LEANING RIGHT--It's hard to think of a better reason--growing Mideast war and violence--to miss the policies of the past Administration (whether you hated or loved or just tolerated the last commander-in-chief) than what's gone on in just four months after President Joe Biden took office.
As with President Barack Obama, the idea of "reaching out" to Iran and terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah has proven a ridiculous, outrageous, and downright DANGEROUS policy that is getting people killed as much under President Joe Biden as with President Obama. Iran and Hamas just CANNOT be trusted and giving them money is as ridiculous now as it was before.
While it's great to know that President Biden had declared that "Israel has a right to defend itself" to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu President Biden's ridiculous policies of giving money to the Palestinians, who are using this money to send barrages of rockets into Israel makes Biden's sentiments appear entirely hollow and hypocritical...if not downright insulting ...
...if not ridiculous.
Within four months of President Biden taking residence in the White House, it appears that the current U.S. government is turning its back on Israel at the worst, or at best leading the Middle East back to the verge of war--either between Israel and Hamas (and/or Hezbollah in Lebanon), or between Israel and the financial backers of Hamas and Hezbollah: IRAN.
During the past four years under the Trump Administration, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran were forced to stand down--they obviously wanted NO peace, under ANY terms, and the only option was for Israel to enter into a slew of peace treated with Sunni Arab nations who DID want peace.
So, is this new era, and so recently begun after Trump left office (regardless of how many of us celebrated his departure) an improvement?
It's to be remembered that Hamas has a policy of hiding their missile salvos in residential apartments, hospitals and schools--forcing Israel into mega-surgical strikes just to fight back (which believe it or not, is their right to do), and inevitably leading to civilian deaths.
Hence the United Nations and other moronic, biased, and anti-Jewish entities, is at least warning of a "full scale war" in the making.
NOTE HOW WE DIDN'T BUY THE "VICTIMHOOD" OF IRAQI INSURGENTS WHO USED CIVILIANS AND CHILDREN AGAINST AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN IRAQ, BUT WE'RE ALLOWING THAT TO OCCUR WHEN DESCRIBING ISRAEL'S DEFENSE OF ITS OWN PEOPLE.
Way to go, Mr. President: you can blather on and on about how Israel has the right to defend itself, but when American aid is suddenly ramping up to the Palestinians (who are using this American tax dollar bolus too often for MISSILES, and NOT for food and economic development), it's hard to believe your words when your actions are getting Israelis killed.
And Palestinians are getting killed when Israel has no choice to fight back.
After all, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID.
When myriad rockets pound aplenty into Israel, and Israeli civilians die while huge segments of Israel are suddenly fleeing to live in bomb shelters, it's not a stretch to suggest that Israelis have NO obligation to let themselves be killed anymore than Turkish forces are to be denied the right to defend themselves against Kurdish insurgents, despite the Kurds having been American allies for decades.
And sending American Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr, who reported that he "was inspired by the Palestinian intifada" a year after 9/11/2001, ain't gonna cut it.
Pretty stupid and outright ridiculous as well, President Biden.
Hence do President Biden's words get horribly undercut by his actions. No surprise or shock to figure that out.
President Trump shut down terrorists when they made it clear that terrorism wasn't to be tolerated. He also recognized both Israeli and Arab allies to America as such.
President Biden should similarly represent American values: tell "The Squad", Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah to stand down...
...or it'll be obvious to all thinking Americans that, at best, our new President is ridiculously naive and/or getting played by pro-terrorist apologists or advocates...
...or, at worst, our new President is part of the problem, and just a mere four months into his new Administration.
(Kenneth S. Alpern, M.D, is a dermatologist who has served in clinics in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties, and is a proud husband and father to two cherished children and a wonderful wife. He was termed out of the Mar Vista Community Council (MVCC) twice after two stints as a Board member for 8-9 years and is also a Board member of the Westside Village Homeowners Association. He previously co-chaired the MVCC Outreach, Planning, and Transportation/Infrastructure Committees. He was previously co-chair of the CD11 Transportation Advisory Committee, the grassroots Friends of the Green Line (which focused on a Green Line/LAX connection), and the nonprofit Transit Coalition, and can be reached at Ken.Alpern@MarVista.org. The views expressed in this article are solely those of Dr. Alpern.)