In one of the posts I wrote below, I put up a White House “readout” of the meeting today between President Obama and Fed Chairman Bernanke to show how opaque the “openness” administration can be.
This is so typical of readouts – nothing to see here. It was just as bad under Bush. But sometimes, we get a morsel of information that, whether intentionally or not, says a lot.
Check out this readout concerning Obama’s phone call today with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
President Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today to consult on regional issues and efforts to achieve Middle East peace. The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for U.S. support for Israel’s security, in particular the Iron Dome short-range rocket and mortar defense system. The two leaders agreed to continue to work closely together to address common security concerns.
This is rather frightening. First of all, there is no specific commitment to Israel’s defense as the Middle East gets more dangerous, with Egypt on a potential path toward Islamism and Iran working day and night on the bomb.
What is here is an effort to highlight Israel’s missile defense system. What exactly does this mean? Is it a signal that we have accepted a nuclear Iran? Does it not say, “Beef up your wonderful defenses, Mr. Netanyahu, you’ll need them.”
The failure to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons would be the greatest catastrophe of this administration, and one of the most perilous mistakes since Munich. It would create an existential threat for Israel and, eventually, for us as well.
Iran’s nuclear threat must be eliminated one way or another. There can be no compromise on this. The emphasis on missile defense suggests that President Gutsy Move has already thrown in the towel.