Though his credentials for Commander in Chief never stood up to the scrutiny of his detractors, the results of America’s war on terror, which goes as far back as Ronald Regan, have seen unsurpassed success under the leadership of President Obama.
Indeed, Saddam Hussein was captured under the watch of George W. Bush, but his status as a real threat against America, became a murky spin of smoking guns and mushroom clouds that turned out to be baseless, manufactured and was suggested as the revenge of an irate W against “the guy who tried to kill my dad” http://articles.cnn.com/2002-09-27/politics/bush.war.talk_1_homeland-security-senators-from-both-parties-republican-phil-gramm?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS
That Saddam was the height of the war on terror was a shameful reality and cast a very hypocritical pall on America’s alleged cooperation with the United Nation’s mandate on responding to international aggression.
Then President Obama took office and introduced a reality to America’s commitment to fighting terror that was decidedly absent since the catchy name,War On Terror, was established.
Osama Bin Laden, America’s arch enemy, was sought and killed in a raid that can only be described as the superiority of the American war machine at work.
Shortly after that, Awlaki and his assistant Samir, were killed. Before them, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, Ilyas Kashmiri, Ammar al-Wa’ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, and Ali Saleh Farhan, Harun Fazul, terrorists who were self proclaimed enemies of the US, were all taken out by one military mission or other under the Obama Administration’s commitment to the war on terror.
These were the terrorists that were not Heads of State
Under the Obama Administration, the terrorist of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagao was toppled, as were Ben Ali of Tunisia, Mubarak of Egypt and now Khadaffi of Libya, whose capture and murder seem to crown the Obama Administration’s achievement on its mission to wage war on terror.
Some may say that Obama did not have a hand in the toppling of these heads of State but neither did Regan who continues to receive posthumous credit for the removal of the Berlin wall after he had delivered an impassioned speech to Gorbachev. President Obama had made several such addresses to these toppled leaders in the days immediately leading up to their dismissal from their respective offices.
Obama’s detractors continue to discount the successes of his Administration on killing those who would kill us and the removal of tyrants who contradicted what we establish as human rights. This degree of skepticism may never have existed under a Republican President but it is hard to deny that President Obama’s tenure is amassing stellar accomplishments.
The coming weeks will see the US State Department quietly encouraging the rebuilding of Libya. That’s Obama’s signature foreign policy; discreetness; like discreetly approving sorties and drone strikes to facilitate the removal of tyrants. This quiet engagement of the enemy undoubtedly reduces the perception of America as a constant bully, always imposing its military might on lesser nations.
This new kind of foreign policy comes with all sorts of benefits, some of which is keeping our troops out of undue harm and saving the tax payer the burden of financing battle and rebuilding a foreign country.
President Obama has scored another foreighn policy success, though there are those who will still claim that he is leading from behind.