For the last couple of months the Obama administration, with Secretary of State John Kerry spearheading, has been trying anything and everything to get Iran to sign an agreement that allegedly would prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon - at least for a while. They've done pretty much everything they can do, including giving Iran everything they wanted and getting nothing in return. They were about to conclude this non-written agreement before Iran said "By the way - eve if we do agree to anything we won't be sticking to it anyway."
Everyone in the world - well, except for President Obama and John Kerry, perhaps - knew this was going to happen. We all knew Iran would never maintain an agreement like that. Way back when Iran began developing uranium for "nuclear power plants" most Americans knew that it was a bad idea. Allowing a nation whose leaders are fanatical Muslim extremists and who have been threatening our strongest ally in the region, Israel, for years, to develop nuclear anything is ridiculous. But President Obama said Iran has the right to have nuclear power plants if that's what it wants. He didn't believe (or ignored) the possibility that Iran would have hidden sinister motives. He wanted to make friends with them after all these years of hostility. So that's what he set out to do.
Obama's new best friend forever has taken the lead in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Since President Obama wouldn't do it, Iran has seized the opportunity to expand its empire and take control of the region. And our President is ignoring the years-long disagreement we have with them, removing sanctions that have kept them pretty well in their place all these years, and helping them not only develop a bomb but giving air support to their campaign in Iraq.
But now there is a new twist. In recent weeks Shiite rebels have been overtaking the government of Yemen. You remember Yemen - that small country that President Obama touted as his "counter terrorism success story" just weeks ago. Their President has abdicated and gone into hiding and the Shia rebels have seized control of Amran. The twist is that the Shia rebels taking over Yemen are, in fact, backed and funded by none other than Obama's new BFF, Iran.
To further complicate matters, our other ally, Saudi Arabia, has formed a coalition to defend Yemen against the rebels. The United states is backing the Saudis with intelligence gathering and logistics.
President Obama has now ordered the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Normandy, a guided-missile cruiser, to the Gulf of Aden. They insist that these ships, which join seven other U.S. Navy ships in the region, are not going there to stop Iranian vessels from delivering arms to the rebels in Yemen. The Saudi coalition already has a blockade in place in the waters offshore. But what if it becomes necessary? Will we allow Iranian shipments of arms to get through just because Obama is trying to maintain his new friendship? If that's the case - what's the point of sending the ships in the first place?
"In recent days, the U.S. Navy has increased its presence in this area as a result of the current instability in Yemen," said a Navy statement on Monday.
"The purpose of these operations is to ensure the vital shipping lanes in the region remain open and safe. The United States remains committed to its regional partners and to maintaining security in the maritime environment," it said.
The purpose is to ensure that vital shipping lanes remain open. What exactly does that mean? Is the US there to oppose Iran or to oppose the Saudi blockade if necessary?
According to The Hill.com "The U.S. has also pledged to help the coalition ensure that a United Nations Security Council arms embargo enacted last week against the Houthi leadership is enforced."
So in Iraq and Syria Obama is fighting with Iran and off the coast of Yemen Obama will be fighting against Iran? How incompetent is our Commander in Chief, anyway?