Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic took great risks to base NATO ballistic missile defenses on their territory. The O-Team threw them under the "Russian reset" bus in the first weeks of the administration, when our naive and inexperienced president pulled the plug on the vital project at the insistence of Vladimir Putin.
Canada, America's No. 1 trading partner, was ready to start building the Keystone XL pipeline to refineries and distribution hubs in the U.S. The project would create thousands of U.S. jobs and provide safe, affordable oil from one of our closest friends. Instead of giving the go-ahead to start construction, the O-Team, pandering to radical environmentalists, put the pipeline on indefinite hold. Unless we hire a new chief executive in November, we could lose the chance for greater energy security and an opportunity to stop funding the jihad with our petrodollars, while our neighbors sell their oil to China instead.
It's much worse for Mexico, where nearly 50,000 people have been killed in drug-fueled violence since 2006. With narco-terrorism now spreading to neighboring Guatemala and Honduras, the O-Team decided to allow thousands of firearms to flow across the U.S. border to drug cartels in the ill-conceived "Fast and Furious" operation. The result: more dead Mexicans, at least one dead American Border Patrol agent and Attorney General Eric Holder held in contempt of Congress.
Britain, now hosting the 2012 Olympic Games and America's closest overseas ally for 71 years, also is paying the O-Team price. When Cristina Kirchner, president of Argentina, reasserted her country's claim to the Falkland Islands on the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, Obama stated that the United States is "going to remain neutral" in the dispute, despite an overwhelmingly pro-British plebiscite. In 1982, when Argentina invaded the islands, President Ronald Reagan provided U.S. support to the Brits. Now the best our president offers is neutrality.
Israel, our only democratic ally in the Middle East, faces an existential threat from a nuclear-armed Iran. Yet the O-Team continues to badger, bluster and caution against military action and insist on a "diplomatic solution." The target of all the warnings: not Iran but Israel. Now, with the imminent collapse of the Assad regime in Damascus, the Israelis face the prospect of a radical Islamist takeover in Syria -- and thousands of chemical and perhaps biological weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists. The Obama administration urges "all parties to refrain from violence."
In the Pacific, the People's Republic of China now asserts control over land and water that the Philippine government claims to be its sovereign territory. The Aquino administration in Manila has been unable to get the O-Team on the phone.
Abandoning friends, burning bridges and embracing enemies didn't end with Alexander the Great. Jimmy Carter did it oh so well. Obama the Great has made it an art form.
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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