April 12, 2015

Daniel Pipes on "the Obama Doctrine": "Snarl at your friends, smile at your enemies"

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Dr. Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum says that there's actually a coherent strategy underpinning the chaos we're witnessing around the world.

Pipes explains that the situation makes sense if viewed through the lens of "the Obama doctrine":

"Snarl at your friends, smile at your enemies."

Part of this "doctrine" is simply sheer incompetence on the President's part, says Pipes, but much of what's happening is intentional, the direct result of Obama's anti-American ideology -- and even his personal psychology.

This thought-provoking, in-depth interview covers a lot of ground: the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia and much more.

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commented 2015-04-13 14:47:28 -0400
The Republican US senator behind a letter to the Iranian leadership warning that future presidents may not honor any deal that President Barack Obama signs with Tehran said Monday that he believes pinpoint strikes against Iran could be carried out without leading to a long war for the US or regional fallout against Israel.

Speaking in an interview with Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) warned however, that if a nuclear deal was signed with Iran, and the Islamic Republic was allowed to become a nuclear-armed state, then the likely outcome would be nuclear war with Iran.

He referenced previous statements made by former prime minister Ehud Barak that “it would just take one night” to launch an effective strike to set back Iran’s nuclear program.

Cotton gained international recognition when he initiated a letter in March signed by 47 Republican senators warning the Islamic Republic that any nuclear deal not approved by Congress "is a mere executive agreement” that may not be honored after Obama leaves the White House in January 2017.

Discussing the potential for Hezbollah rocket attacks against Israel as a response to a US strike against Iran, Cotton told Goldberg: “I’ve consulted with various senior members of the Israeli government over the years, and they’re aware of the possibility that Iran might use Hezbollah, in particular, to retaliate in an asymmetric way for any military strikes, either American or Israeli, and the assessment I’ve heard from them is that while that is a risk, it is a risk they can manage.”

Cotton added that the risk to Israel is not what it once was. “This is different from what you might have seen nine years ago during the Hezbollah war in 2006, or even five years ago, when the talk of an Israeli strike was at its peak, in large part because of Iron Dome, and also because of the strain that sanctions have put on Iran—its ability to fund these kinds of operations and continue to replenish Hezbollah and their weapon stocks.”

Cotton said that Obama himself had said over the weekend that Iran could not challenge the US militarily, quoting the US president’s assertion that while the US spends $600 billion a year on its military, Tehran spends $30 billion a year. “Not only do we have the ability to substantially degrade their nuclear facilities, but we have the capability, along with our Gulf allies, who have increased their military spending by over 50 percent, to largely protect them from any kind of retaliatory air or naval strikes.”

The Republican senator said that the framework reached between world powers and Iran earlier this month does not represent any real agreement between the two sides. “There’s a long list of concessions that Iran’s leaders continue to dispute they actually made.”

Cotton defended his decision to send the letter to the Iranian leadership, rejecting claims that he had undermined Obama’s foreign policy. “The letter simply stated indisputable facts of constitutional law, and Iran’s leaders needed to hear that message, and they needed to hear it from us.”

Cotton said that he sees a potential military confrontation with Iran down the road if the US signs the deal with Iran. “If we agreed to the kind of proposal the Obama administration has made, then military confrontation may be further off, but it might also be nuclear.”

