A predominantly one-topic blog: how is it that the most imminent and lethal implication for humankind - the fact that the doctrine of "Mutually Assured Destruction" will not work with Iran - is not being discussed in our media? Until it is recognized that MAD is dead, the Iranian threat will be treated as a threat only to Israel and not as the global threat which it in fact is.
A blog by Mladen Andrijasevic
Monday, November 17, 2014
Obama Against the Obvious
With Russian tanks and troops swarming into
Ukraine, the president finally sees the light
By BRET STEPHENS Nov. 17, 2014 7:03 p.m. ET
As headlines go, “ Obama
Moves Close to Calling Russian Action in Ukraine an Invasion,” from a weekend
story in theNew York Times,
must surely rank among the year’s most revealing. The Obama presidency has long
been at odds with the obvious. Once this was called hope.
it is generally recognized as farce.
Obama’s move comes after eight months of semantic obfuscation conducted in the
service of political expediency. “I consider the actions that we’ve seen in the
last week a continuation of what’s been taking place for months now,” Mr. Obama
palavered in late August, as columns of Russian tanks moved into eastern
Ukraine. And what, exactly, had been “taking place for months”?
was, he said, “this ongoing incursion,” as if the Russian seizure of Crimea was
just a temporary problem. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki helpfully
explained why “a discussion about terminology” was all but beneath
administration notice. “Our focus is more on what Russia is doing, what we’re
going to do about it, than what we’re calling it,” she said.
the president is toughening his tone. Speaking to reporters in Australia on
Sunday, Mr. Obama deployed the “i” word with the same delicacy an Orthodox Jew
might use to spell “G-d.” “We’re also very firm on the need to uphold core
international principles, and one of those principles is you don’t invade other
nice. The only pity is that the statement came days after NATO confirmed that
Russia was pouring “multiple columns” of tanks and troops into Ukraine, thereby
violating a September cease-fire agreement. If Ms. Psaki can now explain what
the administration’s previous rhetorical cartwheels accomplished, it would be
good to hear it—other, that is, than to convince the Kremlin that an American
president too timid to call an invasion an invasion is no serious impediment to
Russia’s territorial ambitions.
Ms. Psaki and other administration mouthpieces are at it, they might also
explain how last week’s news that the Pentagon will send another 1,500
“military advisers” to Iraq honors Mr. Obama’s pledge from September, when he
said, “I want to be clear: The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq
do not and will not have a combat mission.”
the Apache pilots and their crews emphatically do have a “combat mission” when
they fly out of Baghdad airport to keep ISIS from storming the city, and
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in September that U.S. military forces
deployed to Iraq will get combat pay.
wonders what rhetorical legerdemain the administration will use to explain what
those pilots are doing there. Demonstrating the principles of aeronautics?
And so it goes in the administration’s uncomfortable
relationship withla vérité, of both the observable and predictable
behavior has in no way moderated under its “moderate” president, Hasan Rouhani,
whose government continues to hang convicts at a breakneck rate, make arms
deliveries to Hamas in Gaza, prop up the Assad regime in Syria and tweet
instructions for eliminating Israel.Predictable: An Iran that has cheated on its previous
nuclear undertakings will cheat on its future ones.
released from Guantanamo return home to wage jihad and kill Americans. Case in
point: Abdullah Gulam Rasoul, once Prisoner 8 at Gitmo, who returned to
Afghanistan to become the Taliban’s chief military commander.Predictable: The
five detainees released to Qatar earlier this year in exchange for the return
of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will trace the same route.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, anointed by Mr. Obama as his Mideast BFF, is an
Islamic supremacist (his latest claim is that Muslim sailors discovered America
in 1178 and that Columbus found a mosque in Cuba) who plays by democratic rules
only when they suit him.Predictable: The U.S.-Turkish alliance, formed after
World War II, will not survive the decade.
will no doubt think of additional examples: promises about health insurance;
the stimulus “multiplier”; you name it.
larger question is why the administration is in constant flight from reality.
Perhaps it’s Mr. Obama’s conceit that speeches are an adequate substitute for
policy. Or maybe it’s the postmodern view that the purpose of words isn’t so
much to describe facts as it is to invent them. It is what happens when a
political career, and a presidency, is spent in the relentless pursuit of
spinning the news its way, looking no further than the day ahead.
Luther King Jr. said, immortally, that he had a dream. President Obama is
merely in one.
Obama’s dream may any day become our collective Iran created
nuclear nightmare, and the only one
there to prevent it is Israel.