Israel’s New Champion: Barack Obama!

Today, 3/4/2012, President Obama spoke before AIPAC – the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as a keynote speaker at their 2012 policy conference.

Standing out in his speech is President Obama’s detailed description how he single-handedly has solidified the unbreakable American-Israeli bond.

What he said does not entirely jive with what he has done. A brief review of the last three years puts things into proper perspective.

There may be a very, VERY important reason behind his unusually strong pro-Israeli stand.

The 2012 Obama AIPAC Speech

President Obama pulled out all the stops for AIPAC. He threw in everything, including the kitchen sink, that AIPAC and the majority of voting Republicans could possibly have wanted to hear.

In his opening remarks Obama said:

Over the last three years, as President of the United States, I have kept my commitments to the state of Israel.   Four years ago, I stood before you and said that, “Israel’s security is sacrosanct.  It is non-negotiable.”   That belief has guided my actions as President.   The fact is, my administration’s commitment to Israel’s security has been unprecedented.

On Israel’s military support (in a near word-for-word rehash of his 2011 AIPAC speech) the President said:

Our military and intelligence cooperation has never been closer.   Our joint exercises and training have never been more robust.  Despite a tough budget environment, our security assistance has increased every single year.   We are investing in new capabilities.   We’re providing Israel with more advanced technology — the types of products and systems that only go to our closest friends and allies.   And make no mistake: We will do what it takes to preserve Israel’s qualitative military edge — because Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.

On Iran the President reserved these exceptionally tough, saber-waving words:

No Israeli government can tolerate a nuclear weapon in the hands of a regime that denies the Holocaust…   A nuclear-armed Iran is completely counter to Israel’s security interests…   It would embolden a regime that has brutalized its own people, and it would embolden Iran’s proxies, who have carried out terrorist attacks from the Levant to southwest Asia…   And that is why, four years ago, I made a commitment to the American people, and said that we would use all elements of American power to pressure Iran and prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon.   And that is what we have done.

Iran’s leaders should have no doubt about the resolve of the United States —- just as they should not doubt Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs.

I have said that when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say.

I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.

The 33 minute speech video is here:
President Obama at 2012 AIPAC Policy Conference
– The White House, Photos & Videos, 3/4/2012

The complete text of his speech is here:
Remarks by the President at AIPAC Policy Conference
– The White House, Speeches & Remarks, 3/4/2012

Reality Check

In his short tenure, President Obama has done more to undermine American-Israeli relations than any other U.S. President.

In his famous “A New Beginning” speech in Cairo on 6/4/2009 President Obama said:

I’ve come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive…   I intend to personally pursue this outcome with all the patience and dedication that the task requires…   Progress in the daily lives of the Palestinian people must be a critical part of a road to peace, and Israel must take concrete steps to enable such progress.

In a speech on middle east diplomacy on 5/19/2011 President Obama said:

We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.

His suggestion to go back to the 1967 borders, even with “mutually agreed swaps”, went over like a lead balloon in Tel Aviv.

His further very public insistence that Israel stop building settlements in disputed territories and stop building its security fence further undermined American-Israeli relations, sinking them to their lowest point since 1948 when Israel was created.

The coup d’état came when President Obama and French President Sarkozy were overheard on an open mike talking about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They thought it a private conversation. Sarkozy said, “I can’t look at him (Netanyahu) anymore, he’s a liar”.

President Obama let his guard down saying this of Netanyahu:

You’ve had enough of him, but I have to deal with him every day!

Conclusions

President Obama is a chameleon. Better than any U.S. President in recent history, he changes colors to fit his surroundings.

His color changes to AIPAC blue every time he speaks there. His color changes to Republican red when he speaks of tax cuts, debt reduction and balanced budgets.

The silver-tongued orator has all the savvy and talents of a political snake charmer. He always says the right thing at the right time to fit political expediency. It works exceptionally well.

Perhaps… just PERHAPS… its different this time.

Perhaps, there is another reason for the President’s exceptionally strong pro-Israeli language.

Perhaps, in private, President Obama may have been told that Israel, with or without U.S. support, intends to take out Iran’s nuclear program if they get to close to completing a nuclear weapon.

Israel may believe that Iran would justify their twisted logic for dropping their very first nuclear bomb on Israel because the U.S. dropped its very first nuclear bomb on Japan.

Perhaps, President Obama sees the writing on the wall and has chosen sides to corral the most 2012 votes. Perhaps, we may never know what Barack Obama really, truly thinks.

