Opinion

Obama’s foreign policy chickens come home to roost

Four years of appeasement are finally paying off. The Obama administration apologized for a movie that no reasonable, intelligent person could take seriously. The apology served as an invitation to attack our embassies. And it predictably led to the demand that we prosecute the movie’s producers for “hate speech.”

Our embassy in Cairo accused the producers of the movie of abusing “the universal right of free speech.” They could more credibly be accused of abusing their video recording equipment. The movie looks more like a spoof than a dangerous propaganda film. While the Obama administration is quick to detect “religious incitement” when it is directed at Muslims, it’s not sure what to think of an angry mob that tears down our flag and replaces it with the black flag of al Qaida.

Within hours our consulate in Libya was also attacked and our ambassador and three consulate staff members were killed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued yet another apology: “The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.” President Obama echoed this view.

In other words, Secretary Clinton and President Obama excused the violence before they condemned it.

It’s no coincidence that the attacks erupted on the anniversary of the World Trade Center massacre. The attacks were clearly planned. And by rushing to apologize for the movie “Innocence of Muslims,” the administration provided a convenient pretext.

President Obama believes that if we apologize enough times our enemies will become our friends. Similarly, President Carter repeatedly tried to end the Iran hostage crisis by offering what author Mark Bowden called “minor but humiliating concessions.” It didn’t work then, and it isn’t working now.

Like Jimmy Carter, President Obama believes we should stop acting like the leader of the free world. We should work through the U.N. whenever possible. We should avoid acting unilaterally. And we should appease our enemies. Carter threw Taiwan under the bus in order to establish relations with the People’s Republic of China. Obama turned down Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s meeting request and then invited Egypt’s President Morsi — a longtime member of the Muslim Brotherhood — to the White House.

Like Jimmy Carter, Obama believes that economic sanctions are a substitute for the credible threat of military action. However, Iran’s leaders have made it clear that they don’t care how much their people suffer from economic sanctions. President Obama is content to watch Iran make steady progress toward a nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, like Carter he believes the best way to promote peace is to reduce our military strength.