Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin effectively pressed the pause button in the debate over whether the U.S. and other civilized nations ought to launch a retaliatory strike against the Syrian regime for allegedly using chemical weapons against the Syrian Free Army/al-Qaeda. During this break in the beating of the war drums, Americans have an opportunity to review the Obama Doctrine from a macro view without horrific videos, egos of redlines, and the one-upmanship of diplomats to decide whether the President's planned attack can achieve its intended goals.
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In his address to the nation the President stated, "I've spent four and a half years working to end wars, not to start them." That may have been how he campaigned, but his actions as President tell a different story. With the encouragement and outright support of President Obama, the United States has swept from power despotic regimes that supported the West and replaced them with Islamic theocracies that support Saudi religious extremism.
For Example, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient meddled in Tunisia –now Islamic; Yemen – Islamic; Libya - al-Qaeda and chaos; Egypt – Muslim Brotherhood and now military coup. What exactly does the President have in mind for Syria- brutal dictator, al-Qaeda/Islamist, Iranian or Russian influence? Only time will tell as the White House and the diplomats at Foggy Bottom haven’t released an intended end state yet.
The Obama Doctrine has also put other countries in jeopardy like Jordan, Turkey, Bahrain, Kuwait, Morocco, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and others across Africa and Asia region.
With the ongoing Syrian conflict, millions of additional refugees poured into the kingdom of Jordon, further destabilizing the Middle Eastern nation. Jordan has also been burdened with Palestinian refugees for nearly half a century. As a result the Palestinian influence in Jordan now makes-up a substantial portion of the Hashemite kingdom.
Another example is Turkey, a NATO member country that now leans heavily towards Islamic rule and teeters on ending Ataturk's dream of a secular Muslim country. Add to that Bahrain and Kuwait that have become increasingly oppressive as their Shiite minorities become more militant. Mali has resisted an Islamic coup with the help of France, but rest assured the Islamists are patient and look to regain their place inside the country. Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan also continue their slow dance toward Islamic rule, they too only need a spark to set them afire with Islamic extremists.
So far, Iran remains the only real barrier to the Saudi Arabian dominance in the region. For this privileged position, the Saudis work with their American and Israeli proxies to disarm Iran and seek to render the international pariah defenseless.
The Obama Doctrine has produced the most widespread and systematic Middle East policy of regime change in American history.
Who exactly is the beneficiary of this American largesse? Of course the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and its strict Islamic kingdom ruled by an absolute monarch, currently King Abdullah. Preparing for the King’s imminent death, it looks like there may be a shakeup in the House of Saud as the Kingdom made a surprise move and appointed Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as second deputy prime minister, a post viewed as "crown prince in waiting." But many Saudi Royal watchers are betting on Khaled al-Faisal, a more liberal prince, to lead the oil-rich nation. Of note to human rightists is the fact Saudi investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire investor, owns a £300 million ($450 million) interest in Twitter, a major factor in the Arab Spring. The question is, was the purchase for the investment potential or as a leveraged position to control the social media in times of strife?
Of course, the House of Saud is the defender of the holiest city in Islam, Mecca, where every true believer is required to visit or haji, during ones’ lifetime. As such, the Saudis practice their ultra fundamentalist Wahhabi Sunni sect of Islam as the strictest form of Islam that rejects secularism and follows the Koran and Sharia law to the letter. Beheadings, whippings, and stoning are still the customary penalties for violation of Islamic law. Saudi woman have rights only through their male relatives and are subject to male authority.
Presently, Saudi Arabia partners with uber-wealthy Qatar and together their partnership has funded the "Arab Spring" a violent overthrow of Western leaning and dependent despots in order to initiated the rise of Islamist governments throughout the region. With America, under Obama’s tutelage and its NATO partners, the Saudi's proxies have enhanced their influence and prestige throughout the region without firing a single shot, risking a single pilot, or suffering outrage from the world's governing body.
While the President clings to his mantra that he has only provided humanitarian aid to the rebels throughout Syria, former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, former Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, former CIA Director David Patreaus, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey have openly supported the Benghazi gunrunning ops that got four Americans killed. Why? In order to allow the CIA to purchase and ship tons of Libyan weapons to al-Qaeda and other Sunni jihadists into Syria’s civil war. Like the Saudis, the President has learned to deal through proxies.
Ironically, American’s naively thought Osama bin Laden's death would eliminate his dream of the reestablishment of the Caliphate from Africa to Asia. An al-Qaeda dream where Muslims could travel freely without passports or language barriers, united in the Sunni sect of Islam with the Caliph presiding over this vast landmass from Mecca. But the fact is that the Saudis harbor the same dream and now must feel they are ever closer to the coveted Caliphate.
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