Fading Friends
US Weakness Pushing Israel Toward Unilateral Strike on Iran
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  • Andrew Allison

    Just as there was never a question as to whether Russia would allow the Crimea to become associated with the EU, there’s absolutely no doubt that if Iran’s obvious intention to build the bomb is not checked, Israel will strike.

  • Gary Hemminger

    I think fundamentally people are missing the foreign policy strategy of this president. He has said it over and over again, but folks keep pretending like Obama is going to change his mind. He isn’t. The strategy is to disengage from a military and political standpoint and force our once allies to take up the slack. Obama is doing exactly this. He believes the US should not be the worlds policeman and that the international community needs to play this role, not the US. If in the end this results in chaos, greater aggregation from Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Russia, and may be bad in the short to medium term, then so be it. This is his strategy and why everyone keeps pretending that he is going to wake up and go back to great power politics is really annoying to me. It is what it is. He was elected twice making this very clear. Live with the results American and the rest of the world. And be smarter about who you elect in the future.

    • Pete

      Best comment in a long, long time on this web site.

    • Curious Mayhem

      What no one gets: Obama can’t promote American interests and values abroad because he doesn’t believe in them at home. The theories are rationalizations for the gullible.

    • Corlyss

      I fully got it. I for one certainly didn’t and don’t expect him to change, not after the Nobel Prize committee validated him and his callow world view before he’d done anything as President. He’s been on a mission from 2004 to remake America in his own perverted image of what he thinks a Great Power is or should be.

      “He believes the US should not be the worlds policeman and that the international community needs to play this role, not the US.”
      Obama’s apparently as ignorant of history as he is of constitutional law. He may have taught the 14th Amendment in school, but he obviously didn’t bother with the rest of it. He may be president of the US, he just doesn’t act like he knows what his role as leader of the free world is. He’s obviously ideologically crippled in that he can’t see and can’t acknowledge that the recognized guarantor of the international system for 60 years can’t just say “bored now,” helicopter out of the role, and leave the stunned and withered rest of the system to deal with whatever mess arises the wake of our dereliction. He’s dead wrong. But don’t expect him to change. Nope. Not him. He’s incapable of learning.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The last time America displayed this much weakness WWII was the result. I think overreach by all of America’s enemies is inevitable, and it is all Obama’s fault.

    • Corlyss

      Well, it’s not all Obama’s fault. Spendthrift Congresses pandering to greedy voting blocs with trillions in transfers for 50 years have gotten us to this point. We’re rapidly running out of road down which to kick the fundamental problem.

  • Pete

    “Israel is one of America’s staunchest allies in the region, and it is losing faith in America’s ability to keep it secure.”

    That’s the problem with your thinking, right there, Mr. Mead. It is not America’s job to keep any other country secure especially when we cannot even prevent millions of illegals from invading our our country.

  • Obama has devalued the deterrent effect of American military capability in the world. Obama promised when he is president the U.S. would lead “the world toward a new era of global cooperation.” He pledged “to rebuild and construct the alliances and partnerships necessary to meet common challenges and confront common threats. Today, it is clear that this president has done exactly the opposite. Tragically, our allies now even laugh at us.

    • Corlyss

      “He pledged “to rebuild and construct the alliances and partnerships necessary to meet common challenges and confront common threats.”

      He doesn’t know how. And while his weak CV was obvious to many of us, we were outvoted and now we too are being dragged down the rabbit hole with him and his worshipful fans.

  • El Gringo

    Ahhhh the benefits of being a superpower. Damned if you do, damned harder if you don’t.

  • Corlyss

    Well, Israel will be left a smoldering wasteland before Obama lets them do it. He’s much better at saying “it didn’t work as well as we thought it would” than he is at deciding what to do even in crises he recognizes as crises.

    • Behind_You1

      I have a feeling the resulting wasteland will be quite a bit larger than Israel…

      • Corlyss

        Great link! Thanks! I never heard of it before.

        Like some wag said, “Putin’s playing chess and Obama’s shootin’ hoops” with friends and sycophants so he can flatter himself that the NBA lost a great prospect when he decided to pretend to attend law school. Whadda ‘foon! I wonder if people were as frustrated with Wilson, watching while the world burned down around their ears.

  • NC Chew

    Obama is being realistic. He accepts the truth that US is a rapidly declining power.

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