Westmoreland says Obama “Out of Touch” with U.S. Foreign Policy

In a statement sent out on Jan. 26, Cong. Lynn Westmoreland said U.S. President Barack Obama needs a lesson on U.S. foreign policy. Because, you know, one congressman knows more about U.S. foreign policy than the guy setting U.S. foreign policy.

The invitation for Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu to address congress is what triggered Westmoreland’s comments. You can read the entirety of the statement below the fold.

Being “out of touch” appears to be Westmoreland’s critique against Obama for 2015. Twenty-five percent of his statements for the new year slam the POTUS for being “out of touch.”

During President Obama’s sixth State of the Union speech he stated “new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails.” This is just another example of how America’s international presence has diminished under the Obama administration and how out of touch he is with our foreign policy.  The president claims that negotiations with Iran are “going well” and we should give it more time to develop rather than slapping on economic sanctions. However, Republicans are not going to sit idly by and watch the president make a bad deal with Iran. In giving Iran more time and by not monitoring and sanctioning their country, we give them opportunities to continue developing their nuclear program – a huge threat to American’s national security. I believe that Congress must pass an Iran Sanctions bill.

Following the State of the Union, House Speaker John Boehner took it upon himself to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address a joint session of Congress in the coming months. Although the White House may disagree, I value Netanyahu’s perspective on the threats that Iran poses to not only to the Middle East, but to the entire world. Netanyahu has warned of Iran’s security threat in the Middle East for years and has been a strong supporter of the economic sanctions placed on Iran by Congress.

As a member of the House of Representatives, I will continue to support strengthening sanctions and doing anything necessary to prevent a nuclear Iran. Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East, and we must continue to stand with them and strengthen the alliance between our two nations.

53 comments

  1. John Konop says:

    We have radical Muslim terrorist pissed off by the west meddling in the Muslim world. The proposed solution by Westmoreland is to crack down harder on Muslims in the Middle East, and blindly support Israel to lower tensions with radical Muslims. As most of you know I have questioned the logic, and or lack of it in our foreign policy during both the Bush 2 and Obama administration….But this makes even less sense….Can we not figure out a way for us to disengage more in the Muslim world, and focus on our country? That would lower tension more than anything I have seen proposed….

    • Noway says:

      Actually, John, one way to achieve your suggestion of disengaging is to continue to find more oil here, like we are already doing. Energy independence will make it possible to get as far away from that area of the world as we’d like! I remember one of the most honest answers ever given by a politician was James Baker’s admission in 1991 that the reason for the first gulf war was the continued access to oil at “market prices.” I saw that quote on TV once and once only. Well, let’s get more oil from our own shores and leave that area of the world to continue fighting each other for another 1,000 years.

      • John Konop says:

        I agree, which is why part of the Keystone pipeline deal running through America….our country she get first right of refusal on oil…….not sure if it is part of the deal…..Very good point!

        • benevolus says:

          Is there talk of an agreement where we would get first right of refusal? That would begin to make some sense. Otherwise, I don’t see how Chinese-owned oil harvested in Canada and shipped to a port on the Gulf enhances our oil independence at all.

          Even so, that first right of refusal language could be tricky. For all of the oil? A percentage? For how long? At what price? That agreement could easily turn into a deceptive smokescreen to weaken the opposition.

    • TheEiger says:

      The recent terrorist attacks in France and Australia show us that while your perspective is understandable and desirable it will not stop radical Muslims from killing people. France and Australia have not been meddling in the Muslim world. They have actually been very open and welcoming to them. In return, they have their citizens murdered for no reason.

      Radical Muslims do not hate us just because we support Israel. They hate us and want to kill us because we allow women to be free. We allow women to vote and wear what they want. We don’t stone them when they are raped. They hate us because we live in a free society that does not answer to muhammad. It is nice to think that if we pulled out completely of the Middle East the world would just get along. That just isn’t the case.

      • John Konop says:

        The Eiger,

        It is very clear on a macro what is causing the increase tensions…..

