It used to be a given that the U.S. would stand by its allies. While there might be disagreement at times, the worst that an American friend could expect was some stern words and a cold shoulder. Obama on the other hand has taken his dislike of the Jewish state to a whole new level. He has done all he can to stop it from attacking Iran’s nuclear weapons program and has been actively arming its enemies in Egypt, Lebanon and elsewhere.
After tossing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to the Islamist wolves during the Arab uprising, the Obama administration insisted there was no danger of the Muslim Brotherhood of coming to power. In a February 2011 interview with Bill O’Reilly, Obama insisted the Muslim Brotherhood was only “one faction” that doesn’t have “majority support in Egypt”. That pipe dream didn’t last long when it became clear by the summer of 2011 that the Islamists, whose leaders describe second Holocaust promoting Iran as “a good government”, were well on their way to an electoral majority.
Rather than cutting off arms shipments to a government that has called for “legal action against the peace treaty with the Zionist entity”, Obama has continued to sell them state of the art weapon systems that could be used to attack Israel. In July 2011 the Obama administration announced a deal to sell Egypt 125 Abrams tanks worth $1.3 billion. Combined with previous Obama arms sales to Egypt that includes four batteries of Harpoon Block II anti-ship cruise missiles, fast missile boats, Hellfire antitank missiles and F-16 jet engines, the Muslim Brotherhood has a very large, modern arsenal in place should they decide to go to war with Israel.
Israel’s sworn enemy Hezbollah has likewise been a recipient of Obama’s arms largesse. Even though signs were pointing towards the emergence of Hezbollah as a potential political majority in Lebanon, throughout 2010 Obama shipped the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) weapons including M16 rifles, missile launchers, grenade launchers, and night-vision goggles which previously had only been provided to “NATO states and other leading allies”. Israel, who had fought a war with Hezbollah in 2006, was joined by then Secretary of Defense Robert Gates questioning the wisdom of sending large amounts of cash and weapons to the LAF. Sure enough by early 2011 the secular Lebanese government collapsed leaving Hezbollah in control of a large stockpile of American made weapons.
According to the Jerusalem Post:
Obama at the helm the US not only stood back and allowed Hezbollah and Iran to take over Lebanon. The US has continued to supply the Hezbollah-controlled Lebanese military with sophisticated US arms.
Obama wasn’t kidding when he wrote in his memoir Audacity of Hope “I will stand with the Muslims”. In 2010 it was revealed that Obama was “dismayed by the widespread use of the Apache and other U.S. platforms during Israel’s 2009 war with the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip”. For almost an entire year he “refused to approve any major Israeli weapons requests”. While Obama was implementing a de facto weapons embargo against Israel for defending itself against terrorism, he was operating a virtual “Obama arms bazaar” for Arab states according to Arms Control Association Deputy Director Jeff Abramson.
As reported by moneymorning.com:
Since U.S. President Barack Obama took office, there’s been a major acceleration in the sales of frontline fighter jets, tanks and other U.S.-made hardware and weapons systems being sold overseas. According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), worldwide sales zoomed from $18 billion in 2006 to $30.7 billion in 2009.
In 2009 and 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense notified Congress that weapons sales to foreign buyers could reach as much as $100 billion – almost an eightfold increase from the $13 billion that was the yearly norm from 1995 to 2005, Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB) analyst Myles Walton told CNNMoney.com.
As a rule of thumb, those congressional notifications are more likely to translate into $50 billion to $70 billion in actual sales. About half of those deals are done with customer countries in the Middle East.
The eye popping sales of American made weapons to Arab countries, almost all of whom are opposed to the Jewish state, have led some to question whether Israel is losing its military superiority in the region. Every President since the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson has supported a policy of qualitative military edge (QME) for Israel over its Arab neighbors. The rise of Iran has necessitated increased arms sales to countries including Saudi Arabia and UAE to act as a counterweight to the nuclear bomb seeking mullahs however, these sales should be balanced against the need for Israel to defend itself.
According to the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs the QME has eroded precipitously under Obama’s direction:
Israel has lost its advantage over the Arabs regarding the quantity and quality of weapons. The institute said the Arabs also appear to have caught up to Israel in the area of tactics and training. The sole advantage was said to concern the quality of Israeli soldiers and officers. “Changing Israel’s local security paradigm at the same time as increased sales to the neighbors — and no new sales to Israel – means the balance is pushed further out of whack.”
While Obama has been seriously eroding Israel’s military edge in the Middle East, his administration has warned Israel supporters that any public criticism of his Middle East policy during an election year could lead to serious consequences for the Jewish state. Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Anthony Blinken told a gathering of pro-Israeli advocates in early 2012:
There is a decent chance that the Obama-Biden administration will be around next November, so folks who are looking how to address these issues should probably factor that in as a reasonable possibility.
Translation: “Nice country you’ve got there. It’d be a shame if anything happened to it.”