The Goal of Obama’s Foreign Policy

131123233322-iran-agreement-04-horizontal-galleryOriginally published by the Jerusalem Post

It isn’t surprising that the US and the other five powers signed a deal with Iran on Saturday. Over the past few weeks, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made it clear that they were committed to signing a deal with Iran as quickly as possible.

And it isn’t surprising that the deal these overeager leaders signed with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism makes the world a much more dangerous place than it was before the agreement was concluded.

With the US and its allies far more eager to reach an accord with Iran on its illicit nuclear weapons program than Iran was, it was obvious from the outset that any deal ultimately reached, at least as long as these negotiating conditions remained in force, would facilitate rather than inhibit Iran’s quest to build a nuclear arsenal. And indeed, the sanctions relief that Iran has gained simply by signing on the dotted line will be sufficient to buffet the Iranian economy through a successful nuclear weapons test.

Iran will achieve nuclear capability while enriching itself through the deal because the deal gives Iran sanctions relief without requiring Iran to make any irreversible concessions. Indeed, Iran just received the international community’s permission to continue to enrich uranium, keep all its nuclear installations open and build new centrifuges.

While the deal isn’t surprising in and of itself, Obama’s decision to conclude it now makes clear the true goal of his foreign policy. To understand that goal, it is first necessary to consider an aspect of the deal that, on the surface, makes little sense.

The negotiations with the Iranians that culminated in Saturday night’s agreement went on for a year.

And yet, the final deal reflects Iran’s opening positions.

That is, over the course of the entire year, American and European negotiators were not able to move Iran’s positions one iota.

So what has the Obama administration been doing for the past year? Since Iran’s positions were the same all along, why didn’t they sign this deal a year ago? The US’s strength relative to Iran did not diminish significantly since a year ago. So the US didn’t need this agreement more now than it did a year ago.

Clearly, Obama did not spend the last year trying to build domestic American support for a deal that enables the regime that calls daily for the annihilation of America to become a nuclear power. With Iran building military bases all over Central and South America, Obama never bothered trying to make the case to the American people that they would be more secure with this regime in possession of the capacity to kill millions of Americans with one bomb.

Obama never stood before the Congress to explain how a deal that gives America’s Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval to Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program advances US national security. He never explained how allowing Iran to continue to enrich uranium decreases the likelihood of war.

So what did Obama need the last year for? If he wasn’t concerned with getting a less dangerous deal, and he didn’t care what the American people though about his facilitation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, what prevented him from okaying the agreement last year? To ascertain the answer, it is worth considering Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s comments Sunday morning. Beyond noting the nuclear deal’s danger to Israel’s security, Lapid said, “I am worried not only over the deal but that we have lost the world’s attention.”

And indeed, Israel has lost the world’s attention. Its appropriately deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear behavior were belittled, ignored and derided, first and foremost by the Obama administration. Worse than belittling Israel’s concerns, which are completely shared by the Sunni Arab world, Obama and Kerry have castigated as warmongers those Americans who agree with Israel’s concerns and have attacked them as traitors who seek to push America into an unnecessary war. At the same time, they have presented the dispute as one of Israel against the rest of the world, ignoring that the Sunni Arab world shares Israel’s concerns.

Statements to this effect from US officials have been legion since the details of the deal were first divulged to Israel and the Gulf States by the French and the British three weeks ago.

The brazenness of these anti-Israel statements points to the main action that Obama and his advisors have engaged in for the past year, while not moving Iran a millimeter from its opening position at the nuclear talks.

Over the past year, Obama has engaged in systematically weakening Israel’s position both regionally and in Washington. Regionally, the US has forced Israel into talks with the Palestinians that are engineered to weaken Israel strategically and diplomatically. The US has delegitimized Israel’s legal rights to sovereignty and self-defense, while effectively justifying Palestinian terrorism as a legitimate response to Israeli actions – which themselves were perfectly legal. So, too, the US has given a green light to the EU’s illegal, discriminatory economic war against Israel.

Beyond that, the Obama administration has significantly expanded the prospect of war between Israel and Syria by leaking Israeli strikes against Syrian targets that posed a threat to Israel’s security.

