With the mitigated joy of having The Donald as president, it is good to remind ourselves of the horror of his predecessor. David Horowitz does just that for foreign policy at the PowerLine. His opening salvo:
During the eight years of the Obama administration, half a million Christians, Yazidis and Muslims were slaughtered in the Middle East by ISIS and other Islamic jihadists, in a genocidal campaign waged in the name of Islam and its God. Twenty million others were driven into exile by these same jihadist forces. Libya and Yemen became terrorist states. America – once the dominant foreign power and anti-jihadist presence in the region – was replaced by Russia, an ally of the monster regimes in Syria and Iran, and their terrorist proxies. Under the patronage of the Obama administration, Iran – the largest and most dangerous terrorist state, with the blood of thousands of Americans on its hands – emerged from its isolation as a pariah state to re-enter the community of nations and become the region’s dominant power, arming and directing its terrorist proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Gaza and Yemen.
Do read the whole thing. It is quite a powerful reminder. We don’t love The Donald but he is an improvement and he is a better choice than the Secretary of State that implemented these disasters. It does mean that The Donald has a big job. We hope he is up to it.