Recall the Elite Media narrative that Bush was damaging U.S. relations with our allies. It’s a message they pounded into our heads for eight straight years. Bush was a cowboy, Bush was arrogant, he is despised overseas. Well, maybe so, but he was despised by all the right people, not our allies. Compare and contrast that to foreign relations in the Age of Obama– making friends of our enemies, and enemies of our friends.
Reports: Netanyahu ‘Humiliated’ by Obama Snub
For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Benjamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.
After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Obama walked out of his meeting with Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a U.S. congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.
“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”.
I know CCHQ is a bit late on this one, but I question whether even the President of Equatorial Guinea would have been so shabbily treated. Our worst enemies, Iran and N. Korea would not have been thus treated. To be a U.S. ally, it appears, is the kiss of death in the Age of Obama.
U.S. allies Gordon Brown of the U.K., Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, Nicholas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, the Dalai Lama, have all been reportedly snubbed in one way or another by President Obama. Now add to that growing list Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. Nothing, and I mean nothing, suggests Obama has any love for, or loyalty to, our Israeli allies. On the other hand, do you want to be treated as royalty by this administration? Declare America the Great Satan. Threaten to wipe another country off the map, and now watch Obama bend over and grab ankles for you. Courtesy reach-around optional.
At the bottom of all this is the Obama administration’s belief that 1) the Arab-Israeli conflict is at the root of all other problems in the Middle East, particularly Iran; and 2) Israel is at fault for the Arab-Israeli conflict. Solve the latter by taking a hard line against Israel, and the former will resolve itself.
President Obama’s approach (as Bill Clinton’s before him) is only emboldening Israel’s enemies–as well as our own–and in fact making the elusive dream of peace in the Middle East all the more unrealizable. Tiny Israel, alone in a sea of Islamic fascism, is surrounded by sharks; and instead of a life preserver, Obama has tossed them a bucket of chum. What do you suppose are the odds the sharks and their victim settle their differences peacefully? Obama is setting the stage for Intifada #3, and who knows what else. An emboldened Hezbollah in the north? Scuds from Iran? Let’s just say we’ve seen this all before. Obama is going to get a lot of Israelis killed.
And let’s all please stop pretending that President Obama gives half a damn whether or not Iran gets a nuke, shall we? He doesn’t. His treatment of that country thus far, and of Israel, is a pretty clear indication he’s more than willing to live with a nuclear Iran. Every good Leftist believes Iran has as much right to a nuclear arsenal as Israel does. In the “nuanced” thinking of the Left, it’s only fair! The fact that one of these countries is our democratic ally and the other our Islamo-fascist enemy doesn’t even factor into their equation. A friend of America is hardly ever a friend of the Left.