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Our pols are soft at home, soft abroad

By Ray Hanania

It’s bad enough crime is rampant in Chicago and spreading throughout the suburbs. The Jussie Smollett scandal is icing on an ugly cake.

Why does Smollett get a pass? Because he is friends with former President Barack Obama and First Lady Hillary Clinton, and because his race makes him a priority ward for Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, one of the worst county prosecutors in the country?

The Smollett case is about lying, and it’s no surprise one of his attorneys claims that the judge in his case “lunged” at her. It sounds more like a hoax intended to give Smollett an excuse to appeal what sounds certainly to be his conviction.

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Chicago crime and Smollett’s abuse of the criminal justice system are so troubling and distracting that many people are not able to focus on the trouble brewing over the horizon. Worse is the concern that the United States, the “leader of the free world” and “the world’s most powerful nation” is doing nothing about it.

What’s the point of being the world’s most powerful nation if you don’t use that power?

Last week, Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin ordered the ouster of many of the American diplomats at its Moscow embassy. At the same time, Russia’s mullah pals in Iran have been exploiting the sleepy policies of the administration of President Joe Biden.

Russian troops have been building up along the border of Ukraine, where it is clear Putin is planning some sort of invasion. There is no doubt that Putin is doing everything to drag Russia back to the old days of the Soviet Union and a Cold War with the West.

For the past six months, during their seventh meeting in Vienna, Biden has been trying to revive an agreement that would put Iran’s efforts to build a nuclear weapon in check. But the Iranians are “stonewalling” the talks so they can advance their nuclear program.

During a state department briefing I was invited to participate in for my Arab News newspaper assignments, senior officials made it clear Biden is not planning to take tougher action against the Iranians.

When you step back from what Russia is doing along its border with Ukraine, and how the Iranians are leading our country by the nose, you see a region that has serious problems.

During my podcast this week with former Congressman Bill Lipinski, Two Guys on Politics, we both agreed America and the West are being dragged into a new Cold War with the Russians and that the Russians are building up their power base right under our noses.

What are we doing? It doesn’t look like much. The region, from Ukraine to Afghanistan, consists of countries in total chaos. Biden basically abandoned Afghanistan. The Taliban is on the rise and they are certainly not American allies.

In the Middle East, Iraq is carved up into regions of violence. Russia is strengthening its power base in Syria, bolstering the murderous dictator Bashar al-Assad.

If Russia controls Ukraine, Putin will be in position to threaten Turkey, a secular Muslim country that despite the political rhetoric is one of the last bastions, along with Saudi Arabia and Jordan, against religious fanaticism.

Russia and Iran are gaining troubling influence, but no one is doing anything about it.

We need to put Russia in check, and we need to cut the knees out from under Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It doesn’t help that we close our eyes to the massive nuclear arsenal Israel maintains.

Not in this frightening equation is the trouble we have with China, which holds a huge financial mortgage over American lives. The amount of products made there for America is troublesome.

Don’t think former President Donald Trump was any better. Trump was tougher than Biden in his rhetoric, but Trump undermined himself by sinking into the petty muck with his petty critics. It weakened his policies and his goals.

What we need, but what we don’t have, is a president who is tough enough to confront Russia, Iran and China without getting us into a world war. Someone like former President Ronald Reagan. Reagan wasn’t perfect. but he knew how to stand up to international threats. He also empowered our police to confront our domestic challenges, too.

Perception drives how the world views us. Putin, Assad, the Taliban and the crazed Iranian mullahs are much like the drug dealers and gangbangers in Chicago who see weakened policies as an invitation to do more wrong.

That’s frightening.

Check out Ray Hanania’s columns and political podcasts at hanania.com.

1 Comment

  1. Nancy Balouris on December 11, 2021 at 9:19 am

    I believe that President Trump would have been much tougher, he did a good job of securing the boarders, placing tariff’s on China, and had less Covid 19 deaths while he was in office. In my opinion President Biden is mentally and physically unfit to hold the Presidency and his family should be ashamed of themselves to allow him to run.



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