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Obama’s Appeasement of Iran is… Bush’s Fault (Of Course)

November 22nd, 2013 - 7:50 am

Mr. Shavit doesn’t just blame Bush.  He goes after “the Republicans” for failing to act against Iran.

The Republican Party could have done that in 2003 or 2005 or 2007. But Republican leaders squandered the opportunity. Worse still, the United States got bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan and that sucked all the oxygen out of America’s lungs. Mr. Bush passed on to Mr. Obama a nation that had lost much of the resolve it had possessed. When faced with a real threat to world peace, America’s will was spent. It had evaporated in the violent streets of Basra and Baghdad.

There is no mention of the left’s anti-war campaign–it was just Bush’s mess–nor of the fact that we won the war in Iraq, decimated al Qaeda, and so frightened Iran that Tehran may have voluntarily suspended its nuclear program following our invasion in 2003, the very year, as luck would have it, that Qadaffi terminated his nuclear efforts.

Mr. Shavit grants that Obama has made a few errors himself, but argues that it’s not his fault:

He ignored the British, French, Israelis, Egyptians and Saudis who warned him that he was being naïve and turned his back on the freedom-seeking Iranian masses in June 2009. When Mr. Obama finally endorsed assertive diplomacy and punitive sanctions in 2011 and 2012, it was too little, too late.

But Mr. Obama was operating within the smoky ruins of the strategic disaster he had inherited.

One doesn’t have to admire Bush’s strategy–like Obama, he negotiated with Iran and was ready to sign a deal in 2006–to excuse Obama, who came to office believing that Iran’s hostility to us was our own fault, and that once the ayatollahs saw they had a friend in the White House, all would be well.  That hasn’t worked out well for him, or for the United States, or for the millions of Iranians he abandoned in 2009, or for the thousands of American soldiers killed or maimed by Iranian killers and their proxies in the region.

Bush’s Iran policy was a feckless disaster, to be sure.  He thought he would deal with Iran after Iraq and Afghanistan had been brought under control.  He failed to realize that the Iranians (and Syrians) could not tolerate American victories on their borders, and that it was folly to postpone a serious strategy against the tyrants in Tehran.  Just look at Iraq today, where the slaughter exceeds that in Syria.  Is that the result of “too little, too late?”  Hardly.  It’s the result of Obama’s “turn tail and run” in Iraq and Afghanistan, elements in a broader retreat from the region.

Hard to blame that policy on Bush.

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I can offer but two simple facts to augment your wonderful refutation of Mr. Shavit. First, America’s military effort worked: 9-11 did not have a dramatic sequel (yet). Second, as you note in your The Big Deal on the Road to War column above, Iran tried to revolt (“in 2009, when the regime was wobbling and millions of Iranians filled the country’s avenues…”). You are the expert, who hopefully can confirm the Iranians did not have an excellent chance to revolt until 2009. The point is they got the chance to do so, until the brave ones suffered like those at the Bay of Pigs since an American president chose to scorn them.
32 weeks ago
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Yes, President George W Bush is a great but unfortunately, life is not fair! Despite some strategic mistakes was committed by Mr. Bush's administration during the occupation of Iraq but President W. Bush remains a strong and more determine leader. He did not hesitate to make the tough and fateful decisions whether Congress approves or not. Under his leadership the international community feared him and widely feared the United States, his enemies were hunted to the ends of the earth. President W Bush never apologised for America’s past actions for his enemies as Mr. Obama humiliatingly do. Mr. W Bush did not compromise on the US security, while under Mr. Obama’s leadership, the United States now appears significantly weaker and far more vulnerable, which has made her in unrespected position in the world because he serving to weaken America’s standing in the world and strengthen the brutal fist of her enemies, his naive engagements with the odious dictatorial regimes that wish the destruction of America and Israel prove that he is an a great advocate for those evil regimes. Today he and his friends in Washington are praising the failed and humiliating historic agreement between the USA and her greatest enemy for more than three centuries. Yes, they just slapped sanctions as Mr. Carter did before. Mr. Obama lied to Americans only in order to get the presidency.
40 weeks ago
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Chamberlain, Munich, white paper
40 weeks ago
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Never mind Shavit, but there's a reasonable argument that the Bush administration's moral and intellectual collapse on Iran and North Korea did some damage.
40 weeks ago
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With all due respect:
Iraq was invaded to keep Iraqi oil (2nd largest world supply) off the market..
Libya: invaded to minimize their oil coming to market & to steal their oil dollars...that extra 8+ million barrels per day (Iran + Iraq +Libya) would plummet oil prices;
The USA preserves in power: the dictators that parade as religious in Iran at all cost (since 1979), specifically to create the atmosphere for weapons sales; Yes: for the Commuless Moscow Weapons Company (aka Russia) and the USA, the goal is petro-dollars for weapons... and $30/bbl oil will not be enough to finance the those weapons: "Have Wars Will Travel"...

I think that narrative is closer to the actual market conditions and: it understands, explains and most of all predicts what we are observing!
40 weeks ago
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"after the Iranian attack on our Tehran Embassy in 1979, carried out Mr. Shavit’s policy recommendations to near-perfection. Carter slapped sanctions on Iran, organized international support, and started negotiating."

The biggest mistake of the last quarter of the 20th century by that feckless wuss, Carter. Iran should have been hit hard and fast. Pause for a warning that if the hostages are not on the next plane out completely unharmed the party begins and when its over they will never pump oil nor sell it anywhere ever.
The world would be a better place today if carter had had a pair, Sadly he only had peanuts.
40 weeks ago
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what's that def. of insanity I keep hearing about? repeating the same wrong headed action over and over and expecting a different outcome each time? yeah, that sounds about what people are doing here. following the disaster that is 0-bama over and over again down the same eventual path to destruction. what has this clown done right? sane people would be looking down another path. maybe seeing what he has to say, and then doing the opposite would be a good idea somewhere down this road to oz.

hint: if this were a casino everybody would be waiting to see how he was betting, for sure. of course, when you constantly lose as if cursed, its good to be playing w/ somebody else's $$.
40 weeks ago
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Ari Shavit is on TV frequently here. He's a personable guy, very smooth, speaks for the Tel Aviv 'landed classes' more or less. That he believes Obama was right to pressure Israel over settlements is, you know, kind of a giveaway. The Ari Shavit's enjoy the comforts, and believe peace is just a concession or two away. He's really not worth writing an article about, and he does not represent more than about 15-20% of Israeli opinion, if that much.
40 weeks ago
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To be a Leftist is to live in a very different world. It is not reality challenged. You may it up as you go along. That is what makes the press so venal whether in America or Israel. It is dominted by Leftists. It is a world in which they are the angels and can do wrong, and everyone else is the devil and can do no right.
40 weeks ago
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Dreaming up ridiculous theories, telling outright lies, and committing felonies are the kinds of things leftists have to do these days to save what’s left of Obama’s body armor, I mean, administration—somebody has to do it. More power to this guy in Israel if he wants to make a buffoon of himself—and by extension the left—for the Bamster’s sake.
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