And what rough beast, its hour come round at last
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

— William Butler Yeats, 1920

The Ayatollah is long dead, Saddam toppled, Osama bin Laden gunned down and Gadhafi on the run. But now Israel faces its greatest existential threat: America.

In the end, Obama will be crowned caliph and conqueror of Israel. Those who for 90 years now have puzzled over the Irish wizard’s occult vision of the time of turning; the time when the falcon cannot hear the falconer and things fall apart, the time when golem “finds its way out of 20 centuries of stony sleep” and heads to Israel at the end of the world, look no further than Samantha PowerSamantha PowerObama's UN envoy apologizes for not recognizing Armenian mass killings as genocide New US approach to Syria a welcome sight to many in region Trump’s response to Syrian bloodshed lifts the stain of American inaction MORE’s conversation about Israel as a “thought experiment.”

This conversation before she held her current post. That this woman — who has called Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDems seeing big increase in midterm House candidates When it comes to Israel, Trump’s first 100 days were one big fail Democratic leaders hurt their own party by ousting pro-life voters MORE a “monster” — has since become (from Wiki) Special Assistant to President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWasserman Schultz: Trump's agenda 'irrational and extreme' Climate March draws huge crowd to DC Trump floods the zone for 100-day anniversary MORE and runs the Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights as Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs on the Staff of the National Security Council (whew!) is beyond imagination (YouTube the full conversation: — “Obama adviser calls for an invasion of Israel”):

“In the Palestine/Israeli situation there is an abundance of information and what we don’t need is some kind of early warning mechanism there, what we need is a willingness to actually put something on the line in service of helping the situation. And 'putting something on the line' might mean alienating a domestic constituency of [chuckles] tremendous political and financial import. It may more crucially mean sacrificing — or investing, I think, more than sacrificing — literally billions of dollars not in servicing Israeli’s military but actually investing in the new state of Palestine, investing billions it would probably take also to support I think which will have to be a mammoth protection force. Not of the old Srebrenica kind or of the Rwanda kind but a meaningful military presence because it seems to me at this stage — and this is true of actual genocides as well, and not just major human-rights abuses which we are seeing there — but is that you have to go in as if you are serious ... you have to put something on the line and unfortunately in position of a solution on unwilling parties.”

Moshe Feiglin, leader of the Jewish Leadership political faction in Israel, which desires to turn “the state for Jews into the Jewish state,” writes this week in the Israel newspaper Makor Rishon: “There is a strange factor common to the developing revolutions in the Arab world: They present no real alternative to the existing regime; no ayatollah in exile in Paris is waiting to take the reins of government in any particular country.”

No, beneath the “blank and pitiless” gaze of the nerd conquistadors — what Galbriath called the (global) “culture of contentment” of the Clinton era — and within the indecipherable and cryptic language of evasion, comes Yeats’s golem, “A shape with lion body and the head of a man”; Samantha Power in New York and Barack Obama in Washington.