…who needs enemies? Unfortunately, when you are Israel, you have plenty already.
Chalk up yet another foreign policy blunder for the Obama Administration. Israel, not surprisingly, is quite unhappy with Obama and his cast of diplomatic nitwits for the revelation that it was the Israelis who struck at the column in Syria to destroy Russian-supplied missiles that were likely headed for Hezbollah, for launching at Israel.
Daniel noted that by keeping silent on whether it carried out such attacks, Israel was maintaining plausible deniability, so that Syria’s President Bashar Assad did not feel pressured to respond to the attacks.
But the US leaks “are pushing Assad closer to the point where he can’t swallow these attacks, and will respond.” This in turn would inevitably draw further Israeli action, Daniel posited, and added bitterly: “Then perhaps the US will clap its hands because it will have started a very major flare-up.”
Yuh huh. It is entirely possible that Obama, Kerry, Rice, et al. are just so startlingly ignorant and arrogant as to miss the not-so-subtle subtleties of not pushing Assad into conflict with Israel. It is also increasingly possible that Obama and his Administration seek to bring about just such a conflict. Israel certainly has reason to openly wonder about the reliability and honesty of its American ally. Is the Obama Administration rightfully perceived as being anti-Israel?
Which brings us to Iran, the elephant in that room. With an understandable perception of Obama’s diplomacy as bumbling, naive, vacillating, and weak, Samantha Power’s remarks about Obama’s determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon are increasingly being seen as mere hollow bluster, yet another empty “red line” behind which there is neither the will nor (soon enough) the means to enforce any “change in calculus”.
The perception of weakness could harm US efforts to get Iran to end its nuclear push, Foxman warned. “I hope that we get our act together.”
I wouldn’t bet the ranch on it. For that we need statesmanship. And there is not a statesman in sight. Not in this Administration, anyway.