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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

It's the President, stupid!

Jennifer Rubin nails the problem with Obama's foreign policy apparatus: It's the President, stupid!
It would be nice to locate two of the multiple voices in the Obama foreign-policy team, but let’s face it: it doesn’t make any difference what they think. The unhappy truth for those who favor a robust, warm relationship with Israel, or who fear we are being “played” by Iran, or who see cringe-inducing weakness in refusing to make a not-very-tough call in Afghanistan (sorry, but accepting the recommendation of your own general on a war you’ve decided is critical to win doesn’t seem all that tough) is that the president is the one lacking the gut-level instincts and the temperament to avert looming disasters on these fronts. Ultimately, there is no saving a president from himself. He is either weak or resolute, skeptical of his own generals or of despots’ promises, fervently devoted to the survival of a Jewish state and the protection of our closest democratic ally in the region, or not. That’s why it’s so important to size up a candidate correctly before he gets into the Oval Office.
Well, 78% of American Jewry did a pretty lousy job of sizing him up - more than any other ethnic group except for blacks. And you thought Jews were supposed to be smart....


At 8:19 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

A lot of Americans who saw someone hopeful in Obama have gotten another Jimmy Carter. A nice guy, well meaning but irresolute and naive about the real world. In the Oval Office, as the old saying has it, the buck stops here. And Obama is in over his head.

Yes, its the President, stupid!


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