I have finally figured out the Obama Doctrine of Foreign Policy. Let me present it to you, in all its complexity and sophistication:
If someone’s getting hurt, omigod we gotta do something!
That’s the strategic logic going on in the White House and at Foggy Bottom. Forget the forces of history, the culture of those involved in conflict, matters of who’s right and who is wrong – not to mention who is an ally and who is not – long term US strategic interests, or anything else previous administrations have considered.
Just we gotta help these poor people!
Well, you know where that leaves Israel in its struggle for survival against Hamas and its other enemies. Because Israel is strong and can defend itself, it falls into the category of oppressor. And when it does defend itself, inevitably, more of its enemies and the civilians its enemies hide behind are killed.
And that gets you on the wrong side of the Obama Doctrine.
Israel at this moment is winning the Gaza war it started after it deciding Hamas had dropped too many bombs on the heads of its citizens. It is killing Hamas fighters and leaders, eliminating many of the missiles, and finding and destroying the tunnels Hamas has dug to gain entry into Israel and kill Jews.
Lemme tell ya, if Mexicans were launching missiles into Texas, we’d invade Mexico in about a minute. At least, a normal president would, not sure about this one.
But Israel, while achieving its mission, is also killing many civilians. It’s tragic. But war is tragic. Just ask the citizens of Dresden, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. We had to bomb them, but it wasn’t pleasant.
And so, since someone’s getting hurt, in complete violation of the Obama Doctrine, Secretary of State John Kerry came up with a ceasefire plan last week that rewarded Hamas for building tunnels and lobbing missiles by promising billions in aid – and meeting other Hamas demands – in return for an end to hostilities.
The Israelis, even the dovish ones, had a good laugh and went right back to demolishing tunnels.
So Obama himself was on the phone Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu talking ceasefire, this time without cookies and treats for Hamas. But he was still demanding, according to a White House statement “an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now.”
Obama, who has a proven record of not fulfilling commitments and defending red lines, said there would be FUTURE BENEFITS for Israel:
The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.
Oh really? Who’s going to disarm these monsters? Robocop? Harry Potter?
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren had another suggestion for what Israel’s supposed ally could do for it:
Give us diplomatic cover in the U.N. The best thing that Kerry can do is stay out. We need time to do the job, we need to inflict a painful and unequivocal blow on Hamas. Anything less would be a Hamas victory.
Mr. President, this is a war. It is being fought for a reason. Like all wars, there is tragedy. Hamas is responsible for the tragedy. Rewarding Hamas for its actions will only create future tragedies. Letting Israel make clear once and for all the price of Hamas’ dirty business will prevent future tragedies.
So tell Samantha Power to stop crying at the UN, tell John Kerry to stop pissing his pants, and get yourself a serious approach to foreign policy.
And fall in behind our ally.
I’d thought I’d end by directing you to an eloquent expression of disgust with the world’s reaction to Israel, “Don’t cry for us Israelis,” written by Naomi Ragen, an American-born Israeli author:
I’m sitting here in Jerusalem after a week of heartbreak over three murdered teens, followed by almost three weeks of sirens, bomb blasts, and finally, the funerals of young IDF soldiers, of whom one-third are students who should be taking their final exams instead of risking their lives. I’m reading on the internet about what a horrible person I am as an Israeli and as a Jew, and what a terrible, immoral country I live in.
All this criticism comes mainly from the European press: The Guardian, the BBC, papers in Italy, Norway, France, and don’t forget America: The New York Times, CNN.
And I’m thinking: Gee, the British should understand. After all, they lived through the blitz, Nazis raining bombs indiscriminately down on them, the way Hamas is raining bombs down on us. And when the brave pilots of the RAF aimed their bombs at Dresden and killed 300,000 men, women and children, they didn’t throw down leaflets telling people to politely evacuate . . .
You can read the rest of her piece here.