Just two days ago in his 2015 State of the Union speech President Obama addressed foreign policy with attention to spots around the world. But he barely mentioned the threat to America and the world from terror not to mention radical Islam. There was no concern for a potential “Arab Winter.” There was no concern for Israel as a nation threatened as no other. There was no commendation for Egyptian President el-Sisi.
While Iran was discussed, it was mainly a threat the President directed at Republicans—and by extension—Israel. His Iranian policy was about to work just as he said his other “smart” policies were making the world safer, more peaceful and more stable.
48 hours later
The Times of Israel showed an Iranian missile some 90 feet tall just outside Tehran that could reach “far beyond Europe.”
It appears the Obama “smart diplomacy” is accommodating an Iran with plans to not only hit America with nuclear weapons in terrorist’s suitcases but also with ICBMs. Wow. You, or the President, might have hoped for a better result from “smart diplomacy” than learning Iran has long range missiles from Israeli TV.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died at 90 according to Saudi state TV and reported on Fox News at 8:00 pm Central time Thursday. His successor is his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, who recently has taken on the ailing Abdullah’s responsibilities. Fox News has already gotten an analysis of the gravity of this generally expected death:
A former American diplomat close to the Saudi royal family told Fox News the death of King Abdullah, coupled with the collapse of the government in Yemen, is a “worst case scenario” for the U.S. because current events are allowing Iran to extend its reach and influence in the region.
With the collapse of President Hadi’s government in Yemen, the former diplomat said Teheran’s influence is now seen in at least four Middle Eastern capitals – Sana’a in Yemen, Baghdad in Iraq, Damascus in Syria, and to a lesser extent in Beirut, Lebanon.
Golly if there is another Middle East earthquake, say Yemen as noted above, it will trigger a tsunami rolling right over all that successful “smart diplomacy.”
Now this! Gee Mr. President, it kind of took me by surprise too
By MARIA ABI-HABIB and DION NISSENBAUM
Updated Jan. 22, 2015 7:34 p.m. ET
Yemen’s president and cabinet resigned on Thursday amid a standoff with a powerful anti-American militia, signaling deep uncertainty for U.S. counterterrorism strategy in the country and the future of a drone program in what has become a cornerstone of the global war on terror.
The resignations come a day after the Houthi militia and President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi signed a deal that would see the minority group withdraw from government and military infrastructure in exchange for greater political power.
After the deal was signed, however, the Houthis continued to occupy Yemen’s largest missile base in San’a and the president’s residence, while the group tried to overrun a military base and clashed with pro-government tribesmen in Marib province, which contains the country’s most significant oil infrastructure.
The Houthis represent the country’s Zaidi sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. They have admitted to accepting Iranian arms and training in the past, although militia leaders insist they are an organic, national force.
The group said it would prepare a reaction to the resignations on Sunday, when Parliament meets. The response hinted that the militia recognizes that it will have a hard time running Yemen unilaterally, as a minority sect with much of the country out of its control.
With the world falling apart a mere 48 hours after President Obama took credit for a world practically at peace through his “smart diplomacy,” can someone come up with a move to bring us clarity and resolve?