and support.

Putin’s move of air-defense missiles into Iran found big (but silent) smiles of approval in the White House.  Those missiles make it very difficult, if not impossible, for Israel to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities from the air.  The only option for such actions now are missiles from U.S. ships and subs.

The chances of that action being taken to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of mad men are nil.

So here’s the perspective.

Tremendous damage has been done to this country’s reputation for trustworthiness and world leadership in the last six years.  It will take many future administrations to make America again the most respected nation on the planet.


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