We are certainly tempting them. Who are our major enemies in the Middle East? Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas. What are we doing about it? We are making nice, we are unilaterally and preemptively granting them all manner of concessions, from lifting arms embargoes to Syria and Iran, to sending high-level envoys to talk to the Syrian dictator and (in the case of the unfortunate Kerry, who appears to be competing with Hillary, Mitchell and Holbrooke for the Neville Chamberlain award of 2009) hand carrying love notes from Hamas to President Obama. Who are our allies? Israel, Afghanistan and Iraq. What are we doing for them? Talking tough about Israel, threatening a yet-to-be-formed government with God-knows-what if it doesn’t make nice to its enemies, speeding up our withdrawal from Iraq, and openly dithering about the definition of our mission in Afghanistan.
If this continues, it is only a matter of time before the attacks against us and our friends and allies increase. You don’t need classified intelligence estimates to know this (and if Chas Freeman remains as head of the National Intelligence Council, the classified estimates will most likely blame the Israelis, the Jews and democratic dissidents everywhere for causing whatever troubles we face); it’s in the nature of man and beast. And then what?
And then we get the Sarkozy option on a global scale. The Sarkazy option (“Iran with the bomb, or bomb Iran”) is limited to one country, and if we have to face it, it means we–not just Obama, but a long series of presidents–have failed to properly protect our national interests. It would not surprise me, in such circumstances, whether in response to an Iranian nuclear test, or a big terrorist attack on Washington, or London, or Rome, or Paris, to see an administration like this one respond massively. Just to demonstrate that we’re not wimps, that we won’t take it. And that this president is worthy of reelection.
Thankfully we never found out what Carter would have done. I hope we don’t find out what Obama would do, either. But he’s certainly stacking the deck.