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The Obama Doctrine of Placate and Cave

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“...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34

It is obvious President Obama has not figured out that speaking with a forked tongue is unbecoming of the one who promised to be a different kind of politician, let alone the leader of the free world.

The president recently proved this when a hot mic allowed the world to hear Obama asking Russian president Dmitry Medvedev for a little “space” and “flexibility” -- until he wins his next election.

Please do your best to disregard Obama’s arrogant assumption that he will win re-election long enough to see the dangers of Obama’s foreign policy doctrine of “Placate and Cave” when it comes to our ally, Israel. It is becoming a bit awkward to connect the dots between President Obama’s words and his actions because Obama’s words defy his actions, his actions defy his words, and his words and actions together defy America’s relationship with Israel.

Russia and Iran have been in a relationship since the late 1500’s. According to the Tehran Times, since Obama’s election, the two countries have buddied-up in costly telecommunications, agricultural, and oil agreements. Because Iran is no friend of Israel’s, it makes zero sense that an American president would cut a backroom deal with one of Iran’s favorite playmates. Iran is Israel’s avowed enemy and has declared, in no uncertain terms, “Israel must be wiped off the map.”

German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote, “If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.” Had Germans listened better in the 1930’s, Hitler’s rise to power may have been short-circuited, and the Jewish race protected from the appalling atrocities dealt to them by one who meant what he said.

History, like life, is best understood when it is viewed from a rearview mirror. The best way to prevent past mistakes is to gaze long and hard at the road we’ve traveled, and then take a different course.

It is clear that history does not matter to the one who believes he can change its course because he breathes. Ignoring all that “enemy of my friend” nonsense, Obama hops in his foreign policy hot rod headed toward hell, rolls the top down, puts the pedal to the metal, and spits into the wind.

In the meantime, that little speck-on-a-map known as Israel is left to defend itself and prevent another holocaust (of the nuclear kind) – alone.

Israel recently attempted to do just that, and the one who promised in early March, “we have your back,” ostensibly stabbed Israel in the back. According to the Jerusalem Post, senior U.S. officials leaked, “Azerbaijan has granted Israel access to airbases in its territory along Iran’s northern border for potential use in a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities.” What were they thinking?

It gets worse! According to the same March 29 article, Azerbaijan also helped America when “Azerbaijani police arrested 22 people, including one Iranian citizen suspected of plotting attacks against US and Israeli targets across the country.”

So let me get this straight. Azerbaijan purportedly stops potential attacks against the US and Israel, and the administration does what any duplicitous ally should do and sells them both out with a leak – most likely executed in order to buy time until after the November elections.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach nailed it in a recent blog when he wrote, “…he [Obama] cannot be trusted to refrain from exerting undue pressure on Israel after the election to push through a peace deal that will likely not lead to peace but will simply compromise Israel’s security.”

With friends like that, Israel may want to come up with a new definition for the word “enemy.”

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