He added: “The proposal puts Iran on the path to being a nuclear-arms state, and I think once Iran becomes a nuclear-arms state, this will lead inevitably to some kind of military confrontation. It may not be initially with the United States, but I think that’s virtually inevitable…I think if we choose to go down the path of this deal, it is likely that we could be facing nuclear war.”
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commented 2015-04-13 14:40:04 -0400
Israel will do it’s thing when the time comes. Who needs Obama?
commented 2015-04-13 07:41:19 -0400
To all you Toronto Leaf fans get off your pity pot. Do you know that the money is going east ? Is it not better to make friends with the east than enemies ?.North American is headed for a depresion the likes we have never known before. The east will not be affected.
commented 2015-04-12 23:00:17 -0400
I’ve perused the odd liberal website and I have never came across such insight and thoughtfulness and just plain old “smarts” as I’ve seen here I’m glad I found the rebel. Time to recruit more rebels
commented 2015-04-12 22:33:23 -0400
DANA MOORE, you referred to Meghan Kelly’s interview with former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Here’s a link for the entire interview that I just watched:
The connection between Ayers and Obama is revealed in the documentary on the socialist subversion of America, “Agenda – Grinding America Down”, the link to which I provided earlier. The Fabian Socialist Society, which holds to “socialism by evolution instead of Marxist socialism by revolution” beget in America the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In 1969 Ayers co-founded, as a faction of SDS the Weather Underground (originally called the Weatherman), a self-described communist revolutionary group that conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings (including police stations, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the Pentagon) during the 1960s and 1970s in response to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. With those credentials, Ayers went on to be an academic career as a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bill Ayers has been a long-time friend of President Obama and Obama’s political career was launched in Ayers’s home. It came out in 2009 that Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father” was even written by Ayers. More than you ever want to know on Ayers and his ties to Obama here: http://www.commieblaster.com/bill_ayers/
So with all this talk about Obama’s friends and enemies, Ayers is an example of a “friend” of Obama’s and nobody snarls at anybody that is truly their “friend”.
commented 2015-04-12 22:26:20 -0400
Thanks guys I’ll be out in the shop firing up my forge
commented 2015-04-12 22:11:18 -0400
Maurice Potvin – no kidding!
commented 2015-04-12 20:14:12 -0400
Do I gotta bang all my plow shears back into swords again damn it!!!!!!
commented 2015-04-12 20:12:10 -0400
This is why I am so glad Ezra is still around. Thank-you for bringing these fantastic interviews (Chomsky being the last one that was as revealing as anything a major could accomplish). Great work!
commented 2015-04-12 19:51:31 -0400
Perhaps Meghan Kelly was closer to the truth than she realized when she interviewed Bill Ayers recently.
commented 2015-04-12 19:43:09 -0400
Daniel 11:37
Neither shall he honor the gods of his fathers, nor the desire of women, neither shall he honor any so-called god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.
commented 2015-04-12 18:45:51 -0400
Pipes’ explanation that the situation makes sense if viewed through the lens of “the Obama doctrine”: “Snarl at your friends, smile at your enemies”, seems rather simplistic to me.
Ezra asks, “What is going on; is it part of a plan?” and “Where does the guy come from?” I think Ezra touched on it when he made reference to Obama as a hard-left Bill Ayers community activist and having a Saul Alinsky sensibility. MARK BORZEL notes that “The big question is Obama’s motive/ideology.” TRUE NORTH notes that “Obama, the village idiot, will leave a legacy after all. But it will not be the legacy he wants to leave.” He may be an idiot, a “useful idiot” at that, but I would suggest that it is the legacy he wishes to leave. I have highlighted before, this thought-provoking documentary on the socialist subversion of America, “Agenda – Grinding America Down”, which, in my mind, does an excellent job of connecting the dots; putting the pieces of the puzzle together:
The documentary is an hour and half long. But, drop in at 1:10:03 minutes and watch the segment that ends at about 1:11:55 minutes with the comment: “The radical left has been so successful they have persuaded the American people to put one of their own in the White House”. Note the chart within this video segment linking Obama to his left-wing, socialist “friends” – his real “friends” upon whom he “smiles”, not “snarls”. This documentary convinces me that he is doing nothing more than what is predictable based upon that background.
commented 2015-04-12 18:31:59 -0400
Mark Borzel, "Personally, and completely aside, I’m wondering if this might be the stage setup for the One-World Leader to reveal himself… ". I think that’s exactly what’s happening. Of course, non-Christians posting on this site won’t agree with this, and that’s perfectly fine. When it comes to objective truth, we only have two options; we’re either right or wrong…. and I certainly have a lot of experience at being wrong, so I never judge those who disagree with me, I just say “let’s wait and see”. But I certainly see end-time prophecy being rolled out in the middle east today.
commented 2015-04-12 18:19:40 -0400
Liza — as Joel and Maurice have mentioned, it leaves us in a very difficult position, not the least because you and they and I have absolutely zero influence on the outcome. What we as a Western society need is strong leadership with a strong backbone to withstand and, if necessary, repulse any aggression against our country(ies). The States is toast; nearly 2 years until new leadership, and things will have escalated by then. Maurice may be right; we may be facing WW3. Or, Israel may do something about it. They have before. We cannot rely solely on Israel, though we MUST continue to support her. A lot will depend on our upcoming federal election — more than just the financial stability of our country! Canada appears to be one of the last (and hopefully not THE last) bastions of support for Israel. If Trudeau Jr gets into 24 Sussex Place, watch that support vanish. (Mulcair doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell, and I think he knows it.)

