The Second Coming of JC: That Would Be Carter, Not Jesus
Comparisons between Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter began well before Obama was elected. Analysts and pundits on the right recognized that Obama would amount to the second coming of the Carter presidency and wondered how the electorate could make the same mistake just 30 years after Carter left office in shame. (We also wondered how just seven years after 9/11, the electorate could choose a man whose middle name is Hussein, who spent formative years in a madrassa in Indonesia, whose close friends and advisors included domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn as well as Palestinian sympathizer and Israel hater Rashid Khalidi, and who spent 20 years attending a church listening phrases like "God damn America" and venomous Israel-bashing.)
But most of the comparisons to date have focused on Obama's horrific domestic policies which have led the country into an economic abyss. A terrific video melding Carter and Obama quotes, illustrating their near identical economic policies, is eerily insightful yet not surprising. After all, both men are from the furthest reaches of the left-wing of the country -- and the world -- with grand visions of a nation quite different from the one established 235 years ago. However, the video ends with an image that exemplifies one of the most dangerous similarities between Carter and Obama -- a photo-shopped picture of Obama sitting next to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is wearing a t-shirt that reads, "I'm with stupid" and an arrow pointing toward Obama.
Carter will forever be remembered as the U.S. president who oversaw the Iranian Revolution pursuant to which the Shah of Iran, a decades-long American friend governing a prosperous and relatively free people, was over-thrown by Islamic fundamentalists who replaced the monarchy with a theocratic regime that immediately turned against the West. We are living with the results of those historic events today, and they are ominously replaying themselves in the form of the Arab Spring.
Under Obama, we not only witnessed a potential replay of the Iranian hostage crisis when the U.K. embassy (otherwise known as the "English" embassy to our POTUS) in Tehran was attacked by Islamists. We are in fact witnessing the creation of Islamic fundamentalist regimes across the Mideast and North Africa due to the incompetence and ill-conceived foreign policies of the present U.S. administration. Think Carter's Iran multiplied by a potential factor of five or more.
From Egypt to Tunisia, Libya to Morocco, Lebanon to Turkey, and Gaza to Syria, Islamic fundamentalist regimes have gained or may gain power and this administration has either actively supported the transition or ignorantly sat back with watchful anticipation. Formerly stable governments more or less friendly to U.S. interests in the region (even Libya's Gaddafi gave up his nuclear ambitions when he realized that George W. Bush meant business) are being replaced with governments that will assuredly turn further away from Western interests and diplomacy. And all have made their hatred of Israel a central doctrine.
Barry Rubin noted that beginning with his "pro-Islamist" Cairo speech, "Obama endorsed an Islamic identity for the Arabs over and above nationalism or loyalty to any specific state." Furthermore, under the cloak of "democracy," Obama threw Mubarak under the bus knowing full well that the Muslim Brotherhood would likely come to power and with little concern over whether the incoming government would continue to be a U.S. and Israeli ally. As the world watches Egyptians install a government composed primarily of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists (a far more extreme jihadist movement) what does the Obama administration do? It attacks Israel. As Caroline Glick observed in an article entitled, "An Ally No More,"
Rather than warn Egypt that it will face severe consequences if it completes its Islamist transformation, the Obama administration has turned its guns on the first country that will pay a price for Egypt's Islamic revolution: Israel
Much has been written (including by AT's Richard Baehr here) about the Obama administration's assault on Israel this past week. From Secretary Panetta's demand that Israel "get to the damn table" suggesting that it is Israel's intransigence that is the principal cause of a lack of peace with the Palestinians to Ambassador Gutman's accusation that Israel is the cause of Muslim anti-Semitism, the blame-the-Jews mantra permeates this administration. And it did not end there. Secretary Clinton's slap down of Israeli domestic policies as being undemocratic is more reminiscent of the denunciations customarily directed at Israel from the Arab-dominated United Nations. This administration is on a rampage.
Unlike Carter, the mistreatment of Israeli officials, the singling out and denunciations of Israeli policy, and the scapegoating of the Jewish state began from the moment Obama entered office. Yet, as Obama enters his fourth year of campaigning for reelection, his lies have become bigger, bolder, more offensive, and less believable. In response to Obama's utterly ridiculous self-congratulatory "pat on the back" as he claimed that his administration "has done more for the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration," Charles Krauthammer admonished the dishonesty calling Obama either delusional or in, effect, a liar:
This is really chutzpah. This president has done more to delegitimize and undermine Israel's position in the world than any other president and he did it by arriving on the scene and imposing and demanding of Israel a freeze on settlements, including the building of the Jewish homes in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem of all places, something that had never been precondition in 17 years of negotiations.
It made Israel the fall guy for an error, an error of an amateur -- an arrogant amateur that imposed this at the beginning of his term. As a result there are no negotiations.
Carter ended his presidency in disgrace, leaving behind 52 American hostages who, after 444 days of captivity, were finally released immediately upon Reagan's inauguration. The newly installed mullocracy realized that Reagan was not stupid, nor was he someone to test in a potential military conflict. But what happened after Carter left office is something that all Americans who care about Israel -- its survival and its strong and indispensable alliance with the United States -- should consider. Once Carter was no longer restrained by future elections, he entered the global arena completely uninhibited with his true colors as an Israel-bashing anti-Semite completely exposed.
Thirty years hence and the world is facing an American president with a history of pro-Muslim and anti-American sentiments who has not only antagonized Israelis and damaged US/Israeli relations while in office, but who has also aided and abetted the growing isolation of the Jewish state. On Obama's watch and with Obama's hand in the cauldron, Islamic jihadist governments surround Israel on all sides with Jordan its single remaining friend (and that clock may be ticking as well). But what will happen when Obama is untethered from the electorate?
Carter's hysterical Israel bashing took off after he left office after one failed term. Obama may win a second term -- and a historically unprecedented opportunity to destroy the state of Israel. He could accomplish this in many ways, including through a failure to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons (Panetta has already warned Israel not to take action against Iran and Obama has, to date, refused to support a sanctions bill hitting Iran's banking system) as well as refusing to aid Israel if they find themselves with no choice but to strike Iran.
Unrestricted, an Obama with visions of one day "ascending" to the position of UN Secretary General will most assuredly support future UN resolutions condemning Israel for all of the world's woes. He may even support international sanctions imposed on Israel in the wake of a military strike. And while claiming to continue the decades' long military relationship between our two countries in speeches leading up to the 2012 election, a second term Obama may cutoff military and diplomatic support of Israel.
The power of the presidency is awesome. It includes the ability to turn on US allies and reach out to US enemies. Carter made a living of doing just that after the American people threw him out. Unfortunately, the American people may invite Obama to stay for another four years during which liberal supporters will have little to say about the administration's scapegoating of Israel. And they will be greatly responsible for the results that flow from the policies of the Israel-basher-in-Chief leaving the question open as to who exactly is stupid.