        …….Our Wars In the Middle East Have Created More Terrorists

        Security experts – including both conservatives and liberals – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

        Ooops.

        Killing innocent civilians is one of the main things which increases terrorism. As one of the top counter-terrorism experts (the former number 2 counter-terrorism expert at the State Department) told me, starting wars against states which do not pose an imminent threat to America’s national security increases the threat of terrorism because:

        One of the principal causes of terrorism is injuries to people and families.

        The Iraq war wasn’t even fought to combat terrorism. And Al Qaeda wasn’t even in Iraq until the U.S. invaded that country.

        And top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism (and see this).

        Furthermore, James K. Feldman – former professor of decision analysis and economics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the School of Advanced Airpower Studies – and other experts say that foreign occupation is the main cause of terrorism

        University of Chicago professor Robert A. Pape – who specializes in international security affairs – points out……….

        …….Each month, there are more suicide terrorists trying to kill Americans and their allies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Muslim countries than in all the years before 2001 combined.

        New research provides strong evidence that suicide terrorism such as that of 9/11 is particularly sensitive to foreign military occupation, and not Islamic fundamentalism or any ideology independent of this crucial circumstance. Although this pattern began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, a wealth of new data presents a powerful picture.

        More than 95 percent of all suicide attacks are in response to foreign occupation……….

        http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-10-22/us-%E2%80%9Cwar-terror%E2%80%9D-has-increased-terrorism

          • John Konop says:

            I am a data guy…..you are smarter than this….on a macro the data is clear….I would focus on 80% of the problem first…..BTW the sales pitch by radical Muslims is increased as civilians die in the Middle East….If you want on going conflict keep being the policemen of the world….Bush 1 understood foreign policy…..low key….use a big stick and or covert ops if you have to keep things under control…..get in and out asap….keep civilians casualties low… never be seen as an occupier. Straight out of “Art of War”.

            • TheEiger says:

              I’m data driven too. I asked a simple question. If radical Muslims only kill people because one country invaded another country why are radical Muslims killing people in France, Australia and Africa? That is a very important question.

              I’m not saying we need to have boots on the ground in every country in the world. I agree more with what you just posted about Bush 1.

              “Bush 1 understood foreign policy…..low key….use a big stick and or covert ops if you have to keep things under control…..get in and out asap….keep civilians casualties low… never be seen as an occupier.”

              Trust me. I’m a big stick buy. But for the big stick idea to work you have to use it everyone once in a while. A big stick isn’t giving the terrorists a timetable to withdrawal and failure or cutting key functions within the Pentagon (there are things that need to be cut. Outdated planes and multiple engines for one plane are a couple of ideas). Cutting the ability for our intelligence services to do their job oversees is not part of the solution.

              • John Konop says:

                We know recruiting terrorist increases with a combination of civilian casualties and western occupation/footprint in Muslim countries. I do think we should crack down harder in the west in our own countries. If you do not like our concept of freedom you are not welcomed, end of story.

                I do believe nothing is a 100% solution. If we got off their oil…..they would focus on their hatred among the tribes….and leave us alone….They do not treat tribal conflict any different in their own countries….I read something like up to 80% of the people in some of the Middle East counties still support stoning women…

                A low footprint combined with quick offshore strike capability is Bush 1 policy. And is what we should be doing….pounding your chest and heavy footprint, which Westmoreland supports has proven to be the worse off all options.

                • TheEiger says:

                  “Westmoreland supports has proven to be the worse off all options.”

                  Westmoreland says, “I will continue to support strengthening sanctions and doing anything necessary to prevent a nuclear Iran. Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East, and we must continue to stand with them and strengthen the alliance between our two nations.” The sanctions that Westmoreland is talking about is not chest pounding or heavy footprint. It’s more inline with what you are pushing. He didn’t say anything about invading Iran.

                  And before you say it. I have never worked for or currently working for Lynne Westmoreland. Just wanted to put that out there. I’ve met him before. He’s quite a nice guy.

