Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bullying America Is The New Normal

Iran: A Russian general already warned U.S. aircraft to keep out of his bombers’ way; now Tehran tells a U.S. warship to move away from its naval exercises. We’re getting used to being pushed around.
President Obama, surprising some, didn’t spend much time at all during his State of the Union address to Congress earlier this month touting last year’s big, bad nuclear deal with Iran. But he did say that thanks to it “the world has avoided another war.”
“Avoid another war” is apparently the administration’s new motto for the U.S. military, superseding famed rallying cries like the Air Force 7th Bomb Wing’s “Death From Above” and the 2nd Battalion 9th Marines’ “Hell in a Helmet.”
The Iran nuclear deal means, under this legacy-conscious president, a U.S. that tiptoes on eggshells to avoid confrontation with the world’s foremost terrorist state. Otherwise you risk the nuke pact unraveling.
What could be more emblematic of the new military timidity than the video, disseminated by Tehran, of blindfolded U.S. sailors kneeling at gunpoint while in Iranian custody earlier this month? Such an image is worth a thousand suicide bombs in demonstrating American decline to friend and foe alike around the world.
In September, like Tommy Lee Jones in the movies telling the local police to get out of the way because the Feds were now in charge, a Russian three-star general came to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad with a written instruction that American aircraft leave northern Syrian airspace, just an hour before Russian bombers assaulted anti-Assad rebels.
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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