THE OBAMA administration’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the obvious fact that a nuclear armed Iran constitutes a far greater danger to US interests than an Israeli military strike to deny Iran nuclear capabilities is in line with the administration’s consistent refusal to treat Israel as an ally. Its unserious handling of Iran is of a piece with its gentle policies towards Hamas and Hezbollah, its refusal to call Fatah on its bad faith, its blindness to the threat emanating from Islamist movements in Turkey and North Africa, and its consistent pressure on Israel to appease its enemies. The administration’s apparent antipathy for Israel has played a significant role in causing it to underestimate the threat that all these forces pose not only to Israel but to the US and to international security in general.
And Israel is not the US’s only Middle Eastern ally that has suffered from its strategic myopia. Iran’s pro- American Green Movement was betrayed by Obama’s decision to side with the regime against the Green Movement in 2009. Iraq’s pro-American political forces will be harmed if not destroyed in the aftermath of the administration’s planned withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.