Obama’s phony war against is­lamic ex­trem­ism

Forbes - - Inside Scoop - BY STEVE FORBES, ED­I­TOR-IN-CHIEF

tools. With the faint­heart­ed­ness of U.S. air strikes it’s no won­der that Sunni Arabs are re­luc­tant to fght ISIS, which merely helps to mag­nify ISIS’ fear­some im­age of dom­i­nance. At­tacks on Western tar­gets add to its ap­peal.

This mon­ster could have been snufed out at its birth had Obama not made mur­der­ously mis­guided mis­takes in Iraq, Libya and Syria. His po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and pre­cip­i­tate with­drawal of U.S. forces in Iraq al­lowed sec­tar­ian violence to erupt and gave Iran the open­ing it needed to dom­i­nate the ma­jor­ity Shi­ites, take con­trol of most of Iraq’s oil and open an air-and-ground high­way along which it could lav­ishly as­sist the once be­lea­guered As­sad regime in Syria. A resur­gent Bashar al-as­sad (who uses chem­i­cal weapons and ghastly bar­rel bombs against civil­ians), a ris­ing ISIS and Obama’s re­fusal to pro­vide mean­ing­ful as­sis­tance to mod­er­ate Syr­ian forces all led to the hor­rifc refugee cri­sis that is both a hu­man­i­tar­ian and a po­lit­i­cal dis­as­ter.

Four years ago Obama “led from be­hind” in re­mov­ing Libyan strong­man Muam­mar Qaddaf. Obama then washed his hands of the con­se­quences, which cul­mi­nated in the mur­der of Amer­i­can di­plo­mats in Beng­hazi. Ap­par­ently our bright­est of all Pres­i­dents didn’t re­al­ize that Libya, like so much of the Arab world, is a con­glom­er­a­tion of tribes. With no Qaddaf the coun­try de­scended into chaos, and ISIS and other rad­i­cal mili­tias four­ished. • iran. Con­trary to Obama’s hopes, the shar­ing of an enemy, ISIS, isn’t go­ing to change Iran’s own rev­o­lu­tion­ary goals, in­clud­ing the de­struc­tion of Is­rael. In fact, to the mul­lahs’ minds the global threat of ISIS will help di­vert at­ten­tion from Iran’s goal of build­ing the bomb and de­vel­op­ing mis­siles that can de­liver nu­clear war­heads to any­where in the world, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can cities. • rus­sia. An­war Sa­dat, who ruled Egypt from 1970 un­til his as­sas­si­na­tion in 1981, threw Moscow out of the Mid­dle East in the mid-1970s. Obama, with no con­sid­er­a­tion of the out­come, blithely let the Rus­sians move back in 40 years later. Egypt and our other Mideast al­lies were

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