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Friday, January 20, 2012

Obama tells Time Israel not an ally

In an interview with Fareed Zakaria in Time Magazine, Barack Hussein Obama gives a(n incomplete) list of American allies and then lists Israel as a country with which the US has 'close military cooperation.' I'm going to give you the entire question and answer so no one tries to claim it's out of context. Emphasis is mine.
Fareed Zakaria: When we talked when you were campaigning for the presidency, I asked you which Administration’s foreign policy you admired. And you said that you looked at George H.W. Bush’s diplomacy, and I took that to mean the pragmatism, the sense of limits, good diplomacy, as you looked upon it favorably. Now that you are President, how has your thinking evolved?

President Obama: It is true that I’ve been complimentary of George H.W. Bush’s foreign policy, and I continue to believe that he managed a very difficult period very effectively. Now that I’ve been in office for three years, I think that I’m always cautious about comparing what we’ve done to what others have done, just because each period is unique. Each set of challenges is unique. But what I can say is that I made a commitment to change the trajectory of American foreign policy in a way that would end the war in Iraq, refocus on defeating our primary enemy, al-Qaeda, strengthen our alliances and our leadership in multilateral fora and restore American leadership in the world. And I think we have accomplished those principal goals.

We still have a lot of work to do, but if you look at the pivot from where we were in 2008 to where we are today, the Iraq war is over, we refocused attention on al-Qaeda, and they are badly wounded. They’re not eliminated, but the defeat not just of [Osama] bin Laden, but most of the top leadership, the tightening noose around their safe havens, the incapacity for them to finance themselves, they are much less capable than they were back in 2008.

Our alliances with NATO, Japan, South Korea, our close military cooperation with countries like Israel have never been stronger. Our participation in multilateral organizations has been extremely effective. In the United Nations, not only do we have a voice, but we have been able to shape an agenda. And in the fastest-growing regions of the world in emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region, just to take one prominent example, countries are once again looking to the United States for leadership.

That’s not the exact same moment as existed post–World War II. It’s an American leadership that recognizes the rise of countries like China and India and Brazil. It’s a U.S. leadership that recognizes our limits in terms of resources, capacity. And yet what I think we’ve been able to establish is a clear belief among other nations that the United States continues to be the one indispensable nation in tackling major international problems.

And I think that there is a strong belief that we continue to be a superpower, unique perhaps in the annals of history, that is not only self-interested but is also thinking about how to create a set of international rules and norms that everyone can follow and that everyone can benefit from. So you combine all those changes, the United States is in a much stronger position now to assert leadership over the next century than it was only three years ago.

We still have huge challenges ahead. And one thing I’ve learned over the last three years is that as much as you’d like to guide events, stuff happens and you have to respond. And those responses, no matter how effective your diplomacy or your foreign policy, are sometimes going to produce less-than-optimal results. But our overall trajectory, our overall strategy, I think has been very successful.
Oh gosh.... Where to start? George H.W. Bush was the most anti-Israel President between Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

He hasn't ended the war in Iraq - he's removed the United States from it and squandered all that the United States had accomplished there. He's redefined the enemy as the al-Qaeda bogeyman, ignoring the fact that there are Islamic terrorist organizations like Hezbullah and Hamas, which feel just as warm and fuzzy about the US as al-Qaeda does. He pretends that there is no such thing as militant Islam.

Outrageously, he refers to 'allies' like the UN(!), Japan and South Korea, and military cooperation with 'countries like Israel.' Clearly, to Obama, Israel is something less than an ally. Even less than the UN. His assertions about the UN and about the US controlling its agenda would be laughable were they not leading to such disastrous consequences for the West.

Obama tries to pass on American leadership to countries like India, China and Brazil. That's simply outrageous, but it's in line with Obama's continuing denial of American exceptionalism. Quite simply, he believes that America is no different than anyone else, that it can't lead, that it can't innovate, and that it's just another middling power. But he says that thanks to his degrading of American capabilities, the US is in a better position to assert leadership in the future. Huh? Amazing.

