WASHINGTON TIMES — Security conscious Americans are hard-pressed to be optimistic after reading the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment for 2016. The document, prepared by 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, chronicles the enormous security threats currently facing the United States and global community seven years into Barack Obama’s presidency. And it prompts many Americans to ask: what happened?
For President Obama and his supporters, it wasn’t supposed to turn out this way. The beginning of the Obama presidency in 2009 was met with raised expectations for a better and safer world, for Americans and everyone else. None more so than the Norwegian Peace Committee which gave Mr. Obama its most coveted award, the Nobel Peace Prize, a mere nine months into his presidency for, among other things, his willingness to make greater use of the United Nations and other international institutions in resolving the world’s most difficult problems.
During his administration, Mr. Obama followed his global worldview ideological impulses and pursued the Norwegian Peace Committee and U.N.’s main agenda items in a way that surely pleased them, while dismaying those who believe strongly in U.S. sovereignty and America’s traditional role as Free World leader.