President Barack Obama
is an inept, incompetent leader. More than his failure to pass his
and global warming despite his Democratic Party's control over both houses
of Congress, Iran's announcement on Thursday that it is a
and has the capacity to produce weapons-grade uranium is a testament to
Obama's feckless incompetence. Even his most ardent supporters are admitting
Take The New
York Times. In a news analysis Thursday of Obama's failure to prevent
Iran from advancing with its nuclear program, David Sanger wrote that for
has been "a year in which little in his dealings with Iran has gone the way
Since Obama first
announced his wish to sit down with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at a Democratic
debate in the spring of 2008, the 44th US president's only strategy for
dealing with Iran has been to appease its leaders. And as of Tuesday, he
still believes that ingratiating himself with the regime is his best bet.
At his press conference Tuesday, Obama wouldn't admit that appeasement has
failed, even as all of Iran's top leaders said they were expanding their
illicit uranium enrichment activities. The most he would do was acknowledge
that the regime's leaders "have made their choice so far, although the door
is still open."
As for sanctions,
well, Obama said it will take "several weeks" to put those together at the
truth is that Obama's aim has never been to prevent Teheran from acquiring a
nuclear weapon. His whole "sanctions-if-engagement-fails" strategy is just a
ruse. The Obama administration has never intended to place serious sanctions
on Iran. As one senior administration official told
The New York
the purpose of the sanctions talk is to get the Iranians to agree to
negotiate. As he put it, "This is about driving them back to negotiations,
because the real goal here is to avoid war."
Got that? As far as Obama is concerned, Iran with nuclear weapons isn't the
main concern. Israel using force to prevent Iran from acquiring
nuclear weapons is the main concern.
On Saturday, former
Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin gave
the keynote address at the Tea Party Movement convention in Nashville,
Tennessee. As she did in the presidential campaign, Palin electrified her
audience in Nashville by credibly channeling the populist impulses of
American voters. In her signature line she asked, "So how's that hopey
changey stuff working out for ya?"
Obama on his handling of US foreign policy. Among other things, she noted
that a year into his quest to appease dictators, America's international
standing is in shambles. "Israel, a friend and a critical ally, now
questions the strength of our support," she added.
Palin bellowed that
on issues of foreign policy, there is no room for self-delusion. As she put
it, "National security, that's the one place where you've got to call it
like it is." And then, "We need a foreign policy that distinguishes
America's friends from her enemies and recognizes the true nature of the
threats that we face."
Palin, who is
considering a run in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, is using
her public platforms to reassemble the coalition of security hawks, social
conservatives and blue collar workers that propelled Ronald Reagan to the
White House in 1980. Her support for Israel serves her in building support
among both security hawks and social conservatives.
Unlike Obama's empty
protestations of support for Israel, Palin's support is obviously heartfelt
and therefore will not diminish while Obama remains in office.
Palin's future in
politics is unknowable. But what is clear enough is that today hers is the
strongest single American voice opposing Obama's foreign policy and the
loudest advocate for supporting Israel and denying Iran nuclear weapons. For
this she deserves the thanks and support of American Jewry.