Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel met with President Barack Hussein Obama of the United States at the White House in Washington today amid a thaw in relations between the U.S. and Iran brought on by Iranian trickery and deceit.
Iran’s nuclear weapons development program was the number one issue on the agenda.
I don’t know exactly what Netanyahu said to Obama but I do know he should have made the following points and asked the following questions.
Point number one…no matter what the Iranians say they have no intention whatsoever of halting and dismantling their nuclear weapons development program, never have, never will.
Point number two…their recent overtures to the contrary, all they are doing by showing a friendlier, more conciliatory face is using trickery and deceit to buy time to develop and operationalize nuclear weapons, which they are very close to doing, sanctions not having stopped them.
Point number three…Iran views the United States as the Great Satan, as its mortal enemy, and has spent decades trying to bring America to its knees…has spent decades killing Americans, destroying American property, sponsoring terrorist acts against America and Americans all over the world and attacking and undermining America at home and abroad…it is doing all those things as we speak and they put the lie to the friendlier, more conciliatory face it is showing.
Point number four…Iran wants to develop and operationalize nuclear weapons to use them against Israel and remove it from the face of the earth but it will also use them against the United States at the earliest possible opportunity…even if it starts off by using them to blackmail the U.S. or force the U.S. to submit to its will in some manner it will launch them against America at some point.
Point number five…Obama simply shouldn’t be taken in by Iran’s recent charm offensive…it doesn’t mean that sanctions have been working…it really means that Iran is closer than ever to developing and operationalizing nuclear weapons and is trying to buy a little bit more time to bring its efforts to fruition.
Now for the questions.
There essentially are only five.
Netanyahu to Obama…what is your red line, what line must Iran not cross?
Netanyahu to Obama…what will you do when Iran crosses that line?
Netanyahu to Obama…how will you know when it does?
Netanyahu to Obama…what will you do in the meantime?
Netanyahu to Obama…will you respect our red line if its different than yours?
Obama replied to Israeli concerns by saying that it is paramount that nuclear weapons be kept out of Iran’s hands…that Iran must put its money where it mouth is so to speak, must prove its sincerity by taking action not just by mouthing rhetoric…he also vowed to keep all options on the table, including the military one.
Therein lies the problem, the insoluble problem for Israel.
Insoluble because Obama is never going to change.
No matter what Obama says he simply cannot be depended on.
No matter what Obama says he simply cannot be trusted.
Israel has never been able to depend on Obama, cannot depend on him now and won’t be able to depend on him in the future, regardless of what he says he’ll do, regardless of whatever threats or commitments he makes.
Israel has never been able to trust Obama, cannot trust him now and won’t be able to trust him in the future, regardless of what he says he’ll do, regardless of whatever threats or commitments he makes.
His word is simply worthless and any threats or commitments he makes are meaningless.
The Iranians know this of course, which is why they’re playing him like a fool…which is why they’re getting away with it.
All of which means that Israel will have to act on its own and use its military to attack and destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities when Iran breaches Israel’s red line.
It will have to do it soon too because while Obama is being Obama Iran is getting closer and closer every day to developing and operationalizing nuclear weapons.
For use against Israel.
For use against the United States.
Israel can’t solve Obama, but it can certainly solve the problem of Iran’s nuclear weapons development program.
It must, for its own survival.
It will too.
On its own.
Netanyahu did tell Obama that Israel reserved the right to take unilateral military action should it think its necessary.
Can’t say he wasn’t warned.