Daily Israel Report

Op-Ed: Obama is Burnishing His Legacy

Obama is planning to visit Iran.
Published: Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:06 AM


Unlike most re-elected presidents, Barack Hussein Obama is deftly exploiting foreign affairs at the expense of Israel and his own country's national security to burnish his legacy.

And while it is not surprising anymore, this president's manic delusions of grandeur and 'shameless' power grabs are intentional and not merely coincidence.

Obama's cynicism, deception, pathological lying, betrayal and broken promises to "fundamentally transform the United States of America" are not surprising because his Third World philosophy, vision, dreams and plans are irreconcilably at odds with our Constitution.

For Obama to remake our country into what he wants it to be, he must subvert the Supreme Law of the Land and build an imperial presidency.

That could explain the repetitive trends of impressive White House directives emanating from a government in cahoots with a compliant Congress.

Since Obama assured Israel that "you are not alone" less than a year ago, escalating sectarian strife and intractable conflicts in the Middle East presented Jerusalem with an enormous challenge to protect and defend itself from Islamic extremists intent on attacking the Jewish state.

Speculation aside, the Arabic language Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida has learned from a US diplomat that 'Obama is seeking to visit Tehran  this year and was expecting for the invitation to devote his new administration's policy in the region based on the principle of non-military involvement and harmony'.

The source pointed out that the most significant detail remaining to be decided is 'whether there will be a meeting between Obama and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, or whether that meeting won't be held'.

According to unknown diplomat, "Obama wants to be the first US president to visit Iran since the Khomeini revolution in order to show that he is an advocate of peace and dialogue even with those who chant death to America."

Similar to how it reacted during secret US backchannel talks with Tehran, already a "violation of the special relationship with Israel”; the White House categorically denied the report.

Although the improved ties with Tehran seem to be in America’s national security interests, Obama's desperation to  reach a comprehensive nuclear accord in exchange for Iran's recognition as a nuclear threshold state effectively betrays Israel and US Arab allies.

Under prevailing circumstances, Obama will not lift a finger to destroy Iran's nuclear program. But, we should also bear in mind that despite Obama's capitulation to the Iranians, Israel's ability to strike Iran's illicit nuclear program remains undiminished.

Regardless of the reasons for betraying Israel, the imprudent Obama administration's naive foreign policy demonstrates an astounding diplomatic incompetence:

The  two-state framework is going nowhere and in danger of collapse; and the interim deal, castigated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  as an "historic mistake" was a grand deception that has nothing to do with dismantling Iran's nuclear infrastructure.

For these reasons, wary and assertive critics are 'casting Obama as a sucker for an Iranian charm offensive.' With regards to the Israeli-Palestinian talks, Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon denounced Secretary of State John  Kerry's project “obsessive and messianic.”

Other Israeli officials are quite unforgiving and slammed Kerry for threats on boycott and  implied incitement for Palestinians to pursue a "Third Intifada" should talks fail.

Quite frankly, something is terribly amiss with Israeli leaders apologizing for their truthful, frank and outspoken assessments of emerging frontline threats to Israel. It was a terrible mistake, unfair and unnecessary gesture of appeasement.  

Netanyahu's next meeting with Obama in March should serve a stern warning to Washington that 'enough is enough' and that Israel's determination of "denying Tehran an atomic bomb capability" is sacrosanct.

First and foremost, "diplomacy is about taking excuses, not giving them".

Overwhelming pessimism abounds, but the resolution of the faltering US-sponsored peace process with the Palestinian Arabs should depend on the successful final outcome of nuclear diplomacy with Iran.

The US failure to address Syria’s dangerous disintegration and threat of terrorism from Hezbollah will not prevent Iran from building atomic weapons.

And that leaves Israel with no option but to act on its own. It will come to pass soon. Israel has the undeniable advantage to deliver a swift military-cyber-strategic blow to Iran's controversial nuclear program. In reality, the 'genocidal Islamic fundamentalists ruling Iran are contemporary Nazis reinforced with messianic beliefs'. Annihilation of the Jewish people and global hegemony are the only reasons why Iran would not stop from seeking nuclear weapons.

Iran giving up its nuclear weapons ambition is untenable and the potential for a comprehensive nuclear deal unattainable for the following reasons:

The Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) which is an “extra-territorial sanction” recognizes the fact that Iran's illicit nuclear activities, combined with its unconventional and ballistic missile production and support for international terrorism represents a threat to the security of Israel, the US and its allies around the world.

For one, it may not be politically correct to argue that Iran will not be free from the grip of sanctions until the Islamic regime first improves its human rights record and cease its support for international terrorism.

Over time, ongoing talks on a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers is impossible- without dismantling Iran's nuclear infrastructure .

Iran's ultimate goal is to become a nuclear-weapon state. In his presentation of “Worldwide Threat Assessment” to Congress in January 2014, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified that, "Iran’s ultimate nuclear intentions remain"

Although Iran claimed its nuclear program a symbol of national pride, Tehran's  deployment of an ancient "armada of two" warships closer to the US maritime borders was a desperate  bravado and a necessary appeasement of hardliners in Iran. But then again, 'enemy warships on one’s very doorstep are not exactly foreign policy, but more a matter of national security'.

The real threat continues to rest on their ability to disrupt maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf, especially the strategic Strait of Hormuz. If anything, Iran’s entire armada consists of outdated warships with antiquated weapons systems and they cannot hope to compete in blue-water operations against the US Navy, so the Islamic regime's provocation against Israeli and American interests is a symbolic "act of foolishness" that may trigger false flag attacks.

Given the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers -- the Iranian navy's operation takes place in a politically sensitive context. For the US, this rhetoric translates as continued assurances of the effectiveness of current sanctions.

Absent serious doubt about what to do, the Iranians have yet to answer the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) questions about the "possible military dimensions" of their nuclear program. In addition, they have now built nearly 20,000 centrifuges and accumulated approximately 5-6 bombs' worth of enriched uranium.

Unless Ayatollah Khamenei miraculously reverses his relentless xenophobia, Obama's legacy will be that of an American president who appeased the most barbaric Islamic fundamentalist regime in the world.
 

The writer was clinical research-physician-general surgeon for Saudi Arabian, Philippine and American healthcare systems and is currently an American freelance writer as well as op-ed contributor.