Frank Gaffney

Ignoring the strategic implications of the impending demise of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. The President's participation at the Summit of the Americas over the weekend could have been an opportunity to forge a hemispheric commitment to democracy in Venezuela. At the very least, the United States could have put a strong marker down in opposition to the prospective hijacking of thatlong-suffering country by the narco-generals Chavez has put into power as his cancer metastasizes. In this case, even the President's big hat was obscured by the scandal involving his womanizing Secret Service detail.

Perhaps most worrying of all is Team Obama's recent and intensifying engagement with the virulently anti-American and anti-infidel Muslim Brotherhood. Far from contributing to democracy in Egypt and regional peace with Israel, the prospect for either, let alone both, have become substantially worse, thanks to the administration's appalling conduct. The latter includes: opening formal relations with a group whose declared purpose is "destroying Western civilization from within"; feting a Brotherhood delegation in Washington; turning over to the Brotherhood-led Egyptian government in one lump-sum payment $1.5 billion in military assistance; and doling out a further $180-plus million to the Brothers' franchise in "Palestine," Hamas, which is now partnered with the Palestinian Authority in a unity government there.

The all-hat-no-cattle policy is advancing the three practical effects of the Obama Doctrine: emboldening our enemies, undermining our friends and diminishing our country.

Speaking of friends, press reports are circulating in the wake of the weekend's negotiations with Iran, that Israel is reportedly about to strike that Islamic republic. If true, it's deeply regrettable that such early warning is being given to the Iranians.

But the prospect that the Obama administration has every intention of allowing the Iranians to run the clock out leaves the Israelis with no choice but to attack if they are to stave off an existential threat to their people. We should be helping them do that, not helping the mullahs - and not encouraging still other enemies of this country, actual and prospective, to believe that the costs of taking us on are minimal thanks to our all-hat-no-cattle administration.

Frank Gaffney

Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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