Obama’s singular achievement: The Middle East in flames

Obama’s singular achievement: The Middle East in flames

According to Vice President Joe Biden, “ending” conflict in Iraq was supposed to be Barack Obama’s greatest achievement. But now we’re witnessing an entire region in turmoil.

There were red lines and then there were none. Hosni Mubarak had to go and was replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood. Bashar al- Assad had to go but Putin and Russia stepped in. Talks are occurring in Geneva with Iran — we don’t hear much about that — but it sure seems Iran hasn’t slowed down its development of nuclear capability — and it’s still the world’s largest state supporter of Islamic terrorism.

In fact, the situation is so dire in that neck of the woods that Elliott Abrams of Politico Magazine wrote an article about Obama entitled, “The Man Who Broke the Middle East.”

Abrams explains, “Where (Obama) administration policy has had an impact, the story is one of failure and danger. The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good. Iran was contained, its Revolutionary Guard forces at home. Today, terrorism has metastasized in Syria and Iraq, Jordan is at risk, the humanitarian toll is staggering, terrorist groups are growing fast and relations with U.S. allies are strained.”

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