June 7, 2010
Obama's chickens coming home to roost: War in Middle East now more likelyTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries, War on Terror
Victor Davis Hanson comments on the devastating effects of the Obama administration's anti-Israel policies(emphasis added)
When the U.S. loudly proclaimed a reset diplomacy, and by appointments, rhetoric, and policy began to criticize Israel while reaching out to Syria and Iran, the proverbial floodgates were opened. Now everyone from the Europeans to Hamas and Turkey will outdo each other in trashing Israel, as most grasp that is no longer any downside to seizing upon a new P.R.-inspired incident; they may even perceive empathy in Washington for anti-Israel acts.Hanson's prediction didn't take long to come true. Take for example - the next step in Iran's war against Israel has already begun.
And when a liberal member of the White House press corps calls for the deportation of Jews from Israel to Poland and Germany and the Turkish ambassador (a newly found advocate of human rights) goes to the pages of the Washington Post to demand an apology from Israel (no doubt buoyed by 15 months of appeasing outreach from the administration), one gets the impression that the flotilla incident is the beginning, not the end, of such provocations. Note that Israel's status as a long-time ally, its constitutional government and freedom of expression, and its cultural and scientific contributions count for nothing. The Gaza flotilla was the harbinger of far, far more to come.
To put it succinctly, the administration's Israel-bashing, "smart power" foreign policy in the Middle East is proving to be rather stupid, and is in fact fostering war rather than preventing it.
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Posted by Richard at June 7, 2010 12:51 PM
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