The Silent Partnership

How the president has exploited the international campaign against IS in order to accommodate Iran.

 President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with foreign defense ministers. AP Photo/Evan Vucci.

President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with foreign defense ministers. AP Photo/Evan Vucci.

Observation
Oct. 15 2014
About the author

Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East (2016), is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director of the National Security Council. He tweets @doranimated.


When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the United Nations on September 29, he had a number of concerns on his mind, but one stood out above the rest. He feared that President Obama was downgrading the struggle against the Iranian nuclear program. “To defeat [the Islamic State] and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power,” Netanyahu said in the most quotable line of his speech, “is to win the battle and lose the war.”

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