What does a foreign policy under a Nobel Peace prize recipient look like? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and look at the past 8 years under the Obama administration.
When President Obama was first elected he swore that he would end the US presence in Iraq (the “bad” war) and increase US presence in Afghanistan (the “good” war). He ended up increasing troops to both wars, while the situation in each country continued to deteriorate.
U.S. Marines and an interpreter listen to an Afghan man during a security patrol in Kajaki, Afghanistan, April 14, 2012, as his squad begins a foot patrol. The Marines are assigned to Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. (www.defense.gov)
President Obama quietly sent 300 US Marines back into Afghanistan’s Helmand Province before leaving office. This is the first time in three years that the US military has been sent into that conflict zone, and it represents a final failure of Obama’s Afghanistan policy. The outgoing president promised that by the end of his second term, the US military would only be present in small numbers and only on embassy duty. But more than 8,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan after he left office.
Will these 300 Marines somehow achieve what the 2011 peak of 100,000 US soldiers was not able to achieve? Will this last push “win” the war? Hardly! The more the president orders military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, the worse it gets. In 2016, for example, President Obama dropped 1,337 bombs on Afghanistan, a 40 percent increase from 2015. According to the United Nations, in 2016 there were 2,562 conflict-related civilian deaths and 5,835 injuries. And the Taliban continues to score victories over the Afghan puppet government. Obama’s good war in Afghanistan
Like in Afghanistan, militants have been targeted by U.S. drones flying over Pakistan, causing similar uproar when they strike civilians rather than suspected Taliban outposts. Obama acknowledged that concern during a major speech at the National Defense University in 2013, saying that U.S. strikes that kill civilians could have the effect of spurring radicalization. Pakistan was the hub of drone operations during Obama’s first term. The pace of attacks had accelerated in the second half of 2008 at the end of Bush’s term, after four years pocked by occasional strikes. However in the year after taking office, Obama ordered more drone strikes than Bush did during his entire presidency. The 54 strikes in 2009 all took place in Pakistan. Strikes in the country peaked in 2010, with 128 CIA drone attacks and at least 89 civilians killed, at the same time US troop numbers surged in Afghanistan. Pakistan strikes have since fallen with just three conducted in the country last year. Obama’s covert drone war in numbers: ten times more strikes than Bush
Libya was destroyed in 2011 by NATO powers, an offensive in which the U.S. played the most integral role. The U.S. was backing jihadists who fought against the U.S. in Iraq to topple the Libyan regime (these fighters were later rebranded as ISIS). When asked what his “worst mistake was”Obama responded: “Probably failing to plan for the day after, what I think was the right thing to do, in intervening in Libya.” This was yet another act of presidential contrition for the NATO operation in 2011 that helped to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi but left the country deeply unstable. Not planning for aftermath of Gaddafi’s murder Obama admits was his “worst mistake. Even up until his last day in office, Obama was still bombing Libya (from Missouri, believe it or not.)
Obama bombed Somalia throughout his presidency, self defense was used as an excuse to amp up the fighting. The war and the AlQaeda affiliated “Shabab” intensified fighting after the US got involved. Obama’s secret “shadow” war in Somalia
He not only relentlessly bombed Yemen, but he also supported the Saudi-led coalition’s brutal assault on Yemen’s civilian population. Yemeni journalist Nasser Arrabyee had tweeted “Obama Has been killing Yemen humans With Saudi hands for about 20 months now.” Also, from The Intercept, they write, “Multiple bomb fragments at the scene appear to confirm the use of American-produced MK-82 guided bombs. One fragment, posted in a picture on the Facebook page of a prominent Yemeni lawyer, says ‘FOR USE ON MK-82 FIN, GUIDED BOMB.’ He also said: The big criminal is Obama himself. This is how Yemenis see to the situation, because every Yemeni believe that Saudi Arabia would not have done that at all, would not have done a war in Yemen, without the approval of Obama. And it is very clear to everyone that Obama wanted to appease the Saudis after the Iranian nuclear deal. But, unfortunately, he appeased them by the Yemeni blood. And this is a big problem to the Americans. Obama is destroying the values and the principle of America now. Obama is leading the world to the law of jungle. Obama, unfortunately, is doing—is killing Yemen now, killing Yemen. No killer except Obama in the eyes of Yemenis now, because everybody knows Saudi Arabia and what it would do if there is not the approval of Obama. Yemen interview with Nasser
In 2016, the country Obama bombed the most was Syria. The United States was spending approximately $1 billion a year assisting rebels who have known ties to al-Qaeda, the majority of whom share ISIS’ core belief system. The U.S. air war against ISIS has now cost American taxpayers over $11 billion. Iran is bound to Syria by a mutual defense agreement and has lost significant personnel in the war. Obama administration never aimed to fight terrorism in Syria – Russian MoD
Further, is the American public even aware that American troops are stationed in Sudan? Also, the lifting of sanctions on Sudan, infuriated many pro-democracy activists. Read their quotes here
As a parting gift to Russia in the final week of his presidency, Obama sent hundreds of U.S. Marines to Norway in a move that puts more U.S. military at Russia’s doorstep. Obama sends 3,500 U.S. troops and tanks to Russia’s border in one of his final decisions as president. Russia reponded by saying, “These actions threaten our interests, our security, especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders.” Also, Obama sanctioned Russia over unproven hacking claims. Obama’s fact sheet
Please tell me more about how Obama deserved the Nobel “PEACE” Prize and about how the US should be the world police. How they are the world leaders in human rights and morals and should be allowed to invade other counties to spread “democracy” and “freedom”. Who are we kidding? How about the soldiers go to Washington and fight against the real criminals. Washington could use some liberation and democracy.