US Presents: A Disconnected Administration

Photo Credit: Getty ImagesWhile the world is busy watching the World Cup, the forces of evil in the Middle East are working overtime in Iraq, Syria and here in Israel as well. With the situation as volatile as it is, it was no surprise to find a headline in The Washington Times stating: “The ‘gates of hell’ ajar in the Middle East.”

The accompanying article was written by Dr. Monica Crowley of Columbia University, an expert on international relations and a former adviser on international affairs to several presidents.

Without hesitation, Crowley accuses the United States of having opened the “gates of hell” — and she is not alone. It seems that there is no argument that the old order in the Middle East has collapsed. In its place, we now have a lack of order. And to think that two years ago, President Barack Obama said in an optimistic address, “The core of al-Qaida … is on the way to defeat.”

In her article, Crowley wrote: “A little over two weeks ago, three Israeli teenagers set off for home from the Jewish seminaries, where they were studying near the West Bank city of Hebron. Hitchhiking is not unusual for Israeli teenagers studying in the West Bank, despite its dangers. And the three — Eyal Yifrach, 19; Gil-ad Shaer, 16; and Naftali Frenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship — began the trek home.

“They were never heard from or seen again, until Monday, when their corpses were found in a shallow grave.

“What does this have to do with the United States? Everything.

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