According to The Nation, Barack Obama’s push for a war on Syria is all about Israel and the “Israel Lobby”:
The dirty little not-so-secret behind President Obama’s much-lobbied-for, illegal and strategically incompetent war against Syria is that it’s not about Syria at all. It’s about Iran—and Israel. And it has been from the start.
By ‘the start,’ I mean 2011, when the Obama administration gradually became convinced that it could deal Iran a mortal blow by toppling President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, a secular, Baathist strongman who is, despite all, an ally of Iran’s. Since then, taking Iran down a peg has been the driving force behind Obama’s Syria policy.
Not coincidentally, the White House plans to scare members of Congress into supporting the ill-conceived war plan by waving the Iranian flag in their faces. Even liberal Democrats, some of whom are opposing or questioning war with Syria, blanch at the prospect of opposing Obama and the Israel lobby over Iran.
If it sounds familiar, there’s a reason. Back in 2002 anti-Semites such as Pat Buchanan blamed Israel and the Jews for the move toward the Iraq war, even though at the time the Israeli Prime Minister was advising President George W. Bush to stay out of Iraq.
The author of today’s blamefest, Bob Dreyfuss, gives no proof of his secret Obama/Israel plot to slap the hand of Iran by going after Assad. In fact, it makes no sense from Israel’s perspective.
It was in Israel best interests that the U.S. stay out of the Syrian “civil” war. Any entry in this war would inflame the situation and, more importantly, divert attention from Israel’s first, second, and third priorities: the threat from Iran.
The Iranian threat has been Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s priority for over a decade, even before he became premier. So why would he want to confuse the situation by pushing a Syrian attack? The reality is that it happened only in Bob Dreyfuss’s imagination.
Dreyfuss talks about the nefarious Israel lobby urging Congress to support the Syrian action — you know, those Jews who control the government, media, Hollywood, banks and most Burger King franchises. Dreyfuss may mean AIPAC, which has announced it will be lobbying Congress in support of the president. What he neglects to mention, however, is that AIPAC has shown itself to be a tool of Obama, not a friend to Israel. Perhaps Dreyfuss remembers their silence (as well as the silence of much of that nefarious Jewish lobby) while the president was pushing anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.
The sad truth is that much of the “traditional” Jewish leadership has abdicated its responsibility to the Jewish community to become pawns for the progressive leadership of the country, like the ADL for example. In this case AIPAC is not acting for Israel but for its buddies at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, as it has done so many times before.
Even though the group has been silent publicly as Obama has beaten the war drums over the past two weeks, Israel believes it has supported the opinion that the U.S. had to act. Israel understands that in the Middle East you must back up what you say lest you become the target.
As far as Iran is concerned, Obama’s Syria waffling convinced most Israelis that regardless of whether the U.S. attacks Syria, Israel will have to take out the Iranian nuclear installations itself — or learn to live with a nuclear Iran led by a fanatical Islamist leadership that seeks her destruction. The Israeli government realized a long time ago that when it comes to Iran, Israel is alone.
Dreyfuss cannot believe that the supposedly anti-war president the leftists crowned as the American Messiah is actually breaking his promise. So he is falling back on old reliable liberal strategy: that of blaming the Jews. If he looked carefully he would realize that most Jews (like most Americans) oppose any action in Syria — even the conservative pro-Israel ones such as this blogger.