War and Peace in the USA
By: Bill O'ReillyMay 26, 2015
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

We hope everybody had a nice Memorial Day weekend as the nation paused to honor Americans who lost their lives defending this country.

On Thursday, Gary Sinise and I hosted a fundraiser here in New York City to help severely wounded American vets.

The party raised more then a million dollars, including a $100,000 donation by a businessman in Dallas, David Elliot.

And all over the country good things were happening in memory of those families who have sacrificed so much.

But in Washington, bad things are occurring as America's power overseas is in free-fall decline.

The worst situation is the War on Terror.  ISIS savages are creating mass chaos throughout the Middle East, Northern Africa and now Nigeria.

Even though President Obama promised to confront ISIS and downgrade it, that has not happened.

ISIS continues to expand, murdering thousands of people, creating chaos wherever it goes.

In response, the president speaks of climate change to the Coast Guard Academy graduating class and touts his international record:

OBAMA: "Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war.  So on this day, we honor the sacrifice of the thousands of American service members -- men and women -- who gave their lives since 9/11, including more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan."

What the president did not say is that ISIS has now expanded into Afghanistan.

The northern part of that country is now a free-fire zone, as the Taliban and other Islamic militants seize territory from the government.

In fact, there are few victories in the War on Terror.

Syria is under siege by ISIS.

Iraq is tottering as ISIS controls about a third of the country.

Yemen has no functioning government.

Libya has no functioning government

In Nigeria, ISIS is aiding the savage group Boko Haram and they are threatening to destabilize that country.

Meantime, Iran has gained power throughout the Middle East by supporting terror groups like Hezbollah and Hamas.

Iran is now the only power inside Iraq that is actually putting up a fight against ISIS.

In the meantime, President Obama and his acolytes continue to insist that they have a handle on the terror problem and ISIS in particular.

REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): "It's an enormous challenge.  And we have to fight it on every front, including the front of social media.  That's a place where they have really made more advances than you would have suspected.  And that is where we have to fight them, as well."

So while ISIS is burning human beings alive, Congresswoman Pelosi is concerned about the social media aspect of the struggle.

Also, we are not fighting ISIS on every front.  We are not confronting them on the ground, with very few exceptions.

As usual, Congresswoman Pelosi is living in the world of Oz.  She has no blanking clue what's happening.

Same thing with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): "The situation in the Middle East is disruptive as we speak. It's a tough situation.  The president has done the best he can with the tools that he is given by the Constitution, what Congress has allowed him to do."

Are you kidding me!?  There are many members of Congress pounding the table for more action against ISIS and other jihadist groups.

So here we have the three most powerful Democrats in the country -- Mr. Obama, Pelosi and Reid -- all saying various things that make absolutely no sense.

Now the unintended consequences of this disastrous foreign policy:

President Obama likes to point to a 60-nation coalition that apparently has signed up to confront ISIS.

Outside of a few countries that are undertaking a few bombing missions, there is little sign the coalition is effective.

Maybe Italy, Spain and Germany have noticed the millions of people trying to illegally cross into Europe from Africa and the Middle East.

Many of them are fleeing terrorism, much of it generated by ISIS.

As thousands die in the Mediterranean Sea, the leaders of the European Union fiddle, imitating Nero ... too corrupt or incompetent to do anything about the terror threat.

The whole world is changing, the jihad is advancing, yet the 60-nation coalition is as impotent as any group could ever be.

There isn't enough Viagra in the world.

As American power recedes abroad, tyrants like Putin in Russia take advantage.

This is another unintended consequence of President Obama's weak foreign policy.

Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Putin, promising him sanctions would be lifted if he promised to stop seizing any more territory.

That must have delighted Vlad Putin, who i've nicknamed Vlad the invader as he saw once again the USA desperately trying to appease him. 

Putin of course will take whatever Kerry gives him, and then do whatever he wants knowing that America and Europe are too afraid to confront his illegal ambitions, too soft to stop his illegal activities.

Same thing with China.  That country is now expanding in the Pacific, seizing territory that does not belong to it and developing its military in a dramatic way.

China seeks to dominate Southeast Asia and understands it can now expand without any consequence from the West.

So this is a perfect storm of weakness.

Not only is the USA reluctant to use its power, but NATO and the other Western countries do not want to confront evil either.

Thus, the evildoers are on the march.

Talking Points is simply aghast that American foreign policy is so bad.

While it's true we can no longer police the world with ground troops, we can use our economic and diplomatic power to hurt countries that violate international law.

We can also lead the world into confronting ISIS and the other barbarians in a meaningful way.  It's about will tactics and leadership.

None of which is coming out of Washington.

All the foreign chaos is going to be a huge problem for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she campaigns for President.

If she points to the so-called Russian reset, knowledgeable folks will wince.

If she points to the War on Terror, she is highlighting a disaster.

But in the end, it all comes back to President Obama, the most reluctant commander-in-chief this nation has ever had.

And it's somewhat understandable, as Mr. Obama comes from an ideology that usually sees American military might as a negative.

The far left in the USA historically have opposed using American power abroad.

And now after thousands of American military folks were killed and maimed in Iraq and Afghanistan, the left is joined by some conservatives and independent Americans who believe we should stand down overseas.

But by withholding American power abroad, the president is plunging the world into a very dark place.

When order collapses, so does civilized society and we are seeing that all over this planet.

Next up, a phony nuke deal with Iran that will empower that villainous country.

God help the next president of the United States.

And that's the memo.