March 3rd, 2014

But Obama…

…takes a hard line on Israel.

See also this:

The timing could not have been any more deliberate — an assault on the prime minister’s policies delivered precisely as Netanyahu was flying in to meet with him, and on the first day, too, of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual tour de force conference across town.

At the very least, that might be considered bad manners, poor diplomatic protocol, a resounding preemptive slap in the face: I’ve just told the world you’re leading your country to wrack and ruin, Mr. Prime Minister. Now, what was it you wanted to talk to me about?

More substantively, the president’s comments reinforce years of grievance that have accumulated in Netanyahu’s circles and some distance beyond, to the effect that the president ignores the inconsistencies, duplicities and worse of the Palestinian Authority and its leader Mahmoud Abbas, while placing exaggerated blame for the failure of peace efforts at the door of the Israeli government.

Completely predictable. I wish we’d some day get to see that tape the LA Times is guarding in its vaults, but whenever we do it will be way too late. At any rate, what matters more than the past is what Obama has been doing lately, and what he’s planning in the future.

Also please see this piece by Elliot Abrams entitled, “If he believes it, it must be so: Obama’s scary interview.”

Are we detecting a theme here?

[Hat tip: Scott Johnson at Powerline.]

24 Responses to “But Obama…”

  1. T Says:

    Beta-male community organizer v. Alpha-male former KGB: my short-term money’s on Putin

    Narcisistic beta-male community organizer v. American educated alpha-male facing existential concerns: my long-term money’s on Netanyahu

  2. Ann Says:

    From Goldberg’s introduction to his interview with Obama:

    During the interview, which took place a day before the Russian military incursion into Ukraine, Obama argued that American adversaries, such as Iran, Syria and Russia itself, still believe that he is capable of using force to advance American interests, despite his reluctance to strike Syria last year after President Bashar al-Assad crossed Obama’s chemical-weapons red line.

    Oh, what I’d give for his answer to a follow-up question today.

  3. Lizzy Says:

    Let’s see – it’s only been a few weeks since Obama hosted the Muslim Brotherhood for a meeting at the White House.

    Obama has done so much to harm Israel up to this point that this really isn’t surprising. I suspect we’ll see his mask slip in other areas, too now that he’s comfortably in his 2nd term & the Republicans have made it clear that they don’t have the testicular fortitude to stop him.

    I hope Israel survives Obama’s reign.

  4. vanderleun Says:

    I hope Israel survives Israel.

  5. artfldgr Says:

    “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country,” Kerry said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” one of several appearances on network interview shows.

    “It’s serious in terms of the modern manner in which countries resolve problems,” Kerry said.

    “That’s not the act of somebody who’s strong,” Kerry added, saying Putin is acting out of “weakness” and “desperation.”

    “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century that really puts into question Russia’s capacity to be in the G-8,” Kerry said.

    “It may well come that we have to engage in that kind of activity, absolutely. I think all options are on the table,” he said.

    Obama made it clear during the call that Russia’s military intervention is “absolutely unacceptable,” Kerry said. “President Obama wants to emphasize to the Russians that there are a right set of choices that can still be made to address any concerns they have about Crimea, about their citizens, but you don’t choose to invade a country in order to do that,”

    “First off, we have to accept that the reset with Russia is over,” Kinzinger said.

    [it would be funny if its not so serious]

  6. artfldgr Says:

    i thought anti-semitism was so last century too.
    but then again, i am not a despotic fashionista of the revoltuionary set.. .

    though reports say obama is crafting an executive order to really really make russia tremble should we inform him that he does not rule russia yet?

  7. artfldgr Says:

    is it me or does kerry sound like a feminist discussing the latest male faux pas?

  8. artfldgr Says:

    Mikhail Margelov, said on Monday that his country expects all economic sanctions against Iran to be removed immediately, Israeli daily Ma’ariv reported.

