U.S. weakness is causing “a great many terrible things to suddenly become realistic possibilities,” said JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan S. Tobin. The Biden administration’s retreat from Afghanistan and push to appease Iran is part of the circumstances that led to the invasion of Ukraine.

While the administration is seeking to reassure Israel and its Arab allies that the United States is still opposed to Iranian terror, it has shown that a rapprochement with Tehran is its priority even if it undermines its policy of opposing Russian aggression.

Tobin said the Negev Summit in Sde Boker this week, where Israel hosted the foreign ministers of four Arab nations, proved a major achievement that illustrated the importance and staying power of the Abraham Accords. But he also pointed out that this alliance can’t make up for the damage being done by America’s betrayal of its friends when it comes to Iran.

He was joined by journalist Ben Weingarten to discuss problems caused by the Biden administration’s failure to put forward a coherent strategy for defending U.S. national interests. In response to Tobin’s questions about where this will lead, Weingarten said that “I think your question is the sort of question every American should be asking, which is what is in the American national interest with respect to a resolution to the Russia-Ukraine situation?”

Weingarten went on to say, “The fact that the administration has not voiced clearly, here’s the outcome that we seek here, all the steps we’re going to take to achieve it. And here’s how we’re going to defend our liberty, our freedom, our strength in the process. It’s disconcerting that that hasn’t been voiced.”

With respect to America’s determination to appease Iran, he predicted: “I cannot foresee a scenario where this isn’t going to end in disaster one way or the other. … I think this puts us in a very dark and perilous place potentially in American history.”

Speaking about the growing influence of the radical left, Weingarten—the author of a book about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)—said the Democratic Party has changed in the last 20 years. Omar and other members of “The Squad” in Congress are considered the future of the Democrats, but in terms of policies, “I would say she is the party today in large part.”

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