Abandoning Israel seems to be the tip of Obama's spear in his overthrow of decades of US allies, friendships and alliances. He has thrown in with Castro, Ahmadinejad, Chavez - every evil despot in modern history - while showing contempt for Brown, Harper, Uribe ...........
He holds American self interests in contempt but defers to the goals of the global jihad and demands we respect them. Those members of the axis of evil will eat him for lunch - and us along with him.
And over at China Confidential:
Having taken military action against Iran off the table, the Obama administration is considering ways of punishing Israel if it attacks Iran to end its nuclear arms program (and prevent a second Holocaust).
In other words, having failed to contain Iran, the United States is concentrating on restraining Israel.
Administration contingency plans include condemnation of Israel, support for a United Nations Security Council resolution that could include sanctions on Israel, and suspending or seriously cutting military aid to the Jewish State.
One of President Obama's closest foreign policy advisers, National Security Council member Samantha Power, is a proponent of ending military aid to Israel in order to force it to negotiate with Iran's Palestinian Islamist proxy, Hamas, and withdraw from all lands taken during the Six-Day War of June 1967. Power also advocates shifting aid to a Palestinian state. Overall, she views Israel as a liability and a historic mistake, in line with the European left position (and that of old-line, right-of-center, American isolationists and anti-Semites). Her antidemocratic admirers in the Democratic Party's (Hillary-hating) left wing agree and are eager for an opportunity to paint Israel as a Jewish North Korea (although they actually have more sympathy for North Korea than for Israel).
The big question is how the Obama administration would react if Iran retaliated against Israel indirectly as well as directly--by making good on its repeated threats to attack U.S. forces in the Middle East and shut down the strategic, 29 mile-wide Strait of Hormuz, through which an estimated 20% of the world's crude oil is transported by tanker ships. Would the U.S. fight back with real ferocity or respond in a limited way while blaming Israel for preemptively attacking Iran and appealing to "the Muslim world" for "understanding?"
One wonders how the Apologizer-in-Chief would react.
Holocaust-denying Iran and its Lebanese Islamist Shiite proxy, the Hitlerian Hezbollah, have also vowed to "burn Tel Aviv" if attacked by either Israel or the U.S. Jerusalem's clerical fascist foes have amassed arsenals of ballistic missiles and rockets to bombard Tel Aviv and Haifa. Israel's political-military leadership must be taking this into consideration; a "six-hour war," designed to eliminate Iranian missile installations and nuclear sites could be the result.
Three decades of attempts to appease and accommodate Islamist Iran have led to the present countdown to conflict. Obama's so-called diplomatic surge--which transcends appeasement in downgrading and ultimately abandoning Israel in order to try to strike a "grand bargain" with Iran for pacification of the Middle East--has put Jerusalem on a political collision course with Washington.
Israelis are understandably stunned by the developments. Prime Minister Netanyahu's late, great mentor, Menahem Begin, would not recognize today's political landscape; his late, Labor Party rivals--Golda Meir comes to mind--would also be shocked by the situation. Time was, no Israeli expected Iran--a predominantly Muslim, non-Arab ally of the U.S. and tacit ally of Israel--to emerge as the number-one existential threat to the Jewish State.
Go over to China Confidential - its the best analysis out there. Period.
Jerry Gordon wrote in an email exchange, "Special Envoy Mitchell's chilling remarks about the 'two-state solution' being the only solution to the Middle East conflict. That is clearly a reference to the Saudi plan, which a number of blogger poundits believe may have been drafted by the Arabists in the US State Department. It is time for Bibi to assert Israel's sovereign interests. Israel is not a 'colony of the U.S., which , of course, the Muslim nations, especially Saudi Arabia and Iran, argue fervently is the case, even as they despise one another-Sunni vs. Sh'ia."
Ironically, it is the Evangelical Christians who will come to Israel's 'rescue' here in America thererby shaming the majority of Amercian Jews for abandoning Ha Shem's covenant with his people- the land of Israel. I understand that many of their leaders have begun prowling the halls of Congress to communicate this message about the intent of the Obama Administration to isolate and destroy Israel."