Saturday, May 30, 2009

'Someone's Launching Lord, Kumbayah'

Caroline Glick at The Jerusalem Post is awfully gloomy about our new President's approach to the Axis of Evil:

THE OBAMA administration's impotent response to Pyongyang's ICBM test last month and its similarly stuttering reaction to North Korea's nuclear test on Monday have shown Teheran that it no longer needs to even pretend to have an interest in negotiating aspects of its nuclear program with Washington or its European counterparts. Whereas appearing interested in reaching an accommodation with Washington made sense during the Bush presidency, when hawks and doves were competing for the president's ear, today, with the Obama administration populated solely by doves, Iran, like North Korea, believes it has nothing to gain by pretending to care about accommodating Washington.

This point was brought home clearly by both Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's immediate verbal response to the North Korean nuclear test on Monday and by Iran's provocative launch of warships in the Gulf of Aden the same day. As Ahmadinejad said, as far the Iranian regime is concerned, "Iran's nuclear issue is over."

There is no reason to talk anymore. Just as Obama made clear that he intends to do nothing in response to North Korea's nuclear test, so Iran believes that the president will do nothing to impede its nuclear program.

Of course it is not simply the administration's policy toward North Korea that is signaling to Iran that it has no reason to be concerned that the US will challenge its nuclear aspirations. The US's general Middle East policy, which conditions US action against Iran's nuclear weapons program on the prior implementation of an impossible-to-achieve Israel-Palestinian peace agreement makes it obvious to Teheran that the US will take no action whatsoever to prevent it from following in North Korea's footsteps and becoming a nuclear power.

Glick explains that Obama is putting maximum pressure on Israel on ceasing all construction on settlements inside Judea and Samaria, while at the same time describing a timeline towards Iran and its nuclear program so slow and ineffectual that by the time Obama even considers a demand for international sanctions, beyond one year from now at least, “Iran will already be in possession of a nuclear arsenal.”

Then last Friday, writes Glick:

Yediot Aharonot reported that at a recent lecture in Washington, US Lt.-Gen. Keith Dayton, who is responsible for training Palestinian military forces in Jordan, indicated that if Israel does not surrender Judea and Samaria within two years, the Palestinian forces he and his fellow American officers are now training at a cost of more than $300 million could begin killing Israelis.

Assuming the veracity of Yediot's report, even more unsettling than Dayton's certainty that within a short period of time these US-trained forces could commence murdering Israelis, is his seeming equanimity in the face of the known consequences of his actions. The prospect of US-trained Palestinian military forces slaughtering Jews does not cause Dayton to have a second thought about the wisdom of the US's commitment to building and training a Palestinian army.

Four days after Dayton's remarks were published, senior US and Israeli officials met in London to discuss Obama's demands that Israel stop building in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

What was most notable about the meeting was its timing. By holding the meeting the day after North Korea tested its bomb and after Iran's announcement that it rejects the US's offer to negotiate about its nuclear program, the administration demonstrated that regardless of what Iran does, Washington's commitment to putting the screws on Israel is not subject to change.

All of this of course is music to the mullahs' ears. Between America's impotence against their North Korean allies and its unshakable commitment to keeping Israel on the hot seat, the Iranians know that they have no reason to worry about Uncle Sam.
I know not everyone cares that much about the fate of Israel. But if this isn't a window into President Obama's aproach to national security, I don't know what it is. Iran has designated Israel only the "little Satan." It is America that is the "Great Satan."

Read the rest of "Column One: Israel and the Axis of Evil" here.


Stunned in Dearborn said...

Can you confirm that we have US Military in Jordan, training an army of Palestinians? Does the Israeli writer use the term 'Palestinians' to include Jordanians? Can you also confirm that the quotation from one of OUR generals is accurate? My mind is spinning...

T.R. Clancy said...

I can confirm that it's been reported.

I can't vouch for Glick's paraphrase of this speech as Dayton threatneing that trained Palestinian soldiers will "murder Israelis," but it seems like a reasonable inference from what Dayton "warned."

Anonymous said...

Well, I'll Be Darned

It is true. The U.S. has thus far spent 161 million dollars training training the Palestinian Authority (P.A.)to fight against Hamas and "criminal gangs".

The mission is to create a Palestinian State within the next two years. The fighting has been going on for close to 60 years. Suddenly, they think they can fix it all in only two years time.