Times of Israel..
08 October '12..
Iran continues to defy the world community, and the centrifuges keep spinning as furiously as ever, and the recent Benghazi attack, which the Administration had originally attributed to an anti-Muslim video, and not to a terrorist attack, is finally emerging into the daylight as the well-planned terrorist assault that it was, though we won’t know for sure anytime soon because the Administration is investigating the matter in slow-motion, lest voters learn before the election that hatred of America continues under Barack Obama, and that the Bin Laden hit and Obama’s drones didn’t put Al-Qaeda into retirement.
It is axiomatic that events do not occur in a vacuum; the past is always infecting the present, and pointing to the future. History, which has staggered along these last several years of Obama’s stewardship of the world’s lone superpower in fits and starts, has of late been busy shaping and conditioning the present for some certain but ultimately unknowable future catastrophe. That much seems certain.
Yet the present that is currently preparing such surprises for the future, also stemmed from a past. Hindsight always being the prerogative of those who write and read history, I propose here to explain here how the events of the present have been prefigured by the folly of the past, and that in viewing the Obama foreign policy in its first year, we may gain insight into the folly of the present, and what it portends for the future.
I) FORMULATING THE POLICY
The eight years previous to Obama’s election saw the breakdown of the Oslo peace process with Arafat’s rejection of the offers of statehood in July and December of 2000, the outbreak of the Second Intifada, the derailment of the Roadmap of 2002 due to the failure of the Palestinians to curtail terrorism, the unilateral (and unreciprocated) Israeli concession of a complete withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, the subsequent loss of Gaza by the Palestinian authority to Hamas (for which Israel and America, admittedly, bore some blame), all of which were accompanied by the launching of some 8026 rockets and mortars into Israel between September 2001 and the end of December 2008—2473 rockets between January and June of 2008 alone.
(Read full "The roots of betrayal of Israel, and the appeasement of Iran")
Robert Werdine lives in Michigan City, Indiana, USA. He studied at Indiana University, Purdue University, and Christ Church College at Oxford and is self-employed. He is currently pursuing advanced degrees in education and in Middle Eastern Studies