There’s a Storm Coming

Ed Driscoll, writing at Instapundit, notes Michael Ledeen’s identification of a new “Axis of Evil:”


The New Axis of Evil

Things are getting much worse…

The “Axis of Evil” went hand in hand with Bush’s analysis of the threat we faced: it was, he said, a combination of terrorist groups and countries that supported them. He promised that the United States would not distinguish between the two groups. We would go after the terrorists and their sponsors and allies. That we did it badly—Iran, not Iraq, was the logical target after Afghanistan, and political warfare, not invasion, was the logical method—shouldn’t blind us to the fact that it was already clear in early 2002 that we had to deal with multiple threats, and we’d eventually have to defeat them all or face a grim future.

I certainly agree that of the three bad actors named, it was Iran that posed then, and continues to pose today, the greatest threat to the stability of the Middle East, as long time Wizbang readers know.

Back in 2002 I actually argued against a full on invasion, occupation, and nation-building exercise in Iraq.  I did so because I doubted the Democrats could be relied upon to remain faithful to the mission once the going got tough.  My counter-proposal would best be described as a Tacitean peace.

Instead, we did indeed set out to conquer, pacify, and rebuild.  And for the second time in my life, a hard won military victory was pissed away by the Democrats.  The consequences of that betrayal are stark.

Would that we’d kept that thought. Instead, we got the grim future.We now face a more potent Axis of Evil that includes two of the original three (North Korea and Iran, with Iraq up for grabs), plus Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and other countries, and terrorist groups including al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Islamic State. With the exception of their hatred of the West, there is no single ideology that unites them. The new Axis includes Sunni and Shi’ite radical Muslims, Communists and other radical leftists, and nationalistic secular tyrants like Vladimir Putin. They have certainly succeeded in wrecking hopes for a peaceful world.

This is the signature accomplishment of 0bama’s Foreign Policy: the collapse of the Pax Americana.

There is no escape from this war, whatever Western leaders might wish. We will either win it or lose it, and right now we are losing, most obviously in the Middle East and Central Europe, less dramatically in Africa from Somalia to Nigeria, and in Latin America where Iran is busily strengthening its cooperation with local autocrats.

Some readers may recollect that I opposed U. S. involvement in Syria.  Two of my five tests have proved prescient:

  1. Has the current Administration demonstrated military and Diplomatic competence?
  2. Has the current Administration demonstrated persistence?

Indeed they did not then, and have shown no improvement since.

It now seems that the Republic’s best hope is to kick this can down the road until a competent Chief Executive and Foreign Policy team can take over from the inept fools currently serving in those roles.

God Save the Republic.

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  • jim_m

    0bama’s foreign policy proceeds from the premise that all the problems in the world today are the result of American imperialism. The present impending conflagration is a result of his determination to remove American influence from every corner of the globe.

    Meanwhile, the left at home is busying themselves reducing the US military to a shadow of its former self, reducing its combat readiness and transforming it into a muslim outreach organization.

    WWII resulted in 60 million dead. I’m putting the over under at the coming war at 100M.

  • Hank_M

    And while the world burns, the idiots running the country, led by Obama, continue to say that global warming is the greatest threat to our national security.

  • Paul Hooson

    The weak and inept foreign policy in Syria is a grave concern of mine. Russia should not be taking the lead by crushing the anti Assad opposition, and ignoring that ISIS now controls about 75% of Syria. Iran just tested a new version of their Shahab-3 long range missile nearly able to hit Israel this weekend. This is a big step towards the development of more improved missiles that can be put in orbit to strike the United States the moment they cheat on this administration’s very poor nuclear agreement.

    ISIS controls all of the grey area on this map. Assad the red areas. Assad’s Hezbollah allies the yellow areas. The anti-Assad rebels and prodemocracy Free Syria fighters, the green areas. And, Israel the blue buffer safety zone.

    • Walter_Cronanty

      “The weak and inept foreign policy in Syria ….” As opposed to Obama’s strong, competent foreign policy in Libya? Yemen? Ukraine? Egypt? Iran? Iraq? Afghanistan? All of our erstwhile allies across the globe?
      Obama is a foreign policy disaster – and he’s better at foreign policy than he is at domestic policy.