Iran agreement creates strange bedfellows in Saudi Arabia and Israel

For now, Saudi Arabia and Israel are in bed together thanks to Barack Obama. Photo: The West makes a deal with Iran (AP)

CHARLOTTE, November 25, 2013 – When you play “Let’s Make a Deal” in the Middle East it doesn’t matter whether you choose curtain number 1, 2, or 3, the rule book is always the Koran. Secretary of State John Kerry should know that. Barack Obama does know it, and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel isn’t buying what Obama is selling.

The President will boastfully pronounce to the American people and the world that he has brokered “peace in our time” with his masterful handling of all things Middle East. That not only makes him President of the United States, but CEO of the Balderdash Club.

The one thing Barack Obama has truly accomplished, which is hardly a credible marriage, is putting Israel and Saudi Arabia in bed together. Not that they are making love. It is definitely a one night stand, but there is a lot of heavy petting going on.

Obama may appear to have everything under control for the moment, but the yellow brick road is about to run out on the Wizard of OZ. The curtain has been pulled back. The “wizard” has been exposed and Emerald City is in dire straits.

The ink is still drying on the great Iranian nuclear agreement, but already there are concerns about the strength of the deal. In Obama’s desperation to make nice with Iran and get an agreement, he has once again demonstrated how bankrupt his instincts are when it comes to foreign policy.

Obamacare may be out of the headlines for now, but we cannot forget that this administration is the very group that brought us a healthcare debacle with three plus years to create a website that does not work. Now we are supposed to accept an international agreement with a rogue nation to halt, or at least freeze, their development of nuclear weapons.

The biggest problem the Obama/Kerry pact with Iran is the secret negotiations and side deals that were carried out for almost a year in Oman. They will eventually come back to haunt the United States.

Obama called Netanyahu from Air Force One to reassure the Israeli prime minister that he has Israel’s back. What that means is that Obama has the knife and he is ready to stab our Jewish allies when they are not looking. Netanyahu is too savvy to believe Obama’s rhetoric.

Just prior to the announcement of the Geneva deal with Iran, a senior Saudi diplomat issued a rare warning to Iran saying that “all options are available.” The Saudis have always used their considerable wealth to purchase protection as they did in the first Gulf War. That ultimately resulted in the 9/11 attacks of 2001.

When Saudi Arabia is emboldened to speak out, something is definitely wrong. The Kingdom has, first and foremost, always looked out for number one even though they rarely, if ever, make drastic announcements about military involvement.

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In an interview with the Times of London on Friday, Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi ambassador in London termed Washington’s and the West’s approach to Iran as “too soft” and “incomprehensible.”

Abdulaziz went on to say, “Appeasement hasn’t worked in the past, and I don’t think it will work in the 21st century. That is why the frustration really is toward the main players within the United Nations Security Council.. And they will share also the blame, whatever deal comes out, they are responsible for it.”

In typical Obama style, the president conducted secret meetings before he obtained a group consensus. That allows him to lay blame on everyone else if the agreement falls apart.

In an article by the Associated Press, “The diplomatic gamble with Iran, if the interim agreement holds up and leads to a final pact preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, could avert years of threats of U.S. or Israeli military intervention. It could also prove a turning point in decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran — and become a crowning foreign policy achievement of Obama’s presidency.”

In an ideal theoretical world that statement would be true. Unfortunately the following paragraph in the AP story is far more likely, “But if the deal collapses, or if Iran covertly races ahead with development of a nuclear weapon, Obama will face the consequences of failure, both at home and abroad. His gamble opens him to criticism that he has left Israel vulnerable to a country bent on its destruction and that he has made a deal with a state sponsor of terrorism.”

Like the saying about “you can’t tell the players without a program” goes, the lines of diplomacy have become so blurred, it is impossible to tell whether the biggest rogue is Iran or Barack Obama.

The president would be wise not to put it to a vote.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (  

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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