America's Middle East Posture
Once again, the current administration has committed another
breathtaking break with well-established U.S. policy. It came out
weeks ago that, far from the long-standing American position of
never negotiating with terrorists, the
U.S. had actually been engaging in secret talks with representatives
Congress was not apprised, let alone asked for advice or consent.
The news had all the attributes of another scandal, particularly in
light of regular public statements on Iran's nuclear program
indicating that “all options” were “on the table,” meaning that an
American military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities remained
a strong possibility if Iran's nuclear progress were deemed to be an
The next thing we knew,
Secretary of State
John Kerry had interrupted his scheduled travels in a detour to
Geneva to join in the construct of a diplomatic agreement with Iran.
Prime Minister Netanyahu issued one statement after another,
warning that the Iranians had proven they couldn't be trusted to be
honest, and any agreement would only put the nation of Israel in
By this time, things were happening fast. The president took to live
national television to announce that a
“preliminary, interim agreement” with Iran had been reached, and
economic sanctions would be eased. Depending on who you ask, this
agreement is either the best prospect for avoiding a Middle East
something that makes the prospect even more likely.
The lifting of
sanctions puts tens of billions of dollars at Iran's disposal,
which is motive enough for a handshake. What the world gets in
return is rather murky. The agreement purportedly
allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium to levels inadequate for
nuclear weapons. Even that consolation
violates a raft of UN resolutions demanding that Iran cease
No sooner did the administration start trying to sell the attributes
of a diplomatic arrangement with the mullahs,
but Iran spoke up charging U.S. spokesmen with misrepresentation.
Misrepresentation? This administration?
This truly is something to contemplate.
Iran is known to have lied to the UN nuclear commission for years.
They were caught red-handed so many times that the whole
relationship with the
IAEA had broken down. Iran's chief prevaricator in the drama was
none other than
who is now the president of Iran.
So we're treated to handshakes and hugs between Kerry and the
Iranians as the sanctions are lifted and enrichment continues with
the knowledge and consent of the United States. Netanyahu called it
a historic mistake, and it seems
the whole Middle East is scrambling for security, in some cases
making new and unlikely alliances to adjust to new realities
presented by an unpredictable U.S. administration.
This is not the first time the current administration has upended
the established status quo in the region. Look at what's happened
with Egypt! The country is now under military leadership, and hoping
for enough stability to re-establish some order and quality of life.
Mubarak, befriending the
Muslim Brotherhood then cutting off U.S. aid once the
brotherhood was deposed,
Egypt is reaching out to Russia. It is not clear how the policy
makers in D.C. intended this to turn out, but it is a serious blow
to the perception of America to Egypt and everybody else in the
world who watched these unbelievable events unfold.
Surely driving Egypt out of the American orbit and into the arms of
the Russians wasn't part of the plan, was it?
Reports are now all over the place about another unlikely alliance
that may be forming,
and that is between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Both were diametrically opposed to a U.S. deal with Iran. Even
after the announcement of a U.S. deal with Iran,
Israeli spokesmen continue to say that military intervention against
Iran may be necessary to preserve Israel's security. Saudi
Arabia also hates the prospect of Iran getting nuclear weapons and
sees it as a direct threat. There are hints that the Saudis might
even make airbases available to Israeli jets, which would make
strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities more feasible.
And what if Israel did “go it alone” against Iran? Would that
a direct provocation against the current administration?
Outrage is all over the place. Iran is furious that the “deal” is
being sold as having put the lid on its nuclear activities. Israel
feels abandoned by its formerly staunch benefactor, as does Egypt.
The Saudis are in such a tizzy, they may do military business with
Israel. And now
Netanyahu is meeting with the pope for the first time, making
his complaints and fears about the American/Iranian arrangement
Is there anything else that can be done to weaken U.S. posture,
insult and endanger our allies while making the whole world a much
more dangerous place? Transformation has obviously not stopped at
the water's edge.
American foreign policy has also become completely unrecognizable.