Frank Gaffney

Thanks in no small measure to such emboldening, the next shoe to drop in the region seems likely to be the overthrow of the king of Jordan. Other royals in the Persian Gulf are also in the Islamists' cross-hairs, despite the longstanding practice by the former of generously underwriting the latter in the vain hope of buying them off. It is hard to overstate the dire implications of these prospective tectonic shifts and those accomplished in the recent past, thanks in no small measure to Team Obama and its embrace of the Islamists.

• President Obama has also contributed to the unfolding war by isolating, demeaning and otherwise undermining Israel. Arguably, for the first time in the history of the Jewish State, her enemies have grounds for thinking there is strategically exploitable "daylight" between the United States and its ally. Repeatedly in the past, even when that perception has not been warranted, the Arab nations have tried to drive the Jews into the sea. It is not hard to imagine that they will seize the present opportunity to try to achieve that long-deferred goal.

That response is made all the more probable if Israel's enemies have the savvy to recognize favorable trends in what might be called a "fundamental transformation" of the Democratic Party now underway that threatens to end its historic solidarity with the Jewish State. As the Washington Free Beacon's Adam Kredo reported last week, the incoming class of congressional Democrats is, like the president, markedly more hostile towards Israel than their predecessors.

The prospects for, at a minimum, a terrible regional war are further increased by the last element of the Obama Doctrine: the diminishing of our country. Such an effect is particularly evident with respect to the wrecking operation the administration is pursuing with respect to the U.S. military. At particular risk is our armed forces' ability to maintain the sort of presence and to project the sort of power that has proven effective in deterring aggression against us, our allies and our interests. Even if President Obama actually meant it when he said "we have Israel's back," he is greatly reducing our ability to honor that commitment.

History will, in due course, assign a name to the horrific war now in prospect. For the moment, it seems appropriate to give the dubious credit for helping to catalyze such a nightmare in the same way we have his monstrous health care legacy, by calling it Obamawar.

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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