Israeli-Saudi agreement: US foreign policy can’t be trusted

posted at 2:41 pm on October 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It’s not often that one finds agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia.  In fact, there isn’t anything on which they agree — except for the danger posed by a nuclear-armed Iran.  That has them also agreeing on the dangerous direction in American foreign policy under Barack Obama and John Kerry, with both warning of the big mistake in allowing Iran to continue its uranium-enrichment activities:

The Obama administration on Wednesday acknowledged a widening gulf with key Middle Eastern allies over nuclear talks with Iran, as Israeli and Persian Gulf Arab leaders pressed for drastic cuts to Iran’s atomic infrastructure that Tehran has insisted it will never accept.

The differences came into stark relief as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to lecture Secretary of State John F. Kerry at a joint news conference, warning against a “bad deal” that would allow Iran to retain any capability to make enriched uranium. …

“Iran must not have a nuclear weapons capability, which means that they shouldn’t have centrifuges for enrichment,” Netanyahu told reporters after a private meeting with Kerry in Rome. “ . . . I think a partial deal that leaves Iran with these capabilities is a bad deal.”

It’s this new direction that is driving the Saudis to find a more reliable partner for regional security, writes David Ignatius.  The US had better start worrying about the allies it has left in that region, which have been continuously dismayed with the response to the Arab Spring and now see the US as abandoning their alliance against Iran:

What should worry the Obama administration is that Saudi concern about U.S. policy in the Middle East is shared by the four other traditional U.S. allies in the region: Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Israel. They argue (mostly privately) that Obama has shredded U.S. influence by dumping President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, backing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, opposing the coup that toppled Morsi, vacillating in its Syria policy, and now embarking on negotiations with Iran — all without consulting close Arab allies.

Saudi King Abdullah privately voiced his frustration with U.S. policy in a lunch in Riyadh Monday with King Abdullah of Jordan and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the U.A.E., according to a knowledgeable Arab official. The Saudi monarch “is convinced the U.S. is unreliable,” this official said. “I don’t see a genuine desire to fix it” on either side, he added.

The Saudis’ pique, in turn, has reinforced the White House’s frustration that Riyadh is an ungrateful and sometimes petulant ally. When Secretary of State John Kerry was in the region a few weeks ago, he asked to visit Bandar. The Saudi prince is said to have responded that he was on his way out of the kingdom, but that Kerry could meet him at the airport. This response struck U.S. officials as high-handed.

Saudi Arabia obviously wants attention, but what’s surprising is the White House’s inability to convey the desired reassurances over the past two years. The problem was clear in the fall of 2011, when I was told by Saudi officials in Riyadh that they increasingly regarded the U.S. as unreliable and would look elsewhere for their security. Obama’s reaction to these reports was to be peeved that the Saudis didn’t recognize all that the U.S. was doing to help their security, behind the scenes. The president was right on the facts but wrong on the atmospherics.

Actually, Obama should have been listening to Saudi Arabia and Israel on Egypt, too.  The fall of Mubarak and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood didn’t play to their benefit. More importantly, the speed in which Obama abandoned a decades-long ally — and a critical ally for regional security — had to be a wake-up call to the Saudi royal family, whose rule has hardly been more enlightened than that of Mubarak.  Abandoning one’s allies so casually in that region teaches critical lessons about the nature of our friendship, and it’s not surprising to see Saudi Arabia recalculating its interests with that in mind.

Michael Totten sees the same problem:

The White House is so desperate to cut a deal with America’s enemies that the president will go along on even a farcical ride. As a result, the Saudi government is threatening to drastically “scale back” the relationship.

“I’ve worked in this field for a long time,” says Brooking Institution expert Mike Doran in London’s Telegraph, “and I’ve studied the history. I know of no analogous period. I’ve never seen so many disagreements on so many key fronts all at once. And I’ve never seen such a willingness on the part of the Saudis to publicly express their frustration. Iran is the number one issue — the only issue for Saudi policy makers. When you add up the whole Middle Eastern map — Syria, Iraq, Iran — it looks to the Saudis as if the US is throwing Sunni allies under the bus by trying to cut a deal with Iran and its allies.”

