When Obama was elected in 2008 people would ask me, Greg, what kind of a president do you think he will be? "Jimmy Carter on steroids" was my reply. I was only partially right. Like Carter, Obama has destabilized the balance of power in the world. Carter allowed Iran to fall to a radical Islamic regime, which released the plague of radical Islamic Jihad on the world since that time. Iran was a sign to the radical Islam that their time had come. It has been on the rise ever since. Before Iran fell I never knew that there was such a thing as radical Islam. Obama has destabilized the world in an even more dangerous and insidious way. Before his election in 2008 he tipped his hand to what kind of president that he was going to be. He traveled to Kenya and spoke at campaign rallies in support of the radical Muslim candidate for president named Raila Odinga. He wanted to establish a fundamental Islamic regime and to establish Sharia law in Kenya. Obama did nothing to support the Democratic movement in Iran that was brutally repressed by the radical Islamic regime after his election in 2008. Obama did everything that he could to support the Arab Spring movement across the Middle East that was driven by radical Islam. He allowed a long established friend of the United States, Hosni Mubarek, to be overthrown by the Muslim Brotherhood. The same people who assassinated one of the few real Muslim statesmen in 1981, Anwar Sadat. Mubarek and the Shah of Iran were brutal dictators but they didn't hold a candle to the the radical Islamic thugs that have taken their place. Obama supported the radical Muslim Mohamed Morsi, but was angered when the Egyptian people in their better judgement threw Morsi out. Wisely they chose Abdel Fattah el-Sisi who appears at first glance to be a statesmen on the order of Sadat. Although Obama killed Osama Bin Laden and individual terrorists in drone strikes, he has half heartedly gone after ISIS. A mythical climate change is a bigger threat in his mind. After the recent Paris attacks, incredibly U.S. planes were ordered to drop leaflets warning the ISIS fuel truck drivers to flee before the planes were allowed to destroy the fuel trucks. Obama created ISIS by pulling out of Iraq in 2011 creating a vacuum for them to fill. In addition he negotiated a sweetheart Nuclear deal with Iran. Donating one hundred and fifty billion dollars to the Iranian terror program that I am sure will kill more Americans and further destabilizes the worlds security.
Another way that Obama has been like Carter is that he is seen as weak by world leaders. Putin has tested him in the Ukraine and Syria. He has also resumed the old Soviet Union tactic of testing our air defenses and buzzing our ships with aircraft. China is testing us in the south China sea. As a result of Carters perceived weakness the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979. This is where Obama and Carter part company however. The takeover of our embassy in Tehran in 1979 by radical Muslim extremists and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan shook Carter to his core. Overnight Carter changed from a dove to a hawk. He proposed a huge jump in defense spending and drew a line in the sand with the Soviet Union. He warned them that it would mean war if they made any moves toward the Persian Gulf. Many of the weapon systems that were later used in the 1st Gulf War, Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom were developed under the Carter Administration. The Bradley armored personnel carrier, the F-16 fighter, the A-10 Warthog, and the M1 Abrams tank for example. This change in attitude came too late for Carter. He was defeated by Reagan in 1980 and suffered the embarrassment of seeing the Iranian American embassy hostages released after Reagan took the oath of office. It is my opinion that the Soviet Union wouldn't have invaded Afghanistan if Reagan had been president. Carter represented the naivete of the Democratic Party in foreign policy when it came to dealing with the Soviet Union. This is why I voted against McGovern in 1972 and one of the many reasons that I have voted against every Democratic candidate from Walter Mondale to Barack Obama since. Carters human rights approach of not interfering with the internal affairs of a sovereign nation such as Iran was seen as weakness in the Soviet Union. Obama on the other hand has had no such epiphany. He continues to show weakness on the world stage. When France of all countries is showing more leadership and spine against Islamic terror than the United States you know that the world has been turned upside down. Carters foreign policy was based on a dangerous naivete and incompetence. There is something sinister and intentional about Obama's foreign policy however and there is no incompetence here. He knows exactly what he is doing and is following a plan. In my opinion his goal is to marginalize the role of the United States in the world. Why, I don't really know. Who knows if he is a radical Muslim or not. At the very least he is a radical Muslim sympathizer. I have theories, but one day I think the full truth will be exposed.
I was a Democrat in the 1970's and voted for Carter twice in 1976 and 1980. As much as I dislike Carter today and the negative impact that he had on the world he did do one thing that was very positive and it had a strategic impact on the future of the Middle East. On March 26, 1979 Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty that the lions share of the credit can be given to Carter. Israel and the Arab countries had fought regular wars since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. There had been a war in 1948, 56, 67, and 73. The 1973 war was very hard on Israel from the standpoint of casualties, and the loss of military hardware. The war nearly led to a big power confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States. This peace treaty took Egypt out of any potential Arab alignments in the future. Arab countries like Jordan, Syria and Iraq would not go to war against Israel without Egypt taking the lead in a coalition. Egypt was the strongest and wealthiest of the Arab states. After the 1979 Egypt-Israeli peace treaty there has been no major Arab-Israeli war since that time. This peace treaty cost Anwar Sadat his life. The Muslim Brotherhood killed him for daring to make a peace treaty with the infidel Jews. Obama threatened the stability of this treaty by supporting the radical Morsi during the Arab Spring uprising. Luckily the Egyptian people had the good sense to overthrow Morsi and replace him with the Sadat like el Sisi. Much to Obama's displeasure. There is a great possibility that Morsi would have revoked the treaty.
I don't believe that it was ever the goal of the Founding Fathers to create a government and country that was in agreement all the time. They wanted checks and balances that would hold power in check. This was to avoid the tyranny that they were forced to rebel against in 1775. The ultimate danger that we face today is that we have a president that is a tyrant and there is no opposition party. This situation is compounded by having a court system that is out of control. The Founding Fathers would be very disappointed with things as they stand today. Obama has created chaos everywhere. His foreign policy is chaotic. On the home front he has created chaos by creating phony wars. A war between the races at a time that we should be well along on the road to racial healing. He has set us back fifty years. Obama perpetuates a war between the sexes and a class war between the rich and poor. Obama has created chaos in our economic system by more doubling our deficit, The tragedy of the Obama presidency is he has squandered the opportunity as our first black president to leave America better off than he found it. Instead he has been a slave to a flawed ideology, whatever that might be. This will be the legacy of Barack Hussein Obama.