The US has also weakened Israel’s capacity to take steps short of war to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons possessing state by leaking key components of Israel’s covert operations against Iran’s nuclear program.

In the US, the Obama administration has targeted Israel’s American supporters. This has been advanced, first and foremost, by actively weakening AIPA C. As Lee Smith explained in Tablet, the administration has taken three key steps to neutralize AIPA C as an effective force in Washington.

It has supported J Street and so legitimized anti-Israel policymaking.

Obama appointed outspoken critics of the US-Israel alliance to key positions in his national security team. First and foremost in this arena was his appointment of Chuck Hagel to serve as defense secretary.

Finally, Obama discredited AIPA C, painting it as an unthinking warmonger by forcing the group to lobby Congress to support his helter-skelter rush to war against Syria. The coup de grace was Obama’s sudden abandonment of his plans to bomb Syria, which left AIPA C high and dry, looking like an anti-Semitic caricature of itself.

The culmination of this long process of delegitimizing Israel as a warmongering, ungrateful ally and its supporters as turncoats who are forcing the US to endanger itself for the benefit of the Jewish state was the administration’s hysterical campaign against Israel and its supporters in the lead-up to Saturday’s signing ceremony in Geneva. Everyone, from the White House to Kerry, accused Israel and its supporters of trying to force the US to fight an unnecessary war.

When we consider Obama’s decision to wait for a year to sign the deal that enables Iran to become a nuclear power in the context of his main activities over the past year, we understand his foreign policy.

His goal is not to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. It isn’t even to facilitate a rapprochement between America and Iran. The goal of Obama’s foreign policy is to weaken the State of Israel.

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  • m4253y

    Quite a lengthy article to state the obvious conclusion.

    • BS77

      Remember a man named Chamberlain waved a scrap of paper and announced “Peace in our time”….

      • WhiteHunter

        It’s not just a parallel; it’s a congruency.

      • A Z

        Chamberlain by giving up Czechoslovakia double the size of the German army by giving it 30 divisions worth of war material and gave it 2 large military industrial complexes along with 25 million in gold bullion.

        Chamberlain made WW2 happen.

      • NAHALKIDES

        At least Chamberlain was merely a fool – he wasn’t trying to destroy his country or its allies, it’s just that his mistakes tended to that end. Obama is fool and malevolent destructor in one.

  • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

    Presidents have made mistakes in the past but this huge bungled treaty with Iran was performed by an illegal President, one that usurped the office of the POTUS, This man had the power to choose John (Hanoi) Kerry as his Secretary of State, the worse possible choice for that office given his past associations with Communists. We have the most dangerous “sleeper cell” in the United States sitting right there at 1600 Penn Ave. with a man who is in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood (Horowitz could prove it if he wanted to). There are members in Congress who know what I just wrote to be true and they choose to remain silent. They have hand delivered evidence in their hands to give cause for an investigation of Barack Hussein Obama. Government needs to be shut down until a thorough investigation has been completed.

    • pupsncats

      This is no mistake. It is intentional. The reason Obama selected Kerry as Secretary of State is they are birds of a feather, both anti-America and both lovers and defenders of America’s enemies.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Yes, to weaken the state of Israel, but to what end?

    There is the interesting question, before which Caroline Glick seems to hesitate.

    Of course, the answer is staring us in the face; Obama seeks the destruction of the state of Israel, just as he seeks the reinstatement of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

    This is the awful truth, so fearful as to resist acknowledgment – but it’s a truth which is becoming increasingly evident.

    • Moa

      Yes, the Left believes that if Israel ‘goes away’ then the Middle East will calm down. Of course, it just demonstrates how utterly clueless this Administration is with regard to Islamic Doctrine. Of course, all those Muslim Brotherhood bodies in the White House tell them what they want to hear – and ensure that the regime works towards Israel’s destruction on their behalf.

