An influential Saudi prince has offered an astonishingly blunt assessment of Barack Obama and his dealings with Iran over its nuclear threat: Obama is being played. Moreover, the prince even sided with Israel.
“There’s no confidence in the Obama administration doing the right thing with Iran. We’re really concerned — Israel, Saudi Arabia, the Middle East countries — about this,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal told Bloomberg.
Alwaleed, like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, believes that Iran, in its ongoing negotiations with the world’s major powers, will pocket whatever sanctions relief it gets without committing to end its nuclear program:
“Why are they offering relief?” Keep the pressure on. Sanctions are what brought about the negotiations to begin with! Why not keep the pressure up?”
Excellent question, Prince Alwaleed. Let’s chalk it up to appeasement and naive wishful thinking, shall we?
“Obama is in so much of a rush to have a deal with Iran He wants anything. He’s so wounded. It’s very scary. Look, the 2014 elections are going to begin. Within two months they’re going to start campaigning. Thirty-nine members of his own party in the House have already moved away from him on ObamaCare. That’s scary for him.”
The prince was also blunt in his assessment of Obama’s embarrassing handling of the Syrian chemical weapons fiasco.
“When he put that red line out, and the red line was crossed, he blinks,” he said, going on to suggest that Obama is mistaken to believe that Syria will, in fact, ship out all of its chemical weapons, as it has agreed to do. “You think the chemicals are going to come out, one hundred percent? Come on. Even if he lets them go, the same people who produced them before will produce them again.”
When Obama “blinked,” Alwaleed suggested, the Arabs came to the conclusion that he would not stand up to Iran, either. And Alwaleed is right, by all appearances. But, hey – if Iran were Israel, and the mullahs were Bibi Netanyahu, it would be a different story, wouldn’t it?