More than one lawmaker is concerned that we’re about to return to the ‘bad old days’ of Obama-like foreign policy, which was done with an eye towards how it would help domestic political interests and allies rather than whether it was best for America.
And one who is already sounding the alarm is a Sen. Tom Cotton, someone who has actually been involved in carrying out U.S. foreign policy on the ground, in an Army uniform, leading troops in battle.
President-elect Joe Biden’sappointments appear to signal a “return of the Obama administration’s foreign policy,” which “had disastrous consequences for our nation,” Senate Armed Services Committee member Tom Cotton, R-Ark., warned on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday.
Cotton, an Army combat veteran, made the comment two days after Biden announced a number of key Cabinet appointments, including Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas as secretary of homeland security and Avril Haines to serve as the first woman to lead the intelligence community, among other positions.
While Biden told NBC News Tuesday his won’t be a third Obama term regarding foreign policy the world is “totally different” now, Cotton begged to differ. He pointed to Obama’s memoir “where he says a lot of these people were responsible, for instance, for advising him to go to war in Libya, a war that’s now in its 10th year.”
That war is “a 10-year after-party that’s introduced civil war and slavery and unleashed a flood of migrants into Europe.”
“Look at ISIS, the rise of ISIS happened after Barack Obama rushed us out of Iraq,” Cotton said Wednesday.
He went on to champion President Donald Trump’s foreign policies, which featured peace deals and troop withdrawals.
“There are so many peace deals that President Trump has brokered between Israel and Arab nations, it’s hard to keep track of them,” Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, said.
He then brought up China, which Biden has been accused of being compromised by, and comments made by the former VP’s pick to become his national security adviser.
“People like Jake Sullivan have said we should be celebrating the rise of China,” Cotton said. “It was on the watch of so many of these nominees that China literally built islands out of the water in the South China Sea and militarized them, far extending the reach of their missiles and aircraft and their ships.”
Sullivan, a former top adviser to Hillary Clinton, was also all-in for invading (and thus destroying) Libya.
So yes, the long and short of it is this: Cotton is right. We’re about to go back to the future when it comes to an ‘America last’ foreign policy.
Here’s hoping our real president, Donald Trump, is successful in keeping his election victory that we all know was stolen from him.