      All the libtards repeat the false meme that America fights Israel’s wars (in fact, the opposite is true!), but in fact America has been doing the bidding of the Islamists ever since Bill Clinton’s intervention in Bosnia (Bosnia, Kosovo, Libya, Iraq, Egypt, Syria)

      • Michael Garfinkel

        I’m afraid you’re overlooking the deep and abiding resentment of Jews that informs Obama’s world view.

      • Will48

        the intervention in the Balkans on behalf of the Muslim Powers was and still remains a bipartisan policy. The faux presidential candidate McCain (who did everything to loose his elections) was and still is a firm supporter of Islamists’ causes; new crop of GOP isolationists don’t help either. The whole USA/CIA Establishment is rotten now. Cheney/Rumsfeld were last of the Mohicans. Condoleeza served the new regime well by installing Hamas in Gaza in 2005, and W was just a front man to Bob Gates who came in 2007 and remained through 0′s first years.

    • swemson

      I don’t disagree that he wants to weaken Israel, however there’s also a strong likelihood that his policies are intended to give him a pretext (one of many) to give him a justifiable excuse to declare martial law, and finish us off for good.

      He can get a war going between Israel and Iran, arrange for one of our big warships to get sunk, burn a few embassies, all of which Soros & his progressive cronies will pay for gladly, and then with the (obvious but phony) threat to the lower 48, he can declare martial law.

      I say that we MUST do SOMETHING right now. At very least we should start a 24/7 protest march in front of the White House, and keep it going until he’s gone.

      And we should DEMAND that all Tea Party & GOP politicians running in the 2014 elections promise the voters to sponsor (or cosponsor) impeachment proceedings against all of these $cumbags, including Obama & all his czars, and Reid & Pelosi & the other most virulent members of the far left progressive movement in D.C.

      We MUST also prosecute anyone we can impeach criminally as well, pour encouragement des autres, and then watch those criminals flee D.C. like the rats they are off of our ship of state.

      fs

      • Guest

        exactomundo! marshal law is their goal. All the leaks against Israel didn’t get Syrian-Israeli war started, so now he’s going for provoking the Iran-Israel war. And the crowds are cheering. — I have been fearing a black ops false flag nuke terrorist act by USA/CIA against Israel for some years now. He’s perfectly capable, and many in the top echelons of the “American Establishment” who always talk about their “interests” are perfectly capable as well. Actually, 9/11 was done by their allies the Al Qaeda – only few years prior the “Al Zawahiri fighters” were fighting the “good fight” against the Serbs shoulder to shoulder with the American secret forces, as was publicized by the Senate Republican investigative commission, with Pentagon planes running guns from IRAN for Al Qaeda and the rest of the jihadists in the Balkans.

        • swemson

          It’s interesting to consider your scenario in reverse.. with Israel pulling a black ops false flag terrorist act against the U.S. by blowing up The White House and the entire congress, and fooling us into thinking that the attack was from the jihadists….

          The American public would be arguing over whether they did us a favor by getting rid of the Obama regime or not for the next hundred years….

          fs

          • Guest

            there’s germs too, you know. Everyone’s forgetting about the germs. … Nuke terror on the ground only works in Hollywood movies; there’s a clear radiation signature or there wouldn’t be US planes in the US skies 24/7 tracking it – as mentioned even in 1997 “Peacemaker” with George Clooney. Gosh, even he would make a much better President. De Niro would be the best. Google “De Niro Isr” and you get suggested “robert de niro israel mad infected dog”. That should be a qualification enough. Anyhow, the _whole_ top-brass is infected. This started with W’s second term anyway. And Congress is our only hope. The problem is not the elected representatives, its the gov’t secret structure that had rotten from the inside, with their fat rewards from Arabs post retirement for every traitor.

          • Guest

            BTW it is almost exactly the story in the UK TV series “Spooks” (5th season, 2006 (!)), only against the UK. The hero British she-spy in the end (having prevailed over the baddies, of course) telling with contempt to the captured Mossad agent, shipping him to Guantanamo still under his assumed Al-Qaeda identity: “nobody will ever find you there”. And what they wanted to prevent? The “peaceful” nuke deal between UK and the Saudis.

  • Ben

    Everything you say is true, however, Israel has to push back or prepare to perish.

