After letting himself be humiliated on the world stage by a Russian despot who was never part of the Obama fan club, the hoops player in the White House is getting set up to be rolled by Persian charm, Israel’s prime minister said Sunday.
And that leaves Benjamin Netanyahu with the difficult job of using his trip to address the United Nations on Monday to convince President Obama of something Obama has no interest in hearing:
That the “charm offensive” by Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani is a smokescreen to buy time to complete his country’s nuclear weapons program.
“I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles,” Netanyahu said, according to Newsmax.
“Telling the truth today is vital for the security and peace of the world and, of course, it is vital for the security of the state of Israel.”
Good luck with that.
As former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton wrote in the Wall Street Journal Sunday, an Obama White House coming off a year of foreign policy failure is not fertile ground for truth.
“Over the past year, Mr. Obama failed in his stated objective to oust Syria’s Assad regime from power; failed to impress Assad that his ‘red line’ against using chemical weapons was serious; failed to exact retribution when that red line was crossed; failed to rally anything but small minorities in either house of Congress to support his position; and failed to grasp that agreements with the likes of Syria and Russia prolong, rather than solve, the chemical-weapons problem.”
Not a very cheerful record, but it’s on its way to getting worse when it comes to Iran’s nukes. Obama’s is a paper presidency, Bolton wrote, and the mullahs know it.
“Given the president’s palpable unwillingness to use the military to enforce his Syria red line — let alone to answer the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi terrorist attack — and his paucity of domestic political support, Iran’s ayatollahs know that the president’s ‘all options on the table’ incantation regarding their nuclear program carries no weight,” Bolton wrote.
Netanyahu’s job will be all the harder because the Obama White House and John Kerry’s State Department have deluded themselves into thinking Rouhani “represents a new policy, a new approach,” Eytan Gilboa, an expert on U.S.-Israel relations at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, told Newsmax.
“There are no buyers for his message.”
That’s because Netanyahu’s selling the truth.
And after the past year, the truth is something Obama and his backers can’t afford.