by Caroline B. Glick
The first rule of strategy is to keep your opponent busy attending to your agenda so he has no time to advance his own. Unfortunately,
Over the past few weeks,
In the shadow of our distraction,
It took a year for US President Barack Obama to decide that he should seek additional sanctions against
They will not empower the Iranian people to overthrow their regime. And they will not cause the Iranian regime to reconsider its nuclear weapons program. They won't even prevent
Those long awaited, and utterly worthless sanctions underline the fact that life is terrific these days for
But then Obama sided with the regime against its domestic, democratic opposition. Intent on giving his appeasement policy a whirl, Obama took several days to express even the mildest support for the Iranian people. In the meantime, his spokesman continued to refer to the regime as the "legitimate" government of
Obama's support for Ahmadinejad forced European leaders like Sarkozy to temper their support for the anti-regime activists. Even worse, by keeping the democracy protesters at arm's length, Obama effectively gave a green light to Ahmadinejad and Khamenei to resort to brute force against them. That is, by failing to back the democracy protesters, Obama convinced the regime they could get away with murdering scores of them, and torturing thousands more.
A year on, although the regime's opponents seethe under the surface, with no leader and no help from the free world, it will take a miracle for them to mount major protests on the one year anniversary of the stolen elections. It is unimaginable that they will be able to topple the regime before it gets its hands on nuclear weapons.
A year ago Ahmadinejad was afraid to show his face in public. But this week he received a hero's welcome in
In the past year
Then there is
Then too, Hizbullah's diplomatic situation has never been better. This week former
Assuming the Senate drops its opposition,
And that's the heart of the matter. The main reason that the past year has been such a good one for
It is true that much of the fault here belongs to the
The problem is that despite overwhelming evidence that Obama is fundamentally not serious about preventing
When Obama first came into office, he was committed to three things: appeasing
Obama was only partially dissuaded from appeasing
Ahmadinejad's rejection of Obama's outstretched hand forced Obama to launch his half-hearted drive for worthless UN sanctions. But he used this bid to coerce
From there he moved to forcing
Following that, he has moved on to his current position of pressuring
Obama's actions are clearly disturbing, but as disturbing as they are, they are not
To free himself and
Netanyahu's envoy's position should be the mirror image of Obama's
In the meantime, Netanyahu and his senior cabinet ministers and advisors must devote themselves to battling
The most obviously qualified person to fill this vital role is former defense minister Moshe Arens. Aren has the experience, wisdom and gravitas to handle the job. Bereft of all political ambitions, Arens would in no way pose a threat to Netanyahu's leadership.
Whoever Netanyahu chooses, he must choose quickly. His failure to bear in mind the first law of strategy places
Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East Fellow at the Center for Security Policy in
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