The community organizer was no match for the special ops vet.
Barry’s Bullying Failed with Bibi
Our community organizer in chief tried his favorite strategy — bullying — on the Israeli Prime Minister last week, and discovered to his evident surprise that veterans of the special operations community are not among those who can be intimidated.
Those of us who wondered how Obama would misuse the political capital gained by killing Osama bin Laden were answered on Thursday when Obama took American Middle East policy in a bizarre and dangerous direction. But before we get to that, we need to set the context of Obama’s actions.
OBL assumed seabed temperature on May 1. One day later, the leader of the terrorist group Hamas’ government in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh, condemned what he called the “assassination” of bin Laden and — with due deference to Hamas’ family quarrel with al Qaeda, which Haniya said were mere differences in “opinions and agenda” — he prayed that bin Laden’s soul would rest in peace.
After another two days, Hamas (whose charter requires the destruction of Israel) signed a power-sharing agreement with the Palestinian Authority in the cradle of the “Arab Spring,” Cairo.
Two weeks after that, on the eve of Netanyahu’s arrival, Obama gave a much-ballyhooed speech at the State Department. In it, he rewarded the formation of the Hamas-PA alliance by demanding that Israel make a peace with the Palestinians on which Israel’s borders would be its 1967 borders before it was attacked by the Arab nations, with agreed-upon land swaps. That would require Israel to surrender its capital city — Jerusalem — to Palestinian control and leave its borders indefensible.
Obama’s reasoning — both clearly stated and implicit in his speech — is based on the core anti-Israel doctrine that the Arab states have been propagating since the Jewish state was created in 1948. No American president has so clearly abandoned the Israelis.
First, Obama conceded the principal point of Arab propaganda ever since Israel was founded: that there can be no peace about anything in the Middle East until the Palestinians are established in an independent contiguous state. Though George Bush was the first American president to concede to the need for a “contiguous” Palestinian state — which would require that Israel be cut in two — Obama made it official U.S. policy.
The Arab states — as they have made clear by their actions since 1948 — don’t give a damn how the Palestinians suffer, or how many of them are killed in conflict with Israel.
The Palestinians are merely cannon fodder in the never-ending war the Arab nations wage against Israel. They are not a “people” in the sense that the Russians, Chinese, Romanians or French are, though Obama accepts this Arab premise as a basis for his policy.
The Palestinians are fungible Arabs. About 3.7 million live in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, some 2.5 million live in Jordan, 1.5 million in Syria and Lebanon and about a half million in Saudi Arabia. The Arab nations maintain the Palestinians in perpetual “refugee” status, rejecting the idea that they could be citizens of any Arab nation. Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and others could have absorbed these people quickly and relieved them of the burden of what Obama called “permanent occupation.” But they don’t, because they can — as they have for decades — indoctrinate, arm, and fund the Palestinians’ terrorism against Israel which is of far greater value to the Arab League than any peace would be.
All of those historical facts were the backdrop to Obama’s anti-Israeli speech and his meeting with Netanyahu. The president may have believed that Netanyahu is the leader of a nation that is no more than an American vassal state and would fall prey to his bullying.
Obama likes to bully people while they’re sitting captive in his audience and can’t respond. In the 2010 State of the Union speech, Barry badgered the six Supreme Court justices sitting before him, saying that the Citizens United decision would open the floodgates to foreign corporations’ influencing American elections. Five sat there in shock, though Justice Alito visibly mouthed the words “not true” in response to Obama’s lie. In his April 13 budget speech, with Republican Paul Ryan in the audience, Obama spun a web worthy of Ted Kennedy, accusing Ryan of authoring a budget that would deprive 50 million Americans of health insurance, keep kids from being educated and basically turn our nation into some dog-eat-dog scrapyard in which children and poor people would die of neglect. Ryan, too much the gentleman, didn’t even walk out.
Obama underestimated Netanyahu. The community organizer wasn’t prepared, by education or experience, to properly measure his latest adversary.
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