Foreign Policy 101 dictates that you reward your friends and punish your enemies. Attempts to get cute and reverse the traditional formula always lead to disaster. Yet Barack Obama thinks if he stiffs his friends, his enemies will become a little less hostile. That’s not how it works, but the Saudis have figured out what Obama is doing and are acting accordingly.

“They [the Americans] are going to be upset—and we can live with that,” said Mustafa Alani, a Saudi foreign policy analyst. “We are learning from our enemies now how to treat the United States.”

Michael has much more to say, so be sure to read it all.  The bottom line is that the Obama administration has proven by its actions what its priorities are.  Don’t blame the Saudis for acting rationally to that clarity, or the Israelis for publicly rebuking the US for its recent turn in diplomatic policy.


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Israeli-Saudi agreement: US Obama foreign policy can’t be trusted

Ed:

Fixed…

PatriotRider on October 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

These silly folk just need more exposure to Obama.

I recommend a new Cairo speech.

aquaviva on October 24, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I beg to differ…The entire Obama Regime and entire Dimocrat party can’t be trusted.

Meople on October 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Smart Power!

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM

This is to sickening for even a jaded cynic like me to feel right about making a smart diplomacy joke. We are well and truly screwed. No one trusts us anymore.

Texas Zombie on October 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM

And, why would the world trust Obama when…

NSA MONITORED CALLS OF 35 WORLD LEADERS

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

So I guess we’re really starting to see the drawbacks of electing the first affirmative action President then?

Meople on October 24, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The Obama Administration – bringing epic fail on both the domestic and international fronts.

“And one last point I want to make. It is important for us to understand that the way we are perceived in the world is going to make a difference, in terms of our capacity to get cooperation and root out terrorism. And one of the things that I intend to do as president is to restore America’s standing in the world. We are less respected now than we were eight years ago or even four years ago.”

It seems the only viewpoints towards the US being changed overseas are not those of our enemies, but those of our friends…and we are neither more respected or more feared than before.

Athos on October 24, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Texas Zombie on October 24, 2013 at 2:46 PM

And that affects all of us.

Daniel Henninger: Obama’s Credibility Is Melting

Drained Brain on October 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Israeli-Saudi agreement: US ObamaDemocrat foreign policy can’t be trusted

Ed:

Fixed…

PatriotRider on October 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Properly corrected …

CrazyGene on October 24, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Well I hate to say this, but losing the Arabians as an ally would be no big deal. We don’t need them anymore with the development of fracking, and they are the biggest supporters of Islamist movements in the world. They never were a trustworthy ally so it is not like we are losing something important. The middle east is not strategically important to the U.S. anymore.

Now the Arabians could reach out to the Chinese, who do need them now.

As for Iran, my view is simple: If the Israelis and Arabians want to take them out I don’t mind helping them do it, we definitely should not stand in the way as Obama is, however I don’t think the U.S. should make some huge commitment to the region like we have.

We need to explain that to Israel and give them what they need to compensate for us moving on. Frankly I think we do more harm to Israel than we do help them by getting involved. Every time we get involved we prevent them from winning.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The only ones benefiting from the Obama Administrations Foreign policies are Al Queda, Muslim Brotherhood, & the Muslim world.

portlandon on October 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Lord, we are literally back to 1967. This is not going to end well.

Johnnyreb on October 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Jay Carney responded that Obama will have no comment on his regime’s treachery until he reviews his wiretaps of Netanyahu.

viking01 on October 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

What’s there to be trusted when Obama is President and Kerry is SecState?

I don’t trust our foreign policy either.

INC on October 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

What’s there to be trusted when Obama is President and Kerry is SecState?

