Obama’s Legacy: Part One

On Friday, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as our 45th president and President Barack Hussein Obama will leave office but, what will be Obama’s legacy? Dictionary.com defines legacy as, “Anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.” Many members of the general public consider a legacy as necessarily good but, a legacy can good or bad. In this four-part blog, I will be discussing every aspect of President Obama’s legacy. I will begin with foreign policy. In July of 2008, then Sen. Barack Obama gave a foreign policy speech at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington D.C., where he pledged to, “…pursue a tough, smart and principled national security strategy—one that recognizes that we have interests not just in Baghdad, but in Kandahar and Karachi, in Tokyo and London, in Beijing and Berlin. I will focus this strategy on five goals essential to making America safer: ending the war in Iraq responsibly; finishing the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban; securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorists and rogue states; achieving true energy security; and rebuilding our alliances to meet the challenges of the 21st century.” (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/jul/16/uselections2008.barackobama) Unfortunately, President Obama’s actions have rarely matched his words. His “responsible” ending of the war in Iraq created ISIS; the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban continues; the rogue state of North Korea has “the bomb” and Iran is still building “the bomb;” the U.S. still relies on oil from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Mexico and Canada, (though that is changing despite our current energy policy) and according to “The Washington Post,” our relationships with our adversaries (China, Cuba, Iran etc.) are better than with our allies (Israel, Great Britain, Turkey etc.)!. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-cold-eyed-view-of-allies-has-left-obama-with-few-overseas-friends/2016/04/18/49d5e3ce-0195-11e6-9203-7b8670959b88_story.html?utm_term=.edca2571a0aa)
In addition, his foreign policy decisions have given the world, according to Truth In Media.com, civil wars in Libya, Syria and Yemen, a rising number of domestic terrorism incidents, U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan, an air-wing fighting in Libya and drone operations are being conducted in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. (http://truthinmedia.com/reality-check-obama-perpetual-war-seven-countries/) President Obama also failed to halt Syria’s use of chemical weapons, and turn back Russia’s invasion of Crimea in eastern Ukraine. He also paid $5 billion and exchanged five Taliban prisoners for Bowe Bergdahl, allowed the Chinese to build bases in the South China Sea, paid $150 billion to Iran for hostages and trashed the U.S. throughout Asia during his Presidential tour. (http://www.martinoauthor.com/list-obama-failures/)
Hardly a stellar legacy. In fact, President Obama’s foreign policies should be considered an unprecedented fiasco and in the following three blogs, I will illustrate that his domestic, immigration and criminal justice policies are equally deplorable.

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