The Middle East is on fire. It’s a mess. A big mess. Unfortunately, this mess has come to our homeland. There’s no denying it. It’s here. San Bernardino and Orlando were a wake up call. Enough is enough. Islamic terrorism has no place in America. Thanks to Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama; it’s here. On our shores. This is unacceptable.
Obviously, our stale foreign policy has failed. Why? Well, for starters, Hillary and Obama started an unnecessary war in Libya. But that’s a whole other story. It’s worth noting that President Bush managed to keep us safe, by keeping the mess where it belongs. But, President Bush didn’t get everything quite right. Not by a long shot. President Bush made some big boo-boo‘s too. There’s more than enough blame to be assigned; in the most non-partisan way possible.
Focusing on the blunders of the past alone, would be unwisely playing the role of the opposition that we’ve played for the last eight years. We aren’t going to be the opposition much longer. It’s time to start thinking about not being the opposition. It’s time to start thinking about being the party in power. A party in power that fixes messes, and gets things done.
We need a fresh start. We need a new approach. We need a new playbook.
It’s very important that the next Secretary of State starts out with a new playbook. A playbook that puts America first. A playbook that understands our current clash of civilizations is a centuries old Holy War. A playbook that keeps Holy War where it belongs – out of our country. A playbook that rejects running to The United Nations for permission to protect us. A playbook that cares more about national security than it does about the feelings of bad people. A playbook that makes America safe again.
Let’s take a minute, and really think about United States foreign policy. Was there really that much of a difference between the foreign policy of Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry? Not really. Not enough of a difference to end the wars, and keep us safe.
Our last four Secretary’s of State all contributed to the mess we find ourselves in today. Of the four, Hillary Clinton contributed the most to today’s global, and domestic, violence and chaos. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was a total disaster. Hillary left her office at the State Department worse than she found it. In fact, Hillary Clinton left the entire world worse than she found it.
via The Washington Post:
Here are her top 10 disasters:
1. She insisted we side with Hugo Chavez’s stooge in Honduras, creating a rift in our relationship and putting us at odds with the democratic forces in that country, including the church and middle class. She was forced to retreat.
2. She touted a Russian “reset.” It was such a colossal failure that it did not survive her successor’s first week in office. Russia’s human rights violations have multiplied.
3. She couldn’t manage to figure a way to reach agreement with Iraq on a status-of-forces deal. Iraq, mainstream media now tell us, is awash with sectarian violence. Secretary of State John Kerry had to plead with its prime minister to stop allowing Iranian support for the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.
4. Speaking of which, Clinton assured us for months that Assad was a “reformer.” She dragged her feet and then was rebuffed three times by the un-reset Russians at the United Nations. She delayed in reaching out to the Syrian rebels and in providing aid. She left a human catastrophe of 70,000 dead Syrians and millions of refugees streaming into Syria’s neighbors.
5. Also among the dead in the Middle East, of course, was Ambassador Chris Stevens, whose pleas for more security, Clinton says, never reached her desk. And whose responsibility was it to set up a system in which critical cables reached her desk? She also missed the warning signs of revived al-Qaeda activity in North Africa. And then there is her classic “What difference does it make?!” wail. Well, for one thing, it makes a difference in evaluating how competent and honest she was.
6. She dispatched George Mitchell as her special envoy for the Middle East, who promptly became persona non grata with both Israelis and Palestinians. Her shrieking about settlements only alientated the administration from both sides. (This approach was renounced by the president in his recent Mideast trip.) She ambushed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of his trip to the White House to tell him, that oh yes, the president would be publicly announcing that U.S. policy was to begin negotiations at “1967 borders” with land swaps.
7. The administration was largely mute during Iran’s Green Revolution in June 2009, a missed opportunity of enormous consequences, both in humanitarian and strategic terms.
8. Her reaction to the Egyptian revolution, and indeed to the entire Arab Spring, was incoherent and meek. She never managed in four years in office to come up with a framework for dealing with revolutions in the Middle East or for the repressive regimes that clung to power.