    “There have been important developments. President Hassan Rouhani has openly declared that Iran has no intention to develop an atomic bomb,” Margelov said. ”Furthermore, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has issued a decree that prohibits the building of a bomb, calling it ‘a sin.’


    basically, he is going to fight… and since he knows the language, knows the same training, and so on… it will be easy to kill russians until they kill him…

    few cultures and races ever garnered so much dislike from people who know them…

    Ukraine news is now disappearing from US places of news… or being deminished.. Thats ok, they missed reporting holodomar, this is not like that..

    and this will be intersting as liberals fight liberals and socialists point fingers at communists and so on..

    The U.S. has Installed a Neo-Nazi Government in Ukraine
    “Flowering Democracy, Revolution”? The grim realities are otherwise. What is a stake is a US-EU-NATO sponsored coup d’Etat in blatant violation of international law.

    The forbidden truth is that the West has engineered –through a carefully staged covert operation– the formation of a proxy regime integrated by Neo-Nazis.

    as i said.. the US will become germany, and the world will have to defeat her as it defeated nazism before… and the black nazis will just sit ther ewondering, how they world could see them as racists…

    Confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, key organizations in the Ukraine including the Neo-Nazi party Svoboda were generously supported by Washington: “We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. … We will continue to promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”

    The Western media has casually avoided to analyze the composition and ideological underpinnings of the government coalition. The word “Neo-Nazi” is a taboo. It has been excluded from the dictionary of mainstream media commentary. It will not appear in the pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post or The Independent. Journalists have been instructed not to use the term “Neo-Nazi” to designate Svoboda and the Right Sector………….
    “The flowering of democracy” in Ukraine –to use the words of the New York Times– is endorsed by Republicans and Democrats. It’s a bipartisan project. Lest we forget, Senator John McCain is a firm supporter and friend of Neo Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok (Image right).

    you could tell theis was where it was going as much as 10 years ago…. american liberals dont realize that by fighting what didnt exist, they proved to the world it exists and runs the US… (its the right wing thing that they can never defeat like moirarty)

    so rather than call up racism to defeat it, as they thought they were doing. they just proved and mdade the case that thsi place is run by neo nazis and has to be defeated as the left internally could not defeat them.

    black national socialists are still nazis…

    there will need to be another great war to clear the US of its nazi collaborators and raciallists…

  9. Ymarsakar Says:

    If you are a US ally, he’ll put a boot in your mouth.

    That’s why US allies like Japan don’t want to rely on Americans for defense. They have little choice about it if the American leader dictates insane terms in those situations. Like all welfare recipients, you don’t get to decide what the Masters do. They get to decide for the livestock when the livestock gets slaughtered.

  10. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Obama veiled threats, the palpable animosity.

    From neo’s first link, Podheretz’s Commentary piece.

    When I [Obama] have a conversation with Bibi, that’s the essence of my conversation: If not now, when? And if not you, Mr. Prime Minister, then who?”

    Now that’s some chutzpah right there, because of course the president is invoking the words of Hillel, the ancient Jewish sage, as a rhetorical tool against the Israeli prime minister. Of course, Obama leaves out the key words of Hillel’s famed plaint, which are: “If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?” “

    And when Obama throws that quote out, Netanyahu should throw the rest of the quote in Obama’s face.

    When Obama claims that the Palestinians are ‘ready for peace’, Netanyahu should respond that when the Palestinians formally; acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, when they abandon their purported ‘right to return’, when they unequivocally renounce violence and terrorism and, when they agree to Israel’s present borders, then Israel will agree that the Palestinians are ready for peace.

    Netanyahu should once again declare that, that is the minimum national security that Israel can accept and that as soon as the Palestinians agree to those terms, Israel will welcome further talks…

    Obama’s true face is emerging and he will do everything he can to politically attack Israel. Israel needs to be prepared for the ‘consequences’ that Obama alludes to; the cutting off of all US aid to Israel. For Obama to cease using the US veto to stop UN resolutions establishing economic sanctions against Israel.

    This US President is Israel’s enemy just as surely as Iran’s mullahs. He is the kind of loathsome excuse for a man who claims ‘friendship’ all the while preparing to stab his ‘friend’ in the back.

