John Ransom

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Psalm 55:21

There are many things that are difficult to explain about the Obama administration. An apparently free and independent people not only elected him president of the United States, but also re-elected him even as it was apparent that his administration was mostly a miserable failure-- even by the measure of liberals.

Historians will long ponder how a president who spent as much money and legislated as much produced very little that actually helped the man on the street…and then was re-elected. Obama’s very own rhetoric about jobs, wages, and the economy since his re-election has been a confession of failure more than a domestic program.

But while we have been focused on the ruinous domestic side of Obama’s policies, it is perhaps on foreign policy that the results will travel farther with us.

The Middle East is ripe for the next world war, as we go into the sixth year of appeasement policies aimed at getting our enemies to think we are really swell guys. It’s the first time since 1944 that the geopolitical conditions in the Middle East are so unstable that it’s hard to predict with certainty how it will all play out.

And a stable foreign policy doesn’t thrive on that type of uncertainty.

Revolutions do though, as we are witnessing.

The situation in Syria, we’ve learned this week, is so bad and so unstable that even Al Qaeda is beginning to disown the effort and their allies.

“Al Qaeda appears to have had enough of one of its affiliates fighting in Syria: the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant,” says CNN. “The group has been locked in conflict with other Islamist factions and gained a grim reputation for abuses in parts of Syria it controls, including summary executions and mass killings.”

The last time we checked in with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, they were busy plundering the Iraqi Anbar province.

Imagine what you must do to gain a reputation for savagery so bad that even Al Qaeda is put off by it.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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