By Schmoel Yitzhak
People loved to be fooled and that explains why magicians make a living.
But there's a MAJOR difference between being duped by a conjurer's legerdemain and an international politician such as Barack Obama.
While America's naive leader admits to the Iranian threat to world order, his ways and means of dealing with it ooze with foolishness.
That, my friends, is another way of saying he's making damn fools out of his followers. Too many seem to believe that the White House will author meaningful moves toward diminishing Tehran's rush toward constructing a nation-devastating bomb -- with Israel as its top priority target.
When it comes to braking Iran's bomb-building progress, The Chief Con Man on Pennsylvania Avenue continues refers to "sanctions" as the West's most effective deterrent. Recent history -- right up to today -- proves that those curbs have not had any meaningful effect. Most Iranians laugh off the sanctions, as they should.
Actually, what the sanctions have done is give Obama, the European Union and assorted other appeasers an excuse for buying time; thereby playing right into the Iranians' hands.
Even the president's media allies -- the Washington Post being a good example -- are on to his con. In a recent editorial the Post noted that on almost every issue, Obama's aim is to "stop history until November."
And you know what that means; if history is stopped, and the president is able to sidestep key issues, he stands a better chance of being re-elected.
Other former friends of the president are wising up to his wiles; one of them being Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has publicly stated more than once that he voted for Obama in the last election. But now Dershowitz is wondering out loud whether the president will go down in history as "the Neville Chamberlain of the 21st century" if he fails to stop Iran's development of the nuclear bomb.
Surely, the White House's approach to Iran closely follows the spineless maneuvering of London's 10 Downing Street during the late 1930s when Great Britain's Prime Minister Chamberlain knuckled under Adolf Hitler's threats and eventually was altogether duped in 1938.
When Chamberlain signed the Munich Agreement with Hitler, ceding part of Czechoslovakia to Germany the Englishman was as artlessly naive as Obama has been for the past three years vis-a-vis Iran.
All one has to do to confirm the president's under-the-table anti-Israel thinking is check out the thinking of his chief advisors -- two of them being Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey.
Panetta's hostility toward Israel has been well-documented while Dempsey recently played the fool by stating that Iran should be considered a rational actor. Apparently the general is unaware of thousands of Iranians murdered by their own leaders nor that Tehran has called for the state of Israel to be wiped off the map.
Of course, we know that Dempsey is not that dumb so the only explanation is that he does not like Israel. And since he's Obama's prime military man -- and has not been given the hook -- it's logical to assume that the White House sanctions Dempsey's statements.
The Panetta-Dempsey duet represent only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Obama's Israel-haters. Among the worst of that bunch is billionaire George Soros -- Obama bankroller extraordinaire -- who supports an outfit called Media Matters. According to MM Americans who support Israel put that support over loyalty to their own country.
Dershowitz has labelled Media Matters "a vicious organization" yet the White House remains in close touch with MM and has done little to nothing to refute its anti-Israel rhetoric.
Another manner in which the administration undercuts Benjamin Netanyahu's government is via anonymous "senior administration officials" who take their cue from their boss in the White House.
It was one such "senior administration official" who tipped off Foreign Policy that the Israeli government made arrangements with Azerbaijan to use its airbases which it presumably would employ to help it attack Iran. Clearly these were administration leaks of sensitive information regarding Israel's security.
What's more the leaks have been apparent to insightful foreign policy experts such as former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton who understands the Obama administration's ploy. "The pressure the administration has put on Israel has been just merciless behind the scenes," said Bolton. "Now they're going to reveal very sensitive, very important information that will allow Iran to defeat an Israeli attack.
"That the Iranians now know about it takes away a potentially very powerful mode of attack that hitherto the Israelis have been able to keep secret."
Bottom Line: The sanctions are worthless; the Iranians make hay while more meaningless talks are slated in the future and Obama plays magician and tries to stop history until November.
The trick -- between now and November -- is to stop Obama!