During his speech at the Democrats’ convention, Vice President Biden asked whether Osama bin Laden was better off now than he was 4 years ago. Since he set that benchmark, it’s only fair to use that criteria across North Africa and the Middle East. Charles Krauthammer’s column provides proof that life’s pretty good for some disgusting people:

Iran repeatedly defies U.S. demands on nuclear enrichment, then, as a measure of its contempt for what America thinks, openly admits that its Revolutionary Guards are deployed in Syria. Russia, after arming Assad, warns America to stay out, while the secretary of state delivers vapid lectures about Assad “meeting” his international “obligations.” The Gulf states beg America to act on Iran; Obama strains mightily to restrain…Israel. Sovereign U.S. territory is breached and U.S. interests are burned.

Life couldn’t get much better for state sponsors of terrorism and traditional American enemies. They know that they’re on easy street. They know President Obama’s foreign policy of appeasement is good for bad guy business.

In a very real sense, Iran, Russia and Syria are much better off today than they were 4 years ago. In fact, it won’t take long before Iran’s mullahs will be insufferable and unstoppable. Just a little more enrichment and they’ll have a nuclear weapon. By any sane administration’s measure, that means Iran is the biggest winner in President Obama’s high-stakes gamble.

Meanwhile, trusted allies like Israel and Poland were thrown under the bus. President Obama sent the final unmistakable message to Israel when he accepted a meeting with Egyptian President Morsi while refusing to meet with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu or Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

President Obama’s message to the Israelis was simple: Drop dead. We don’t care.

Another unmistakable message this administration sent was during the protests of the rigged Iranian elections of 2009. This administration’s message to the protesters was equally clear: Drop dead. We’re siding with the mullahs, not with Iran’s freedom-loving people.

Things are badly wrong when the people that should fear the US are smiling and the people that trust the US are worried and fidgeting. That’s where we’re at right now.

To adapt a phrase from a legendary story, there’s no joy in Worldville tonight. The One just made the world a nastier neighborhood.

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3 Responses to “Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? (Biden edition)”

  • eric z says:

    Sept. 2008 is when Bush and his Goldman Sachs Treasury Secretary crashed the markets when Leahman was eliminated as a GS competitor. We are clearly better off.

    Romney’s schmoozing bacground with Netanyahu makes it essential that the question not asked yet should be asked, were we having an attentive and fair press.

    Is Romney committed 100% to keeping Jonathan Pollard in prison for the remainder of his life for betraying the nation?

    Just answer that.

    Never mind the south Florida PAC activity featuring Netanyahu in an attempt to impose foreign policies re Iran upon our nation and to tamper in our election processes in ways most would say are improper.

    Just, keep Pollard in the jug, or not?

  • Gary Gross says:

    That’s also when President Obama’s incompetent Treasury Secretary had his fingers in the TARP bailout. Since then, Geithner’s ideas have been failures. The bailouts have kept coming. Community banks are significantly worse off because of Dodd-Frank, which Geithner supported.

    Meanwhile, an entire region of the world is rioting against the U.S. That certainly didn’t happen with President Bush in office. In fact, most nations sided with President Bush. Again, we’re much worse off today than we were 4 years ago.

    Thanks to President Obama’s shafting Israel, they’ve felt the need to fight for their lives through American politics. The nation that’s supported liberty-loving people around the world suddenly said with their actions that they’d flip liberty-loving people under the bus in their attempt to appease Iran. If you want to argue that that’s made the world a safer place, have at it. I look forward to ridiculing you if you choose that path.

    As for Pollard, I haven’t heard Netanyahu or Romney talk about him. That means his prison status isn’t on their radar screens. The issue is moot. He’ll die in prison.

  • walter hanson says:

    Eric:

    Keep in mind what crashed the markets in 2008 was the house mortage crisis. So what caused it?

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in need of reform especially not guaranteeing every mortgage (so they had no standards to be paid out). President Bush proposed a plan. Maxine Waters said Fannie Mac and Fredie Mae were doing just fine. Barney Frank saw no problem. In the Senate, Christopher Dodd and Barack Obama, filibustered the reform legislation, in part because they took campaign contributions from Countrywide Mortage and got prime loans blocked it.

    It seems to me your gripe is with the Democrats who did nothing, including the current President.

    Just another reason why, if you vote the way you post, that you’re voting for Mitt Romney because you can’t stand the damage he did to the country.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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