This is the title of a recent commentary as found in the Jerusalem Post (article here). This commentary details the floundering "deer in the headlights" U.S. administration, and the consequences of this - as it attempts to insert itself into Middle East affairs.
"The stories of the US engagement with Syria and the sanctions issue regarding Iran’s nuclear program are fascinating. Each day there’s some new development showing how the Obama administration is acting like a deer standing in the middle of a busy highway admiring the pretty headlights of the automobiles."
"Briefly, the Syrian government keeps punching the US in the face as Washington ignores it."
"On March 1, a new record was set. The place: State Department daily press conference; the star, spokesman Philip J. Crowley. A reporter asks how the administration views the fact that the moment a US delegation left after urging Syrian President Bashar Assad to move away from Iran and stop supporting Hizbullah, Syria’s dictator invited Iran’s dictator along with Hizbullah’s leader to visit."
"In other words, the exact opposite of what the US requested. Is the government annoyed? Does it want to express some anger or issue a threat?"
"In other words, I’m going to ignore the fact that the first thing that Assad did after Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns’s visit was a love fest with Iran and Hizbullah. But even more amazing, what Crowley said is that the US government thinks Syria, Iran’s partner and ally, may be upset that Iran is being aggressive and expansionist. And it actually expects the Syrians to urge Iran not to build nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, as the administration congratulates itself on explaining to Syria that it should reduce support for Hizbullah, IDF military intelligence releases an assessment that Syria is giving Hizbullah more and better arms than ever before."
"MEANWHILE, ON the Iran front, it is now March and still – six months after the first administration deadline and three months after the second deadline – no major sanctions on Iran."
"Yet sanctions are getting further away rather than closer. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hinted at this by pulling back from her early prediction of sanctions by April, now saying it might be “some time in the next several months.” At the same time, we have endless evidence that the claim the Russians (and Chinese and others) are coming to support sanctions is nonsense."
Get it? When Russia decides that talking with Iran won’t work, at that point – how long from now would that be? – it will “consider” sanctions. Actually, he said the same thing last August, a statement trumpeted in September by The New York Times as proving Obama’s policy was working
"...in the words of this Reuters dispatch: “China will resist any proposed sanctions that threaten flows of oil and Chinese investments..."
((Also see: "China snubs Israeli calls for Iran sanctions"))
"So let’s leave it to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to sum up how things seem to Iran, Syria, Hamas, Hizbullah and many others. The Americans, he said, “not only have failed to gain any power, but also are forced to leave the region. They are leaving their reputation, image and power behind in order to escape... The [American] government has no influence [to stop] the expansion of Iran-Syria ties, Syria-Turkey ties and Iran-Turkey ties – God willing, Iraq too will join the circle."
As predicted so many times before on this forum - there will be no meaningful sanctions imposed on Iran, and as a result, Iran will have successfully delayed matters, so that their progress towards nuclear weapons can continue unabated. Russia and China, for different reasons will never agree to meaningful sanctions.
If that is so clear to almost everyone in the region, and to prophecy watchers --- how can it be so difficult to understand for the U.S. administration?
Personally, I don't think it is hard to understand. As stated before, its the easiest way NOT to deal with a difficult situation. Pretend that you are working on "significant" sanctions - and allow that "process" (which is clearly dead in the water) to continue indefinitely. That way you APPEAR to be attempting to do something (including "talking points" in which you can declare that "sanctions are being discussed") yet in reality, you are doing absolutely nothing.
But we must recall - biblical prophecy from Zechariah dictates that the entire world will be aligned against Israel, and indeed that is exactly what is shaping up.
The closing words of this commentary say it all:
"I think this suggests that the radicals think that the US is weak, in retreat, and that the future belongs to them. In other words, US President Barack Obama’s policy isn’t moderating the radicals, it’s making them more aggressive and confident."
Indeed. And again, as biblical prophecy dictates, this "aggressive and confident" coalition will engage in attacking Israel, and unwittingly set the stage for the final end times events to take place.