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Monday, January 26, 2015

"There Will be a Price"

In a recent interview in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, (as reported by Noah Rothman of Hotair) a conveniently unnamed "senior White House official" made the following statement:
“We thought we’ve seen everything,” a senior American official said. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price.”
Heh, "there will be a price?"

That language is both thuggish and oddly juvenile. But then again, the entire history of the Obama administration has been thuggish and oddly juvenile.

Exactly what "price" will Barack Obama extract from our long time ally and only true friend in the Middle East? Will he allow Iran to gain a nuclear weapon? Will he somehow put Israel in jeopardy? Or will he wall himself up in the White House and throw a tantrum, using "unnamed" officials to make threats and talk tough? Or is this just another meaningless "red line"—an empty threat that has become the signature of this administration. Oh wait, he has already done all of those things in a variety of different contexts.

I have to wonder whether the unnamed "senior White House official" was the same one who called Netanyahu "chickenshit" in a interview during 2014. The White House, not surprisingly, refused to investigate who said this and made lame apologies about it. They have made only insincere apologies for the recently published comments.

If, as the White House claims, Barack Obama has been egregiously dissed by the GOP congress and Bibi Netanyahu, it might make more sense to enter into the debate and tell us why this president's position on the world's greatest state sponsor of radical Islam and terror, Iran, is a strong one. They might also explain why the president lied about the current state of nuclear development in Iran, dishonestly claiming that their "negotiations" have miraculously stopped the Iranians in their tracks, during the SOTU.

Let the American public decide if Bibi or Barack has a more realistic point of view with respect to the Iranians.