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Posted on Mar 5, 2012, in 2012 Elections, AIPAC, Barack Obama, Israel, news, Obama, Opinion, Politics, President Obama. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. You really need to be on television with these reflections. You deserve a big audience. This listing is remarkable. The one I track is Wall Street. Senator Obama was all over Wall Street and fixing the mess in Fall 2008. When in office, nothing has happened to Wall Street. There is a lame Dodd Frank bill that passed but all the banks are getting exceptions. There have been no prosecutions like what FDR did. I keep earnestly wanting to believe that he discovered new facts that changed his mind, but I see yellow lights on the computer screen saying, he is just expedient in any moment. When seen from this light it does not matter if he is a Republican or a Democrat. He is just there as the Party of Obama, and no one knows what that really means in terms of policy setting in the future. Makes you wonder if voting even matters any longer, as I see the same expediency in many elected offices. An attorney friend once told me: “You really do not know what a politician really believes.”

    • There is already someone on TV who is 10 times smarter than anyone else…

      He is Fareed Zakaria. His name sounds like that of an Arab terrorist, but if you like what I write I guarantee you will REALLY like what he says. He is nothing short of brilliant.

      Zakaria hosts a show called GPS (the Global Public Square) on CNN on Sunday mornings.

      You will learn more about politics and world affairs in his weekly 1-hour show than from all the rest of the news media combined during the entire week! Don’t tune in late… his greatest insights are usually expressed the instant the show starts.

      I don’t know which side of the political fence you sit – liberal or conservative – but I lean more toward conservatism and Zakaria leans more toward liberalism.

      An important lesson I’ve learned from Zakaria is that brains and insightful analysis greatly transcends trivial political ideologies.

  2. Hem Raj Jain

    Sub:- Obama disappoints mankind at AIPAC

    Obama has already obliged Israel by his speech at AIPAC on Sunday that – “[We all prefer to resolve this issue diplomatically. Having said that, Iran’s leaders should have no doubt about the resolve of the United States, just as they should not doubt Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs]”.

    How much confidence Israel will have in diplomatic resolution of this problem by USA in order to stop Iran’s nuclear program and how much Israel will prefer Obama’s advice to exercise Israel’s sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required (euphemism for military action) to meet its security needs, is any body’s guess

    But Obama will do well to consider the following before deciding to spill the blood of Americans and their Allies (who are bound to be sucked in if Israel attacks) in Iran:-

    (1)- No justice loving person can buy Obama’s argument about Iran. Iran is unnecessarily being harassed and humiliated by USA and its Allies in the name of stopping Iran from having Nukes. Against all the logic & reason, USA & its Allies think that they and some other countries (including Israel, India and Pakistan) have some divine right to posses the nuclear WMDs but countries like Iran, do not have so. As far the past record, USA still remains the only country, which used nukes (in Hiroshima and Nagasaki of Japan). If USA is really interested in mankind getting rid of nuclear WMDs then ‘forced global de-nuclearization through UN’ in a time bound period is still the only solution commensurate with justice.

    (2)- Instead USA and its Allies are making and especially have allowed Israel to make war cries against Iran without realizing that it has already sent shock waves to entire world (including developing countries) which fear, due to this crises, shortage of petroleum oil and steep rise in its price and which is beyond their capacity to bear. Let USA & Allies be under no delusion that remaining mankind will not go against them due to their war in Iran especially when the just remedy, commensurate with justice, of ‘forced global de-nuclearization through UN’ in a time bound period is still available.

    (3)- The USA & Allies (and Israel) have not taken one more factor into reckoning. Iran is the only country which is not ruled by politician or traditional rulers but by a religious leader of Islam (a religion with traditional rivalries against Jews and Christians including from the days of crusade) the Ayatollah, who is also a constitutional authority as ‘Supreme Leader of Iran’. The USA & Allies ought to understand that there is a fundamental difference between religious leader and other people. Whether rightly or wrongly but religion thinks that it knows the final truth (otherwise who will go to religion). Hence religion never changes its position on various issues. Therefore Ayatollah will rather take (that too in this age of 24×7 television and internet) whole of Iran to even total destruction (by USA & Allies) with him but will never budge on its position on nuclear program of Iran especially when as per Iran it is for civilian purpose.

    (4)- Not withstanding present support of regimes of some Muslim countries to them, if USA & Allies think that global Muslim population (whether Shia or Sunni) will not go against USA & Allies especially in the face of total destruction of such a country as Iran by Jews and Christians – then these governments of USA & Allies are living in their make belief world.

    (5)- Even Russia (which has become much powerful after dismemberment of USSR) will find an opportunity in this scenario and will certainly try to take the revenge against USA & Allies by converting Iran into late-eighties-cold-war-Afghanistan. During crucial stage of cold war USA & Allies used Islam through Mujaheddin in Afghanistan to defeat USSR and now it will be the turn of Russia to use Islam in Iran against USA & Allies.

