Israel covered in ashes could end up being Obama’s legacy.
“Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.” – Mwai Kibaki
As Kibaki said, leadership is indeed a privilege. Presidential leadership is a privilege not to be used to satisfy one’s own desires, whatever they may be—power, legacy, hatred, revenge—it is one burdened with the lives of millions. This privilege, to be the leader of the most powerful nation in human history, comes with severe responsibility, the highest of which is the protection of one’s own people, and secondly, the protection of our allies. Often times, these two are inextricably linked; to protect our allies is to protect ourselves.
Barack Obama may loathe Israel—or, more specifically, it’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That doesn’t matter. What does matter is anger boiling over into pettiness—pettiness that could leave the state of Israel in ashes.
It’s clear that Iran wants nothing more than to build a nuclear weapon. It’s also clear that Iranian leaders despise the nation of Israel. Given that, the goal of a nuclear negotiation would be to prevent Iran from ever acquiring such a weapon. It would not only pose a threat to Israel, but to all nations, including the United States.
All we keep hearing regarding the negotiations is that Iran is winning. Most recently, according to the Associated Press:
“The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites…the trade-off would allow Iran to run several hundred of the devices at its Fordo facility, although the Iranians would not be allowed to do work that could lead to an atomic bomb and the site would be subject to international inspections…”
And according to Bloomberg News:
“Western powers have proposed lifting UN sanctions in phases over four to six years…[but] Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has demanded the immediate end of sanctions.”
In essence, what the United States may end up conceding to is a total lift on economic sanctions, with an allowance for running centrifuges. Of course, there would be inspections, but any nation can billow smoke to obfuscate the truth. For a recent example, just look to the North Korea agreements in the 1990’s, which were expected to keep the nation from acquiring nuclear weapons. North Korea later admitted that they were secretly constructing nuclear weapons anyway. Now the dictatorship has nuclear weapons.
Even if the concessions don’t go as far as what was mentioned above, this deal is exceedingly dangerous. To allow any centrifuges at all is irresponsible, let alone hundreds. The scenario will play out like this: the deal will be inked, sanctions will be rolled back (immediately, or over several years), President Obama will get his legacy, and Iran will secretly build nuclear weapons. By the time the weapons are functional and Iran goes nuclear, a new President will have taken over.
Obama’s narcissism and his stubbornness are coming together to allow a fundamental transformation of the Middle East landscape. A regime that has on multiple occasions said that their ultimate goal is to wipe Israel off the map; whose supreme leader just last week responded to a crowd chanting “death to America,” by saying “Of course, yes, death to America…” may now be given a paved path to nuclear weapons.
Tehran is 6,121 miles away from the New York City, but only 980 miles away from Tel Aviv. For Israel, this negotiation is deadly serious in the most literal sense. President Obama is putting the lives of 8 million Israelis at the altar of his own ego.
Oh, there’s more. Over three years ago, a journalist named Grant Smith issued a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, asking that documents be released which detail Israel’s nuclear program. Just as Obama’s relationship with Netanyahu was becoming more and more tenuous, the request was granted. Oh, but it was surely coincidental, right? Obama wouldn’t be that infantile.
According to Israel National News:
“…the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.
But by publishing the declassified document from 1987, the US reportedly breached the silent agreement to keep quiet on Israel’s nuclear powers for the first time ever, detailing the nuclear program in great depth.”
As the piece later points out, this three-years-in-the-making event just happened to coincide with the approach of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before the joint session of Congress on March 3rd. Reportedly, the White House was irate over Speaker Boehner inviting Netanyahu to speak without the President’s permission or approval. So I guess he decided to retaliate. Rather spiteful for the leader of the free world, I’d say.
This release just adds one more layer onto the disdainful relationship that Barack Obama has with Israel. This man is petty enough to allow the release of top secret documents that may harm Israel’s safety at the exact moment negotiations are ongoing with Iran.
Obama desperately wants his legacy, but in doing so, he is plunging his hands directly into the blood of 8 million people.