The Moral Perversity of Democrats’ Foreign Policy Priorities
Few areas of public policy lend themselves less easily to general doctrinal sorting and various “-ism” labels than foreign policy. This is perhaps truer than ever, as America’s two main political parties continue their already upward realignment, Democrats abandoning their working-class roots in favor of a professional ruling class and Republicans abandoning the libertarian corporatism of yesteryear in favor of a populism of “deplorable” inspiration. Foreign policy is an inherently nuanced subject, and to speak in broad outline during a single political realignment can risk an analytical error.
These caveats aside, we should still feel comfortable making what may, at least superficially, seem like precisely too broad a statement: The Democratic Party’s top foreign policy priorities, in 2021, are completely morally perverse. This moral reversal simply cannot be overstated; this week’s events help to highlight why.
On Tuesday, during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, when religious Jews were offline, the Democratic House leadership yielded to the “Squad” led by anti-American and anti-Israel Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) . $ 1 billion for funding Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system which was included in a must-see Standing Resolution (CR). Democratic House leaders did so because of strong opposition to the funding of Iron Dome by Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
Democratic leaders initially claimed Iron Dome funding would reappear in a defense budget bill in a few months, but, perhaps realizing the inferior view of refusing to fund Iron Dome to the tune of $ 1 billion of dollars in a massive CR that included $ 28.6 billion in disaster. aid, introduced a stand-alone bill Wednesday night to fully fund Iron Dome. But the fact that House leaders were forced to resort to such a gamble is in itself revealing. Steny Hoyer may be the Majority Leader of the House Democrats, but the House Democrats real leader is now crystal clear: Ocasio-Cortez. The Hamas caucus struck again.
Surprisingly, around the same time, Democrats were funding Iron Dome, a remarkably successful and fully humanitarian missile defense system that is saving countless Jewish, Arab, and Christian lives while dramatically minimizing the risks of yet another bloody ground war and total between Israel and Hamas (while also strongly linked to the research and development of US missile defense) – some party members were apparently keen to fund the Taliban – the same supremacist terrorist organization aspiring to Sharia law from the 7th century who pampered al-Qaida before September 11. Namely: the Biden administration was, before changing its mind due to pressure from Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), a supporter of the allocation by the International Monetary Fund of $ 650 billion of ” Special Drawing Rights ”, including more than $ 400 million in funds sent to the Afghan government.
In the aftermath of President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghan pools, this would have translated into $ 400 million in direct subsidies to the Taliban. This is the same Taliban-led government of Afghanistan that, as FBI Director Christopher Wray admitted to Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) in a Senate hearing earlier this week, counts the eponymous member of the Haqqani network, Siraj Haqqani, as its Minister of the Interior. Haqqani remains wanted by the FBI, and there is a $ 10 million bounty for his capture. Some Democrats would apparently prefer to fund Haqqani’s government rather than protect the innocent lives of Jews, Arabs and Christians in the Holy Land using cutting-edge missile defense technology. Indeed, many Democrats would likely still prefer to send amorphous “humanitarian aid” to Afghanistan which, due to pervasive venality, would of course only subsidize the Taliban, rather than fund the inherently defensive Iron Dome system. .
It is simply perverse.
But at this point, that shouldn’t be surprising either. For years under the Obama administration, Democrats embarked on a broader Middle East-centric foreign policy realignment crusade whereby the United States would create distance between itself and its former Israeli allies and Sunni Arabs, and would approach Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood. Years later, the purported justification for such a realignment remains uncertain. The Iranian regime is the main sponsor of jihad in the world, and the regime’s propagandists are literally chanting “Death to America” on the streets of Tehran. Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, for whom the Biden administration in February removed the “terrorist” label previously affixed by the Trump administration, have the official slogan: “Allah is greater, dead in America, death to Israel, curse on the Jews, Victory for Islam. ” They seem like nice people.
The Democratic Party’s foreign policy is in chaos right now. Much of this intellectual lineage can be traced back to the Obama and even the Clinton administrations. But it has accelerated rapidly in recent years, as the tail that is Ocasio-Cortez’s anti-Jewish “squad” has come to lead the dog that is the Democratic Party’s larger apparatus. Shameless anti-Semites and anti-American fanatics unfortunately now run one of America’s two main political parties. It is now an inescapable truth.
Josh Hammer is News week Opinion writer, union columnist and researcher at the Edmund Burke Foundation. Twitter: @josh_hammer.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.
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