The Spectacle Blog

When Will The Palestinians Recognize Israel?

By on 3.19.15 | 9:51PM

I honestly don't think it really matters what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's position on a Palestinian state is.

The question isn't whether Netanyahu wants to recognize a Palestinian state or not.

The question is whether the Palestinians will ever recognize Israel. I think the answer to that is quite clear.

The Palestinians and their Arab predecessors have never wanted a Jewish state even when they were offered their own by the Peel Commission during the British Mandate of Palestine in 1937, the UN Partition Plan of 1947, the Camp David and Taba Accords of 2000/2001, Annapolis in 2008 or last year when Palestinians rejected Secretary of State Kerry's peace framework when Israel was prepared to accept.

The only terms under which the Palestinians will accept a state is if it supplants all of Israel including Jerusalem.

Hillary Clinton Says We Have a “Fun Deficit,” Wants to Create Adult Camp

By on 3.19.15 | 8:54PM

When I think of Hillary Clinton, I do not normally think, "fun." Turns out, the feeling is mutual.

This afternoon, speaking to the American Camp Association New York and New Jersey Tri-State CAMP Conference, she suggested that, since America has been so down in the dumps lately, with all this nonsense about emails and Iranians getting the bomb, maybe what we really need to address is our "fun deficit." And she knows precisely how to do it.

Adult camps.

Hillary Clinton would love to see sleepaway camps for adults and more relationship-building in Washington, she said Thursday at what will likely be her final paid appearance before launching her expected presidential campaign.

"We really need camps for adults,"  the former secretary of state told the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey’s Tri-State CAMP Conference. "None of the serious stuff ... I think we have a fun deficit in America."

Another Reason to Oppose Mandatory Voting

By on 3.19.15 | 6:24PM

If the choice for the White House comes down to Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul then I'd be mighty tempted to go back to Canada.

I Didn’t Know Obama Was So Enamored with Australian Politics

By on 3.19.15 | 3:52PM

When President Obama spoke of mandatory voting yesterday in Cleveland, he made specific reference to compulsory voting in Australia which has been place down under for nearly a century.

While I can see how the mandatory aspect of Australia's electoral system would appeal greatly to Obama, I'm not sure if he would be so enamored with other aspects of it.

First a Health Care Mandate, Now a Voting Mandate

By on 3.19.15 | 12:57PM

I just read Larry's post concerning President Obama's riff on mandatory voting.

Although I suspect this is more of a trial balloon than anything else, I can't say I'm shocked this crossed Obama's lips.

If we now a have a health care mandate, is it really a huge stretch of the imagination that this administration (or possibly a future one) could embark upon a voting mandate?

Obama Champions Mandatory Voting

By on 3.19.15 | 12:54PM

Apparently, not enough people vote in this country for President Obama's taste, and he knows just how to make voting both more palatable and more appealing to the 60% or so of Americans with the right to vote, but who seem to lack the ability.

Make it mandatory. Because if there's anything that Americans respond to positively, it's being told what to do. 

Obama floated the idea of mandatory voting in the U.S. while speaking to a civic group in Cleveland on Wednesday. Asked about the corrosive influence of money in U.S. elections, Obama digressed into the related topic of voting rights and said the U.S. should be making it easier — not harder— for people to vote.

Just ask Australia, where citizens have no choice but to vote, the president said.

"If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country," Obama said, calling it potentially transformative. Not only that, Obama said, but universal voting would "counteract money more than anything."

Getting Even With Bibi Is More Important to Obama Than Dems Retaining WH in ’16

By on 3.19.15 | 12:36PM

I was struck by something Jonathan S. Tobin wrote yesterday in Commentary concerning the relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama during the remainder of the latter's term:

It is true that Obama can up the ante on Netanyahu by abandoning a policy of supporting Israel in the United Nations as the Palestinians continue to violate their Oslo Accords obligation to negotiate rather than to attempt to gain recognition from the world body. But if that happens, it will create as many problems for him and the Democratic Party as it does for Israel.

Don’t Cry for Us, Argentina

By on 3.19.15 | 12:29PM

Every time I think Barack Obama can’t come up with a more crackpot or audacious idea than his last one, he fools me. This latest will leave freedom-loving Americanos breathless. The man has more brass than a spittoon factory.

To lifetime leftists like Obama, the most appealing thing about mandatory voting is that it’s, well, mandatory. With these folks, mandatory is always good. It’s part of the totalitarian impulse. The kind of thing to make a community organizer’s heart race. And how far can it be from telling people they have to vote to telling people who they have to vote for? 

In Cleveland Wednesday to discuss the evil of (conservative) money in politics, Obama floated the mandatory voting idea. “In Australia and some other countries there’s mandatory voting,” Obama said. “It would be transformative if everybody voted. That would counteract money more than anything.”

Nuclear Deal to Allow Iran 6,000 Centrifuges

By on 3.19.15 | 12:13PM

I won't spend too much time parsing this out, since I'm sure others on the site will have much to say about it, but good news everyone! We've apparently reached some sort of deal with Iran, and it appears that it will put Iran in a position where, in just under a year, they'll be able to enrich enough uranium to produce a nuclear weapon. 

We're just so good at this foreign policy thing. 

White House Backlash Against Bibi’s Victory Begins in Earnest

By on 3.18.15 | 9:23PM

Well, that didn't take long.

The Obama Administration, unable to bring themselves congratulate Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election,  couldn't wait 24 hours to tell the world how they really feel.

As Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard tells us that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest let Bibi have while talking to reporters aboard Air Force One. While Earnest didn't mention Bibi by name, he criticized his Likud Party for "divisive rhetoric to marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens" adding that "it undermines the values and democratic ideals that...binds the United States and Israel together."

Earnest's statement is, well, not very earnest. Although it does prove my argument that the election wasn't between Bibi and Bugie, but between Bibi and Barack.

As much as they may hate Israel, Arabs residing in the Muslim world envy the rights exercised by Israeli Arabs.