By Bob Bennett
In the annals of the Acts of Obama there’ve been a lot of weird initiatives. Possibly the most bizarre was his charging NASA administrator Charles Bolden with this dingbat task: “perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic… contribution to science, math and engineering,” Bolden told Al-Jazeera.
Obama departed from merely crazy, and entered “un-American” territory almost immediately, with his scrapping of the planned deployment of long-range missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic, and with—in the face of worldwide threats—the reduction of our armed forces to pre-WW2 levels (and still cutting).
But his puppy-like pursuit of Iran’s leaders—since his 2009 inauguration speech—is hard to fathom, when he had the boots of Muslim allies to lick, such as the Saudi king’s; although he did execute an inexplicable, humiliating bow once, upon entering the King’s presence. Islamic experts say this is traditional for Muslims, as the Saudi king is the keeper of Mecca. Of course, Obama says he’s Christian.
Only a man with a mental disorder, or a man on a sinister mission, would choose our worst foe on the planet to suck up to. Perhaps he’s suffering from oppositional defiant disorder, whose symptoms may include: “often touchy or easily annoyed by others” and “often deliberately annoys people”—something I suspect all Progressives of.
Another hallmark of ODD is being frequently spiteful or vindictive. “I know how to deal with people who oppose me,” he declared insolently to Prime Minister Netanyahu, during their very first meeting, according to former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren.
Now he’s done something even more insane and more un-American, by an order of magnitude, though he did have Kerry, another far-left nutjob, to help him. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was just signed with Iran, contains five annexes. Annex III says this:
“10. Nuclear Security
E3/EU+3 parties, and possibly other states, as appropriate, are prepared to cooperate with Iran on the implementation of nuclear security guidelines and best practices. Co-operation in the following areas can be envisaged:
10.1. Co-operation in the form of training courses and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to prevent, protect and respond to nuclear security threats to nuclear facilities and systems as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems;
10.2. Co-operation through training and workshops to strengthen Iran’s ability to protect against, and respond to nuclear security threats, including sabotage, as well as to enable effective and sustainable nuclear security and physical protection systems. [Emphasis mine.]—Courtesy of Lawfare.com
The Newspaper Israel Hayom ran a headline declaring, “The West Will Help Iran to Protect Against Nuclear Sabotage.” It’s hard to argue with that interpretation. Though Annex III deals with “civil nuclear cooperation,” Israel Hayom notes that Iran claims its entire nuclear program is civilian.
Israeli National infrastructure Minister Yuval Steinitz was said to have called the provision “strange and disturbing,” an apt description of all the Acts of Obama.
You may remember that Israel employed the Stuxnet computer virus, in 2010, to stall the Iranian nuclear program, and also allegedly assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists. This was because the Israelis know full well what every sane person on the globe knows: that Iran is feverishly seeking a nuclear weapon, since the 1980s, and Israel is the first target. The absurdity of the Iranian claim that the program is needed for electric power cannot be overstated.
Are we now to actively defend Iran against any future Israeli “sabotage” of Iran’s nuclear program? Does that include defending against Israeli military attacks?
This would be in the spirit of now-UN Ambassador Samantha Power’s calling for the US to protect Palestinians from IDF troops, back in 2002, and President Obama’s alleged threat last year, to shoot down Israeli fighter jets if they attempted to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities. This was reported by Middle Eastern news outlets, but denied by the Administration.
According to the Washington Times, the Kuwaiti paper, Al-Jarida reported, last year:
“‘well placed’ sources confirmed an unnamed Israeli minister disclosed the plan to Secretary of State John Kerry, and that Mr. Obama replied by warning that he would foil the plan by shooting down Israeli jets before they could reach their target destinations.
“Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army’s chief of staff, Benny Gantz, to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran’s nuclear program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel’s security,” the report said.
“The report added that the Israeli plan was practiced for several weeks in the form of aerial war exercises, and that [the] Israeli Air Force even test-flew their fighter jets over Iranian airspace to simulate the actual planned attack.”
Former Carter national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski said in a 2008 interview:
“We are not exactly impotent little babies,” quoted The Washington Times, “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?”
“We have to be serious about denying them that right,” he said. “If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not.”
Brzezinski was considered for an advisory post in the Obama admin, but was rejected for fear his anti-Israel views could damage Obama’s election prospects.
This is the breed of advisors sought out by the Obama White House.
Apparently, we are now almost completely at odds with our long-time ally, Israel. It’s ironic that Saudi Arabia has no problem allowing Israel to use its airspace to reach Iran.
Can we be certain Obama wouldn’t stretch the provision in Annex III to this kind of overt action? And if he did, who would stop him, his Renfield, Mitch McConnell?
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.