CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 6, 2015 – We all know the words. We hear them before every sporting event. “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”
According to Barack Obama, if the Iran nuclear deal is scuttled, those will become the words of the Israeli national anthem instead of ours. That’s how extreme the spinning has become in the world of the American president.
Meeting at the White House with a delegation of Jewish leaders on Tuesday, Mr. Obama asserted his position that opposition to his nuclear arms “arrangement” (it is no longer an agreement) with the terrorist regime in Iran is tantamount to war-mongering.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately countered saying that such an idea is absurd.
“The more people know about the deal, the more they oppose it. And the more people know about it, the more the deal’s supporters try to stifle serious debate…Yet, there is one claim that is the most outrageous: That those who oppose the deal want war. That’s utterly false,” declared Netanyahu.
And so the debate continues and the “beat goes on.”
Should we believe an American president who has failed dismally in the international arena of foreign policy, or do we side with the country most immediately affected by a nuclear Iran that is geographically located in the same region?
While Netanyahu does now concede that the so-called Obama/Kerry “arrangement” might extend the timeline of Iran’s ultimate goals, the prime minister was incensed at the idea that critics of the plan are being called “war-mongers.”
Netanyahu warned that “Iran is not building these ballistic missiles—these ICBMs—to hit Israel. They already have missiles that can hit Israel everywhere. They are building them to hit you: To hit the United States. You’re the Great Satan. We’re just the Little Satan.”
Meanwhile back in Barack Obama’s dream-world in Washington, the president was informing his Jewish audience that Tel Aviv would feel the wrath of Iranian rockets if the deal falls through and that Israel would “bear the burden” of those consequences.
In the ADD world of the West, one aspect of dealing with Islamists that we forget, or more likely, do not even recognize, is the time frame for achieving their goals.
To a naïve, incompetent American president, 10 or 15 years seems like a lifetime. Not so for a philosophy that has been waging the same war for 14 centuries. Ten years, maybe 15, give or take, is nothing more than the wink of an eye in Islamist time.
As Hillary Clinton would ask “what difference does it make” if it takes a decade or two more?
It is that concept that concerns Netanyahu. Not that the process get delayed, but that we need to it end it. Stop it. Bring it to a halt. Cease its existence, because time is the ultimate advantage for any Islamist regime.
Return to the planet 1,400 years from now and you will discover change beyond recognition, except in the minds and hearts of Islamists.
According to reports from participants in the Obama meeting, there was uneasiness in the room when several people questioned the president’s comparison to skeptics of his deal as “neocons” who were responsible for the Iraq invasion in 2003.
Typical Obama. Blame Bush. The Iraq attacks were more than a dozen years ago, but that did not keep the president from somehow equivocating the two foreign policy decisions.
Obama then warned that, if attacks about the negotiation become personal, it would weaken the American Jewish community and, by extent, also the strength of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Does the president honestly believe that questioning the potential diplomatic suicide he has created through policies that make a nuclear Iran an even greater reality can damage the relationship between the United States and Israel any more than he has already personally achieved?
As the Jerusalem Post wrote, “Obama said that when he came into office he came in with three guiding principles on the Mideast: that Iran not achieve a nuclear bomb, that the ‘unbreakable’ bond with Israel be made even stronger, and that the U.S. achieve it foreign policy objectives through diplomacy, not military action…”
Though Mr. Obama is convinced he is a master of diplomacy because of agreements such as the one with Iran, the Jerusalem Post says, “…he has failed abysmally at all three.”
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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