There are many reasons why the popularity of Barack Obama is declining in the past months and one of them is certainly his foreign policy. We can argue whether the health reforms or energy reforms were good or not but I believe that most of us can agree that the foreign policy that he practices can be described as naïve. The moves he made in the past 5 years lead to some things thatwe have never believed to be possible.
Let’s start with Iraq and Afghanistan. His first step in foreign policy was to withdraw the forces from Iraq and boost American military presence in Afghanistan which turned out to be a complete fail. When he made that decision, the situation in Iraq was slowly but steadily getting better with terrorist attacks on minimum, the Iraqi police and army were finally getting the necessary equipment and experience (they were trained by the members of the US Army located there) and overall the situations was getting better. The withdrawal of the U.S. troops from that region was catastrophic. The terrorist attacks were getting stronger and finally this year we have witnessed a completely new phenomenon called ISIS (IDIL). This terrorist group has established a so-called Islamic State in parts of Iraq and Syria. Obama was bragging about his success with the killing of Bin Laden but it is obvious that he created a bigger mess – a terrorist organization that is no longer hiding in caves and underground. These terrorists have an agenda and it seems that they are getting that agenda done. The strengthening of these terrorists groups became possible because of Obama’s dilemma regarding Syrian Civil War. The Syrian civil war started as an internal confrontation between pro-democracy group and the people loyal to the president Bashar al-Assad. Instead of fast reaction we saw a mild reaction from Obama and the situation escalated really quickly. He then supported the insurgents without knowing that many of them are Islamic fanatics that later formed the ISIS. These terrorists are still using American equipment. This lead to another shocking moment – Obama is now allying with al-Assad who was previously described as a dictator and cruel leader in order to defeat ISIS (IDIL). Is this a serious foreign policy? It is no wonder why the terrorists aren’t taking his threats seriously and why Putin and Russia are growing stronger and getting international support. Unlike Obama, Putin acts like a president that knows exactly what he wants. He is working for his country and trying to increase the Russian influence on all continents and we can’t blame him for that. Unfortunately, Obama is doing the opposite. He had the opportunity to show his diplomatic skills and the skills of his administration in Ukraine but that was another big fail. Ukraine is now divided, the most important regions are held by pro-Russian supporters and Russia can control the energy supplies that need to be delivered to Europe. The envoys he sent in Ukraine made the situations even worse (remember the Nuland scandal?).
With his naïve foreign policy Obama is not only weakening US position in the eyes of the rivals but he is also starting to lose some traditional American partners. The relations with Pakistan were never this tight and his administration has confirmed that they are killing American citizens on Pakistani soil by using drones. Is this the man who won the elections by saying that Guantanamo Bay detentions are illegal and that he will do everything he can to stop unconstitutional interrogations? He even asked for civilian trials for some well known Al-Qaeda members. Turkey is (was) another traditional U.S. partner that noticed the uncertainty in Obama’s foreign policy. Barack Obama is looking for unconditional support from the Turkish president Erdogan but on the other hand he is publicly criticizing him for the election process in Turkey and the level of democracy in Turkey. It looks like he forgot that he can’t sit on two chairs at once. Instead of using diplomats to sort things out he is acting like a showman that wants to impress the plebs and by giving controversial speeches he is trying to raise his popularity. But the gaffes he made and the naïve foreign policy that he practices was recognized by most Americans. It is definitely time to make some changes before it is too late to correct these mistakes. He must change his advisors and try to leave foreign policy to real professionals.