GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel March 2, 2014 — Israel has more at stake in the current Russian-Ukrainian tension that one may think.
Any time a radical left-wing politician needs to suddenly adopt a hardline military stance, taking a position that wholly neglects every speech and action he has taken with regard to his own military until that point; his words carry little-to-no weight. President Obama is one such radical liberal and his foreign policy statements are of the aforementioned flaccid ramblings of a lightweight variety.
Even Obama’s own propaganda rag, The New York Times, pointed out on Sunday how inept America currently is with regard to the new Crimean conflict. In his column, Peter Baker writes, “President Obama has warned Russia that ‘there will be costs’ for a military intervention in Ukraine. But the United States has few palatable options for imposing such costs, and recent history has shown that when it considers its interests at stake, Russia has been willing to pay the price.”
While it is obvious that Obama will fail to deter Russia, it is not immediately apparent why this endangers Israel.
As a Communities Digital News peer recently wrote, many anti-Israel academics claim that the Jewish State has been a burden on the US, earning them enemies in the Arab world simply through association. While this column has already taken the time to debunk that nonsensical argument, a further postulation is now forming given Obama’s ineptitude regarding Russia.
Before he was even elected to the presidency, Obama made it very clear that his foreign policy would be fashioned in a manner that would be agreeable to the international community first, even if that seemingly harmed the interests of the United States. Obama made it clear that the wishes of the United Nations and the European Union would take precedence over “selfish” national concerns. His pathetic groveling to the Muslim community that did, and still does, hate him is another example of Obama’s kowtowing on the global stage.
As America continues to declare itself Israel’s greatest ally, despite its endless attempts to treat it like Vichy, France, the US must be mindful of its own appearance in the international community. America has a responsibility to be the bad-guy-deterring military powerhouse it claims to be, or its allies will be caught with their pants down. An American military with no teeth is of little help to Israel, Ukraine or South Korea.
While anti-Zionists such as Professor John Mearsheimer claim that, “Israel is a major strategic liability for the United States,” Obama’s embarrassing incompetence is proving that the opposite is, in fact, true.
The measure of a personal friend and a strategic ally are the same. A friend and an ally are only as important as they are reliant in your greatest times of need. As Obama continues to slash the US Military’s budget and embarrass the once awe-instilling nation on the world stage will be of no comfort to their friends, even if it wishes to be. The weaker America is, the more it becomes a strategic liability for Israel.
Thus, as Putin continues to defy Obama after their phone conversation, where POTUS no doubt signaled to the Russian leader that if he liked Ukraine he could keep Ukraine, Israel just became that much more vulnerable. For the sake of Israel, America and the rest of the western world, let us pray that whatever Obama conveyed to Putin was as dishonest as his ObamaCare promises to the American people.