Frank Gaffney: Are We Better Off Now?
At the AIM conference in September, “ObamaNation: A Day of Truth,” we were fortunate to have Frank Gaffney as one of two people who addressed the audience twice. Once was on “The Muslim Brotherhood in America,” in which he demonstrated the extent to which that organization, both directly and through American front groups, has penetrated the highest reaches of our government.
But in this speech, he talked about whether or not the U.S. is better off today, in terms of foreign affairs and relations with other countries, than we were when President Obama came to power in 2009. His conclusion is that we are not. Gaffney has vast experience, both in his work at the Reagan Department of Defense where he was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, and in his non-profit national security work. He founded, and still serves as president, of the Center for Security Policy.
Iran, of course, is a problem on myriad different scores. It is, of course, run by an Islamist regime, albeit of the Shi’ite stripe. It has been engaged in terror; it has, for that matter, been at war with us since 1979. It has been destabilizing its neighborhood and any place else it can get its operatives, including now, increasingly, as I’ll say in a moment, our own hemisphere. We’re learning that it is engaged in cyber warfare against American entities right now, and I suspect that that will kick up more. And, of course, at any given moment we may well see the Strait of Hormuz closed, at least temporarily, with all kinds of repercussions for energy flows and the world economy. Then, as if that weren’t enough, there’s the nuclear weapons program, which is, I believe, at the cusp of finally realizing the decades-long ambition of the Mullahs to acquire and, perhaps, to use nuclear weapons.
On Russia, Gaffney calls the Obama “reset policy” a failure, and that the “flexibility” Obama promised to Dimitri Medvedev, should he be reelected, isn’t going to be good for this country. He expressed concern about the “increasing aggressiveness of the Chinese.”
On Hugo Chavez and Venezuela:
The point of Hugo Chavez is not simply to destroy democracy and any remnant of pro-American sentiment in his own country; he’s seeking to do it through the region much more broadly, and has brought to power a number of proxies, in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Nicaragua, and elsewhere for that purpose. He is, in fact, I believe, implementing Fidel Castro’s grand design; he long ago ran out of money to pursue it, but Hugo Chavez, with the oil wealth of his country, or at least what used to be the oil wealth of his country, has been able to mount it.
You can watch the highlights of Gaffney’s speech here:
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