Beneath all the hokey hoopla about global warming causing more snow in the French Alps and Mt. McKinley in Alaska in last Friday’s Sacramento Bee was an abbreviated story about our feckless foreign policy.
Here is what the lead paragraph from the Associated Press story said: “The White House has asked Iraq to hand over a Hezbollah commander who was accused of masterminding a 2007 attack that killed five American soldiers, a senior U.S. official said Thursday, though two Iraqi courts have declared him not guilty.”
The man in question is Ali Mussa Daqduq.
The U.S. military had Daqduq in detention just before President Obama shrugged off negotiations for keeping a viable contingent of soldiers in Iraq. The Iraqis want him turned over. All the military had to do was fly him out of there and deposit him in Guantanamo Bay with the rest of the bad guys. We had possession of him and that, as they say, is nine-tenths of the law.
Releasing him to the Iraqis last December, which the president ordered, was just plain wimpy. Now eight months later the White House wants the Lebanese terrorist back. Good luck with that. And the occupant of the White House wants to be reelected. And good luck with that.
It’s just more of the same foreign policy diffidence that has left the Green Revolution in Iran to be shot in the streets without so much as a word of support. That is leaving Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar muddling along with Syria as Obama goes golfing and campaigning and doesn’t lift a finger to help oust dictator Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile Iran and Obama’s pal Putin are arming and advising Syria.
Iran just keeps moving along on its nuclear bomb to wipe out Israel and Obama keeps thinking he can talk them out of it. Good luck with that.