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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Obama flip flops on Goldstone, throws Israel under the bus

Late Thursday night, I received an email with a JTA article attached, which said that the Obama administration had pledged to 'quash' the Goldstone Commission Report and not to allow Israel to be brought to the International Criminal Court. While my first reaction to the report was "what's this going to cost us," when I clicked on the link I discovered that the official who had given that first statement had 'misspoken.' In a flip-flop reminiscent of his flip-flop on Jerusalem during the 2008 Presidential campaign, Obama is now throwing Israel under the bus.
The White House says an official "misspoke" when he said the Obama administration would not allow the Goldstone report recommendations on Israel's conduct in the Gaza war to reach the International Criminal Court.

A top White House official told Jewish organizational leaders in an off-the-record phone call Wednesday that the U.S. strategy was to "quickly" bring the report -- commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council and carried out by former South African Judge Richard Goldstone -- to its "natural conclusion" within the Human Rights Council and not to allow it to go further, Jewish participants in the call told JTA.

Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman, called JTA later to say the official "misspoke" and that administration policy on the Goldstone report remains as articulated last week by Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador.

Rice described the UNHRC mandate as "unbalanced, one sided and basically unacceptable. We have very serious concerns about many of the recommendations in the report. We will expect and believe that the appropriate venue for this report to be considered is the Human Rights Council and that is our strong view."

She did not mention what the United States would do were the report to be referred to the ICC.


The Obama administration is ready to use the U.S. veto at the U.N. Security Council to deal with any other "difficulties" arising out of the report, the White House official said Wednesday. The administration also has made clear to the Palestinian Authority that Washington is not pleased with a P.A. petition to bring the report's allegations against Israel to the International Criminal Court.
So the White House is 'not pleased' with the 'Palestinian Authority' petition to the International Criminal Court, but won't do anything to stop it.

What could go wrong?


At 11:34 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel should not negotiate with the PA if it presses ahead with a lawsuit against Israel. They should be rewarded for that kind of behavior. Its not Israel that needs peace at any price.

What could go wrong indeed

At 4:47 PM, Blogger MUSHI said...

Israel should quit the UN.
it's time.

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Unbelievable. In Obama's mad rush to please the mullahs, ingratiate with our enemies, and defenestrate our friends, he is going so far beyond incompetent ...

By not quashing Goldstone, this steaming pile of a presidency is going to open up cans of whup-ass on US, UK, and other friendly forces via the ICC and the HRC investigations.

Obama has now firmly placed himself and his administration into what the framers of the constitution have constructed to protect the country and the constitution from depredations of a dangerous president. Obama now meets all the requirements ... he is dangerous to our liberty and pursuit of happiness, as well as infringing upon our rights, and failing to protect our citizens.

Good job there Obama, good job.

Too bad we don't have a congress which actually represents the people.


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