Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: The next Mideast war--Obama policies are pushing volatile region to the brink
Posted on 02/04/2011 3:55:09 PM PST by jazusamo
The Obama administration is pressing a reset button to return the Middle East to the bad old days of open Arab-Israeli warfare. The White House is requiring participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in any prospective new Egyptian government, while the brothers themselves are telling their countrymen to prepare for war. The current crisis in Egypt and the Obama administrations maladroit response are forcing strategists to consider conflict scenarios that had been mothballed since the 1970s.
The Camp David Accords have formed the bedrock of U.S. security policy in the Mideast region since they were signed in 1978. The strategic logic behind the accords was that no coalition of Arab states could have a chance of waging a successful conventional conflict against Israel without including powerful Egypt. Subtracting Cairo from the equation would mean no new Arab-Israeli wars.
The possibility now looms that Egypt could be back on the bad side of the ledger. Rather than reaching out to progressive, secular, Western-oriented dissident groups, who are more sympathetic to the United States and not virulently anti-Israel, President Obama is inexplicably placing his weight behind important non-secular actors such as the America-hating Muslim Brotherhood. A new government dominated by these Islamic extremists would almost certainly seek another round of conflict. The brothers have not only threatened war against Israel but also have a long term objective of eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated...
Mr. Obama is in over his head with this crisis and may end up helping dismantle the only positive and lasting achievement of Jimmy Carters administration. The Obama team could not have better orchestrated a looming existential crisis for Israel and the Mideast if they had tried.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Does the Egyptian military want to lose much of their inventory of hardware in a preemptive stike or block the MB?
Interesting to see the Washington Times praising the Camp David Accords.
Who says they haven't been trying?
Yes, Obama has be working long and hard at it.
Egypt is a tough country to defend and if they were to attack Israel, their air force would be destroyed in 24 hours and US allies would control the Suez, Alex within a week and Cairo in a week.
Obama needs a war to distract the masses.
Yes, I was a little surprised too but it’s a good point.
Then what would we do with it. It would be as bad as taking over Haiti.
I hope Israel talks to Russia or China. They are no friends of the muzzies. Israel will get no help from this admin.
Maybe, but, alternatively, this may be just what Obama and his coreligionists want. Obama's long assault on the status of the US in the world, his diminishment of Western allies, and his tilting of the US toward the Muslim world, may be about to bear deadly fruit.
You couldn’t be more right and what a shame, impeachment is in order but it won’t happen.
Egypt is nothing like Haiti as they have a large professional class and industry.
And if it got really bad, you simply seize Alex and the Suez and let them fight among themselves in Cairo.
It would not be cheap nor pretty but as it is now, we throw them a couple billion a year.
Yes. And, worse, he's way out of his depth.
“I hope Israel talks to Russia or China. They are no friends of the muzzies. Israel will get no help from this admin.”
All Israel has to do is threaten Iran’s capacity to pull oil out of the ground and get in onto ships, and this is over.
If you think Iran can close the straights, imagine what Israel could do.
Not with Obama as CIC.
It is long-standing American policy and he would have no choice, but to defend Israel and control the Suez.
As it is now, it does not seem that he has a problem waging war.
No, he's not. He wishes for the destruction of Israel. And he's doing everything he can to assure it.
As much as I'd prefer to think otherwise, this is not a "mistake" -- it's a carefully planned venture.
“Obama needs a war to distract the masses.” In order to put his marxist regime in place and declare himself king.
There, fixed it.
Yes, he is out of his depth on most every issue.
I've got news for the Washington Times -- they trying.
And they're getting what they wanted...
If Obama participated in fomenting these protests and the Egyptian military is in on regime change, there is no backing down. No backing down for the Egyptian military and no backing down for Obama. They can only go forward and continue to push Mubarack. They just tried to whack Mubarack’s new number two, who will otherwise track down every conspirator. Again, no backing down.
But it might be simply "evil".
The Times must have fogotten that Obama was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize!/s
I agree completely, well said.
If Mubarack remains, the Egyptian VP (see below) will track down Obama’s cospirators, no matter what happens Obama and the Egyptian military can only now proceed to remove Mubarack.
Breaking News: Failed Assassination Attempt on Egyptian VP Kills Two Bodyguards
Fox News | Feb 4, 2011
Yes, there’s a thread about the attempted assassinaton and a link to an interesting article about the new VP at post #5.
LOL! We’re on the same track. :)
I do not think Israel cares to have Cairo or Egypts other many problems.
It's insane to suggest that Obama even has a policy on the Mideast other than to hope to ride the wave to wherever it takes him.
“Who says they haven’t been trying?”
Good question, I am just a backwoods boy from the middle of nowhere but I think by now it should be obvious to all that they are accomplishing exactly what they set out to accomplish.
The original legal meaning of insane is to NOT be capable of distinguishing right from wrong and conforming one’s behavior accordingly. Do you consider him insane by that definition? I’m just asking, not trying to argue the point either way.
It certainly seems to me that Hitler fit that description.
The White House is requiring participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in any prospective new Egyptian government, while the brothers themselves are telling their countrymen to "prepare for war."Gee, I wonder why Zero would do such a thing? /s
It's perfectly explicable to anyone not wearing blinders as to the nature, psychology, and history (such as it is) of the Mystery-in-Chief.
'inexplicably'? Oh boy.
In the article linked below regarding the mess in the middle east some say he knows exactly what he's doing while others contend he's clueless. If indeed he does know exactly what he's doing I would call that insane because siding with the Muslim Brotherhood will be perilous to both us and Israel.
I personally think he's also insane if he doesn't have a clue because of his actions and the lives involved but I guess that wouldn't make him clinically insane.
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