The takeover of Fallujah by al-Qaida wipes out our costly 2004 victory in which we captured the Iraqi city at the cost of 100 Marines and soldiers killed in action, and hundreds more wounded. Fallujah isn't just an Obama mistake; it's the exemplar of Obama's disastrous foreign and military policies designed to reduce the power and prestige of America on the world stage.
Obama's military policies are not merely based on his incompetence. They are part of his personal philosophy to redistribute power in the world, which is the other side of his Saul Alinsky ideology to reduce our standard of living by drastically limiting our energy use to the level of poorer nations.
When Obama told Joe the Plumber that he wants to "spread the wealth around," this was only a part of his plan. He also wants to spread power around to achieve his "we-are-all-equal" worldview.
Just as Obama thinks it is unfair that the United States enjoys a higher standard of living than the rest of the world (even though we earned it), he thinks it is unfair America has more military power than other countries. When he talks about his goal of "fundamentally transforming" the United States, he means he wants to reduce both our economic and military superiority.
Obama has failed miserably in negotiating Iran out of its steady progression toward becoming a nuclear nation. It's been a year and a half since the Benghazi murders of our ambassador and three other Americans, but nobody has paid a price for them, and they remain unavenged.
Obama's intervention in Egypt was an unmitigated disaster that replaced a pro-American dictator with the Muslim Brotherhood, a vicious opponent of the Western values of freedom and representative government. His strange support for the group indicates a willingness to align us with its revolutionary agenda.
Afghanistan is releasing 72 prisoners that are said to be a security threat to the United States. Syria is in chaos, South Sudan has fallen into civil war and al-Qaida now controls more territory in the Arab world -- an area that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East -- than at any time in history.
Most of what Obama says is carefully scripted by his handlers and placed on a teleprompter for him to read. When he is caught without a teleprompter, we get some insight into how radical he really is.
This is what happened at the 2012 summit in South Korea when Obama was overheard on an open microphone saying to the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space ... This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."
Medvedev replied, "I will transmit this information to Vladimir (Putin)."
This colloquy tells us all we need to know about Obama's plan to destroy America's military superiority. Obama felt that, after his reelection, he would no longer be accountable to the American public on "particularly missile defense," which Obama has always opposed.
The United States has always had antimissile superiority, a priceless protection against the murderous aims of Iran, Communist China and North Korea. Russia has been trying to get us to abandon it ever since the days of Ronald Reagan, whose steadfast refusal to do so at the Reykjavik summit with Mikhail Gorbachev was a major factor in the U.S. winning the Cold War.
Robert Gates' new book describes an ambivalent commander-in-chief who did not believe in his own military buildup in Afghanistan and mainly just wanted to get out of Iraq. Gates says the only military matter "about which I ever sensed deep passion on his part was 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'" the law disliked by the gay community that Obama got Congress to repeal.
Our friends are wondering why our president has deliberately reduced American power and influence to levels reminiscent of the 1930s and turned his back on U.S. supporters and allies. He has openly made nice with adversaries such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Tehran's ayatollahs, and allowed Chinese penetration to rise to higher and higher levels.
This is not just a series of mistakes or bad luck. Obama's plan is to reduce American influence and prestige, because he thinks we are too dominant in the world, and military power should be redistributed, just as he wants to spread the wealth around inside our country. Our allies are dismayed by Obama's foolish abandonment of our preeminent military strength because they depend on us for their own security.
Americans will have to depend on the election of senators in November who commit to uphold the 2012 Republican Party Platform: "We are the party of peace through strength ... American military superiority has been the cornerstone of a strategy that seeks to deter aggression or defeat those who threaten our national security interests."