From the golf courses of Martha’s Vineyard to the shores of Tripoli and beyond.
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Iran also knows it’s safe to ignore Obama. Three American hikers who apparently wandered into Iran were sentenced to eight years in prison last week on charges ranging from stupidity to espionage. The sentences were handed down after a multiplicity of pleas from the men’s relatives and the White House. They will be kept as bargaining chips to play against some other Iranian-manufactured crisis. But, again, no one is likely to care.
What should — and likely will — hurt Obama next year is the Palestinians’ new “intifada” against Israel which kicked off last week with attacks on military and civilians riding buses, causing a number of casualties. The terrorists were apparently Hamas operatives from the Gaza Strip who were allowed to cross into southern Israel by the new Muslim Brotherhood-friendly Egyptian government. When Israeli air forces struck back and killed several terrorists as well as some Egyptian “policemen,” everyone from al-Jazeera to the Arab League blamed Israel for the “crime” of striking back.
And, as this is written, there have been several more attacks from the Gaza Strip, Hamas missiles raining down on southern Israel, killing at least one civilian and wounding many others including children. Israeli air strikes continued through Sunday. There are reports that an al-Qaeda group is claiming responsibility for some of the attacks. But we should receive those reports skeptically, as terrorists rename themselves as quickly as they switch from one disposable cellphone to another. Regardless of what they call themselves, their sponsors are in Syria and Iran.
Obama’s anti-Israeli stance has emboldened the Palestinians. They — with the help of the Syrians and probably the Iranians — are baiting the Israelis with escalating attacks, trying to cause the Israelis to launch a large ground-based invasion of the Gaza Strip or big air attacks. The terrorist nations want to preface the Palestinian statehood vote in the UN next month with another media campaign showing large numbers of dead Palestinians, made so by Israeli arms.
Going into a presidential year, it’s better to speak of responsibility than blame. Obama has been in office for almost three years. It was his responsibility to mend our economy, win our wars and protect our allies. In those responsibilities he has failed comprehensively.
If his blame-shifting strategy succeeds, it will be the result of Republican ineptitude. The facts are what they are, and Obama should be stuck with them.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?