What was to have been a rapid response to the Hamas massacre has become bogged down. Israel has mobilized 300,000 men for a ground assault that isn’t happening because of the Biden administration.
The initial show of support from Washington D.C. has instead become a hostage situation with the Biden administration delaying a response to let Qatar, a state sponsor of Hamas, negotiate some more for the release of the hostages.
Additionally, D.C. is concerned about its image in the Muslim world and would like Israel to avoid civilian casualties (all but impossible when fighting a terror group that hides behind civilians and sets up its infrastructure in hospitals, schools and mosques) and anything that will reflect badly on it.
Iran’s allies attacked U.S. embassies which means that the ground invasion must also be delayed to give D.C. time to fortify embassies in the region. How long will that take? Who knows. After the 9/11 attacks on embassies in Benghazi, Cairo and Tunis, you would think they would have been turned into fortresses a long time ago.
Iran’s Shiite allies, the PMUs, also began shelling American targets in Iraq. So more resources are needed to defend American interests there.
Considering the number of U.S. interests in the region, Iran has a lot of targets to choose from. And putting the United States on the defensive is then linked, wrongly, to delaying an Israeli ground assault.
The reality is that the only reason U.S. interests are being attacked is to get the White House to delay an Israeli ground operation.
The Biden administration chooses to make itself into a hostage and then rewards the hostage takers by giving them what they want. This defeatism all but ensures more of the same and makes the survival of Hamas all the more likely.
Tehran has this administration’s number. It’s been badly compromised by Iranian agents who are inside our OODA loop and know how to snarl it and loop it back on itself so that nothing gets done.
Israel has to break free of this Mobius strip because Biden won’t.