Obama's positive outcome from negative policies

Posted by Eyecu2 6 years, 5 months ago to Government
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I have been kicking this around in my head for the last few weeks and I think that I see a positive outcome from the myriad mistakes of Obama's foreign policies.

I do not believe, nor have I ever believed, that it is in America's best interest to be the world's police and it looks as if Obama's abysmal foreign policy failures have had an unexpected good side effect in this theater. I have often wished to see America take a less involved role in policing the various things around the world that need policing, both economically and militarily, "boots on the ground." I am thrilled to see headlines like these:
http://time.com/3710826/egypt-isis-bases...
http://www.newsweek.com/2015/02/27/jorda...

I do think that America needs to have a hand in the fight against ISIS, but I feel it should be more of a blocking access to funds to ISIS and then selling weapons to those opposing ISIS. Yes, I know that we have a questionable history of supplying weapons to groups and then later things change and those that were our friends become our enemies. That's why I suggest selling arms to them and not supplying arms. A fine line but at least we would garner some gain as opposed to just giving them stuff that they may later use against us. As for any direct actions taken by America, I think we should use devastating missile attacks from afar on any identified strongholds as retaliation for any affronts we receive, even something as simple as an insult.

Of course with our current Muslim-in-Chief these are just musing with no hope of actions.

Just my 2 cents worth, your thoughts?


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  • Posted by $ jbrenner 6 years, 5 months ago
    Be careful about funding ISIS's enemies. The US has had that policy backfire a lot in the last 50 years, particularly since 1979.
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    • Posted by 6 years, 5 months ago
      I realize that and I did not suggest funding them. I suggest allowing them to buy from us. Of course we would tightly control what we sell them, nothing top shelf.
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      • Posted by $ jbrenner 6 years, 5 months ago
        Yes, it is a very fine line between sales and giving arms away. There is of course the philosophical difference. In this case, that is secondary to the fact that we need to be technically superior to our enemies. The cost of becoming technically superior far outweighs any benefit of selling arms to any other country.
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        • Posted by 6 years, 5 months ago
          Agreed and I would strongly suggest selling arms that while superior to what ISIS has but no where near as good as what we currently use. Basically selling them our old model stuff, things that we have sitting on the shelf not ever going to use again.

          I do not believe that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, but I do believe that the enemy of my enemy can be useful. Additionally I strongly believe that they should clean up their own mess as opposed to us going over there again and again. As things stand now they hate us for going over there and if they hate us for not interfering they still hate us either way and we bleed less.
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          • Posted by $ jbrenner 6 years, 5 months ago
            It's a fine line you walk, Eyecu2. There is a good reason for export control restrictions on military items. The weapon that kills you could have once been your own.
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            • Posted by 6 years, 5 months ago
              Even if we didn't sell arms to those fighting ISIS. I still strongly support others policing the evils in their area of the world as opposed to America policing them. That is the real point of my post. I like that our failures have caused others to step up.

              Yes, I hate that America is failing in our abilities to be the one in Roosevelt's words to "carry a Big Stick." I love that it is not our boys having to do it.
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