To the Editor,
To hear the news reports pouring forth from the main stream media (and even some more “conservative sources”), there is nothing good to report about the status of the Middle East. Most, if not all, of these negative developments can be laid at the feet of the thoughtless, irresponsible and indecisive foreign policy of the Obama Administration. However, the blame is not all his. We have equally thoughtless advice coming from those on the other side of the political aisle, led by the likes of Senators McCain and Graham.
First, the bad news we’ve all heard about:
• The civil war in Syria threatens not just the immediate region, but also our relations with Russia and China. To intervene now would not only be an unfounded act of war on our part, but could heighten tensions with these other world powers and escalate into a broader geo-political conflict with world-wide repercussions.
• Iran continues to be an exporter of terrorism and their march towards developing nuclear weapons continues unabated. When there was a popular uprising against its theocratic dictatorship, President Obama sat on his hands and lost the opportunity to blunt this growing menace.
• Internal strife is increasing in Iraq and Afghanistan, threatening to undo all the sacrifices made by our brave servicemen and women over the past decade.
• Let’s also not forget the Taliban in Pakistan, the Wahabis in Saudi, Yemen, and of course, the “phony” scandal of Benghazi.
There is one bright spot, though, that you may not have heard about. Yes, Egypt is in the throes of social upheaval, but the Egyptian and Israeli militaries are working together to squash various Islamist terror organizations who are turning the Sinai into their own training ground for launching attacks. Consider — these two millennial foes are joining forces to combat those who, once they accomplish their goal of destroying Israel and re-gaining control of the most populous Muslim nation in the Middle East, would then be free to focus all of their attention on attacking “the Great Satan” — America. We should encourage this cooperation, but if President Obama continues to insist that those in control of Egypt “make nice” with the Muslim Brotherhood then this cooperation would come to an end. Instead of exhibiting a knee-jerk reaction to not support both Egypt and Israel, perhaps this one bright spot in that region deserves more thoughtful reflection before we take action instead of the thoughtless condemnation being uttered by the President.
Sixth Congressional District