During the summer, the USA television network runs a show about a young spy who travels the world, engaging in “covert affairs.”
True to the title, actress Piper Perabo jumps into bed with a Russian and then hops to the bed of an Israeli Mossad agent. A new assignment for her means a new romantic affair somewhere around the globe.
While watching an episode recently, it hit me…
The character in the show is just like Barack Obama. United States foreign policy lies in tatters, and our president wants to sleep with the latest leader who walks in the door, with no understanding for how it will impact the country in the morning.
The U.S.-Russian “Reset”
Remember the big reset with Russia?
Back in 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, a “reset” button. It symbolized Obama’s hope for improved relations with Moscow.
In short, Obama wanted to reboot US-Russian relations in the same way you might reset a crashed computer. But the policy consisted of the United States groveling to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and spending a year ignoring the usual Russian bad behavior around the world.
For example, during the time of the reset, Russia continued to protect and provide assistance to Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
The country moved to protect the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad from United Nations censure, as it aggressively attempted to stamp out a domestic insurgency.
Finally, Russia provided sanctuary to Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who had the audacity to expose how the United States spies on its citizens and its allies.
When Obama couldn’t take it anymore, he declared the reset over.
But he couldn’t stop there. Like a jilted lover, he insults Putin, not just by canceling a summit, but by calling him a slouching schoolchild, too.
By this point, Senator John McCain had seen enough.
On Fox News Sunday, he unloaded on Obama saying: “The president comparing him to a kid in the back of a classroom, I think, is very indicative of the president’s lack of appreciation of who Vladimir Putin is. He’s an old KGB colonel who has no illusions about our relationship, does not care about a relationship with the United States, continues to oppress his people, and continues to act in an autocratic fashion.”
The result? U.S.-Russian relations are at their lowest ebb since the Cold War.
As for our relations in the Middle East…
Backing the Loser
Obama began his first term in office with a much-trumpeted outreach to Islam.
Remember how he toured Arab countries and spoke passionately of his desire for close and cordial relations, even bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia?
Then came the “Arab Spring.” It actually should’ve been called the “Arab Winter.” Al Qaeda, our one-time enemy, became our new-found friend as the United States gave a helping hand to radical Islamists when they captured the governments of Tunisia, Libya, and then Egypt. When the revolution made its way to Syria, the old governing forces of the Arab world turned back the tide.
Now the insurgency in Syria is wracked with internal strife, as Al Qaeda seeks to dominate the insurgency, and we’re left in the embarrassing position of supporting what looks to be the losing side in Syria.
In an unstable region of the globe that already looks like a house of cards, we’ve deeply damaged stability even more.
The Mess in Egypt
In Egypt, Obama was complicit in throwing America’s strongest Arab ally, Hosni Mubarak, under the bus. We actually facilitated the takeover of Egypt, as it was collapsing, by the Muslim Brotherhood – the terrorist organization that murdered Anwar Sadat and has terrorized Coptic Christians in Egypt for decades.
After the Brotherhood controlled the government, they were slowly consolidating power and were creating an Islamic dictatorship with the overt help of the Obama administration.
The Egyptian military watched as much violence and ethnic cleansing as they could abide. Everyday Egyptians and the Saudi Royal family backed the military, as they threw the terrorists of the Brotherhood out and have aggressively moved to restore order.
Relations with Egypt are currently so bad, and we have so little influence, that Anti-Americanism pervades the daily protests. Egyptians who should be our friends are now chanting for the Egyptian military to ally with Putin and Russia.
After sleeping with the enemy, our foreign relations have gone from bad to worse; and our world is like a gas truck around a box of matches. To put it plainly: Obama is a foreign policy disaster of unparalleled proportions.
This article originally appeared at CapitolHillDaily.com and is reprinted here with permission.