Obama's Amateur AIPAC Move

On Sunday during his speech to AIPAC, President Obama seemingly (and unnecessarily) committed US troops to a war with Iran.

His statement left no "wiggle room," a mistake an amateur would make. During his news conference on Tuesday, the President took one giant step backwards from that overzealous commitment, causing him to appear as a wavering fool, devoid of any backbone.

As Barack Obama approached the podium at the AIPAC convention on Sunday, Israel was not looking for the US to get involved in any attack--just to stay out of the way.  Obama's mission was to balance his demand for an Israeli guarantee to wait and see if the severe sanctions to work with his political need to reverse bad feeling in the Jewish community generated by three years of his administration's anti-Israel policy.

Sadly, the President overshot his mark.  Instead of simply looking supportive of Israel; he made the commitment to use force to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons and did not leave himself an out.

I will take no options off the table, and I mean what I say. That includes all elements of American power...Iran’s leaders should know that I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And as I’ve made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests.

A person more seasoned in international relations would have said all options are on the table and left it at that. Trying to look strong, he guaranteed that if an Iranian nuclear bomb was imminent, he would not only green-light an Israeli attack but would commit the American Military to participate.  This commitment was made in front of the entire international community; any step back would make him look like a fool who didn't understand his own policy, not just to AIPAC but to Iran and the rest of the international community.

Based on his press conference yesterday, "fool" might have been the "look our president was going for" as he backtracked from his Sunday remarks.

When pressed by Jake Tapper of ABC News about the meaning of his statement that he had Israel's back, Obama President took a step backwards from his AIPAC speech:

It was not a military doctrine that we were laying out for any particular military action. It was a restatement of our consistent position that the security of Israel is something I deeply care about and that the deeds of my administration over the last three years confirms how deeply we care about it. That’s a commitment we’ve made.

In other words... remember what I said 48 hours ago? Fuhgetaboutit! With his step backwards, Obama made  himself and the United States look confused, weak and foolish.

Thus again, Barack Obama has lowered America's standing in the eyes of the world. Each time he looks weak, Obama makes Iran more confident in its nuclear weapons strategy. Each time he wavers, this President looks unsteady in his commitment, making this country a more enticing target for terrorism.

Maybe it's AIPAC's fault, Obama has spoken to AIPAC three times in the past four years. His blew his first appearance by making a commitment to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem and promising that it will never be divided, only to walk it back a few days later. Last year he used his AIPAC appearance to justify his statement made two days earlier that negotiations should begin (rather than end) with Israel conceding a return to the 1949 armistice lines. This year again he walked back a seemingly pro-Israel statements made at the AIPAC convention.

It is obvious based on the trend that the Barack Obama running for office (2008 and 2012) will say just about anything to get the Jewish vote. When he is unencumbered by a need for Jewish votes, the real Obama shows up (2011).

In the end, if American Jews fail to see through the  election year act, it is those Jews, not Obama who will be the fools.


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