CHARLOTTE, NC, February 26, 2015 – As Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress nears, the game of diplomatic chicken between President Barack Obama and the Israeli prime minister is intensifying.
It is no secret that the two world leaders do not like each other, but the real concern is whether that enmity should dictate how these supposedly “allied” nations conduct their global relations.
Agree or disagree with Mr. Netanyahu, he is far and away the only leader between the two men. Obama’s thin skin and vengeful nature combined with his naiveté about the Middle East has been a looming danger for six years. Netanyahu may on occasion make incorrect calculations but he certainly understands his Islamic neighbors. Mr. Obama, on the other hand, only thinks he does.
Speaking before the House Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that Netanyahu cannot be trusted because he also supported the war in Iraq under George W. Bush.
Those comments coming from a former senator who failed to mention that he, too, voted in favor of the Iraq war. Statements from a “yes” man who faithfully delivers international mumbo-jumbo from a president who is a serial liar. Remarks from a diplomat who had an entertainer sing an apologetic song to the French following Obama’s failure to show solidarity with other Western nations after a horrendous terror attack in Paris.
Perhaps Netanyahu is making a diplomatic mistake by agreeing to speak to Congress. He has certainly received plenty of criticism for the timing of his oratory.
On the other hand, Barack Obama has never allowed the “timing” of a particular political event get in the way of his own agenda. We all remember the “al-Qaeda is dead” one-liner during the 2021 presidential campaign. Who can forget that the president and then Secretary of State blamed a Youtube video for the slaying of four Americans in Benghazi.
Yes, timing is everything and Barack Obama is a master of it. He just doesn’t appreciate it when the tactic is used against him. But have no doubt, our president will find a way to strike back at Benjamin Netanyahu before the dust clears. And he will strike with a vengeance. Therein lies the danger.
Obama has been snubbed, and it is not nice to spurn Caesar even though he has mastered the technique himself.
The situation between the two world leaders has deteriorated so much that statesmanship and diplomacy are no longer a consideration.
Ambassador and Middle East expert Dore Gold, who wrote a blistering account of Saudi Arabia in his book Hatred’s Kingdom, stated, “Sometimes in the life of a nation you have to make hard choices. This is a very tense moment. But Iran is not some agreement about a (West Bank) settlement. This is a life-or-death question for Israel.”
Even if Netanyahu is wrong, is it not better to err on the side of caution? Would the United States not expect the same sort of security from our own president?
Meanwhile, the White House regards Netanyahu as a major barrier to negotiating a deal with Iran concerning its nuclear weapons program. Obama believes the prime minister’s appearance on Capitol Hill is a threat to the on-going negotiations, therefore he is attempting to undermine Netanyahu’s speech.
Given Netanyahu’s daily involvement with being surrounded by Islamic countries that do not recognize Israel’s existence, and considering that the prime minister understands the concept of taqiyya, an Islamic tactic that allows Muslims to lie in order to get what they want, it is reasonable to assume that Israel has a better grasp of the validity of an agreement with Iran than the U.S. administration.
Obama understands taqiyya too. He uses it all the time. The difference is that he refuses to recognize it when he is negotiating with terrorist Islamic nations. Or, perhaps more correctly, he gets it, but does not accept it.
In typical Obama-style, National Security Advisor Susan Rice put the blame on Netanyahu for the breach in relations between the two men. Rice termed Netanyahu’s visit as “destructive of the fabric of the relationship.”
Ms. Rice apparently fails to remember that Obama humiliated Benjamin Netanyahu in favor of a private dinner in March of 2010.
Barack Obama may just be the second-coming of the Prophet Muhammad. Where the Prophet of Islam had “revelations of convenience” the President of the United States has “expedient lapses of memory” combined with “acute misinterpretations of the truth.”
Mr. Netanyahu will speak. Mr. Obama will counterattack. The war of words will continue and not to the benefit of the international relations.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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