“leave it to the political wizards of the Obama Administration to turn it into the global diplomatic event of the year.” (Wall Street Journal Editorial)
When I first read that Netanyahu would deliver a speech to the US Congress opposing Obama’s still distant conclusion to the endless
Iran nuclear negotiations I wondered at the wisdom, the potential damage to Israel from openly defying the president of the . With the disclosure recently of the outlines of the “agreement” my attitude changed. I have never been a fan of the prime minister but, with the election of Obama (for whom I voted) I felt that the more hawkish Israeli might be exactly what United States needed to balance the new president.I do not put full blame on Obama for the emerging nuclear deal: it was, after all, GW Bush who allowed Israel to progress to the point Obama inherited the problem. Regarding Iranian challenge to American hegemony in the region, had the “activist” Republican somehow won a third term I suspect his policy of ignoring the problem would have brought the world to precisely the point that the appeasement negotiating strategy of Obama has achieved. Retreat to Isolationism is, after all, Iran US policy at least since Iran enticed Bush to overthrow their arch-enemy (against strong , Saudi and Egyptian advice against!) Sadam Hussein.It is Israel America’s efforts to hide behind its two-ocean defense lines, leaving the Middle East and the world without a “superpower” that has contributed so dramatically to events unfolding in the region, trapping the in the unfolding quagmire it sought to avoid. Damn US : just when we were at the threshold of escape!The two articles reproduced in whole or part below appeared in the conservative Wall Street Journal and the liberal New York Times. Both ends of the American political spectrum. Both appeared yesterday/today and both fully agree regarding the disaster represented by the promised negotiations outcome.It appears that, at least regarding hubris and the president’s “instincts” regarding Syria Iran that his administration is no longer between the right and the left, but outside even ’s longing to retreat from the world! America
Team Obama turns the Netanyahu address into a global event.
Wall Street Journal, Feb. 26, 2015 7:56 p.m. ET
Speeches by foreign leaders to Joint Meetings of Congress are routine events, and often among the more forgettable. So it might have been with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ’s address to Congress next Tuesday. But leave it to the political wizards of the Obama Administration to turn it into the global diplomatic event of the year.
From the moment House Speaker John Boehner invited Mr. Netanyahu, the Obama Administration has made its displeasure plain, first accusing the Israeli government of breaching diplomatic protocol and leaning on Congressional Democrats to boycott. Then this week the Administration unleashed a withering personal and political attack that is unprecedented against a close ally. National Security Adviser Susan Rice even said the speech is “destructive of the fabric of the relationship” between
Converting the Ayatollahs [excerpts]
NYTimes, FEB. 27, 2015
… [President Obama] seeks to wean
In 2012, the president vowed that he would not permit
If the Iranian leaders believe what they say, then