    (6)- Moreover one more factor Obama should keep in his mind before deciding any course of action about Iran & Syria. In Syria at least Syrians (mainly most of its Sunni Population which is in majority of 74 %) can be used after some defections from the army and after arming the rebels to teeth to fight the Syrian war. But what about Iran? In Iran Obama will have to shed the blood of Americans and their Allies only. Even Muslim regimes of Arab countries may support politically USA & Allies in their war against Iran but they will never provide their armed forces to shed their blood and the blood of Irani Muslims in war against Iran. Even it will not be the Jewish blood which will spill in Iran.

    (7)- Therefore Obama (who, as a Statesman friendly to human rights and justice, aroused the hopes of entire mankind immensely, when he came to White House in 2008) is expected, if not to bother about the hardships of the remaining mankind then at least to respect the blood of Americans and their Allies and should ensure that it is not shed unnecessarily especially when alternative remedy, commensurate with justice, of ‘forced global de-nuclearization through UN’ in a time bound period is already available.

    (8)- And by the way, would Obama enlighten the mankind that if he is so confident about diplomatic (sanctions etc) solution to Iran problem then why he (being the President and supreme commander of armed forces of USA – the leader of uni-polar world) left Israel, through his said Sunday AIPAC speech, free to exercises its sovereign right to make its own decisions about what is required to meet its security needs, which is nothing but euphemism for military action of Israel against Iran and which (Obama also knows) will leave no country on this earth, un-wounded ?

    • Thanks for your comment.

      Thoughtful responses like yours make the hours I spend writing articles worth the effort.

      Like most Americans, I do not understand the middle east and its culture. You bring a perspective on Iran’s nuclear program that we don’t get from western news sources.

      Items 1 & 2 & 7 & 8-
      I share your concerns about military action. No one wants war. I firmly believe that President Obama’s unusually strong AIPAC language about Iran signals a strong possibility of military action against Iran’s nuclear program either by Israel, the U.S. or both.

      Iran, Israel, Syria and all nations of the world are duty bound to protect their citizens from outside aggression, including aggression from the United States.

      I do not share your view that it is OK for Iran to have nukes just because others have them. Your comment seems to indicate that even you might think they are, in fact, developing nuke WMDs.

      A nuclear bomb in Iran is a westerner’s greatest fear. They believe Iran will immediately use nukes in Israel if they have them. Israel firmly believes that.

      WWII and the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is the low point in human history that should never be repeated.

      Even as sworn enemies during the Cold War, and after, the U.S. and Russia were still able to negotiate THREE nuclear weapon reduction treaties.

      Over 10,000 nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems have been destroyed by both countries. That includes all the Titan ICBMs I used to live nearby. Each Titan rocket could deliver a 9 Megaton hydrogen bomb anywhere in the world. Each 9 Megaton hydrogen bomb could release more explosive power than in WWII and all the wars ever fought in human history… COMBINED!

      A Titan bomb would have left a 39 mile wide area of total destruction.

      They are all gone now! Thank goodness.

      We are headed in the right direction. We need to rid Earth of nuclear weapons, not create more.

      Item 3-
      Your point about Iran ruled by Ayatollah, a religious Supreme Ruler, is well taken. It confuses westerners. We are clueless what Ayatollah thinks or how he rules because he never speaks in public. Iran’s government is mysterious to us.

      We think Ahmadinejad is a puppet leader who serves as Ayatollah’s mouthpiece.

      Westerner’s need to better understand how Iranian religious-political government works.

      Item 4-
      Whether a majority view or not, westerners fear Muslim extremism. Your comment fuels that fear. Westerners know there are strong religious differences between Shia and Sunni. We have no understanding of it whatsoever.

      Item 5-
      The U.S. was wrong to use the Mujaheddin in Afghanistan for its own purposes. Russia was wrong to invade Afghanistan. Later, the U.S. was justified invading Afghanistan to fight Al-Qaida being harbored there by the Taliban.

      Item 6-
      Like in Syria right now, it is wrong for any government to kill is own citizens. It is equally wrong for the U.S., or any country, to impose its own values on another nation, including Syria and Iran. America is wrong to do that, especially through military force as we’ve been doing all over the Muslim world.

  3. Obama can only be trusted to do what is in his best interest. Occasionally what he sees as his best interest coincides with our national interest.

    • I like Obama in a lot of ways. He projects a presidential image in ways George W never could.

      I didn’ vote for him because of his woeful lack of any meaningful experience and because he was completely unknown quantity when we already had two exceptionally capable and proven leaders with long records of accomplishment.

      But after his election I bought into the hope and change dream just like everyone else.

      That being said, there has been a lot of change in 3 years and I couldn’t have said what you just said better.

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