As President Barack Obama inches closer to a deal with the theocratic thugs in Iran, a growing chorus of left-of-center voices are beginning to panic over the prospect that what was once theoretical might one day become real.
The latest salvo of teeth-gnashing hysteria comes from the editors of The Observer who sniff that “The One” is such an amateur at appeasement that he’s making the reviled Neville Chamberlain look good by comparison.
It is unrealistic to hope that Mr. Obama could emerge as a modern (Winston) Churchill in this chaotic and dangerous chapter in human history. But even Chamberlain would not have made the disastrous agreement that Mr. Obama seems so eager to conclude.
Mr. Obama is an amateur who is enthralled with the sound of his own voice and is incapable of coming to grips with the consequences of his actions. He is surrounded by sycophants, second-rate intellectuals, and a media that remains compliant and uncritical in the face of repeated foreign policy disasters. As country after country in the world’s most dangerous region fall into chaos – Libya and Yemen are essentially anarchic states, even as Syria and Iraq continue to devolve – Mr. Obama puzzlingly focuses much of his attention and rhetoric on Israel, childishly refusing to accept the mandate its people have given their prime minister in an election that, by the way, added three additional seats to the country’s Arab minority.
I suppose it’s a good thing that the saner elements among Obama’s cheerleaders are finally waking up to the realization that their hero might be making a colossal mistake of historic proportions due, in part, to his ego’s preening narcissism. Better late than never. But the train has already left the station as far as Barry is concerned.
We might call for Mr. Obama to find his inner Churchill and walk away from this tragedy, but we would be happy if he would simply find the character of the “real” Neville Chamberlain, who when dealing from a position of America’s strength would never have signed a deal with the devil. Ultimately, this deal will come back to haunt Mr. Obama’s legacy far more than Munich haunted Chamberlain’s.
We can only hope that Iran’s revolutionary leaders ultimately reject a deal as insufficient & (in the process) prevent Obama’s meager foreign policy legacy from becoming even more laughably embarrassing than it already is.