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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Obama votes 'present' on the Middle East

Noah Pollak takes the Obumbler to task for sitting on the sidelines as the Middle East heads toward war.
Where is the administration on Turkey’s dangerous provocations and outrageous rhetoric? Where does the administration stand on the Israeli blockade of Gaza — for it or against it? What does the administration think about the impending arrival of three Iranian “aid” vessels in the Mediterranean that intend to break that blockade? What does Obama think about the rising tide of eliminationist rhetoric coming from Bashar Assad, one of the primary beneficiaries of Obama’s “outreach”? Now would be a good time for the president to clear up where America stands. Instead, we have sunk to such a sordid and embarrassing place that the Obama administration’s representative to the UN Human Rights Council said nothing after the Syrian representative promoted a blood libel about Jews during the council proceedings.

What Barack Obama clearly is not learning is that his campaign to put “daylight” between the United States and Israel is creating serious strategic risks: it is an invitation to the region’s dictators and terrorists to test just how far they can needle and provoke Israel, knowing that when they push too far — such as we saw last week with the flotilla — there will be no consequences from an American president who has proved himself virtually incapable of speaking with moral clarity about the enemies of Israel.
I think Obama would love to take the Arab side outright but he cannot do so this close to the midterm elections.


At 12:32 PM, Blogger Kae Gregory said...

I actually think that Obama has taken a pretty active role in the ME. In contrast to the reception that PM Netanyahu received, he warmly welcomed Abu Mazen. He made a $400m "down payment" on his commitment to Gaza. No - his role is active - against Israel.


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