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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Blaming Israel for everything

Just when you thought they couldn't possibly blame us for anything else....
In Newsweek, Michael Hirsh allows one of these “senior officials” to give readers the “real reason” why Obama flipped out on Israel.

According to Hirsh and his highly placed source, the reason why Obama turned a minor flap about the timing of the announcement of new housing project in Jerusalem wasn’t entirely due to Biden’s injured pride or the motive that Hirsh neglects to mention: the administration’s desire to distance itself from Israel. Rather, says Hirsch and his source, it’s because Obama is terribly worried about Iran and wants Israel to be more supportive of his herculean efforts to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. In their tale, the housing dispute made Obama look weak and will detract from his all-out campaign to enact tough international sanctions on the Islamist regime. Hirsh’s confidante says: “Iran is [Obama’s] No. 1 priority, it’s the No. 2 priority, and it’s the No. 3 priority. Everything we do needs to be seen through the lens of how to stop Iran from getting nuclear capability. So they [Israel] need to keep their focus. Why would you want to do anything now to make the president look less strong or effective?” In this narrative, the slap at Biden proves that Obama cares more about stopping Iran than Netanyahu and the Israelis.

Is he serious? This is an administration that spent its first year in office pursuing appeasement and pointless and unsuccessful engagement with Iran. It was unwilling to issue strong statements condemning Iran’s stolen presidential elections and repression of its own people. The administration issued several deadlines for Iran to respond to its outreach efforts but failed to follow up. It has pointedly taken the threat of force off the table and failed to rally both its allies and other countries to support tough sanctions. Even now, it is dithering in its efforts to enact sanctions far less than the crippling measures needed to truly impact the regime, which views Obama as a weakling who will never do what it takes to keep Iran out of the nuclear club.

Yet despite all this, we’re supposed to believe that Obama is so desperate to stop Iran that it is his first, second, and third foreign-policy priority? To judge by his actions and statements, Obama’s top worry about the issue is that Israel, the country threatened with destruction by Iran’s Islamist tyrants, will tire of waiting for the United States to take action and do something to avert the peril itself. Despite the occasional promise to make good on his campaign pledge that he would never let Iran get nuclear weapons, everything coming out of Washington in the last year has given Tehran the impression that Obama is prepared to live with an Iranian bomb.
Read the whole thing.


At 1:22 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

More than that - Obama has conveyed the message the US thinks Jews building in their own capital is more of a threat to US interests than Iran building a nuclear bomb. One can't help but note the US seems to more energetic and effective at containing Israel than it is at stopping Iran. The US has its policies and commitment exactly backwards. And unless it changes them, Israel will need to take care of the threat from Iran itself in the future.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger sarah leah said...

The U.S./Obama wants to distance itself from Israel? Why didn't anybody warn us about this - we didn't see it coming! - what a yotz this Hirsh is. Good thing that we know how worthless Newsweek has been for over 20 years.

It is surely past the time to be amazed that if it isn't Israel's fault if you get ticketed for jaywalking. U.S. healthcare fiasco? Israel! Islamic pedophelia? Israel. I need a root canal? Israel.

Phooey. Wish we could get rid of the chametz of this world like we get it out of our houses!

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Rachel Ann said...

So the logic is beat up on a friend to show the bully you're a tough guy, but only after you've kowtowed to the enemy? New way to define "strong..." silly me. Always thought the strong man was the one who DEFENDED family and friends and beat up on the enemy.


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