Let us recall Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s disquisition on American foreign policy in which he explicated the text of Malcolm X in his Nation of Islam phase: “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” It was Wright’s post 9/11 sermon. Thus spake Obama’s pastor (video here): “What Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true: America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” Wright expounded on the text and reiterated his theme:
“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.
“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he told his congregation.
Now in Jeffrey Goldberg’s “chickenshit” variations we have a senior Obama administration official gloating over the invulnerability of Iran’s nuclear program to Israeli attack: “It’s too late for [Netananyahu] to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”
The official mocks Netanyahu for letting Obama bully him into inaction on the promise, let it be recalled, that the United States would have Israel’s back. Having foolishly heeded the Obama administration wishes and perhaps even taken its word at face value, Netanyahu is now poorly positioned to do anything about a prospective deal that blesses Iran’s nuclear program. The gloating is nigh on unbelievable, but it is just America’s chickenshit coming home to roost.
H/t: AEI’s Danielle Pletka, who recalled Reverend Wright in this context.