I don’t trust our their foreign policy either.

INC on October 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Fixed!

INC on October 24, 2013 at 2:55 PM

“They [the Americans] are going to be upset—and we can live with that,” said Mustafa Alani, a Saudi foreign policy analyst. “We are learning from our enemies now how to treat the United States the current Administration.”

Or at least, I hope that is what he was saying.

parke on October 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM

And, why would the world trust Obama when…

NSA MONITORED CALLS OF 35 WORLD LEADERS

Resist We Much on October 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

But they weren’t listening, listening.

chewmeister on October 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Yet Barack Obama thinks if he stiffs his friends, his enemies will become a little less hostile.

Just about what you’d expect from a political hack from Chicago.

GarandFan on October 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

The bottom line is that the Obama administration has proven by its actions what its priorities are.

I am not convinced anyone in the Obama administration has any idea what US foreign policy priorities are. They react to things that happen, they do not shape them. Too much critical “feeling”, and not enough critical “thinking”.

Coolidge_Conservative on October 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Foreign Domestic Policy 101 dictates that you reward your friends and punish your enemies

Dems foreign policy is reward your enemies and punish your friends.

Wigglesworth on October 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Smart Power

Schadenfreude on October 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM

“They [the Americans] are going to be upset — and we can live with that,” said Mustafa Alani, a Saudi foreign policy analyst. “We are learning from our enemies now how to treat the United States.


Any chance the GOPe and the GOPe-media can LEARN from this quote?

Any chance?

Bueller?

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Oopsie

katy the mean old lady on October 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Sorry, I can’t hear you, I’m out on the stump raising money for the next five weeks.

-O

antipc on October 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM

As you sow, so shall you reap.

Hopefully the harvest isn’t too painful for us. Because like it or not, we’ll suffer for this stooge and his incompetence for longer than I care to think.

ConDem on October 24, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Meh. This is by design. Obama/Jarrett’s support of anything radical muslim is evident throughout the world. America haters also hate Israel and Big Oil. The plan is right on track.

HiJack on October 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM

The middle east is not strategically important to the U.S. anymore.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Really? What about the gazillion tons of WMD’s that are floating all over the Middle East right now? Those don’t concern us anymore? The 1,000 AA missiles that went missing in Libya? We don’t care about them? Iran getting a Nuke in 2 years or less is not a concern of the US?

Johnnyreb on October 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

“They [the Americans] are going to be upset—and we can live with that,” said Mustafa Alani, a Saudi foreign policy analyst. “We are learning from our enemies now how to treat the United States.”

Exactly right. With the Obama administration, it pays to be an enemy of the US and does not pay to be an ally. It should come as no surprise that everyone in the region has decided that they will be our enemy.

besser tot als rot on October 24, 2013 at 3:28 PM

That’s just great. Nice job, Mr. President. It’s not like we need a whole lot of strong allies in the Middle East. And what’s on his agenda now? Campaigning. Is there anything he hasn’t mucked up?

scalleywag on October 24, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Any chance the GOPe and the GOPe-media can LEARN from this quote?

Any chance?

Bueller?

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Nope.

besser tot als rot on October 24, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Meh. This is by design. Obama/Jarrett’s support of anything radical muslim is evident throughout the world.

HiJack on October 24, 2013 at 3:19 PM

This. Obama has consistently sided with Sunni extremists in three major cases – Libya, Egypt, and now Syria. He appears to have little interest in maintaining the old Saudi alliance.

The Saudis are a bad bunch and I think there’s a reasonable discussion to be made for ending our alliance with them. But it needs to be done in a careful and deliberate fashion, and definitely not how Obama is doing it. If we were to withdraw from them, we must figure out a way to do so that doesn’t cause the region to go up in flames.

