Such terrorists have already attacked Israel and Jordan from Sinai, and they blew up gas pipelines to both countries. Egypt’s new regime just made that all much easier. This may also make it easier for terrorists to attack the nearby Suez Canal where supertankers carry cargoes of oil. Think of what that means for fuel prices in the US.
Egypt’s president Morsi and his colleagues speak about imposing Islamic religious law, inhibiting tourists, curbing the rights of Egypt’s ancient Christian community, and threatening to break the peace treaty with Israel, unless Israel withdraws totally from the West Bank. Obama-Clinton have smiled at this, inviting Morsi for talks.
Obama-Clinton sided with Turkey and kept Israel out of recent NATO exercises and two high-level counter-terror forums in Istanbul and Madrid. Turkey’s Islamist leader Recep Erdogan is a favorite of Obama. Erdogan likes to help Hamas. People close to him were behind the attempt to crack the arms blockade Israel imposed on Gaza to impede the terror by Hamas. Can we imagine what Americans would think of an ally who tried to help the Soviets run the arms blockade of Cuba in 1962?
Obama-Clinton have been similarly clueless about Syria. They sent an ambassador there, deliberately ignoring the strong objections of Congress, just in time for Bashar Assad’s commencement of the mass murder 20,000 of his own citizens. Obama can claim that many in the US intelligence community also liked the idea.
Paul Pillar, the CIA’s longtime top Mid-East desk officer wrote in 2011 how the US could “do business” with the Assad regime for mutual gain. Dr. Pillar also wrote a National Intelligence Estimate in 2007 that claimed Iran was not aiming for nuclear weapons. The CIA became the butt of jokes from all other agencies. In 2000, Pillar wrote a book ridiculing the idea of a terror threat to the US.
That is quite a record, but others at CIA, the State Department, and many leading voices in the press and academia can match it. New York Times columnist Tom Friedman often says—without any proof—that total Israeli land concessions to the Palestinians will engender peace throughout the Middle East.
There are many problems with Friedman’s analysis: there is no link between the Palestinians and most problems in the Mid East. Also, the “Palestinians” are not really sure who they are and who their leaders are, but they almost all reject the idea that Jews/Israelis are a people deserving a state of their own.
Israel made great concessions and got exactly the opposite of peace. Friedman’s analysis fits Einstein’s definition of insanity: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
We see that same kind of behavior by our top policymakers and experts: Let’s be kind and not call them insane. Just clueless.
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