ABSENTEE OBAMA: Iraq, Ukraine, Lame US Response

Written by William Pauwels on July 29, 2014

Isis, which now controls Northern Iraq, is requiring Christians in that area to convert to Islam, pay a tax, or die.

Christians are now fleeing Iraqi City amid these death threats. Isis border guards are stripping fleeing Christians of their belongings leaving them empty-handed.

In addition, the Isis militants are destroying Christian churches and religious artifacts dating from the earliest years of Christianity.

In the meantime, the United States, which sacrificed thousands of it’s young soldiers to establish freedom and democracy in Iraq before subsequently abandoning the country, has done virtually nothing to alleviate this persecution.

President Obama, who ordered the full withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, has
shamelessly washed his hands of the atrocities now being committed in the name of Allah.

The failure of Commander-in-Chief Obama to follow through after the US military victory in Iraq is disgraceful and Irresponsible. And his silence in the face of Muslim persecution of Christians is disgusting.

Related to this, there is an excellent article in the August 4th issue of Time magazine entitled: “Cold War II – the West is Losing Putin’s Dangerous Game” –- by Simon Shuster.
In a nutshell the article’s contributors postulate that Putin is winning -– while Western Europe and NATO are losing – and Obama and US sanctions are proving to be totally ineffective. America and Western Europe appear to be unwilling to stand up to the Russian bully – reminiscent of events preceding World War II.

The Week magazine offers a somewhat different prospective on Putin’s future -– asking if his downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 would become “Putin’s Lockerbie?” This was in reference to Libyan Muammar al-Qaddafi’s 1988 bombing of Pan Am 102 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which turned him into an international pariah.

Along with the catastrophic events plaguing the Middle East, this is, unfortunately, a bad time to have such weak and ineffective geopolitical leadership.

These outrages are both examples of Barack Obama’s absentee management. He is rightly being criticized for going on fund-raising blitzes amidst this chaos in Iraq/Syria, Ukraine, Gaza, the border, the economy, etc.

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William Pauwels
William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.