Iran and Hezbollah are no longer threats to anybody but themselves — so says our very own Obama Administration. What was I saying just last hour about this White House’s unflagging ability to take your breath away with its audacity? Here’s another example:
An annual report delivered recently to the US Senate by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, removed Iran and Hezbollah from its list of terrorism threats, after years in which they featured in similar reports.
The unclassified version of the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities, dated February 26, 2015 (PDF), noted Iran’s efforts to combat Sunni extremists, including those of the ultra-radical Islamic State group, who were perceived to constitute the preeminent terrorist threat to American interests worldwide.
In describing Iran’s regional role, the report noted the Islamic Republic’s “intentions to dampen sectarianism, build responsive partners, and deescalate tensions with Saudi Arabia.”
For whatever reason — frustration with the Arab states, love for Iran, hatred of Israel, closeted Shiite, whatevs — it’s long been obvious that President Obama’s foreign policy is objectively pro-Iranian.
Given the Arab world’s present chaos (due in part to Obama’s sins of omission and of commission), it’s difficult to see how to restore the status quo ante Arab Spring. And it’s easy to see how a Moscow-Beijing-Tehran Axis becomes the dominant Eurasian player.
There’s no mistaking that the present collapse of American power is the direct result of what Charles Krauthammer (video below) called Obama’s “retreat and withdrawal mode.” So much so that you don’t have to be the paranoid type to see something sinister in Obama’s designs.