          • Noway says:

            Question Eiger: Do you consider the actions of radical Islam over the last couple of decades could be considered a “Crusade” against the West? If it is, and they’ll continue the slaughter of non-believers, even if we came home to chirping birds and white picket fences, what is the West to do about it? Non-snark question. And not just to you. I’m interested in the opinions of all on here who care to venture in.

            • TheEiger says:

              I think Boko Haram is the perfect example. They make no bones about it. They are on a crusade against everything that is considered “Western”. Including young girls going to school. They do not hate us because we invaded Iraq twice. They hate us because we helped build schools for young girls. So yes, there are groups of radical Islam that are on a crusade against everything “Western.”

      • Rick Day says:

        I’m glad you are seeing organized religion as the reason we can’t have peace in the world. Because the radicalization of all religions (after all, Congress is a de facto Christian Church, based on membership) kills those not like them.

        I don’t CARE if radical Muslims kill people as long as they don’t kill US.

        So, how do you fix it, dude? Kill all Muslims and let Allah sort them out? What about radical Christians in Ellijay and Idaho?Should we kill them? They sure are murdering medical professionals who also happen to be US citizens.

        You don’t want to listen to the truth. Bin Laden explained CLEARLY. Every radical muslim is CRYSTAL CLEAR about their beef with the US. They don’t care about our free women, you jingoist sucking goat! THEY WANT US OUT OF THEIR COUNTRY.

        Lets try that first, OK? Can we do that, and stop sending our children off to fight The Oil Wars, and come back DEAD or DAMAGED.

        How can you take this position and still call yourself a human being?

  2. gcp says:

    “Out of touch” with US foreign policy? I say Obama has a failed foreign policy.

    The one that said he was elected to get us out of wars has involved us in another Iraq war and additionally involved us in Syria, cost us over 1000 troops and billions of dollars in Afghanistan, involved us in a failed war in Libya resulting in four dead Americans and has an undefined policy towards Iran.

    As for Bibi, let him speak.

      • gcp says:

        Obama gives away everything when dealing with enemies (Bergdahl deal, Cuba) but gives nothing when dealing with repubs in congress so I am skeptical of any deal with Iran. I favor strong sanctions.

      • gcp says:

        Obama foreign policy is mostly a failure do to his actions, not due to his inactions. I think you would agree on that point.

        • John Konop says:

          Interesting question, I think the problem is with both parties….to many think the west can reshape the Muslim world. I lean toward the Rand Paul type foreign policy…..lets focus here….much of the problems will go away…..Which is why I agree with Noway….it is all about the oil….If we do the keystone deal with first rights of refusal in the USA problem solved….combined with the current innovations and future innovation….

          • TheEiger says:

            “If we do the keystone deal with first rights of refusal in the USA problem solved”

            Come on John. You just said above that “nothing is a 100% solution.” The Keystone pipeline is great and should have happened years ago, but to think that the Keystone pipeline and more efficient cars will stop Boko Haram from killing little girls is crazy talk.

            The alternative is to have Rand Paul’s isolationists mindset and continue to let little girls be murder. I guess since they aren’t Americans or white we can sit back and let that happen.

              • TheEiger says:

                Against Boko Haram? Yes. A small special forces team could and should have already taken out the leadership of Boko Haram years ago. Our special forces found and killed the world’s most wanted man. I think they can do the same for the people slaughtering little girls that are just trying to learn how to read and write.

                When it comes to Boko Haram, We should kill them all.

                • gcp says:

                  BH is anywhere from 9000 members up to maybe 20000. Not an sf mission. It would be very messy and not a mission we should be involved in.

                  • TheEiger says:

                    I will disagree. I guess since they aren’t controlling an oil filed or killing white girls we will just turn our back. Like we have done time and time again.

                    Rwanda, Ethiopia and Somalia, but we will be the first to go to the Middle East. John and Noway are correct. It is all about oil on our side of the issue, but not on the Radical Muslim side of the issue. They will still hate us regardless of what we do. I just wish we were more consistent.

                    • gcp says:

                      I see your point on consistency. My thought is to only intervene if they are a direct threat to us.

