The intended purpose for vacuums is to clean, pick up dirt that we cannot often see with the naked eye … But when it comes to foreign policy there is another type of vacuum.
Written By Allen B. West For Townhall:
As I write this missive, it is Monday morning and I am in New York City at the Roosevelt Hotel. I am here for the London Center for Policy Research American Liberty Award Dinner. I did my NYC ritual of running Central Park and here in the room typing I heard the housekeepers start their ritual of taking care of the cleaning and maintenance of the floor – the sounds of the vacuums.
The intended purpose for vacuums is to clean, pick up dirt that we cannot often see with the naked eye. They are also helpful in clearing up debris and water after disasters. I remember one of my chores growing up in 651 Kennesaw Avenue in Atlanta was to vacuum the house. We had a monstrous Hoover system, man was that thing loud, but it did the job. And you knew so when you changed out the bag and saw what it had picked up.
But when it comes to foreign policy there is another type of vacuum.
Back in August 2011 I was part of a Congressional delegation visiting Israel and we had the pleasure of meeting with Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. I will always remember his warning about vacuums, he advised us to not withdraw our military force footprint from Iraq. PM Netanyahu stated that if you create a vacuum it will be filled.
And so it is, when we get away from the real purpose of a vacuum, cleaning up dirt, and create your own via a short-sighted foreign policy – you create dirt, mess and a disaster that will eventually have to be cleaned up. The Obama administration thought it more important to adhere to campaign promises, rhetoric, and rigid ideology and created a huge vacuum in the Middle East. Unless you have forgotten, the Obama administration’s stated goal was to “pivot away from the Middle East” and that included abandoning a position of strength in the region.
And in the past three years, look at the dust balls that have gathered under the furniture with this vacuum.
An enemy that was defeated has now reconstituted and has secured swaths of territory and driven out historic communities. ISIS would not have been able to bring itself together if we had maintained the requested residual force in Iraq of 10,000-15,000 troops. As well, Iran would not have been able to become more of an influencer in Iraq if we had maintained a residual force in Iraq.
Perhaps, if there were still American leadership in the Middle East, Syria would not have descended into the deplorable situation which is having immense ramifications experienced all the way to Europe.
The Obama vacuum is not like the Hoover vacuum I used as a little kid. Instead of ….. (Continue Reading here)