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    Obama - The Warring President?


    There is increasing evidence that President Barack Obama may very well be remembered by history as the warring president.

    Even  though the President campaigned in 2008 on ending the war in Iraq,  since taking office, under his direction the US has been involved in a  number of military actions in a number of countries.

    Yes,  following the plan and agreement worked out by the Administration of  President George W. Bush, Obama oversaw the withdrawal of troops from  Iraq and the end of the decade long war. At the same time, the President  directed a surge in the number of boots on the ground in Afghanistan.

    Troops  have been sent to various countries in Africa during his watch. The  President was in charge of engagement with Libya which toppled Mohamar  Ghadfi. The President ordered a clandestine attack within an ally's  borders which took out Osama Bin Laden in his compound in Pakistan.

    Drone  attacks have continued to pound and take out Taliban and other  terrorist leaders and camps in Pakistan. Drone attacks have launched in  increasing numbers in Yemen against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula.

    There  is talk of eventual military action against Iran to prevent the  development of a nuclear weapon. Some claim that the US has already  committed an act of war with covert virus attacks on Iran's internet and  computer grid.

    Syria  looms as trouble for the President. Plans have been developed, though  listed as a last resort, for military intervention in Syria.

    Some  say that the President is using his warlike positions as a way to  enhance his re-electability during this election year. Some say that by  being able to lay claim to national security and foreign affairs it  takes wind out of the sails for Republicans who have traditionally been  the hawks and strong on those issues.

    President  Obama is celebrated and criticized for greatly accelerating the number  of CIA drone attacks in Pakistan, but the similar covert war that he has  launched in Yemen has received considerably less attention.

    The  Obama administration has launched an estimated 28 drone strikes and 13  air strikes in Yemen, according to data compiled by the New America  Foundation from reliable news reports. By contrast, the administration  of George W. Bush only launched one drone attack in Yemen. (The data was  gathered from media outlets that include the Associated Press, Reuters,  CNN and the Yemen Post.)

    On April 25, the White House approved a  new policy inaugurating a more aggressive campaign of drone strikes in  Yemen allowing so-called "signature" strikes. These are strikes on  individuals whose patterns of behavior signal the presumed presence of  an important militant or of a plot against the United States, even if  the targeted individual's identity is unknown.


    If  Barack Obama could make three wishes, he would probably ask for the  crisis in Syria to go away. That would help him receive another wish:  Getting reelected as president of the United States.

    Unfortunately  for Obama, and tragically for the people in Syria, history has brought  the American presidential campaign and the Syrian revolution to the same  pages of the calendar. That means Obama will do whatever he can, for as  long as he can, to keep the carnage in Syria from interfering with his  reelection plan.

    That means the killings in Syria could go on longer than if the uprising had erupted during a nonelection year.

    Anyone  who doubts that electoral considerations have become a major factor in  U.S. foreign policy should look to Obama's own words from a few months  ago. Obama did not realize his microphone was on during a meeting in  Seoul with then-Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, so he leaned in  close and whispered, "This is my last election. After my election I have  more flexibility." In this instance, Obama was referring to the  contentious issue of missile defense.

    With less than five months  until November, the last thing Obama needed on his already very full  plate is another shockingly cruel, politically complicated conflict in  the Middle East, complete with gruesome, heartrending images, a  recalcitrant dictator, and prominent voices calling on Washington to do  something.

    You can't put history on hold until after Election Day, but you can certainly try.


    Then there are the leaks of state secrets which appear to be aimed at casting the President in a favorable political light.

    Reportedly, Israel has been asked to hold off a strike on suspected Iranian nuclear sites until after the election.

    What will happen militarily if the President wins re-election?

    How many more "police actions" or "conflicts" will the US of A become embroiled?

    Will history see the President as warring?

    From  the Cornfield, is the increase in military and covert activity in the  interest of national security or is it more a political motivation?

    Can the US of A continue to involve itself in military actions around the world?

    Can  the reputation of the US of A stand up to global scrutiny when being  cast as more of a "cowboy" nation ready to ride into any conflict than  when Bush was president?

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