There was Chamberlain, there was Quisling and there will be Obama, Re: Obama Pushing Israel to Act Unilaterally, Commentary Magazine, April 4, 2010

There is only one possible explanation for the Obama administrations appalling treatment of Israel.

President Obama and his administration want Israelis to launch a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities and it’s behaviour is calculated to make them do exactly that. Making Israel feel isoated, vulnerable and unsure of American support are all means to that end. This is rooted in President Obama’s personal antipathy toward Israel, which permeates throughout the administration, and in his belief that he could go down in history as the man who brought peace to the Middle East if only those troublesome Israelis would come to their senses, make more and more concessions and do his bidding in general.

The President sees Israel as a problem which must be overcome before he can make progress in the Middle East and he thinks that the only way to do this is to get it to strike on it’s own. He believes that an Israeli attack would be disastrous for the country even if it was successful and that Israel would be in no position to resist American demands after the event, especially if the Arab world decides to retaliate militarily and he can use U.S. resistance to that threat as a bargaining chip. An unsuccessful attack would make Israel’s position even more untenable and allow him to force the Israelis to do his bidding whether they wanted to or not for fear of desertion at a time of great national peril.

Obama is a Machiavellian politician whose cynicism and callousness are unbounded. He knows that Israel will never acquiesce to some of the conditions he sees as essential to a peace agreement and believes he must bring the Israelis to heel and make them dependent on him before they will do everything he wants them to, which is why he wants Israel to attack and why he and his administration are goading it into doing so. There are many things that he fails to comprehend though.

For one, Israel is far better at being Machiavellian than he is and in the end it is he that will wind up being manipulated, used and ridiculed in the eyes of the world, including the Arab world. Israelis are past masters at the Machiavellian game and it is a battle he cannot possibly win. His reputation and legacy will be in tatters after this all plays out.

For another, Israelis fully understand that the first thing Iran will do when it acquires nuclear weapons is attack Israel and try to wipe it off the face of the earth. Israel also is well aware that no one else is going to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power and that a preemptive strike is the only way to accomplish that, which means an attack is inevitable. Israel will strike in the name of self preservation and national survival and will blame it on the Iranians and the Americans because they will have left it no choice. Rightly so. It’s first duty is to stay alive and dealing with the results of a successful preemptive strike, whatever they may be, is far more preferable than dealing with the aftermath of an Iranian nuclear attack. And make no mistake, Israel will succeed. The only question is when, not if.

Whereupon President Obama will be devastated personally and politically.

Obama also does not realize that a nuclear armed Iran would pose a severe threat to the United States. To say that it would compromise U.S. security is putting it very mildly indeed. Israel is the Little Satan and first on the Iranian’s hit list but the United States is the Great Satan and would be squarely in Iran’s crosshairs in due course. Iran believes it can dispose of Israel, cow or beat it’s neighbors into submission and then go after the U.S. To think otherwise, as the President does, denies history and reality and is callow and incompetent in the extreme. Eventually America would have to go to war with Iran to defend itself and it’s interests, a war which could very well involve American use of it’s own nuclear weapons. If Obama thinks Iran won’t use it’s nuclear weapons against the United States he is dead wrong. He is also dead wrong if he thinks America can contain Iran’s use of nuclear weapons to the Middle East once it acquires them.

That’s a topic for another day however.

So yes, President Obama and his administration are pushing Israel to act unilaterally and yes, he can be seen as anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic. And no, he is not going to go down in history as the man who brought peace to the Middle East. He is going to go down in history as an arrogant, ignorant, weak fool who was responsible for untold suffering in the region and beyond. There was Chamberlain, there was Quisling, and there will be Obama.

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