David Harsanyi takes on Jeffrey Goldberg and the anti-Israel wing of the Democrat Party:
But you know what is unmistakably anti-Israel? Gloating over how the United States has strong-armed Israel into living with a nuclear Iran, which seems like significant news to me:
This official agreed that Netanyahu is a ‘chickenshit’ on matters related to the comatose peace process, but added that he’s also a ‘coward’ on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat. The official said the Obama administration no longer believes that Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in order to keep the regime in Tehran from building an atomic arsenal. ‘It’s too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.’
At the United Nations a few years, Obama reportedly offered to do whatever it took to prevent Iran from producing atomic weapons in exchange for Israeli assurances that it would not attack Iran’s nuclear sites before the presidential election in 2012. (And to think, Obama officials have the audacity to whine about Netanyahu’s “near-pathological desire for career-preservation.”)
A couple of things before you click over to read Harsanyi’s entire column — one trivial, the other not so trivial.
First, I’d just like you to remember that “chickenshit” Netanyahu led an IDF special forces unit in combat and took a bullet. Contrast that to Professor Ditherton Wiggleroom, who reportedly could barely bring himself to give the order to have other people kill Osama bin Laden. So there’s that.
Secondly (and much more importantly) please also take note of the tone in the Goldberg paragraph quoted above by Harsanyi. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but the Administration sounds positively gleeful that it has “strong-armed Israel into living with a nuclear Iran.” Much worse than ISIL, this might prove to be Obama’s legacy in the Middle East — an intractable, hostile, and nuclear-armed Iran, and the prospect of a nuclear arms race in the most unstable part of the world.
And this White House knows it, and they’re happy with it.