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There’s No Doubt Which Side Obama is on, And It’s Not America’s (Hint: it’s Iran)

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad

If there was any remaining doubt at all about who’s side Obama is on, this should eliminate it.  An Iranian journalist who previously managed Hassan Rouhani’s public relations defected to the West during the nuclear talks in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Amir Hossein Motaghi was an editor for the Iran Student Correspondents Association.  To remove any patina of a “free press” (if anyone may still believe Iran’s press is free) in Iran, Motaghi said,

“There are a number of people attending on the Iranian side at the negotiations who are said to be journalists reporting on the negotiations,” he told Irane Farda television. “But they are not journalists and their main job is to make sure that all the news fed back to Iran goes through their channels.

In the same television interview, he said, “The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal.

Secretary of State [mc_name name=’Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000148′ ], as if on cue, supported this allegation.

“Inshallah” means “Allah willing” in Arabic.  It’s not the kind of answer you give when you’re negotiating on behalf of American interests.  And now we know Kerry isn’t.  He’s acting on orders from his boss, who is coaching for the opposing team.

Obama’s betrayal of America is so deep, and so obvious to anyone the least bit familiar with the Middle East players, that even Benjamin Netanyahu appears to love America and American interests more than our own president.

But fortunately, Netanyahu is not alone in this battle, because the U.S. is not just the president and the White House. In the same way that Netanyahu and Obama dramatically differ in their views, so do Obama and Congress, and American public opinion aligns with Congress. This is where Netanyahu’s power lies. American public opinion is very pro-Israel at the moment, even if there is a liberal minority on various campuses that is critical of Israel’s policies. Congress has already made its voice heard: with its warm welcome when Netanyahu spoke earlier this month, with the letter to Iran’s supreme leader that was signed by 47 Senators and with the unprecedented letter signed by 360 members of the House of Representatives (half of them Democrats) addressed to Obama, demanding to review any future deal with Iran. “In reviewing such an agreement, Congress must be convinced that its terms foreclose any pathway to a bomb, and only then will Congress be able to consider permanent sanctions relief,” they wrote. In the letter, the signatories expressed their support for legislation sought by the Senate that would give Congress 60 days to review any final agreement before it is implemented.

All this was compounded by former CIA Director David Petraeus’ remarks in an interview with the Washington Post, in which he reminded Obama that Iran is part of the problem, not the solution, and that Iran is more dangerous than Islamic State. Petraeus also noted that Iranian power in the Middle East is “deeply hostile to us and our friends.”

“But,” he added, “it is also dangerous because, the more it is felt, the more it sets off reactions that are also harmful to our interests — Sunni radicalism and, if we aren’t careful, the prospect of nuclear proliferation as well.” Anyone who heard these words spoken could have easily thought the speaker was Netanyahu. No wonder Obama is mad.

It’s so bad that Israelis are scratching their heads, because this doesn’t just play against Israel but also against America.

Iran is slated to become a nuclear threshold state under the auspices of Washington. If the permanent deal is signed, Obama will have a copyright on the Iranian nuclear bomb. Even American officials understand that this runs contrary to American interests, but Obama is stubborn and won’t budge. In his mind, he sees a different Iran. An Iran that will fight Islamic State and do the West’s, and namely the U.S.’s, dirty work.

The Wall Street Journal couldn’t help but forgive Obama about Israel in an editorial last week.

You’ll have to forgive President Obama. The leader of the free world is still having difficulty accepting that the Israeli people get to choose their own prime minister, never mind his preferences.

We know what side our president is on, and it’s not America’s, it’s not Israel’s, and as the world is learning, it’s not the West’s.

But these latest anti-Israel conniptions from the White House could well mean something else. Namely, that President Obama believes what he and his team are saying: that the Israelis are unjust occupiers, an obstacle to peace in the region and no longer worthy of the full support they have historically counted on from Uncle Sam.

Yet even if you believe the main challenge in the region is getting Israel to cede more territory to the Palestinians, that day won’t happen until Israelis feel secure. But Israelis can be forgiven for feeling the opposite with a raging civil war in Syria, Islamic State and an offshoot of al Qaeda operating near the Golan Heights, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani leading Shiite militias in Iraq, and a U.S. Administration sounding and acting as if Iran can be a more constructive partner for peace than Israel.

The main threat to Middle Eastern peace today—even beyond Islamic State—is the rise of an imperial Iran using its own troops or proxies effectively to colonize Arab capitals. The prospect of an imperial Iran on the cusp of becoming a nuclear power has all of America’s traditional Arab friends in the region now closer to Mr. Netanyahu’s position on the Middle East than to Mr. Obama’s.

President Obama has sided with Iran, and is in fact negotiating on its behalf.

(crossposted from sgberman.c0m)