I am appalled by the recent Obama administration’s announcement and defense of its decision to work with and, in effect, recognize the new Palestinian Fatah/Hamas reconciliation. The administration tries to hide its faulty reasoning under the tiny fig leaf that the new government will essentially be made up of technocrats. The logic of this argument is the equivalent of missing the forest for a lone tree — it’s visually and logically stunted.
Here’s the big picture — the long standing policy of the United States under Democratic and Republican leadership has been clear. There will be no recognition of Hamas or any other terrorist organization. President Obama has just opened Pandora’s box. By his effective recognition of Hamas, he’s turned U.S. foreign policy on its head and thrown the one strong and reliable ally the U.S. has in the Middle East under the bus. And for what?
There will never be peace between Israel and those who seek to annihilate it. In Abbas, the Israelis had a “partner” who was unwilling to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Now Abbas’ Fatah has thrown its lot in with Hamas, which is recognized internationally as a terrorist organization. Instead of taking this opportunity to insist that the U.S. will not countenance support of Fatah if it allies itself with Hamas, President Obama extends the welcome mat to the union of those two, effectively embracing a terrorist organization while engaging in verbal gymnastics to show that he hasn’t really done so.
Enough! I’ve been uneasy with the president’s conduct of foreign policy for some time. He says one thing (remember the red line in Syria?) and doesn’t follow through. The result is world leaders like Putin and thugs like Bashar al Assad don’t take him and, by extension, the United States seriously. This blessing of the Fatah/Hamas union is the final straw.
I have lost faith in the president’s leadership in foreign affairs and, as a life-long Democrat, it pains me to say it but I think that the leader of our party is over his head and, in foreign affairs, is just plain incompetent. Instead of following Teddy Roosevelt’s timeless advice to speak softly and carry a big stick, our president talks loud and carries a toothpick.
Robert F. Tropp, Plantation