Obama’s Good Cop/Bad Cop Game with Israel and Europe

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Everyone knows the game of “Good Cop” and “Bad Cop.” The meaning of the game is that there is no good cop or bad cops. Just two cops with the same agenda and different poses.

Europe is already, for the most part, anti-Israel, so it’s a natural for playing the heavy. While Obama makes some supportive noises toward Israel and then warns the Jewish State that if it doesn’t do as it’s told, Europe will have its way.

The United States was behind the summoning of Israeli ambassadors by several European nations, Israeli sources with close ties to US administration officials said Monday.

“The European move is essentially an American move,” one official said. “The Brits asked the Americans how to act.”

Now think about the Palestinian Authority UN bid in that same light. The United States made a show of voting against, but what it did tell European governments behind the scene?

Obama’s gambit is clever enough because it both isolates Israel and makes it more dependent on him, while allowing him to position himself as a strong supporter of Israel.

Hamas, backed by the new government he helped install in Egypt, shells Israel. Israel fights back. Obama makes a supportive statement and then pressures Israel to accept ceasefire terms favorable to Hamas.

Abbas mounts a UN bid. Rice tells American allies to vote for it, while voting against it, and then resumes with business as usual. Israel responds with added construction and Obama gives Europe the go-ahead to bash Israel while making only a limited condemnation. (The Muslim Brotherhood’s coup in Egypt have yet to receive a similar condemnation.)

But there is no good cop/bad cop. Obama and the EU are all equally anti-Israel.

  • Mary Sue

    Yeah, that's pretty much how it looks to me, too. A pity that not a lot of people seem to be picking up on the tactic.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      The Islamist-in-Chief is making sure that Israel is cornered like a rat, letting loose his incendiary bomblets through his Muslim Brotherhood Mafia. And if the regime had really wanted to stop the PA/Fatah terror junta from going to the UN, all they had to do was do the same thing that the first Pres Bush did via his Sec of State Baker- tell them that the US will block ANY entry of ANY status of the junta into the assembly.It was done 20 yrs ago, and he could have done the same.
      Now, it was not as if the first Bush administration were great friends of Israel. Not at all. But they understood the hell it would unleash if Arafat's junta was unleashed. But NOT the Islamist-in-Chief. He has other plans for the region. http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/04/more-hell-unl

      here too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/16/the-islamist-

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Greenfield is preaching to the choir with this audience, but the recent election has made clear that 70% of the American Jewish community haven't a real commitment to the welfare of Israel.

    Perhaps the mask enables Obama's Jewish supportersan opportunity to escape embarassment.

    Personally, I don't think they're capable of being embarassed.

  • ezequiel

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/
    See video.
    Bolton blames Obama for Palestinian UN vote

  • joan

    Most PEOPLE in Europe are neutral or dislike anything Muslim. This comes from PC or dhimmi governments

  • ezequiel

    "Tolerance, when applied to evil, is a crime." – Thomas Mann

    "If we have to offend someone, let's offend the Jews not the Arabs." – Chamberlain