9. She did not restore our “standing in the world,” as she vowed to do. In the Middle East, in particular, America’s image is worse than when Obama took office.
10. Early in her term she sent a terrible message by informing the Chinese that human rights shouldn’t be allowed to get in the way of relations between the countries. Unsurprisingly, China’s human right atrocities multiplied.
When we become the party in power, we’ll have an opportunity. A very important opportunity. We’ll have an opportunity to change the course of history for the good of all Americans, and the betterment of the whole world. But the opportunity will be wasted, and nothing will really change, unless we make a drastic shift in the way we do things abroad.
We need new energy. We need new ideas. We need a new approach. We need a Secretary of State who isn’t a victim of political correctness. We need a Secretary of State whose policies end wars, not start new wars. We need a Secretary of State with a servants heart, who is both a visionary, and a leader. We need a Secretary of State who rejects the foreign policy of both the Establishment Republicans, and the Democrats. We need a fresh start.
In 2011, Governor Sarah Palin gave the keynote speech at an event called “Tribute To The Troops” at Colorado Christian University in Denver. In her speech, Governor Palin paid tribute to our women and men in uniform, our veterans, and their families. The event was held to raise money for the families of our fallen women and men uniform.
Palin’s fresh ideas were a stark contrast from the stagnant foreign policy of both the Bush era, and the Hillary/Obama era. Establishment Republicans were not pleased with her new approach to foreign policy. Gone were the interventionist, nation-building, and forced democratization policies that Establishment Republicans hold close to their little black hearts. Instead, Governor Palin articulated a five-point plan for military intervention that was neither Republican or Democrat. It was common sense.
First, we should only commit our forces when clear and vital American interests are at stake. Period.
Second, if we have to fight, we fight to win. To do that, we use overwhelming force. We only send our troops into war with the objective to defeat the enemy as quickly as possible. We do not stretch out our military with open-ended and ill-defined missions. Nation building is a nice idea in theory, but it is not the main purpose of our armed forces. We use our military to win wars.
And third, we must have clearly defined goals and objectives before sending troops into harm’s way. If you can’t explain the mission to the American people clearly and concisely, then our sons and daughters should not be sent into battle. Period.
Fourth, American soldiers must never be put under foreign command. We will fight side by side with our allies, but American soldiers must remain under the care and the command of American officers.
Fifth, sending in our armed forces should be the last resort. We don’t go looking for dragons to slay. However, we will encourage the forces of freedom around the world who are sincerely fighting for the empowerment of the individual. When it makes sense, when it’s appropriate, we will provide them with material support to help them win their own freedom. We are not indifferent to the cause of human rights or the desire for freedom. We are always on the side of both. But we can’t fight every war. We can’t undo every injustice around the world. But with strength and clarity in those five points, we’ll make for a safer, more prosperous, more peaceful world because as the U.S. leads by example.
Here’s video of Governor Palin’s entire speech:
In 2013, the musty foreign policy of Hillary Clinton/John Kerry/Barack Obama thought it was a good idea to start bombing Syria. How’d that work out? While bombs exploded in Syria, Governor Palin clearly laid out a fresh alternative, with new ideas and a new common sense approach. Palin’s foreign policy horrified both the Democrats and the war hungry Establishment Republicans.
“So we’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I’m the idiot?”
* President Obama wants America involved in Syria’s civil war pitting the antagonistic Assad regime against equally antagonistic Al Qaeda affiliated rebels. But he’s not quite sure which side is doing what, what the ultimate end game is, or even whose side we should be on. Haven’t we learned? WAGs don’t work in war.
* We didn’t intervene when over 100,000 Syrians were tragically slaughtered by various means, but we’ll now intervene to avenge the tragic deaths of over 1,000 Syrians killed by chemical weapons, though according to the White House we’re not actually planning to take out the chemical weapons because doing so would require “too much of a commitment.”
* President Obama wants to do what, exactly? Punish evil acts in the form of a telegraphed air strike on Syria to serve as a deterrent? If our invasion of Iraq wasn’t enough of a deterrent to stop evil men from using chemical weapons on their own people, why do we think this will be?
