I’ve never understood the fascination of this administration with our nation’s enemies. It started early, with the “reset button” with Russia, the speech in Cairo, and the sanctions against Honduras after the President attempted to take a 2nd term – an action that is illegal according to the Honduran constitution. The administration has gone out of its way to woo Syria and Iran, and completely ignored the attempt by the Iranian people to rise up against a rigged election just as it is ignoring the Syrians as Bashar al-Assad’s snipers pick off people like rabbits. The converse of this has been the administration never missing an opportunity to treat a true friend of our country like dirt. I haven’t forgotten the way the Israeli prime minister was treated upon his first visit to the Obama White House, nor its treatment of Honduras when the administration sided with Bolivia and Venezuela, two countries that have drifted into dictatorship. Even the Dalai Lama was forced out the backdoor of the White House for fear of upsetting the Chinese.
Only one nation has put up with more dissing from this administration than the Israelis – and that’s the British. The Daily Telegraph has separate 2010 and 2011 editions for the insults the Obama administration has visited upon one of three nation’s in this world that we can say “has got our back” (Australia and Canada are the other two). This administration is at it again, siding with Venezuela and Nicaragua against Britain over the disputed Falkland Islands.
Immediately after 9-11 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to the United States and said that the attacks exposed the truth that the Jihadis wouldn’t stop until they killed every single one of us. Similarly the Obama administration just can’t accept that states like North Korea, Iran or Venezuela will never like us – no matter how contrite we appear or how many mea culpas and bows the president makes. These nations want to destroy us and will do everything they can to achieve this end.
It’s like the classic difference between a mugger and a murderer. One can negotiate with a mugger – “Here take the cash and cards but let me keep my kids pictures” – but no such negotiation is possible with a killer (with the possible exception of the manner of your death perhaps). He will not stop until someone prevents him from killing you or you are dead. The trouble, as anyone who has been mugged will tell you, is not knowing which you are dealing with when you are on the other side of the gun.
The Obama administration fails to distinguish between muggers and murderers. In fact I suspect that it does not view any nation in this world as anything more troubling than a mugger. Bashar Assad? We can negotiate peace with him; after all, didn’t Nancy Pelosi say the road to Damascus is a road to peace? Iran? We will talk. Venezuela? We’ll show them we aren’t such bad guys.
And the administration then turns on its friends and abuses them – for absolutely no gain. Russia is more paranoid than ever. Hugo Chavez now hates Obama almost as much as he hated Bush. And Iran is closer to gaining the nuclear weapon it so desires.
What has beating up Britain gained us? What has punching the Israelis gotten us in the Middle East? To use one of my favorite Yiddish words, bupkis. Absolutely nothing.