Typical of his standard operating procedures, two of his most recent decisions slipped under the radar. The third will create significant bluster, but in the end the President will prevail and his loyal followers will call it a bipartisan move.
The most visible and vocally opposed Obama maneuver is proposing former Senator Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense. The Republican from
Some pro-Obama media outlets have called the appointment an effort to build a bridge between the two political parties, an exercise in bipartisanship.
Senator Lindsey Graham from
While Hagel was the first Republican to publicly criticize the war in
During 2007 when Hagel was considering a run for the presidency, the National Jewish Democratic Council made it clear that the senator “has a lot of questions to answer about his commitment to
So while Hagel threatens to alienate Israel, his appointment will appease radical Islamists.
Two other decisions by the Obama administration have been less noticeable, but nonetheless important for coddling radical jihadists.
In an article published January 4, the Associated Press reported the release of some 250 prisoners once held by the U.S. in Afghanistan in the hope that it will lead to reconciliation with the Taliban in the decade-long conflict in that country.
The Afghan High Peace Council, led by Police Major Jalal Uddin, has been given the task of obtaining a peace treaty with the Taliban and other militant groups before NATO withdraws from the country in 2014.
Thousands of prisoners had been held by the
In addition, 26 Taliban prisoners have been released by
There is a persistant belief within the Obama administration that if you are nice to jihadists, they will be nice to you. Forget about al Qaeda being dead or dying, as we were assured it was just prior to the attacks in
In an article in The Guardian, Nick Hopkins writes that a senior administration lawyer said, “The US is heading for a ‘tipping point’ beyond which it should no longer pursue al-Qaida terrorists by military means.”
This echoes the commentary we heard before the attacks in
Have we not already witnessed the president’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood in
Any way you look at it, this is an Obama trifecta; an anti-Israeli secretary of defense, releasing Taliban prisoners in
In an uncertain world, the Obama doctrine seems to be that we should do everything we can to make it even more unstable than it already is.
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