Beyond the Cusp

October 31, 2012

Benghazi Should Signal a Warning for Israel

We have heard the same platitudes whenever the topic of his support, or lack thereof, for Israel is posed, that he has Israel’s back and that Israel is an important ally. Immediately after and for quite some time after the hostile and fatal attacks were reported from Benghazi, Libya the President and many of the highest officials in the Administration tried to obfuscate the truths with stories of a U-tube video caused riot which became uncontrollable and overwhelmed security forces leading to the destruction of the Consulate resulting in the deaths of our Libya Ambassador and three other personnel along with other embellishments on this story. When this fabrication disintegrated when the truth finally shone through, President Obama was asked by KUSA’s Kyle Clark, “Were they denied requests for help during the attack?” His reply was another example of avoidance but still was revealing when examined more closely. President Obama’s exact words were, “Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the State Department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe.” Obama went further stating, “These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened. But what we’re also going to do is make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.”

The terror strike, and that is what the truth revealed once the air was cleared of all the superfluous distractions and outright lies, has revealed further truths which remain unexplained and almost beyond belief for a vast number of Americans and friends of America around the world. The facts revealed a story of two unbelievable brave and honorable (former which I refrain from saying as once a Seal, forever a Seal) Navy Seals, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, disregarded the orders to stand down and hoofed it the mile or so to the Consulate building and retrieved the remaining personnel and escorted them to the CIA safe house and to safety likely saving these lives. After the Consulate building had been destroyed the terrorists pursued those who had been pulled from certain death by two exemplary human beings and assaulted the Safe House. These two Navy Seals, their names cannot be said or praised too much for their actions need to be honored and remembered, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, then spent the next several hours defending the Safe House and the people within. This battle all told lasted approximately seven hours. That bears repeating, the attack lasted seven hours while for the whole seven hours assistance was on line and simply awaiting the order a mere five hundred miles away, a mere two hours from coming to the rescue and reinforce the vastly outnumbered Seals. The same can be said for air close support in the form of a AC-130 Spectre which could have completely changed the entire state of the field of battle all by itself; such is the firepower of one of these aircraft. (If you are unfamiliar with the capabilities of this magnificent close support aircraft, it would be worth your while to do a search and watch some videos of this unprecedented game-changer.) The truth is that these American patriots were left out to the ravages of this terror attack. It has been reported that their appeals for relief and backup were denied, a denial which had to originate from very high in the Obama Administration, if not from President Obama himself. Hopefully, someday the complete truths will be revealed and reported to the American public and the world. But what does any of this have to do with Israel?

Despite the language, gratitude and praise shown to President Obama and his words of support by Prime Minister Netanyahu and others in high position within the ruling coalition, one can safely assume there are doubts as to exactly how much President Obama could be counted upon for support when the crisis is occurring and things may appear dire. These doubts have been validated by the numerous actions of disrespect shown to Prime Minister Netanyahu and other officials have received from the Obama Administration. There have been leaks of critical information concerning Israeli maneuvers and precautionary steps taken in preparation for a possible future conflict with Iran on more than one occasion, the most grievous of these was information concerning Israeli leasing the use of two idled airfields in Azerbaijan which border Iran to the north and would have provided Israeli pilots a landing place should they have any difficulties which would have made returning to Israel highly difficult if not impossible. There have also been the very public displays of conflict over whether it would be wise to set a “red line” that if crossed by Iran would trigger the initiation of the military option to bring an end to the Iranian nuclear program. Prime Minister Netanyahu desires a strict and well defined position leaving little to no doubt at what point there would be a military intervention while President Obama favors leaving such undefined and emphasizes his complete faith in the inevitability of sanctions being sufficient to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons. These disagreements and opposing views towards taking tangible actions regarding Iran are sufficient on their own to make any military support from President Obama questionable at best. Add into the mix the fact that President Obama was reluctant to the point of inaction when Americans were under direct assault by terrorist forces and any Israeli leader would have to believe that he would not receive any assistance from the United States should hostilities with Iran develop, even if such actions were initiated by Iran.

On another front, the so-called Israeli/Palestinian peace talks President Obama has through his words and actions severely undermined the Israeli position. President Obama invented the idea of a building freeze even unto the inclusion of all of Jerusalem. President Obama went further than any of his predecessors by stating that the negotiations over boarders between Israel and a future Palestinian state should use the 1967 Green Line as the basis for borders despite the facts that these Armistice Lines had never been construed, even by the Arab World, to have any meaning or implications about borders. That has now forever changed. All of President Obama’s demands thus far have been almost universally aimed at Israel while rarely making any demands or stipulations on Mahmoud Abbas or the Palestinian Authority. The sole limit which the President made any large measure of reprimand on the Palestinians was their attempt to be declared a member nation of the United Nations which required a super majority vote of the Security Council where the United States holds the power of veto. Still, it was not until days, maybe a week or so, before the vote was to be requested before President Obama finally declared the intent to use the United States veto power. Had he made this known from the start, then the entire posturing and parading by Mahmoud Abbas demonizing Israel at stops all over the globe could have been prevented. Much of this lackluster support of Israel closely mirrors the lack of support given the Americans under terrorist attack in Benghazi. As such, what should Israel expect in the form of actual military assistance from the United States under President Obama’s leadership? One last item to remember, we have since found out that even though President Obama made the infinitely difficult decision to have Osama bin Laden assassinated, it took him as much as six months of brooding over the entirety of risks and possible ramifications before allowing the assault on the bin Laden compound to go forward. Israel under attack from Iran or any combination of her neighbors would likely, from past experiences, not have anywhere near six months, more like six days which may be beyond President Obama’s ability to carefully weigh the situation thoroughly and reach a conclusion and even then the conclusion being favorable for Israel is not guaranteed.

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