Op-Ed: "Ball of Confusion: That's What the World is Today"
Jerry Sobol, Israel AdvocateThe writer has a B.A. Degree in 20th century European History and a Masters in International Relations from The City College of New York. He is a staunch Zionist and has been writing articles on Israel and Jewish concerns for 40 years, blogs at Israeli Advocate.
As American foreign policy plummets to what many consider an all-time low that song is as apropos today as it was 43 years ago.
What’s most scary about this particular period of time compared to then is the entire world, not just the United States, is confused by the ambivalence and dichotomy of our feckless president. To augment the danger, whereas during the Cold War only two adversaries had the wherewithal of weapons of mass destruction, fear of mutually assured destruction prevented their use. Not so today.
Despite 30 years of bellicosity by Iran and countless rounds of toothless sanctions spearheaded by the United States, Iran has not backed off one inch in its quest for nuclear weapons. And why should it? Over the past five years, Obama has not made one credible threat to which he’s held true. This in a region where strength and credibility is respected over all else. There can be little doubt that mass-murdering client Assad took this into account as he gassed 1400 of his own people.
Don’t trust my word on this. Ask the Czechs and the Poles how much confidence they have in American support when Obama broke with the past and abandoned the Eastern European missile-shield program, less than a year into his presidency. “Catastrophic for Poland” is how a spokeswoman at the Polish Ministry of Defense described the suspension of the program. Former Czech Prime Minister, Mirek Topolanek concurred this unilateral reversal of American support was a sign the Americans were no longer interested in “Czech freedom and independence.” How quick can one assume these two countries will fall in line behind Obama in Syria?
Following the same fatuousness of Jimmy Carter greasing the skids of the Shah in 1979, Obama abandoned all support for long time ally, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Having kept peace with Israel for the past 35 years wasn’t enough. Taking a cue in 2011 from his Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, he somehow bought into the idea that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is a secular organization and legitimized their rise to power.
Libya? 112 Tomahawk missiles at $1.45 million a pop were fired into Libya to remove Muammar Gaddafi. Crazy and cruel as he was, Gaddafi was no danger to the United States. Why the effort? Why the expense? The only return we’ve gotten for our investment in Libya is a burned consulate, 4 dead Americans, and a huge coverup.
Despite all of the aforementioned, for 5 years Israelis have been brow beaten into concession after concession to an unrequited, recalcitrant Palestinian entity which refuses to even recognize Israel as a Jewish State. Obsessed by this president to negotiate demands which at best would jeopardize her security, at worst lead to her dismemberment, Israel not wishing to alienate this increasingly quixotic man continues to engage in the charade of “peace” talks.
Syria? Not deviating from his template of indecisiveness, Friday night, Secretary of State Kerry was marched out to give a Churchillian speech decrying the turpitude of Assad and how he must be punished forthwith. Not 24 hours went by when his boss shocked the world by negating the immediacy of Kerry’s message. Forgoing the foolish line in the sand he’s so apt at drawing, for the first time during two Administrations, Obama reversed himself and now intends to consult Congress. A Congress he so disdains, yet no doubt would love to shift the blame to, for this lose/lose situation.