Doomberg on October 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Simultaneously with this epic fail, there is massive outrage taking place in Europe (mainly) over the targeting of ‘friendly’ leaders by the NSA…

…where Obama’s arrogant approach towards foreign policy will have a massively negative economic impact on this country as it nears a 6th year of stagnant economic recovery…

It’s getting to the point where feckless, incompetent, and asinine fall far short of being an adequate descriptive term for Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Athos on October 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I am not convinced anyone in the Obama administration has any idea what US foreign policy priorities are. They react to things that happen, they do not shape them. Too much critical “feeling”, and not enough critical “thinking”.

Coolidge_Conservative on October 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

They don’t even understand the basics of foreign policy, as evidenced by this statement:

Foreign Policy 101 dictates that you reward your friends and punish your enemies. Attempts to get cute and reverse the traditional formula always lead to disaster. Yet Barack Obama thinks if he stiffs his friends, his enemies will become a little less hostile. That’s not how it works, but the Saudis have figured out what Obama is doing and are acting accordingly.

besser tot als rot on October 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

It’s getting to the point where feckless, incompetent, and asinine fall far short of being an adequate descriptive term for Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

Athos on October 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

No idea why you needed the “foreign” modifier in there …

besser tot als rot on October 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Is there anything he hasn’t mucked up?

scalleywag on October 24, 2013 at 3:29 PM

1. His fundraising.

2. The lamestream media still remains a lapdog for him. He hasn’t mucked up that relationship yet.

Athos on October 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

besser tot als rot on October 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Good point.

I need to remember PIMF.

Athos on October 24, 2013 at 3:33 PM

So when the REB bowed and kissed the hand of the Saudi king it was all a ruse?

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

The middle east is not strategically important to the U.S. anymore.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The Saudis are a bad bunch and I think there’s a reasonable discussion to be made for ending our alliance with them. But it needs to be done in a careful and deliberate fashion, and definitely not how Obama is doing it. If we were to withdraw from them, we must figure out a way to do so that doesn’t cause the region to go up in flames.

Doomberg on October 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

.
Oil is bought and sold in USD – which is the world reserve currency.

Giving our Middle East “allies” reasons to support China’s push to replace the USD as the world reserve currency is of strategic importance to the United States.

ANYONE who tells you the losing the USD as the world reserve currency would NOT be a disaster of EPIC proportions for the United States is a LIAR and/or IDIOT.

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Whatever, wingnuts. You’re just jealous that the rest of the world loves us now that obama is president and not ChimpyMcBushitler.

Say whatever, happened to all those polls showing how much the rest of the world loved obama?

HumpBot Salvation on October 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Could we see a situation in which Israeli warplanes fly over Saudi Arabia to attack Iran?

Yes, yes we could.

Welcome to Obamaworld.

Dack Thrombosis on October 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

You all think Obama is failing. I think he knows exactly what he is doing.
Everything is planned.

tdarrington on October 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Hey, Jefferson warned against forming long term alliances. We’re just dealing with a Jefferson, Lincoln, and Reagan all rolled into one. Shame on you for not recognizing Obama for the supreme statesman he knows he is.

tdarrington on October 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Could we see a situation in which Israeli warplanes fly over Saudi Arabia to attack Iran?

Yes, yes we could.

Welcome to Obamaworld.

Dack Thrombosis on October 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

.
The Israeli planes could LAUNCH and RETURN to re-fuel and re-arm from Saudi bases as part of an ongoing effort to COMPLETELY destroy Iranian nuclear capabilities.

I worked on the design of those bases in the late ’70′s – there are a lot of them.

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

The middle east is not strategically important to the U.S. anymore.

William Eaton on October 24, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The Saudis are a bad bunch and I think there’s a reasonable discussion to be made for ending our alliance with them. But it needs to be done in a careful and deliberate fashion, and definitely not how Obama is doing it. If we were to withdraw from them, we must figure out a way to do so that doesn’t cause the region to go up in flames.

Doomberg on October 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Oil is bought and sold in USD – which is the world reserve currency.

Giving our Middle East “allies” reasons to support China’s push to replace the USD as the world reserve currency is of strategic importance to the United States.

