Obama’s Former Mid-East Ambassador: “We’re in a Goddam Freefall Here”


James Jefferies

A Politico article by Michael Crowley (pictured above) quotes James Jeffrey as saying,  “We’re in a goddamn free fall here.” James Jeffrey, who served as Obama’s ambassador to Iraq, was also a top national security aide in the George W. Bush White House.

“The Middle East crises are like nothing we’ve seen, Crowley says, adding, “some believe it’s the worst in a generation”

Were he truly honest, he’d say it’s the worst since World War II.

Chaos and confusion reigns throughout the Middle East. We are fighting with Iran in Iraq. Iran is our mortal enemy sworn to destroy us and our allies, and we are helping Saudi Arabia fight Iran’s minions in Yemen. We have no strategy and we are making a worthless deal that will allow Iran to get nuclear weaponry.

This is insane!

Obama supporters say it’s all impossible to control but, let’s face it, he’s not trying and what he does do is destructive and ends in colossal failure.

“If there’s one lesson this administration has learned, from President Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech through the Arab Spring, it’s that when it comes to this region, nothing happens in a linear way — and precious little is actually about us, which is a hard reality to accept,” said a senior State Department official according to Crowley.

However, Obama went to Cairo to apologize for the United States and to stir the masses in revolution. When they did revolt and looked to the U.S. for help, he was absent and they were massacred, imprisoned and otherwise muted. He abandoned them after giving them hope.

Crowley says the chaotic aftermath of the Arab Spring shows we have been “repeatedly caught off-guard, raising new questions about America’s ability to manage the dangerous region”.

Were Crowley honest, he would have said Obama was caught off-guard and he is unable to manage the region.

Obama thought Iran was a “tiny country” and ISIS was a “JV team” when no one else did. Bush predicted it years before.

Obama pulled out all troops from a fairly stable Iraq and they fell apart. Terrorists filled the vacuum.

He makes deals with our enemies and alienates our friends.

They didn’t predict Yemen or the Tikrit offensive and that is what Crowley thinks is a U.S. government problem. Both were easily predictable, especially Yemen, but it was THIS administration which didn’t predict it and failed to deal with it.

Obama is now helping Iran-Iraq forces take back Tikrit. One is Shia, the other Sunni. We are obviously helping further a civil war. We should be helping Iraq, not Iran. We should be heavily arming Kurds, Assyrians and other reasonable forces but not Iran.

Crowley wrote, “Now the U.S. is in the strange position of fighting ISIL alongside Iran at the same time it backs the Sunni campaign against Iran’s allies in Yemen — even as Secretary of State John Kerry hopes to seal a nuclear deal with Iran in Switzerland within days.”

“On Thursday, Iran’s foreign minister, who has been meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry in Switzerland to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, demanded an immediate halt to the Yemen incursion.”

“At the same time, civil war rages on in Syria. On Thursday, Robert Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, sent Obama a letter urging him to respond to charges that the regime of Bashar Assad — a close ally of Tehran — has used chlorine gas against civilians. In late 2013, Obama threatened to punish Assad with airstrikes after his forces deployed nerve gas.”

Crowley doesn’t mention that Obama does not have a strategy, he doesn’t mention the red line, he doesn’t that we are show how we are helping Assad by ignoring Syria and placating Iran for deal that allows them an underground bunker for 6,000 centrifuges and which has a sunset clause.

“Also in chaos is Libya,” Crowley writes, “home to two dueling governments — and another target of cross-border Arab military action when Egypt and the United Arab Emirates conducted airstrikes against alleged Islamic extremists there in August. That action also reportedly surprised U.S. officials.”

There are no governments in Libya. It’s a failed state thanks to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Crowley doesn’t mention Obama’s idiotic and illegal war on Libya which deposed a loon who was completely harmless in the region and to the U.S. ISIS is now growing bases in Libya so they can invade Europe and elsewhere.

Where Crowley does get it right is here:

It all amounts to a far cry from Obama’s optimistic vision when he came to office suggesting that by withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and focusing on Israeli-Palestinian peace he could stabilize, if not completely calm, the long-troubled area.

Where he doesn’t get it right is here: “Instead, Obama looks poised to leave an even more dangerous and unpredictable region than the one he inherited in 2009.”

While Obama didn’t inherit a great situation, it was nothing compared to what it is now. He could have continued to improve it, because it was improving, but he chose to destroy it.

“The mood here is that we really are at a crisis point that is unprecedented in recent memory,” said Suzanne Maloney, a senior fellow in the Middle East policy center at the Brookings Institution, who spoke from the Qatari capital of Doha. “This feels more intense and more complicated” than past moments of turmoil, Maloney added.

Crowley mentions the strained relationship with Israel and whose fault is that?

Crowley says that, “Ultimately, senior Obama officials say, there are limits to what the U.S. can accomplish in the region. They argue that the chaos is fueled by ethnic and religious forces largely beyond America’s control.

This could explain Obama’s frequent throwing up of his hands.

“And they warn against overreacting to the roller coaster of daily news headlines in an area that rarely knows calm,” Crowley adds.

The under-reactions by this administration are pathological.

The one thing the administration is hopeful about – remarkably – is the absolutely awful nuclear deal with Iran.

If ever we wondered about Obama’s ability to handle foreign affairs, this should answer all questions.

Crowley put the best “it’s not Obama’s fault” face on things but the reality is far worse.

“The truth is, you can dwell on Yemen, or you can recognize that we’re one agreement away from a game-changing, legacy-setting nuclear accord on Iran that tackles what every one agrees is the biggest threat to the region,” an unnamed U.S. official told Crowley.

God help us all with feckless and ignorant U.S. officials like this in the White House.

The mid-East is in a goddam freefall and judging from the responses of U.S. officials, there will be no one to catch it until 2017 and maybe not even then.


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