ALLEN WEST: The Terrifying Assessment of the Middle East

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Allen West sheds some much needed light on the situation in the Middle East, with the help of our former Iraqi ambassador.

There are times when I just have to ask, if this is success, what is failure? And so it goes with the current state of affairs in the Middle East — a far more volatile and incendiary region then it was even a couple years ago. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest says the strategy is working.

But now it’s not just those of us on the right who are questioning that assertion. As reported by Politico, “Barack Obama faces a slew of Middle East crises that some call the worst in a generation, as new chaos from Yemen to Iraq — along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations — is confounding the president’s efforts to stabilize the region and strike a nuclear deal with Iran.”

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“The meltdown has Obama officials defending their management of a region that some call impossible to control, even as critics say U.S. policies there are partly to blame for the spreading anarchy. “If there’s one lesson this administration has learned, from President Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech through the Arab Spring, it’s that when it comes to this region, nothing happens in a linear way — and precious little is actually about us, which is a hard reality to accept,” said a senior State Department official. Not everyone is so forgiving. “We’re in a goddamn free fall here,” said James Jeffrey, who served as Obama’s ambassador to Iraq and was a top national security aide in the George W. Bush White House.”

Just to reaffirm, I’m pleased to see more engagement by Middle East nations in their security environment — especially Saudi Arabia. However, I am concerned about our lack of credibility and regard which is diminishing relations with allies and has emboldened enemies. This is the result of believing national security is nothing more than a subset of campaign rhetoric — failing to recognize that your enemy has a vote.

If there’s one thing we lack in America, it’s a coherent foreign policy and national security strategy that’s not partisan and can be a part of a continuum, not a restart every four to eight years. This creates gaps by which our Republic can be exploited and so it is at this current stage. The next president will walk into a White House without much time for discovery learning. Heck, he or she may want to skip the pomp, and get right to the circumstance.

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