Mr. Obama took office vowing to end the U.S. presence in Iraq, seemingly oblivious to the fact that American blood, toil, tears and sweat had recently brought new stability to the country. With a fledging democratic government, Iraq had just begun to experience greater security and order.
Hillary Clinton herself conceded, in seeking to pivot from Secretary of State to presidential nominee, that “don’t do stupid stuff is not an organizing principle” for a nation’s foreign policy and national security. But, unfortunately, “an organizing principle” is not the only thing lacking from the administration’s foreign policy.
As the list of unwise and inept decisions continues to grow, “stupid stuff” increasingly describes both the administration’s own foreign policy and its effects. After nearly six years, events today bear an eerie resemblance to those preceding the largest attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor.
A statue in front of the National Archives building -- which houses the signed originals of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution -- bears an inscription both hopeful and ominous: “What is past is prologue.” But the president of the pen and the phone does not make his way down to the Capitol building very often to work with Congress, and perhaps he has not seen this reminder frequently enough.
Warning signs point to the unholy war returning to U.S. soil. Will Mr. Obama allow it to happen on his watch? We need decisive action to neutralize the ISIS threat. More empty words and inaction will do nothing to curtail the threat Americans now face.
Gayle Trotter is a writer and attorney in Washington, D.C. Her views are her own.