* The world sympathizes with the plight of civilians tragically caught in the crossfire of this internal conflict. But President Obama’s advertised war plan (which has given Assad enough of a heads-up that he’s reportedly already placing human shields at targeted sites) isn’t about protecting civilians, and it’s not been explained how lobbing U.S. missiles at Syria will help Syrian civilians. Do we really think our actions help either side or stop them from hurting more civilians?
* We have no clear mission in Syria. There’s no explanation of what vital American interests are at stake there today amidst yet another centuries-old internal struggle between violent radical Islamists and a murderous dictatorial regime, and we have no business getting involved anywhere without one. And where’s the legal consent of the people’s representatives? Our allies in Britain have already spoken. They just said no. The American people overwhelmingly agree, and the wisdom of the people must be heeded.
* Our Nobel Peace Prize winning President needs to seek Congressional approval before taking us to war. It’s nonsense to argue that, “Well, Bush did it.” Bull. President Bush received support from both Congress and a coalition of our allies for “his wars,” ironically the same wars Obama says he vehemently opposed because of lack of proof of America’s vital interests being at stake.
* Bottom line is that this is about President Obama saving political face because of his “red line” promise regarding chemical weapons.
* As I said before, if we are dangerously uncertain of the outcome and are led into war by a Commander-in-chief who can’t recognize that this conflict is pitting Islamic extremists against an authoritarian regime with both sides shouting “Allah Akbar” at each other, then let Allah sort it out.
– Sarah Palin
Making the same mistakes over and over, and expecting a different outcome, doesn’t make sense. Doesn’t it make sense to throw out the old way of doing things and start over? Doesn’t it make sense to only go to war if we absolutely have to? Of course it does. A good Secretary of State should already know this. This isn’t hard to understand.
Last February I stumbled across the interesting article below. The author shares our belief that American foreign policy needs to be updated for such a time as this.
via Hard Dawn:
There is an unmistakable power to Governor Sarah Palin’s faith. She shares it with everyone who comes into contact with her. It is a brilliant, glowing thing expressed throughout her life. Palin was one of the most important and memorable governors in recent Alaskan history. She was a groundbreaking national campaigner in 2008. Since then, she has been ahead of the curve of every major political sea change from the Tea Party to Donald Trump. And she still has so much more to give.
As a sophisticated strategist and philosophical visionary, Palin has the necessary leadership skills to triumph on the international stage. She has earned the respect of leaders around the world, from Vladimir Putin to Turkey’s Erdo?an. At home, she is revered as one of our nation’s greatest national treasures. The people will certainly demand a vital position for her in the coming Republican administration after all she has sacrificed for us.
There is simply no one else like here on the global stage today. Her honesty is as bracing as it is beautiful. She speaks eloquently of her passions and her patriotism. There is an unmistakable grace to her intellect. It is deft, defying the fashionable sarcasms and pettiness of our media age. And when she speaks to the heartland, the heartland listens. No one commands the respect on both sides of the aisle that Palin does. She is a phenomenon that spreads beyond party lines. That bodes particularly well for the divided Middle East.
It’s going to take a lot of determination, optimism, and hard work to fix the mess we find ourselves in today. The foreign policy of both Establishment Republicans and Democrats have failed us. As we move forward toward our fresh start this January it is important that everything is on the table. Especially new ideas.
We need a Secretary of State who is not bound to outdated party doctrine. We need a Secretary of State who understands we have wars to be won, and troops to be brought home. We need a Secretary of State who will never advise the president to send our women and men in uniform into battle without a clear threat to us, a clear strategy to win, and a clear procedure to bring our troops home.
Governor Sarah Palin has the credentials to be Secretary of State. We all know the Democrats and Establishment Republicans will mock the very mention of her name for this office. Let them. They do so at their own peril. This little snippet below is more relevant today than it was eight years ago.
via RCP September 2, 2008:
Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.
As governor of Alaska, Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counterterrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden’s.
She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counterterrorism plans.
Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense. Given Alaska’s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about.
According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.
She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.
Our work continues.