                      Republican candidates would be wise to minimize discussion of an interventionist foreign policy.

              • TheEiger says:

                I am and will continue to be unapologetic on what I think the USA’s role should be in the world. If we aren’t going to be the “good men” then who is? One of my favorite quotes is from Edmund Burke.

                “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

            • John Konop says:

              The Eiger,

              At the end of the day horrible things happen everyday all over the world. Have you have ever seen sweatshops in China, India…..? How about the genocides that happen in Africa everyday? How about the genocide Muslims from different groups have done to each other? How about North Korean people? Just throw a dart….we could be in the nation building business non stop…..BTW we blow the money and the next group steps up…more of the same. When I hear the NECONS on both sides tell me they can pick the good guys…not sure if I should laugh or cry….Who are the good guys in Africa, Pakistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria…..? Please help us all understand…….

              The difference between us is you think we can change the world by us interfering…many on the right and left agree with you…..I think much of it has to be work out internally in their own country….and like a policemen will tell you the scariest call is a domestic dispute….many times the people turn on the cops….rather ironic if you think about the middle east…

              As far as race, religion, gender, gays…….I am all for equal opportunity not equal results…..I think the world would be a better place if we all focused on more self improvement over righteously telling other people how to live….

              • TheEiger says:

                “Who are the good guys in Africa, Pakistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria…..? Please help us all understand…….” The ones that aren’t killing little girls trying to go to school and stoning women because they were raped.

                • John Konop says:

                  Give me a list of leaders and parties we should support in Africa, Pakistan……? Tell us the plan? You get about 80% of the country supports stoning? The crazy part women had more rights under Sedum Hussein in Iraq than now? How did we help the women?

                  • TheEiger says:

                    Pay me hundreds of thousands of dollars that the big guys at the Pentagon get and give me the personnel they have and I will tell you all you need to know. I will even rank them in order from first to die to who needs a visit to Gitmo.

        • Rick Day says:

          Ok we get it, clone. You hate the Negro in Chief. Understood. So SHUT UP and answer the question.

          Do you support a re escalation of the oil wars or do you not? Do you support Westmorelands position or NOT?

          And if so, are YOU willing to get on the next troop flight over?

  3. Dave Bearse says:

    Out of touch is a much more warm and fuzzy criticism than uppity, and besides, its shows Westmoreland really knows what he’s talking about too!

    • gcp says:

      Based on the foreign policy of the past six years does Obama know what he’s talking about or what he’s doing?

        • gcp says:

          I agree Bush policy was a mess but evidently Obama did not learn from the Bush mess, in fact he just continued it.

            • gcp says:

              1.Bin Laden killed May 2011, we should have left the country then,
              2. End all Afghan aid
              3. no training of Syrian “friendlies” or “moderates” or whatever Obama calls them
              4.No intervention in Syria, let them kill each other,
              5. No US trainers or whatever our ground troops in Iraq are called
              6. Only favor bombing in support of Kurd and Iraqis against ISIL in Iraq
              7. Should not have bombed Libya or intervened at all in Libya
              8. Five for one for Bergdahl was a bad deal although I favored bringing him but that was a bad deal.
              9. As for Iran, I don’t know what Obama is doing but with his track record in foreign policy there is no telling what Kerry will give away

              I have more but that’s enough for now

  4. Noway says:

    I work a good bit in the Middle East and I see how the men there view “their” women. I also work with many westernized Middle Eastern female interpreters. Smart as whips. If they are indicative of the intelligence of the women there and I’m sure they are, what a total waste of ability and intellect to treat half of their population as pure chattel. That is an absolute Crime Against Humanity.

    • Rick Day says:

      Ah, but is it criminal enough to send our troops to die, just to defend a western society’s view? What can we do for these oppressed, “Emancipate” them?

  5. Rick Day says:

    Do you know the difference between a clueless wingnut and an informed American citizen?

    Citizens always refer to President Obama as “President” Obama.

    Just something I’ve observed over the past years…

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