Today’s Guest Saturday post comes to us from Dan Miller of the DanMillerInPanama blog. He originally published this essay on March 19, 2014.
Obama weakens America on Iran, takes offence when weakness is criticised
Obama supporters are shocked! It’s disgraceful that a mere Israeli Defense Minister should say unpleasant things about the Dear Leader.
ordered the army to continue preparing for a possible military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities at a cost of at least 10 billion shekels ($2.89 billion) this year, despite the talks between Iran and the West, according to recent statements by senior military officers.
What will the Dear Leader’s supporters say about that? Will they find it insulting?
A large (83 member) and strongly bipartisan collection of U.S. Senators has sent a letter to President Obama challenging His policies toward Iran. Three hundred and ninety five members of the House have sent a similar letter.
The House letter goes into greater detail on verification of any deal while the Senate is more specific about the requirements needed to disable Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program. The gist of the letters, however, is the same: Congress will in essence need to approve any final deal because legislative action is needed to lift sanctions; a final deal must disable Iran’s capacity to build a nuclear weapon; and stringent verification must be agreed to.
A bipartisan consensus of that magnitude should, but probably won’t, encourage even the hardest of the hard core Obama supporters to reconsider their positions.
Bryan Preston at PJ Media observes in an article titled Kerry Decides that Now’s as Good a Time as Any to Chew Out the Israelis,
US Secretary of State John Kerry decided that he would demonstrate strength by calling up Israel’s prime minister to tell on Ya’alon
“Secretary Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning. And he protested to him his concerns about these comments,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday.
The U.S., Psaki reaffirmed, maintains an “unshakable commitment” to Israel’s security. [Emphasis added.]
How can something that no longer exists be “shaken?”
“So it is certainly confusing to us why Defense Minister Ya’alon would continue his pattern of making comments that don’t accurately represent the scope of our close partnership on a range of security issues and on the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel,” she said.
Campaign hack Psaki may find all this confusing, but it’s straightforward to anyone who has followed US-Israel relations, and Obama’s treatment of the Iranian nuclear standoff, since 2009. Obama has tilted toward Islamist groups from the Palestinian territories to Cairo to Syria and beyond, quite consistently. He has at the same time criticized Israel over settlements, tried to force it to accept indefensible borders, and publicly slighted its leaders. He has taken America’s positions of leadership in so many areas and thrown them away.
It all adds up to, as Ya’alon notes, Israel not being able to depend on the United States anymore. [Emphasis added.]
Who with a sense of self-preservation can depend on the U.S. now?
Originally posted on Anne’s Opinions:
Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued a scathing critique of the Obama administration, an Israeli newspaper reported Monday, declaring that Israel cannot rely on the US to thwart Iran’s nuclear program, accusing the administration of broadcasting weakness throughout the world, and warning that its perceived weakness was inviting further terrorism against US targets.
Speaking at a Tel Aviv University event on Sunday reported by the Haaretz daily, Ya’alon said Israel could not afford to rely on the Obama administration to lead an action against Iran’s nuclear program, and that…
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