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Ongoing for many years, today's Middle East political and military problems have become more explosive than ever. Competent observers fear the scalding waters will soon rain down on American lands and Citizens. There is surely much blame to go around, but the present White House occupant must be accorded a major share of the blame for the increasing Mid-East crescendo of the last several years. In this note, multiple elements of the issue are assessed and evaluated across the geographies of Benghazi, Libya, Syria, Iran and Iraq. This spectrum is not only of interest for their variety of issues, but because they are all symptoms of the underlying disease - - that being the savagery and closed-minded determination declared by Leaders of Jihadist Terrorism. Some solutions are posed here based on the issues described, but also in the light of actions and philosophy expressed by President Ronald Reagan on April 14, 1986, when he addressed the American Nation on the military action he had just taken against the terrorism of Col. Muomar Gaddafi of Libya.

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2. THIS ARTICLE EXPLORES THE ORIGIN, CONSEQUENCES AND PLIGHT OF AMERICA'S RECENT FOREIGN POLICY UNDER OUR TEAM LEADER, O.T.L.TOPICS 2Cht 2 3. OVERVIEW AND PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICAN POLICY AND THE BLISTERING ISSUES IN TODAY'S MIDDLE EASTOngoing for many years, today's Middle East political and military problems have become more explosive than ever. Competent observers fear the scalding waters will soon rain down on American lands and Citizens. There is surely much blame to go around, but the present White House occupant must be accorded a major share of the blame for the increasing Mid-East crescendo of the last several years.In this note, multiple elements of the issue are assessed and evaluated across the geographies of Benghazi, Libya, Syria, Iran and Iraq. This spectrum is not only of interest for their variety of issues, but because they are all symptoms of the underlying disease --that being the savagery and closed-minded determination declared by Leaders of Jihadist Terrorism.Some solutions are posed here based on the issues described, but also in the light of actions and philosophy expressed by President Ronald Reagan on April 14, 1986, when he addressed the American Nation on the military action he had just taken against the terrorism of Col. MuomarGaddafi of Libya. This writer feels the Reagan 7 minute address is a quite valid model of handling the issue and should be kept prominently in mind as today's American Leaders seek to build a current strategy and plan to deal with the devastations of the present crisis. A LINK to the Reagan video is given in ref. 7. A transcript of the video (in 8 parts) is given in charts #24-31)3Cht 3 4. MANY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CURRENT SITUATION; BUT THE PRESENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE MUST ACCEPT MUCH OF IT.Back in 2008, Our Team Leader (O.T.L.) of today,in campaign mode, provided some thoughts on America's foreign policy:"Instead of alienating ourselves from the world, I want America --once again --to lead ... I will focus this strategy on goals essential to making America safer:ending the war in Iraq responsibly;finishing the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban;securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorists and rogue states;achieving true energy security;rebuilding our alliances to meet the challenges of the 21st century... [and] to engage China on common interests."Evaluating progress on these goals, Congressman Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), a member of theSubcommittee on Terrorism, HUMINT, Analysis, and Counterintelligence, recently told American Thinker (Ref 1):"You'd be hard-pressed to argue that the President has achieved any of the major foreign policy goals he laid out as a candidate. ..""No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it."AndrewCarnegie 4Cht 4 5. So, if recent foreign policy has fallen short of the goal, where specifically has it failed us? In part at least, its been a combination of (1) strong steps in the wrong direction, and, (2) weak steps or total inaction that has left the world deprived of the American Leadership that has been instrumental since World War II. As a result, we see today that that various Jihadist Terror groups have been causing unrest and chaos in multiple Mid-East Nations.Additionally, festering domestic problems in America also give impetus to foreign belief that America is just losing it and disengaging. An example of both, is the increasingly aggressive posture of Russias Vladimir Putin in militarily reclaiming rights to part or all of the Ukraine. Thus, in a way, two current parts of world adventurism are linked to falling regard and respect for American foreign policy.Of particular concern because of almost 3000 American deaths in 2001, are the recent, largely successful exploits of various terrorist groups, particularly in the regions of Libya, Syria, Iran and Iraq. And we will focus on these in this article.OVERVIEW AND PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICAN POLICY AND THE BLISTERING ISSUES IN TODAY'S MIDDLE EAST5Cht 5 6. THIS ARTICLE EXPLORES THE ORIGIN, CONSEQUENCES AND PLIGHT OF AMERICA'S RECENT FOREIGN POLICY UNDER OUR TEAM LEADER, O.T.L.TOPICS 6Cht 6 7. LIBYA (including Benghazi)The story here is not complete as Congress, under Rep. Trey Gowdy (R- SC), is now formally investigating Benghazi. But it is clear that under the O.T.L. Administration, 4 Americans, including our Ambassador, lost their lives in Libya, when the Administration disregarded multiple requests for more security as the Embassy sensed significant danger. Rather, the O.T.L. opted out of any action for what is strongly suspected of being political concerns. Repeated "stand down" orders from the U.S. State Dept. are blamed by Embassy security people for the 4 deaths.The story advanced by multiple members of the Administration blamed a very offensive video for insulting Islam and stirring up resentments around the Arab world. The act of terror, we were told, DID NOT reflect growingal Qaeda influence in Libya because of American neglect.7Cht 7 8. LIBYA (including Benghazi)However, knowledgeable observers now believe this was a falsehood, maintained to serve a presidential election campaign.When the Trey Gowdy investigations are completed, we'll have a clearer picture of what happened. So the lesson will likely yet be drawn that the Administration compromised National security either out of incompetence or in order to protect claims of a foreign policy success in Libya. These appear the primary explanations for the O.T.L. clumsy deceptions in the days after the September 11, 2012, Terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission. Insisting the attack was not premeditated, the administration blamed a very offensive video for insulting Islam and stirring up resentments around the Arab world.Today, Libya is in chaos. With its government fragmented, it offers safe harbor for Jihadi Terroristsas weapons and fighters from the former regime destabilize sub-Saharan Africa. For 4 decades Muammar Gaddafi was an evil dictator with American blood on his hands, but he had also been unnerved previously by the Ronald Reagan bombing of his headquarters in 1986 and the subsequent George Bush invasion of Iraq. In recent years, prior to his death in 2011, Gaddafi was cooperating with the United States. Unfortunately, O.T.L. changed that by helping Radical Islamists defeat and kill Gaddafi. Today, Libya has implemented Sharia law, is a large breeding ground of terrorism and hasdescended into civil war. Critics of O.T.L. charge that wedhave all been better off if the Administration had just donenothing and let Gaddafi crush the radical Islamists.8Cht 8 9. ISSUES / PROPOSED ACTIONSBASED ON BENGHAZI-LIBYA ANNALS -charts # 7,89Cht 9 10. SYRIANow take the O.T.L. Administration's dealings with Syria. Said the President in 2012: We have been very clear to the Assad regime that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation. In the end, Bashar al-Assads continued use of weapons (some say chemical included) against the Syrian peoplechanged nothing. The O.T.L. administration backed away from its threat to punish Mr. Assad militarily, leaving it to Russia Mr. Assads most important ally --to orchestrate a deal to seize and destroy Syrias chemical weapons. Now, in fairness, the Syrian-ISIS situation is quite complicated and important. More detailed discussion follows.10Cht 10 11. SYRIAThe O.T.L. Admin. asserts it was the prospect of American force that causedal-Assad to forego his chemical stockpile. This despite Secretary of State Kerry promising a U.S. military action of an unbelievably small, limited kind of effort. No administration in American history has described usage of U.S. military power in such diminutive terms. No dictator in history would have been put off by it. And Mr. Assad has not been deterred from committing further war crimeshe is simply using other weapons of terror and destruction to remain in power (and some say has continued to use chemical weapons). The result, after three years of U.S. inaction, is that the conflict has spread into a regional disaster: 170,000 Syrians are dead, and 9 million have abandoned their homes, including 2.5 million who have fled to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.Nevertheless, the Assad family's long reign had considerable public aceptance.The table below shows some of the complicated, changing antagonist relationships.11Cht 11 12. SYRIAThe moderate Syrian rebels (MSR) began as a peaceful protest movement against Assad, demanding political change, but gravitated into an armed insurgency when Assad unleashed a brutal crackdown (chemical weapons) resulting in O.T.L.'s "Red Line". Very recently, after the recent beheadings of 2 Americans, Assad has appealed to the West for help in his anti-ISIS drive. He offers his troops, seasoned in fighting the Jihadists. Britain's PM, David Cameron, has demurred, saying Assad is part of the problem, not part of the solution.But it should be remembered that Assad has not been hostile to religious diversity in Syria. Nor is he driven by the "kill all infidels" ideology of ISIS. Before dismissing Assad too quickly, might it not be worth considering that a well-constructed agreement with Assad might be a linchpin in a Middle East opportunity for a more integrated religious governance that could be the basis for a lasting peace?This could be a time for some creative diplomacy amongst those united against ISIS and opposed to its aggressive, murderous philosophy. Yes, Assad has been guilty of some brutality against his own people --but as has been noted by one of America's great heroes, there may be more than one way to skin a cat: 12Cht 12 13. ISSUES / PROPOSED ACTIONSBASED ON SYRIA ANNALS -charts # 10-1213Cht 13 14. IRANResponding to criticism of O.T.L.'s handli