September 2, 2012

Obama flinches on Israel

He's done it again.  The president has abandon Israel.  He flinched, like he frequently has with Israel, in the face of an Iranian threat.

The details of the flinch via Time:
Seven months ago, Israel and the United States postponed a massive joint military exercise that was originally set to go forward just as concerns were brimming that Israel would launch a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The exercise was rescheduled for late October, and appears likely to go forward on the cusp of the U.S. presidential election. But it won’t be nearly the same exercise. Well-placed sources in both countries have told TIME that Washington has greatly reduced the scale of U.S. participation, slashing by more than two-thirds the number of American troops going to Israel and reducing both the number and potency of missile interception systems at the core of the joint exercise.

“Basically what the Americans are saying is, ‘We don’t trust you,’” a senior Israeli military official tells TIME.

The reductions are striking. Instead of the approximately 5,000 U.S. troops originally trumpeted for Austere Challenge 12, as the annual exercise is called, the Pentagon will send only 1,500 service members, and perhaps as few as 1,200. Patriot anti-missile systems will arrive in Israel as planned, but the crews to operate them will not. Instead of two Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense warships being dispatched to Israeli waters, the new plan is to send one, though even the remaining vessel is listed as a “maybe,” according to officials in both militaries.
The context?  The president doesn't want to be complicit in any pre-emptive strike on Iran. Did the president flinch because he fears a full scale war with Iran?  Not likely.  He flinched because the military exercise got postponed to a time too close to the election for him to be able to sit on both sides of the fence.

He's got those on the left thinking he's too cozy with Israel and isn't doing enough to help the Palestinians - like this Washington Post article from 2009:
President Obama came into office insisting that his administration would press hard and fast to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But after nine months, analysts and diplomats say, the administration's efforts have faltered in part because of its own missteps.

As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear during her Middle East trip, which ended Wednesday, U.S. officials are now promoting new tactics -- what they called the "baby steps" of lower-level talks -- to bring the Israeli and Palestinian leaders together for direct talks.

But the dynamics have changed since Obama named a special envoy to the region on his second day in office and tried to make a fresh start. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, whom the administration once would have been happy to see undermined, has been strengthened -- while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whom the administration had hoped to bolster, has been weakened.
That about says it:  "....would have been happy to see [Netanyahu] undermined".  Therein lies the true intent of the president.  Obama has never been a friend to Israel, there are numerous examples of that.  So the flinch in supporting an ally is not about fear of Iran - they have done little to halt the Iranian nuclear program and Israel is clearly expendable.  Which means the reason for the flinch is timing, which means it's political.  What that means is that the president is not being honest with Americans and Jewish voters.  He wants your vote, but he doesn't care about the Promised Land. 

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