Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.
President Obama began badly. He went to London and bowed low before King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The famous red “reset” button he had Hillary present to the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, was intended to give Moscow a pass for its aggression against the neighboring Republic of Georgia. The button was even spelled wrong. How do you spell “appeasement” in Russian?
Not surprisingly, our Secretary of State has been left sputtering three years later about the Russians’ “despicable” behavior in the UN. What exactly did they expect? Madame Secretary went to Beijing and made a point of not making a point of talking to Chinese about forced abortions or suppression of Christians. Now, amazingly, she thinks the Chinese, too, are uncooperative at the UN.
The Obama administration’s actions toward what it calls “the Muslim world” are most troubling of all. Candidate Obama sharply criticized George W. Bush for “taking his eye off the ball” by invading Iraq. Fair enough. So as president, Mr. Obama doubled down on Afghanistan. First, he had the late Richard Holbrook give thumbs up to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s meeting with the Iranians. Second, he nodded as Karzai publicly acknowledged taking bags of cash from the murderous mullahs in Tehran. So this is our ally in the war on terror?
Third, we no longer have a war on terror. It’s an “overseas contingency operation.”
Fourth, President Obama groveled before the Muslim world—as he insists on calling it—when he delivered his major address to Al Azhar University in Cairo in June, 2009. His speech was a confused jumble of bad history and worse diplomacy.
Here’s a paragraph from that speech:
I also know that Islam has always been a part of America's story. The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco. In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President, John Adams, wrote, "The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.” … And when the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers -- Thomas Jefferson -- kept in his personal library. (Applause.)