Ed Driscoll, writing at Instapundit, notes Michael Ledeen’s identification of a 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:
- Has the current Administration demonstrated military and Diplomatic competence?
- 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.