As he works toward a deal blessing Iran’s nuclear program, President Obama has undertaken a full-throated assault on Israel. The Obama administration treats America’s enemies as friends and friends as enemies. It is Obama’s version of “the world turned upside down.”
In his column today Rich Lowry draws on the metaphor of the world turned upside down to criticize these developments. Rich’s column is posted at Jewish World Review as “When the world’s best hope is France.”
Bret Stephens approaches these developments as Orwellian inversions. His Wall Street Journal column is “The Orwellian Obama presidency” (accessible here via Google). Stephens draws on the same metaphor: “There is an upside-down quality to this president’s world view.” But Orwell provides his theme: “To adapt George Orwell’s motto for Oceania: ‘Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory.'” (“Freedom is slavery” also works for Obama, but is’s slightly off point here.)
Michael Goodwin warns of Obama: “Now he’s coming for Israel.” Obama’s antipathy toward Israel must be deep-seated and long-standing. Obama’s mainstream media adjunct has nevertheless dutifully touted Obama’s professed reasons of the moment for moving away from Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu purportedly said one or two things not to Obama’s liking in the course of his campaign for reelection, but these are obvious pretexts for Obama’s hostility. Obmaa means to reorient the United States toward the genocidal maniacs in Tehran.
Why not the worst? Yesterday Senator Tom Cotton gave a short course on the waywardness of Obama’s world-turned-upside-down approach toward Iran in a pointed speech on the Senate floor.