President Empty Chair is committing even more smart diplomacy, this time on 60 Minutes:
As the United Nations General Assembly gets underway and leaders from around the world begin to congregate in New York City, President Obama seemingly downgraded Israel’s traditional status as the closest U.S. ally in the Middle East. In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday night, Obama simply called Israel “one of” America’s closest allies in the region.
Responding to a question about Israel’s request that he explain his “red lines” on the Iranian nuclear program, Obama said, “I am going to block out any noise that’s out there.” He continued, saying that despite the “noise,” he is “in close consultation with the Israelis” because “they’re one of our closest allies in the region.”
Who’s closer? Iraq? Egypt? Hamas?
Anyway, if you really want to keep the peace in the Middle East, a very good way to start is to show daylight between Washington and Jerusalem. Because nothing soothes the soul of an angry radical quite so much as seeing Israel dangling out there alone.