Clarity On The Issues

Foreign Policy & National Security

Joe Kaufman For Congress Florida District 23

This White House has given us a weak and inconsistent foreign policy coming from the White House has been weak and inconsistent.

Across the globe, there is confusion as to where American foreign policy is headed.

America should never get involved in any war overseas, unless and only unless there is a direct threat to American interests.

In some cases, our involvement has been entirely uncalled for and has done more harm than good, case in point: President Obama’s push to get Islamists placed in seats of power in the Middle East.

President Obama and Debbie Wasserman Shultz was wrong to support the revolution against Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak was a peace partner to both the United States and Israel, and the United States had invested billions of dollars in sophisticated weaponry to the Mubarak regime, including a number of F-16 fighter jets.

Predictably the overthrow of Mubarak resulted in the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization, and the United States should never be on the side of terrorists.

When the Egyptian military deposed of Muhammad Morsi, the Obama administration should have given immediate support to the new Egyptian Government, instead of making demands of it to end its war against the Brotherhood and call for new elections that would result in another Islamist-led regime. 

At the beginning of President Bush’s war in Iraq, one of the first things that happened was Muammar Gaddafi gave up his WMD program and renounced terrorism.

While we should shed no tears for the murderer Gaddafi, Libya was neither a threat to the United States nor to Israel. President Obama’s war against Gaddafi was flawed from the start and resulted in al-Qaeda-related individuals taking over the Libyan Government.

It also resulted in the deaths of four Americans located in Benghazi.

Indeed, today Libya has become the main hub for al-Qaeda in the Middle East.

Regarding Syria, this war is terrorist vs. terrorist.

On one side is Assad, Hezbollah and Iran.

On the other side is al-Qaeda, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Again, America should not look to fight on the side of terrorists.

As well, Presidents Reagan and Bush, Sr. worked hard to make peace with Russia.

As a result of Obama’s decision to get involved with the Syrian rebels, we have declared a proxy war with Russia, and any chance of peaceful relations with Russia has been obliterated.

President Reagan told Gorbachev to “tear down the wall,” while President Obama is erecting a new wall with Russia – of deceit, distrust and folly.

Then there is Iran, which cannot under any circumstance be permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Sanctions will not stop Iran from going nuclear. Sanctions only work to economically punish the populace of nations.

The sole thing that will stop Iran from going nuclear is the threat of overwhelming force.

In 2009, when pro-USA Iranians took to the streets to protest Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs, President Obama chose to ignore their pleas in an effort to placate the Iranian regime.

If Obama did for the protesters there what he did for the Islamist-led Arab Spring, we would not be discussing a nuclear Iran today.

We should not hold negotiations with the terrorist Iranian regime, especially while its leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has been actively calling the United States “evil” and Israel an “illegitimate” and “bastard” nation and openly threatens Israel’s annihilation.

Most importantly is Israel,  and the peace talks sought there by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, these talks are simply a PR ploy at the expense of Israel’s security.

They also are a way to force the American taxpayer to pay millions of dollars for unnecessary flights back and forth to the Middle East in an effort perhaps to make it look like something is being accomplished.

We must strive towards peace. Peace is the ideal.

However, history has shown us that Israel’s enemies will never accept peace with the Jewish state.

Discussing peace before the eradication of the terrorist enemy takes place is both foolish and destructive.

America needs to stand by Israel for many reasons, including the fact that Israel is the front lines in our war on terror.