I find that I am constantly going to Dr. Barry Rubin for his nice, concise analyses of the problems with Obama administration foreign policy.
In a piece published this morning at Rubin Reports, Dr. Rubin writes:
There are many reasons why I'm thoroughly disgusted with all the phony Obama-loves-Israel or Obama has done a good job on foreign policy nonsense and the foolish things many American Jews and many Americans say about him on this topic. But let me reduce all of these points to one central--and indisputable by anyone who is honest--issue:
Obama has helped put into power in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's leading anti-American, antisemitic movement...
One can talk about Iran, the Jerusalem issue, and lots of other things. But whitewashing and helping five regimes or movements that openly and daily call for wiping Israel off the map, slanders Jews, and calls for their mass murder qualifies as sufficient in my book to laugh at any assertion that such a president is "good" for Israel.This is precisely what I have been arguing since the "Arab Spring" began to play itself out.
Whatever good Obama may have done, none of it comes close to the damage that he is doing with his embrace and acceptance of political Islam. This is not just damage to the state of Israel, nor the Jewish people, it is damage done to the United States and to the west, in general.
But the real problem, the real source, is the progressive-left failure to acknowledge that political Islam is a serious and growing and fascistic political movement throughout the Arab and Muslim world.
We fail to take those people seriously at our own peril and I suspect that part of the reason that we do fail to take them seriously is out of a sense of white western superiority.
There is a deep irony in the fact that while the left claims to be anti-racist, it exhibits a posture of imperial superiority over our "little brown brothers" in other parts of the world. The Muslim Brotherhood, and political Islam more generally, is a huge political movement and is the Arab equivalent of the Nazis or the Klan. If Egypt were a European country, the western left would be screaming from the hillsides about the rise of right-wing fascism, but because it is an Arab country they just shrug and turn away.
There's a reason that the great majority of Israeli Jews oppose a second term for the Obama administration. It's because they have to live right next door to a political movement that has genocidal Jew Hatred at its core and Obama helped put that movement into power.
But, today we vote.
Whatever happens I feel reasonably certain that both Israel and the United States will continue to flourish.
I am, after all... probably for no good reason... very much an optimist at heart.
Whatever happens today, this evening I will be cooking up, for Laurie and myself, some delicious Kentucky Fried Chicken-style sandwiches on french bread with mayo, sauteed mushrooms, and melted swiss.