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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Three-Ds, Part 2

In my last post, I discussed Iran within the context of Three Ds—duplicity, dishonesty, deception—and wondered why the Obama administration is trying so hard to come to a negotiated agreement that by all appearances will not stop Iran's thrust toward nuclear weapons, will not be verifiable in any real sense, and will lead to an nuclear arms race with Iran's Sunni neighbors.

I juxtaposed Obama's willingness to meet Iran (an avowed enemy of the U.S.) considerably more than half way with his administration's vicious attacks on Israel's Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu (a long time friend and ally), who is doing nothing more that giving a speech before Congress expressing an opposing view. Why is it, I wonder, that leftists like Barack Obama want so desperately to silence opposing opinions? Could it be that deep down, leftists recognize that their arguments are weak, their claims are not supported by facts, and their positions do not stand up to objective reality.

In the case of Netanyahu, top dogs among Obama's foreign policy Team of 2s have been unleashed. Susan Rice—you remember, that's the same Susan Rice who lies to the nation when she suggested that the death of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi was the result of a anti-Muslim video—stated that Netanyahu's speech would be "destructive."

FoxNews commentator Greta Van Susteren comments:
Really? She thinks his speech is the problem, that his speech is the destructive to the relationship? Apparently, Susan Rice has a spotty memory, or a politically convenient one. Or maybe she is drinking something weird.

How could she possibly forget that her boss, President Obama, got caught on a hot mic trash-talking Prime Minister Netanyahu? Trash-talking? That's destructive. [1] Or that President Obama skipped going to Paris after a terror attack on a Jewish deli? Destructive. [2] Or how about that Obama administration official who called Netanyahu a chicken you-know-what and a coward. Name calling? That's destructive. [3]

And, of course, President Obama never disavowed those insults, nor apologized for his staffer. His silence? That's destructive. [4] Or how about the former Obama campaign staffers in Israel right now working to defeat Netanyahu in his upcoming election. Destructive. [5] Or President Obama refusing to meet with Netanyahu next week? Destructive. [6]

Well, Susan Rice let us know who she thinks is destructive in this relationship. I will keep it a secret who I think might be delusional...
And then there's John Kerry, our illustrious Secretary of State, who went out of his way in Congressional testimony and dredged up Netanyahu's support for the Iraq war in 2003, suggesting that because the war didn't go well, Bibi should be disqualified from any opinion about Iran. Kerry is not an intellectual giant. He somehow forgot that he supported the Iraq war with a vote in the Senate. Following his own fevered logic, that disqualifies his opinions as well. By the way, the entire U.S Senate voted 77 - 23 in favor of the war against Saddam Hussein, so I suppose every senator who voted 'aye' and is still in office is disqualified as well. Among those voting in favor—get ready—was then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. I wonder if that disqualifies her from her presumptive run for president. Bottom line, in an effort to be snarky about Bibi, Kerry shot himself and Clinton in the foot. Absolutely hilarious—vicious, but hilarious.

Many wizened Washington veterans are astounded at the level of viciousness coming from the Obama administration on this matter. In fact, the administration's response is so outlandish, there might be more to it. Is it possible that Obama wants to stress the relationship between Israel and the United States so that he can voice stronger support for Hamas and/or he PLO? Or is it a way of demonstrating to a duplicitous, dishonest and deceptive Iran that Obama is being even-handed? Or is it just personal—an effort to ensure Netanyahu's defeat in the upcoming Israeli election? With this president one can only guess and wonder whether the three Ds applies to more than just Iran's behavior.


It just keeps getting better. Obama and his Team of 2s are oh-so worried that something might upset the 'delicate' negotiations with the Iranians. That, they claim, is one of the reasons why they're oh-so concerned about Bibi Netanyahu's speech.

The Mullahs on the other hand aren't so worried about Obama's delicate sensibilities. The left-wing Guardian (U.K) reports:
With rockets roaring and guns blazing, more than a dozen swarming Iranian speedboats assaulted a replica of a US aircraft carrier on Wednesday during large-scale naval drills near the strategically vital entrance of the Persian Gulf.

The nationally televised show of force by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard comes just weeks ahead of a deadline for Iran and world powers to forge a historic deal on the fate of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Iranian live-fire war games are not uncommon. But by simulating for the first time an attack on the ultimate symbol of American naval power, hardliners hoped to send a message that Iran has no intention of backing down to the US – whichever way talks over its contested nuclear program go.
I wonder if Susan Rice would call that "destructive." John Kerry probably hasn't heard about it yet.