- Posted September 16, 2013 by
Kerry and Obama Knock Out American Foreign Policy
Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barrack Obama have effectively destroyed more than 30 years of foreign policy in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia (the EMEA region). It is nothing less than a knockout punch to decades of American diplomacy and funding to stimulate growth and peace in the region.
For the first time in modern history, the European Union has chosen to side with Chinese, Iranian, and Russian interests over those of America. This has legitimized the Russian Federation as an international power, and given both China and Iran significant political stock in terms of challenging future US intervention. Worse, it destabilizes the Middle East on a much larger scale then the conflict in Syria would indicate.
This is due to two factors.
First, the legitimization of Russian diplomatic power in the region was supported by Iran and Syria, and was against US interests. That puts the Russian Federation in a unique position, as future diplomatic pressure on Iran or Syria by the US and her allies will be counterbalanced by Russian interests. As a result Russia will wield considerable power in the form of Iranian support. It will not help matters with Middle Eastern US allies that Russia is also the largest oil producer in the world.
Second, and perhaps more importantly, is the religious divide between Shia and Sunni Muslims. It is a topic few outside of the Muslim world truly appreciate. The region is divided between pro-western governments, which are primarily Sunni, and those opposed to western influence, which are primarily Shia. Iran is one such government that stands against the west. Their support of Syria, and by proxy Russia, has resulted in a diplomatic victory for them over the US. This strengthens their position regionally and internationally. Further, it paves the way for Russia to mediate diplomatic negotiations between Iran and the rest of the world.
Not only have Secretary Kerry and President Obama effectively destroyed US policy in the region, but they have contributed significantly to further destabilizing it for both the reasons above, and the danger their diminished influence brings to Israel. With the majority of the European Union in agreement with Russian diplomacy, and a number of anti-Semitic nations also supporting this agreement, Israel is left in a very isolated and difficult position.
The fact that UN inspectors were only tasked with establishing the use of chemical weapons in Syria only complicates matters. An overwhelming majority of nations accept that someone used chemical weapons in Syria, they just disagree on who it was. If chemical weapons were not used by the government of Syrian President Al-Assad, then they were used by rebels. Therefore disarming the Syrian government does nothing to stop rebels from attacking other parts of the region, including Israel.
Should that happen, Israel will be bereft of support due to the marginalization of US influence in the region. This leaves significant problems for the region, while allowing the US to pass off ownership of the problem to Russia and the European Union if things don’t go as planned. Convenient as that may seem, it comes at the cost of US foreign policy, and it isn’t something Obama can fix with a speech.
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