When Obama took office, he immediately set upon what critics called his “Bush apology tour.” Heading to countries throughout Europe and the Middle East, Obama made sure that world leaders knew that things would be different. He was a true-blue liberal, and America would no longer be the bullies of the world. True to his word, Obama has done everything possible in the last six years to weaken America’s foreign policies. One can only imagine that we’re much more welcome at dinner parties, though.
The question now is: who will apologize for Obama? Relations between the United States and our greatest Middle Eastern ally – Israel – are at an all-time low. Recently, the Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg reported that one unnamed American official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit,” apparently in condemnation of his unwillingness to concede to a nuclear Iran.
It’s funny to hear that term come from the Obama administration. After all, Netanyahu was a decorated member of the Israeli Special Forces long before he took political office; Barack Obama has no such courage in his short resume. Obama himself didn’t utter the pejorative, of course, but he’s been just as willing to throw our allies under the bus. At times, he seems just as hysterical as the lobotomized protestors, pleading for a peaceful Israel even in the face of overwhelming Palestinian aggression.
Netanyahu, of course, courts administration disfavor whenever he feels so inclined. He recently announced that Israel would be commencing expansions in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, closing his ears to protests from the U.S. And why shouldn’t he? Bibi has tried American-sponsored diplomacy at every turn. At every turn, it’s been thrown back in his face. As Bush once said so eloquently, “We won’t get fooled again.”
United Against Evil
This is not the first or the last time the U.S. and Israel will be at odds, but we stand at a particularly crucial time in Middle Eastern history. It’s not an exaggeration to say we could use all the help we can get. In an era where it’s almost as easy to cross the ocean as it is to cross a fence, the world is getting a lot smaller. The past twenty years have given us but the briefest glimpse into what Islamic terrorism has in store for the West. No matter how much we beef up security, there will be more attacks to come.
At a time like this, we need to stand by a strong Israel and we need a strong Israel to stand by us. We’ve already seen through Iraq and the various Arab Spring countries that exporting democracy isn’t going to work like we hoped. In many cases, we saw largely secular governments overturned in favor of Islamic rule. Anyone who thinks that change favors America isn’t thinking clearly.
As we move forward into a new era of Islamic terrorism, we’re going to need a president who can forge an unbreakable bond with Israeli leadership. But first, that’s going to mean undoing the damage Obama has done, and that’s not going to be easy.