According to some folks, history was made when Secretary of State John Kerry and diplomatic leaders of several other countries concluded an interim deal with Iran regarding sanctions and the nuclear weapons ambitions of Iran last month.
According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the deal was a "historic mistake."
Netanyahu has repeatedly insisted for years that Israel has the right and obligation to defend itself from an Iranian atomic threat. The religious leaders of Iran have made many public statements threatening Israel.
Iran also funnels support to terrorist proxies, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon. Iran, with its majority Shiite Muslim, is viewed as a threat to its neighbors south of the Persian Gulf. Those Gulf Arab states are ruled by Sunni adherents of Islam.
Should Israel feel backed into a corner and elect military strikes against Iran, we may find some unusual alliances with countries like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia actively supporting such measures. We should also not be surprised if Saudi Arabia turns to Pakistan for assistance in becoming a nuclear power.
The dispute over Iran's atomic ambitions is far from the only threat facing our country and our allies. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-MI, recently jointly appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" show hosted by Candy Crowley. She asked if Americans were safer now than a year or two ago.
Feinstein, the Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Rogers, chair of the same committee in the House, agreed that we are not safer. According to Feinstein, "I think terror is up worldwide. The statistics indicate that - the fatalities are way up. The numbers are way up. There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnetometers. The bomb maker is still alive. There are more groups than ever, and there's huge malevolence out there."
Feinstein continued that the main problem relates to "aggression in this very fundamentalist, jihadist, Islamic community," which blames the West for everything that goes wrong and thinks the only solution is "Islamic sharia law and the concept of the caliphate." She must have missed the memo from the White House not to talk like Glenn Beck.
Rogers expressed concerns about the Syrian civil war, where al-Qaida and its affiliates have been attracting westerners to their cause. They are rebelling against Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad. Many such fighters are now returning home with Western passports fully trained and radicalized.
Vice President Joe Biden is currently traveling in Asia to various countries where he's had to attempt to calm nerves associated with China declaring an air security zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea. The islands which Japan controls are called Senkaku in that country. China claims the islands and calls them Diaoyu.
The military forces of the U.S., South Korea and Japan have all breached the zone without prior notice to China, according to a Reuters story. China also scrambled fighters into the area.
The governments of South Korea and Japan have instructed airlines not to provide China with advance notice of flights through the defense zone. The Obama administration advised U. S. carriers to comply with advance notice to China when crossing the area.
As we complete the president's fifth year in office, I'm wondering how much trust our allies have for us any longer. It has been obvious to me for some time our competitors and enemies don't fear us.
Maybe the president can turn things around in the world by making another speech in Cairo. Things turned out so well in that country after he spoke there.