  11. Artfldgr Says:

    its getting bizarre out there as leftists from different countries use the same tactics against each other. so you have American leftists referring to this as Putin nationalistic plans. the guy i point to above who is describing the Ukrainians in power as nationalists, and so we are being rescued by a mini great war before it happens again (or something).

    given they smear others with the same charge without meaning, its bizarre to read each one slinging mud at each other… and others trying to make sense of this, with some interesting contortions to separate or isolate it from contradicting their beliefs.

    though you have to love Kerry talking as if he was a person at the french court and how one could break with ruling fashion and how unacceptably faux pas that is…

    the most clueless are the stock pundits. and its really interesting to read the clueless non history people all chime in on this and just not get it

  12. br549 Says:

    I heard that both Obama and Kerry un-friended Putin from their Facebook pages.

  13. Brooklyn Boy Says:

    Every loser president and Secretary of State thinks they have the magic touch to solve the “Palestine” problem.

  14. Bob From Virginia Says:

    There is an ere of psychosis about Obama’s pronouncements. Everything he says or does reflects a world reality that clearly does not exist yet he is unrestrained in acting as though it is. When someone says something with such forthright and intelligent delivery one can forget that the content is nonsense. I wonder if Obama realizes he is full of crap? If not he is really nuts.

    He has no supporters, only enablers for his insane self-image. This guy is nuts.
    BTW if the Hondurans can face him down I would not worry about Netanyahu doing the same.

  15. sdferr Says:

    Caroline Glick has a thought with a view to solving the problem our president ClownDisaster obsesses fruitlessly over, and a book soon to publish expressing that view of hers: The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East

    Caroline is in the States now, saying to Obama’s attacks — “He says, beware and we say, ‘Bring it on. We aren’t afraid of you.'”

  16. Ymarsakar Says:

    I wouldn’t call the Leftist death cult “sane” either, though.

  17. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    I’m a big fan of Glick and I haven’t even seen a review of Glick’s book but…while I entirely agree with her premise that Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) is desirable, the idea that it will lead to peace is ludicrous. That is wishful thinking at best.

    I entirely agree that the ‘two-state’ solution is a chimera.

    But on amazon’s page Glick states,

    “polling data that shows the Palestinian people admire Israeli society and governance.”

    But just before that states,

    “the long history of Palestinian anti-Semitism, refusal to negotiate in good faith, terrorism, and denial of Israel’s right to exist.

    – Disregard for Israel’s stronger claims to territorial sovereignty under international law, as well as the long history of Jewish presence in the region.”

    People who engage in the above, do not admire those they hate. They may admire the material abundance and the lack of corruption but they do not admire the Israeli people. And their hate is the crux of the matter. Glick is forgetting Golda’s insight;

    “We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” Golda Meir, Israel’s first and only woman Prime Minister

  18. NeoConScum Says:



  19. Don Carlos Says:

    Read the Elliot Abrams piece.

    I think Bob from Virginia is correct about our jug-eared sorry excuse of a Prez. But what are we to conclude about the rest of the Dems?

  20. Beverly Says:

    “Being a Leftist means never having to say you’re sorry.”

    Pray for burn-through: of reality, to our fellow “citizens,” who’ve lost the knowledge of what either reality or American citizenship means.

  21. SharonW Says:

    Beverly I’ve been praying that for years. In January 2008, I began fasting and praying on Tuesdays when I realized that George Soros was behind Obama’s bid for the presidency and I knew, short of a miracle intervention of God, we would have him as President. We have “free will” so the only cure is as you state, our voting citizens get in touch with reality and exercise citizenship accordingly. Still fasting Tuesdays because I care about my kids and grandkids.

  22. blert Says:

    0bama has the antics of a school yard bully.

    More generally, he fights like a girl, namely by using social media to stigmatize his image rival.

  23. Bob From Virginia Says:

    Lets face it, Obama is in a league of his own. The delusional bully wimp incompetent traitor gifted speaker league.

    This again proves American exceptional-ism. Any other country who had such a leader would have wiped off the map by now.

  24. Ymarsakar Says:

    That doesn’t prove American exceptionalism. That just proves there’s a bunch of human meatshields in the US military soaking up the damage, so civilians can go to the mall to choose between vanilla and chocolate.

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