ANYONE who tells you the losing the USD as the world reserve currency would NOT be a disaster of EPIC proportions for the United States is a LIAR and/or IDIOT.

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

You are correct sir. Thank you.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Whatever, wingnuts. You’re just jealous that the rest of the world loves us now that obama is president and not ChimpyMcBushitler.

Say whatever, happened to all those polls showing how much the rest of the world loved obama?

HumpBot Salvation on October 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Did you not read the article, or have you not been reading how even our allies are upset with the NSA spying? I can’t think of any country that loves Obama, except maybe Mexico.

HiJack on October 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Saudi Arabia to Israel: “Hey I know we don’t get along at all and stuff, but what the hell is this Obama doing?!?”

Israel: “Beats the hell out of us. Welcome to the club.”

Dack Thrombosis on October 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

The Israeli planes could LAUNCH and RETURN to re-fuel and re-arm from Saudi bases as part of an ongoing effort to COMPLETELY destroy Iranian nuclear capabilities.

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Well, I guess Israel COULD run sorties out of Saudi Arabia if the Saudis want the rest of the muslim world to turn against them.

HiJack on October 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I don’t know about Israeli planes actually landing and using those bases. That would infuriate the hardline Wasabi Wahabis or whatever the hell they’re called.

But a situation in which the Saudis team up with the UAE, Jordan, and maybe Egypt with Israel along for the ride as a “silent” partner providing logistics and perhaps some other useful stuff to take down the nuke program? I could see it happening.

Dack Thrombosis on October 24, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Saudi Arabia to Israel: “Hey I know we don’t get along at all and stuff, but what the hell is this Obama doing?!?”

Israel: “They beat the hell out of us.”

Dack Thrombosis on October 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Fixed.

HiJack on October 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

The fallAmerica’s betrayal of Mubarak and the rise America’s installation of the Muslim Brotherhood

Fixed.

Christien on October 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

So Øbama is a uniter after all.

Kafir on October 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM

The Israeli planes could LAUNCH and RETURN to re-fuel and re-arm from Saudi bases as part of an ongoing effort to COMPLETELY destroy Iranian nuclear capabilities.

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Well, I guess Israel COULD run sorties out of Saudi Arabia if the Saudis want the rest of the muslim world to turn against them.

HiJack on October 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM

One of Israel’s problems is a shortage of tankers for in-flight refueling. The Saudis can help them with that, and lots of wide open spaces in which to do it.

After it’s over, they would simply deny it as they do any cooperation with Israel.

slickwillie2001 on October 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

“We are learning from our enemies now how to treat the United States.”

Thank you President Obama.

crr6 on May 1, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

HumpBot Salvation on October 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Did you not read the article, or have you not been reading how even our allies are upset with the NSA spying? I can’t think of any country that loves Obama, except maybe Mexico.

HiJack on October 24, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Pretty sure that was sarc on HumpBot’s part.

Del Dolemonte on October 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Well, I guess Israel COULD run sorties out of Saudi Arabia if the Saudis want the rest of the muslim world to turn against them.

HiJack on October 24, 2013 at 4:02 PM

I don’t know about Israeli planes actually landing and using those bases. That would infuriate the hardline Wasabi Wahabis or whatever the hell they’re called.

But a situation in which the Saudis team up with the UAE, Jordan, and maybe Egypt with Israel along for the ride as a “silent” partner providing logistics and perhaps some other useful stuff to take down the nuke program? I could see it happening.

Dack Thrombosis on October 24, 2013 at 4:03 PM

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While the media paints this as a “Saudi problem” it is actually a BIG problem for every other government in the Middle East.

Iran is shooting for regional SUPERIORITY over every other state in the Middle East.

Iran is formenting rebellions against the leaders in every other state in the Middle East.

Religion is almost as important as remaining in power to the leaders of other state in the Middle East.

