Ken Blackwell

The Israelis were determined not to allow the Turkish ship enter a Gaza port without being inspected. If even one of those cargo containers held weapons of mass destruction--anthrax, nerve gas such as that released in the Tokyo subway, or some other biological or chemical agent--the densely populated Jewish state would be in mortal jeopardy.

A year and a half into this administration, we see the utter failure of Obama foreign policy. He left our Eastern European allies--Poland, Hungary, the Czechs--in the lurch, yanking away an anti-missile defense program that would have protected them not only from Iranian missiles but also from Russian pressures.

This was done, the very smart Beltway types told us, so that Russia would join us in putting pressure on the Iranians. Russia did vote for watered-down economic sanctions against Iran. Then, promptly, signed an agreement with the Iranians to help them develop nuclear power plants. If you can build a nuclear power plant, you can build a nuclear bomb. Russia is playing a double game.

President Obama says he wants to avoid a nuclear arms race in the Mideast. That would be nice.

But under his policies, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates have all announced plans to develop nuclear power plants.

It’s hard to imagine what Hillary Clinton must be thinking of all this. She left a safe seat in the U.S. Senate to join this administration. She has been taunted--on left wing blogs, of all places--for allowing Barack Obama to put her in a “foreign policy burka.”

When Hillary ran against Obama in 2008, her most effective campaign ad was one that showed a telephone ringing at 3 a.m. It was intended to warn Americans of the dangers of having an inexperienced president taking that crisis call in the middle of the night. Little did Hillary realize that she might be the one making that crisis call.

It seems as if we are sleepwalking into danger. Is there anybody in this administration who is awake?

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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