  • CowboyUp

    The only way Obama’s foreign policy makes any sense is if he’s trying to reestablish the caliphate under the muslim brotherhood. A nuclear Iran would definitely be a goad towards unifying the Sunnis.

  • Softly Bob

    Obama has also betrayed his Sunni friends, you know – the ones he loves to give money to, so it’s obvious that his hatred of Israel is stronger than his love for Sunni Muslims.
    Or is it?
    Many Sunnis would love to see the collapse of the Saudi regime. They despise the Saudi royals, are bitter that Mecca is under their control and want to turn Saudi Arabia into a Brotherhood run state. I guess they believe that they can always deal with the Iranian Shias later.
    If the balance of power is shifted by making Iran a nuclear power then it’s possible that Iran can grab the goodies and take over the Arabian gulf oil fields, thus weakening the Saudis, weaking the UAE and weakening Qatar. If the Saudis lose economic influence in the area they will be sitting ducks for Sunni terrorists to take over.

    It’s all very complicated isn’t it?
    Of course, it’s just very possible that Obama really doesn’t have a clue what he is doing, but I doubt that. I believe that above all else, he probably believes that the best reward he can give his Sunni comrades is to see Israel disappear.

  • T-Rex

    And yet, the American Jews continue to support and vote for Obummer. Go figure.

    • BS77

      Most liberals would vote for a turnip if it ran as a Democrat.

      • NAHALKIDES

        They did in 2000 – its name was Al Gore.

        • Markus Sarén

          Al Gore would have been a far better president than Bush.

    • WhiteHunter

      Exactly correct. I have good friends who are Reform Jews; every one of them voted for Osama in 2008, and all of them except one made the same devastasting, inexplicable blunder again last year, when his actual record in office — and his comprehensive program for the weakening and destruction of both Israel and the U.S., and his eager, trusting embrace of our most dangerous enemies — was a matter of well-documented, undisputed fact.
      When I ask any of them how they could POSSIBLY support this dangerously radical, Israel- and America-hating liar and demagogue, they merely curse Bush and all other Republicans.
      I absolutely cannot explain it, except by recognizing that for a Leftist (which now describes the vast majority of the Damnocrat Party, both its leadership and its rank-and-file voters alike), the highest loyalty is to the Party; country, family, dear friends, rational self-interest, and even God are all subordinate to that. Go figure.

      • Moa

        Your Leftist friends are all about ‘identity politics’. Nothing else matters. They will support their chose tribe in the face of all facts.

      • Michael Garfinkel

        Consider the defintion of “identification with an agressor” – an unconscious process in which a person adopts the perspective or behavior patterns of a captor or abuser.
        Better to ride the back of the tiger than be eaten by it,

    • NAHALKIDES

      Remember, most American Jews are Leftists first and (Reformed) Jews second – they care very little for Israel. I believe Daniel pointed out that Romney may have actually carried the Orthodox Jewish vote in NYC, a fascinating tidbit even though it’s not about to change the face of American politics just yet.

  • vladimirval

    Obviously this administration thinks that their lies of achieving “peace in our time” will resonate in history s the truth and will forget the terrible evil that it truly is. Obama’s legacy will be “he lied, and lied, and then he lied some more.”

    • Moa

      The idiot Democrats believe they are “On the Right Side of History”. Everything golden they touch turns to mud. They are on the wrong side of history in every instance – eg. opposing the will of the Egyptian people against the evil Muslim Brotherhood.

      Obama will be hated in history. He is the Benedict Arnold or Vidkun Quisling of our time.

  • pupsncats

    Obama’s foreign policy reflects his domestic policy which is to destroy what little remains of democracy and the two powers in the world that can deflect totalitarianism-the U.S. and Israel.

    Lessening the power and influence of the U.S. in the world is his foreign policy goal and to do that he has to destroy the last remnants of our Constitutional Republic, the rule of law, and individualism.

    If you look at everything he has accomplished, it is clear that he not only despises America and everything she stands for but Israel as well because the Jews there are, in his opinion, in the way of complete domination of the Islamic state which he prefers.

