Frank Gaffney

While debating Mitt Romney this fall, Barack Obama declared that he had decided to embrace the term "Obamacare" - a name originally coined and to that point only used by its detractors to tie the president firmly to the health care fiasco he had spawned. Perhaps he will, therefore, not object if we dub the escalating conflict in the Middle East by a similarly apt name: Obamawar.

After all, frantic efforts underway at the moment by assorted diplomats aimed at containing hostilities between Israel and the terrorist enclave known as the Gaza Strip (primarily by blocking Israel's decisive retaliation) cannot obscure a dismal reality: The crescendo of rockets and missiles unleashed by the Palestinians on Israeli civilians are a predictable repercussion of President Obama's reckless defense and foreign policies.

Consider how such attacks - and the danger to Israel and to us that is growing by day - have been aided and abetted by an Obama Doctrine that can be described in nine words: Embolden our enemies; undermine our friends; diminish our country:

• Let's start with the hundreds of incomings Israel has sustained since Mr. Obama was reelected by the Muslim Brotherhood's Palestinian franchise, the designated terrorist organization Hamas. These have been made possible and encouraged by the ascendancy of the Brotherhood throughout the Middle East and North Africa. That trend, in turn, has been enabled by the president's assiduous legitimating of the world's preeminent jihadist organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, his engaging with its operatives, in some cases (notably, Egypt) his enriching them and in others (for sure Libya and probably Syria) his arming them.

As a result, it is not just the Islamists of Gaza who think they can act with impunity against America's only enduring ally in the region, Israel. The same goes for: the Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi in Egypt (who sent his prime minister to the Gaza Strip last week to demonstrate tangibly solidarity with the terrorists there); Turkey's Recep Tayyep Erdogan (whose open hostility and increasingly aggressive behavior towards Israel is materially supporting Hamas and other enemies of this country); and the jihadist elements in Libya, Tunisia, Yemen and Syria.

• Then there's Iran, whose inexorable pursuit of nuclear weapons has not been appreciably slowed, let alone derailed, by President Obama's "engagement" with the mullahs in Tehran. His failure to check their ambitions and the advent of an imminent Iranian bomb is heartening to our foes, and adding tremendously to the volatility of the region.

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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