In a speech Saturday, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for hands off in radical Islamic countries "until we have someone who knows what they're doing".
“For instance, militarily, where is our commander-in-chief? We’re talking now more new interventions? I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he’s doing, well in these radical Islamic countries that aren’t even respecting basic human rights — where both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line, ‘Allahu Akbar.’ I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say let Allah sort it out.”Well, yes, Allah will undoubtedly do a better sorting job in Syria than the Obama administration given how well other Obama Middle East interventions have turned out.
After the "no fly zone" intervention, Libya is still a mess. And, of course, last year Libya was the site of the first killing of an American ambassador since 1979.
Egypt remains a mess after President Obama's call for Mubarak's departure. And the Obama administration is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood which is killing indigenous Christian populations who were there before their land was colonized by invading Islamic armies centuries ago.
Then there's the "good" war in Afghanistan. Even with a surge, the war there has not gone well. The country is no more stable now than when President Obama decided to give the war there a prominent place in his foreign policy strategy.
In Iraq, the U.S. has neither presence, respect nor much influence despite its long war effort there.
To many Iraqis, the United States’ influence is greatly diminished. “American policy is very weak,” observed Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff to Massoud Barzani, the president of the semiautonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. “It is not clear to us how they have defined their interests in Iraq,” Mr. Hussein said. “They are picking events and reacting on the basis of events. That is the policy.”With goose eggs coming up for the Obama administration in Middle East conflicts, Palin's advice seems both balanced and wise.
H/T Ian Lazaran