Two interesting stories this morning as I drink my coffee.
First, the Wall Street Journal.
Barack Obama is fond of insisting that he "has Israel's back." Maybe he should mention that to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
In remarks to journalists in London quoted by the Guardian, General Martin Dempsey warned that any Israeli attack on Iran would "clearly delay but probably not destroy Iran's nuclear programs." He also said economic sanctions on Iran were having an effect and needed more time to work, but that the good they were doing "could be undone if [Iran] was attacked prematurely."...
No wonder the Israelis are upset—at the U.S. Administration. It’s one thing to hear from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he wants to wipe you off the map: At least it has the ring of honesty. It’s quite another to hear from President Obama that he has your back, even as his Administration tries to sell to the public a make-believe world in which Iran’s nuclear intentions are potentially peaceful, sanctions are working and diplomacy hasn’t failed after three and half years...
The irony for the Administration is that its head-in-the-sand performance is why many Israeli decision-makers believe they had better strike sooner than later. Not only is there waning confidence that Mr. Obama is prepared to take military action on his own, but there’s also a fear that a re-elected President Obama will take a much harsher line on an Israeli attack than he would before the first Tuesday in November.
If Gen. Dempsey or Administration officials really wanted to avert an Israeli strike, they would seek to reassure Jerusalem that the U.S. is under no illusions about the mullahs’ nuclear goals—or about their proximity to achieving them. They’re doing the opposite.
Since coming to office, Obama Administration policy toward Israel has alternated between animus and incompetence. We don’t know what motivated Gen. Dempsey’s outburst, but a President who really had Israel’s back would publicly contradict it.
Those of you who think that the Obama administration honestly intends to prevent Iranian nukes are deluding yourselves. You are engaging in nothing more than wishful thinking. The Obama administration's policy has not been one of preventing Iranian nukes, but one of preventing Israel from defending itself from the development of those nukes.
There are no good options here, but unless the Jews of the Middle East are prepared to live or die according to the whims of the Iranian mullahs (thus throwing the Zionist project into the trash) they will have to take care of things on their own. Obama cannot be counted on and, in fact, will do everything that he possibly can to make sure that Israel does not do what Israel may need to do.
The other story from Y-Net is this:
Official: Obama will make Netanyahu pay
Israeli security officials on Saturday tried to downplay the Pentagon's decision to significantly scale back its participation in a joint military exercise with Israel next month, but some government officials said the decision came as a response to the growing tensions between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office and the Obama administration.
"This is the Obama administration's response to the dinner party Netanyahu held in (Mitt) Romney's honor," a senior member of the political-security cabinet told Ynet, while another official said the Pentagon's decision "isn’t boosting deterrence and is not making the Iranians sweat...
"The US elections are in two months, and there is no doubt that President Barack Obama, if he is reelected, will make Netanyahu pay for his behavior," said the security cabinet member. "It will not pass quietly."
The Obama administration is clearly not to be trusted.
The Obama administration wrecked any potential that there may have been in the peace process and then blamed Israel for the foreseeable outcome of its own failed policies. The Obama administration insists, for all intents and purposes, that it has every right to tell Jewish people where we may, or may not, be allowed to live in our historical capital of Jerusalem. And, furthermore, the Obama administration is at least partly responsible for the rise of radical Islam throughout the Middle East and the coming to power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
This man is no friend to Israel, no friend to the Jewish people, and his foreign policies are making the world a more perilous place.
He very much needs to go away.