Under the radar this week in world news- Egyptian jets attacked Isis targets in Libya in response to the killing of 21 Coptic Christian Egyptians. The story wasn’t under the radar, we all heard about that. The Obama administration response however…
White House press secretary Josh Earnest, when questioned by reporters about our support, passed on the question. US officials have been quoted on the subject that we neither condemn nor condone the attacks. Part of the issue, the Egyptians didn’t tell the US in advance that they were taking action against an enemy on their border, killing their citizens. Contrast this with Jordan, where the head of state himself, King Abdullah took the cockpit and attacked Isis targets in Syria… That action we endorsed whole heartedly, as we should have.
The juxtaposition of allies, and given our $40 Billion dollar investment in the Egyptian military I’d say we are allies on paper anyway.. the juxtaposition of our two countries fighting different wars against a common enemy is crazy. Follow this up with the comments that the Obama administration has made saying that there should be a “negotiated” settlement to the ongoing civil war in Libya, and that Egypt attacking targets in Libya doesn’t help the situation..
We are talking about Isis here. If I didn’t know better it certainly looks like the Libyan version of Islamic Terror is more palatable to Obama than the Syrian/Iraqi version?
Last week Netanyahu’s speech before congress certainly made headlines in the US and in Israel. The timing was horrible, John Boehner was certainly playing politics by bypassing the President to give him the podium in Congress. I get all of that. While I don’t agree with Netanyahu on almost anything, the points he made during the speech, I found little to disagree with.
- Iran is an aggressive state that is looking to expand it’s hegemony in the region.
- They are currently destabilizing no less than four countries in the Middle East; Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Bahrain. They’d like to add Libya and Egypt to that list.
- Iran is at least partially to blame for the current situation in Gaza, and I’m talking about the situation between Hamas and Egypt. In case you missed it, last week Egypt declared Hamas a Terrorist Organization. In addition since the summer war in Gaza Egypt has tightened their blockade of the strip by forcibly removing all Egyptians within two kilometers of the Gaza border. So far they’ve destroyed 1200 homes in the process. Egypt has also closed the Rafah border crossing, the only border crossing into Gaza that doesn’t pass through Israel. Iranian weapons and material, which had been smuggled into Gaza for years, not just rockets and parts mind you, but small arms, ammunition etc. Those weapons are finding their way in the Sinai Peninsula where they’re being used against Egyptian troops.
- Iran’s leaders have consistently threatened Israel’s existence at every opportunity over the last 30 years they’ve been in power. Not simple “if they do this, we’ll do this” threats these are “Israel aka the Zionist Entity needs to be destroyed. As in eliminated from the world.
- While they negotiate with the west and the US in particular, there are still rallies on the street of Tehran call for Death to America.
So how we think that this regime would bother to hold themselves to any treaty regarding centrifuges and nuclear development is beyond me.
At the end of the day, in my opinion, Kerry and Obama have made a series of mistakes in foreign affairs. They comprised where the shouldn’t, like in Iran, and in Turkey. And they haven’t compromised where they should have- Ukraine and Russia. They’re on their way to going down as the worst administration, from an international diplomacy perspective since Carter. Frankly, 6 years ago, after Obama’s Cairo speech he should have leaned on Netanyahu hard to stop settlements and to negotiate with the Palestinians. The calculus on the ground would have changed where today Hamas would probably not be in control in Gaza. He probably could have come to a negotiated settlement in Syria as well that, while would have been negotiating with a tyrant would have saved the lives of 150,000 Syrian civilians and eliminated the conditions that brought Isis to power.
In my opinion anyway.