Personally, and completely aside, I’m wondering if this might be the stage setup for the One-World Leader to reveal himself…
commented 2015-04-12 16:57:21 -0400
As a conservative, I have to admit the amount of navel gazing into the “true motivation” of Barack Obama is more than I can handle. It makes me think of tin hats and conspiracy theories. What concerns me about Obama is how he has framed the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement in speeches as if it is a trade deal designed to ‘contain’ China, rather than strengthen all countries in the region, including China, should they choose to become a part of the deal, rather than an outsider. The talk, From Obama, pitting China against the USA creates tension in this relationship, and has caused China to create parallel trade deals and organizations designed to protect their interests, rather than expand everyones interests. In short, it is Obama’s sheer incompetence in foreign relations that worries me. Not whether he might have some muslim influence. I hope, in future ’TheRebel" will steer clear of Daniel Pipes, and steer towards “The Economist” for hard hitting, original news stories.
commented 2015-04-12 16:34:04 -0400
I think most of us would agree about our perception of Obama. None of us have the capability of actually looking into his heart and mind to see what’s actually there, but like former police officer, Peter Mac Isaac, indicated in his post, we can study the forensic evidence and deduce the most likely scenario for what motivates him. However, in the final analysis we have to look at the way things ARE, not the way we wish they were. The world is stuck with Obama for another 22 months, unless he dies in office. Even then we’d be stuck with Joe Biden, just a dumber version of the same thing. So what can be done? Without a different person in the White House NOW, I don’t think much can be done to change the course of world events as they are presently unfolding. And, of course, that’s extremely unlikely to happen. The middle East is a powder keg and the fuse is lit. Not only has Obama done nothing to put the fuse out, he played the biggest role in lighting it, and he’s now running interference to prevent anyone else from putting it out. That’s the reality we all have to live with. I can’t see into the future any better than anyone else, but I suspect we will be facing World War Three before those 22 months are up. I’d like to be more cheerful and optimistic, but do believe that’s the reality we’re facing.
commented 2015-04-12 14:57:50 -0400
The question of his motive is the big one you are right. I just don’t know where that leaves us.
commented 2015-04-12 14:50:19 -0400
Liza — Why would Iran say “No”? This agreement gives them everything they’ve wanted for decades, with few international repercussions. Even Saudi Arabia doesn’t want a nuclear Iran!

The big question is Obama’s motive/ideology: Is he really a Muslim trying to destroy America from within? Or is he operating from some amazingly, incredibly naive belief in trying to make friends (appease?) out of enemies? He obviously does not believe in the concept of Evil, even when that Evil is manifested in terrorist actions… He has been warned against this agreement with Iran by Israel and other Middle East nations, but is he listening? Apparently not. Or if he actually did listen, he ignored the warnings… almost as if he thinks he knows better than those who live with these threats daily… naivete combined with arrogance?
commented 2015-04-12 14:37:52 -0400
Why don’t we just take all the nukes in the world and distribute them to every country in the world then every monkey can have a machine gun then we wouldn’t have to have all these evil sanctions imposed on those poor countries like Iran and Russia, wouldn’t that be safer Mr president?
commented 2015-04-12 14:15:03 -0400
The best thing that could happen would be for Iran to kibosh the whole deal. America right now is the worst negotiator of all time. Sanctions, lots of them now, and until which time the Iranians agree to join the human race, or at least to agree to stop trying to annihilate it.
commented 2015-04-12 13:45:53 -0400
Well Joan, I do not see the “deal with Iran” being derailed as a great loss anyway since it really is Obama’s way of saying to Iran, “sure, go ahead and build you nukes”. In my opinion, these agreements the West brokers with Iran are all puffs of smoke in the wind since Iran will say anything, lie anything, to silence and appease the West so they can continue to build their nukes undisturbed.
commented 2015-04-12 13:36:32 -0400
Daniel Pipes makes a good point. The big issue is not Iran appeasement or Obama bashing but whether and/or when Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. Israel recently made a deal with the Saudis to use their airspace to reach Iran so it’s not like they have taken the option off the table despite talk about it has died down. Israel is not letting Obama’s promise to shoot them down if they use Iraqi airspace to reach Iran deter them from making plans and keeping options open.

The conflict in Yemen could derail the deal with Iran as Iran has hinted. But if it doesn’t, we may see an Israeli strike coincident with the lifting of international sanctions on Iran.

And then, look out.

It promises to be an interesting summer as things heat up, the middle eastern free fall notwithstanding.
commented 2015-04-12 13:29:39 -0400
Barry’s dad is/was a muslim – died while hammered and driving. Smashed his car into a tree in Kenya. Such a shame. Just another substance abusing parent, right Stoner trudeau? How is maggie trudeau these days? Is she past her gangbang /pornstar days yet Stoner?? The context of what Barry is doing makes a lot of sense if you see it through the eyes of a muslim wanting to impale a Christian nation – and that’s you Barry.
commented 2015-04-12 13:26:05 -0400
It’s not complicated. President Obama does not like the United States very much. That’s why he sat in Rev. Wright’s church for 20 yrs.
commented 2015-04-12 13:07:52 -0400
22 months to go, it is making my head spin imagining what he might be up to next.
Valerie Jarrett, Senior advisor to the Pres. was born in Iran, ya, no. Nothing to see here.!
If congress can’t find a way to hobble him some how, the whole system needs a do over. He is a madman with no regard for the constitution. I wish he had never been born quite frankly. Dangerous, evil, twisted,egomaniac.
commented 2015-04-12 11:09:57 -0400
It is all about this stupid man establishing some kind of legacy for his failed administration before his time in office is up. …And Americans seem unable or unwilling to stop him and his party.

That’s pretty much it, TRUE NORTH. I would add however, that not only are Americans unwilling to stop him, but, they have put this shallow, stupid, narcissist in power twice. And his chronic multi-deficiencies were on public parade on both occasions.