It's not incompetence, it's malicious brilliance
Caroline Glick shows how, at least when it comes to Israel, Barack Hussein Obama is not incompetent. In fact, he's brilliant in implementing strategies that are hostile to Israel and its continued existence while maintaining his claim to having the most pro-Israel administration evah
In everything from dealing with the Congress, to reining in radical
ideologues at the IRS, to handling the chaos at the Mexican border, to
putting together coordinated strategies for dealing with everything from
Ebola to Islamic State (IS), Obama’s critics claim that he is out of
his league. That he is incompetent.
But if Israel’s experience with him is any guide, then his critics
are the ones who are out to sea. Because at least in his handling of US
relations with the Jewish state, Obama has exhibited a mastery of the
tools of the executive branch unmatched by most of his predecessors.
First, in an article published in The Jerusalem Post, terrorism analyst
and investigative reporter Steven Emerson revealed how the highest
echelons of the administration blocked the FBI and the US Attorney’s
Office from assisting Israel in finding the remains of IDF soldier Oron
In an order that senior law enforcement officials told Emerson came
from Attorney General Eric Holder’s office, the FBI was told that it
needed to first sign an “MLAT,” a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with
Israel, a procedure that would take weeks to complete, and is generally
used in cases involving criminal prosecutions and other non-life
In other words, facing a bureaucracy acting independently, Holder –
reportedly Obama’s most trusted cabinet secretary – acted quickly,
decisively and effectively. And thanks to his intervention at the key
moment, although Israel was able – after an exhaustive forensic
investigation – to determine Oron’s death, today it is poised to begin
negotiations with Hamas for the return of his body parts.
Then there was the unofficial arms embargo.
In August, The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House and
State Department had stopped the Pentagon at the last minute from
responding favorably to an Israeli request for resupply of Hellfire
precision air-to-surface missiles. The precision guided missiles were a
key component of Israel’s air operations against missile launchers in
Gaza. The missiles’ guidance systems allowed the air force to destroy
the launchers while minimizing collateral damage.
In keeping with the standard decades-long practice, Israel requested the
resupply through European Command, its military-to-military channel
with the US military.
And in keeping with standard practice, the request was granted.
But then the White House and State Department heard about the approved
shipment and spun into action. As in the case of Oron’s Facebook page,
they didn’t reject Israel’s request. They just added a level of
bureaucracy to the handling of the request that made it impossible for
Israel to receive assistance from the US government in real time.
How can you oppose a hostile policy toward Israel that the
administration insists doesn’t exist? Indeed, anyone who suggests
otherwise runs the risk of being attacked as a conspiracy theorist or a
The same goes for Obama’s policy toward Iran. This week we learned
that the administration has now offered Iran a nuclear deal in which the
mullahs can keep half of their 10,000 active centrifuges spinning.
Together with Iran’s 10,000 currently inactive centrifuges which the
US offer ignores, the actual US position is to allow Iran to have enough
centrifuges to enable it to build nuclear bombs within a year, at most.
In other words, the US policy toward Iran exposed by Obama’s nuclear
offer is one that enables the most active state sponsor of terrorism to
acquire nuclear weapons almost immediately.
But Obama denies this is his policy. For six years he has very deftly
managed Congressional opposition to his wooing of the Iranian regime by
insisting that his policy is to reduce the Iranian nuclear threat and
to prevent war.
Opposing his policy means opposing these goals.
At least as far as Israel is concerned, Obama’s mastery of the federal
bureaucracy is complete. It is not incompetence that guides his policy.
It is malicious intent toward the US’s closest ally in the Middle East.
And to defeat this policy, it is not necessary to prove incompetence
that doesn’t exist. It is necessary to show that there are far better
ways to achieve his declared aims of supporting Israel and blocking
Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
would be proud.
Labels: arms embargo, Barack Hussein Obama, Gaza, Hamas, IDF, Iranian nuclear threat, Operation Protective Edge, Saul Alinsky, US-Israel relationship