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The U.S. loses face in the Middle East

On Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida used commercial airliners to level the World Trade towers in New York and damage the Pentagon. It was a declaration of war against the American people.

Former President George W. Bush responded by attacking al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein's murderous regime in Iraq, where al-Qaida hopes to

establish a caliphate to rule the Muslim world.

The American people, tired of war, then elected President Obama, who is not much into national security. The administration staged a precipitous withdrawal from both places, where terrorists now hold sway again.

The president then ordered the May 2011 raid that resulted in the assassination of Osama bin Laden, released a photo so as to reflect glory onto himself, acted as if the war were over, and made it known that SEAL Team Six had conducted the operation.

In August 2011, terrorists in Afghanistan brought down a helicopter, killing 38 troops — including 17 SEALs, most of whom were from SEAL Team Six.

On Sept. 11, 2012, an al-Qaida affiliate attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, two former SEALS and a distinguished Air Force officer.

The administration floated a story that the attack was not an attack but a riot sparked by a loony video.

In June 2013, Vladimir Putin's Russia, exploiting the situation in Syria, announced that it has stationed 16 warships in the Mediterranean Sea and will have a permanent presence there.

This week, after the new leader of al-Qaida announced a threat to U.S. installations in the Middle East, the Obama administration ordered Americans to leave 19 installations in the Muslim world.

The president then went on a late-night comedy show to talk about it.

As for Putin, who has since given shelter to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, Obama said there are "times when they [the Russians] slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality.

"And what I consistently say to them, and what I say to President Putin, is that's the past and we've got to think about the future . . ."

The next day he said he would not meet with Putin at an upcoming summit.

The United States now looks weak, irresolute and irrelevant in the Middle East.

It's a good thing that al-Qaida poses no threat to the United States and the Cold War is over. If these threats   were serious, the United States would be losing big.


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