When the scope of the Saudi’s base building program (each base included a state of the art airfield and armored revetments for planes measured by the dozens, as well as command & control facilities) became evident to the firms involved in the effort the common question was,

“Why do they need SO MANY of them?”

The answer from someone “familiar with their thinking”:

“By their calculations these cost next to nothing and there is never going to be a better time than while they have our FULL cooperation.”

Only the Saudi’s have the in region AWACS assets to monitor these bases in real time. Even the Chinese and the Russians would be sorely tested to monitor ALL of them at once with satellite assets.

People tend to forget – the Saudi’s were businessmen BEFORE they were Muslims. They are VERY GOOD businessmen.

PolAgnostic on October 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I never thought that Barack Obama and SecState John Kerry could actually achieve an Arab-Israeli agreement.

However, I don’t think this was the Arab-Israeli agreement that they had in mind…

Athos on October 24, 2013 at 5:43 PM

But the United States and Saudi Arabia are—or at least were until recently—on the same page geopolitically. For decades we have provided the Saudis with security in exchange for oil and stability, and we’ve backed them and the rest of the Gulf Arabs against our mutual enemies, Iran’s Islamic Republic regime and its allies.

The alliance isn’t deep. It’s transactional. It’s not at all like the American alliance with countries like Britain, Israel, Canada, and Japan. It’s based on interests alone, and that makes it temporary. If the Iranian regime were to be overthrown and replaced with even a half-assed democracy, chances are good that Washington would tilt toward Tehran and away from Riyadh.

Actually, if any sort of actual pluralistic government were to emerge in Iran, The One and his minions would promptly try to topple it and restore the mullahs to power. Because they are “authentically Eastern and mystical”.

The alliance with Britain, Israel, Canada, and Japan is one that The One & Co. seek to destroy. They view such governments as evil remnants of the imperialism of dead white European males, in the very best Howard Zinn tradition. As far as they’re concerned, the world would be a Paradise if Europe and the United States had never existed.

They reserve an especial degree of wrath for Israel, which they see as an outpost of evil Western materialism in the “mystical, enlightened East”. They genuinely believe that if Israel is erased from the map, all our problems with the Islamic world will miraculously disappear, and they’ll never have to worry about evils such as “fracking” again. (Until they run out of Holy Wind and Holy Sun, that is.)

Plus, as good proletarian progressives, they have a visceral dislike and distrust of Jews that would warm the cockles of Houston Stuart Chamberlain’s heart.

Totten says the Arab world has “moved on” from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Well, maybe the Arab governments have, but they aren’t the ones blowing things up. The “Arab street” is a different matter entirely. Saying that it no longer matters because the government in Riyadh doesn’t care is rather like saying that the Mafia wasn’t a problem because the state of New York didn’t profit from drug-running and prostitution. Carlo Gambino wasn’t a state assemblyman, after all.

Also, The One and his cronies certainly have not “moved on”. They are still jammed in neutral in 1970, and view the Palestinians as “oppressed workers” struggling against the Israeli “imperialists”- who of course are Western and therefore inherently evil incarnate. To them, the PLO is still equated with all the “Popular Fronts for the Liberation of Everywhere” they swooned over in college.

Their commitment is based on emotionalism and a yearning for the destruction of the “Old Order” so they can replace it with a “New Order”- that would look a lot like the “Even Older Order” of Lenin, Trotsky, et al. Che’! would be so proud of them.

Seen in this light their behavior becomes not merely predictable, but inevitable. The only thing that would make it more obvious would be The One in fatigues, with a beret slouched over one eye, as he slouched in an overstuffed, moth-eaten chair, under a poster of Che’! with a cigarette hanging limply from one corner of his mouth. Because even when giving a speech dressed in a three-piece suit, that’s where his mind is at.

Until these facts are acknowledged, everything this administration does in the Mideast will continue to confound everyone else. Just like everything else they do.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 24, 2013 at 7:11 PM