  • ADM64

    Israel should now take unilateral action based on their own perceptions of the situation. It will embarrass Obama but he has earned that.

  • georgejochnowitz

    All the world’s international problems could be solved at once if only Iran recognized Israel.

    http://perryjgreenbaum.blogspot.com/2013/11/why-not-little-satan.html

    • Moa

      No, more than that is required. Islam has to exposed and discredited for the evil it is. Then we will still have conflicts and strife, but *nothing* compared to the genocides going on right now everywhere Islam borders anywhere else (and inside Islamic countries too).

  • Habbgun

    I don’t think this is directed at Israel although in the way it does is to Obama a feature not a bug. This man is the enemy of the Egyptian in the street, the Iranian opposition, Hondurans who are trying to keep Venezuelan communism from ruining their country. He’s basically a Palestinian/Muslim Brotherhood operative with just enough of the faculty communist about him to support Communist states when its convenient. I don’t think American Presidents should be tried by the “international community” as a war criminal but this one should be the exception.

    • NAHALKIDES

      If he approved or even knew of the IRS’s harassment of Conservative groups, we should try him right here under applicable law once the nightmare of his term in office is over.

  • Grouchy Old Man

    Impeach Obama for treason!

  • churchillian

    Let’s say most of you are right, and I agree that Obama is primarily an anti-colonialist, meaning anti-White/ant-Jewish character with no connection to the best of America or anything in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Why has it not been possible to get one or several WH insiders to reveal his expressing those mindsets? Does he keep all of it bottled up inside and get his “aides” and friends to accept them as “policy”? Isn’t there one Obama insider who is bothered by the US president being so little “of America” or “of the West”? By comparison, Merkel and Hollande are closer to Churchill (although not all that much) than the supposed great defender of what’s left of Western Civilization.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      No, there is no “insider” who is bothered by the US president being so little “of America” or “of the West.
      The ones who have objections have quietly left.

  • Cuppa

    You people are hilarious and very sad at the same time.

  • phenry

    While this article proposes various theories as to Obama’s true intentions, it falls far short of calling Obama’s strategy for what it is. From day one of his presidency, Obama has glorified and elevated Islam. Actually, Obama has practiced and promoted Islam since childhood. Obama’s actions and words do indeed clarify his true intentions, While he may be the greatest liar in presidential history, his decisions, which insult not only Israel but America as well, make it very clear that his allegiance is to foreign and enemy interests. Obama is so arrogant that one could reasonably wonder if he is the great mustafa that is to come. In biblical terms, Obama can be considered to completely against Christ, which would make a prime candidate for the anti-Christian ruler who wishes to declare himself God rather than give glory to the true God. This is why I love the second Psalm of the Bible. Let the fools think of themselves as being great and mighty. God laughs at them!

  • Texas Patriot

    It’s time for Israel to get creative.

    • Fearful

      The only creative solution for Israel is to unleash the Nes-Tziona option. Nobody wants that desperate, desperate, terrible option. Do you know what I am talking about? “… angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth”

      • Texas Patriot

        I’ve never heard of that, but it doesn’t sound practical.

  • Long Ben

    Obamas’ devotion to the ” Other ” knows no bounds. That it is to the hurt of normal folks is just icing on the cake. Or is it the cake?

  • Will48

    Obama follows the Grand Stability Strategy y Brzezinski which he publicly stated in his November 2008 Cheatham House speech (was on YouTube back then): 1. Partner with Britain/France/Germany to share in world leadership; 2. Engage with Russia/China/India/Brasil/Turkey (i.e. create G20); 3. accommodate regional powers, specifically and _by name_, Iran; 4. PACIFY ISRAEL (in these very words). — It’s all in the open. — The delusional Brzezinskiites think this enhances stability, because “the Muslim world had awoken, and to keep it in check means to kill millions, and we’re not prepared to do that”; so instead engage with it and accommodate it. This is the same as early 2007 Hamilton/Baker report; it’s a bipartisan policy. The mass media had ceased to mediate, to transmit; the policy-making now is all done in the dark, just as it was in the lead up to the WWI, with secret agreements, and WWII, with secret protocols.