Finally, 'stuff happens and you have to respond'? Doesn't a superpower (oh - Obama thinks the US is just a 'power') try to shape events?

He goes on to once again refuse to commit that Iran won't get a nuclear weapon (but that the US will 'do all we can' to stop them). What a disgrace....

You can all read the rest of it. What really got me was that he clearly doesn't consider Israel to be an ally, and that Israel's Jewish friends in the US are - as best as I can tell - ignoring that.

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10 Comments:

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Also left out Australia, who is doing a bunch of the heavy lifting in Asia Pacific. I don't think Obama has allies among the U.S.'s traditional allies. And his friends treat women like garbage, kill their own people, and attack us.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

I found his comment later on about our Asia-Pacific allies looking for leadership ironic, though unintentionally. From what I've read, they are looking for leadership, but they haven't seen it from the White House!

I don't have much patience for Zakaria so I haven't bothered reading the whole interview, but did he complain about the Israel Lobby, like Obama's other MSM influence, Thomas Friedman?

And does this mean that Obama approved of the 1991 Gulf War?

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Nothing new here, all he needs the Jews for is their money and votes.

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Soccer Dad,

He probably did approve of Gulf War I - it was backed by a UN resolution. And some day, if God forbid he is reelected, Obama may attempt to use another UN resolution to justify war or other hostile action against Israel. That's one of my nightmares.

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

In 1992, our then Rep distributed leaflets in Frum areas saying that (then candidate) Clinton supported the Gulf War. He had to. The then-rep, Ben Cardin voted against the War, as did the more extreme leftists in Congress. I doubt that he supported it.

 
At 6:30 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

January 2013 he will throw the Jews to the wolves. And there will be a complete housecleaning in the West Wing as President Lame Duck rips the mask off once and for all. His first foreign policy telephone call in 2009 was to Abbas. His first foreign policy speech was in Cairo, slamming the Jews. Current course and speed he'll invite Hamas and Hezbollah to the White House for the inaugural ball, charge his own chief of staff, Jack Lew arrested for treason, and negotiate to sell F-35s to Iran.

I have serious doubts whether there will even be a recognizable entity called the United States in 2016. Obama may wind up being the US's LAST President.

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger reXteryalizer said...

Want to thank all of you, for your Powerfull stand against Oboma & His Corrupted political partners.

But

there is so much more we

can do. Being aggressive and focusing on the facts and truth is only the first step.

We musT follow Up with more details standing

by our convictions and dont back down.

Oboma has NOT brought CHANGE, In fact ~! ~ THE ONLY real THING needing CHANGE

!....Was Barack Hussein Obama II.

HIMSELF

Barack Hussein Obama II ( Who hates American Values ) who is A " SELF

PROCLAIMED Enemy" ~of responsible, Morally Conscious HARD WORKING Americans.

oBOMAS Irresponsible & DRUG MAFIA and

reckless supporters KNOW~ that Barack Hussein Obama II, WILL FORCE YOU to paY THEM, out of your PockeT .{ FOR all of their

UNCHECKED Vices and THRILLS/

{ All on YOU | /

At your COST & Sacrifice

...This UN~CHANGABLE fraud, has done His VERY BEST to

Inspire VIOLENCE. For THESE ARE OBAMAS Very OWN WORDS.. saying .........To his supporters.

Saying “Get ready for hand-to-hand

combat with your Fellow Americans”

– Obama has ALSO DECLARED to his Supporters....“I want all Americans to get in each others

faces!– Obama demands !

“You bring a knife to a fight pal, we’ll bring a gun” –

THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.. /and ANGER

VIOLENCE and more taxes..... THIS IS OBAMAS Change for america

/“Hit Back Twice As Hard”. He commands !*Obama on the

private sector: ~~ “We talk to these folks…~ / so I know whose a*$ to KICK.“ OBOMA wants to KICK your a*$ /

Shouting THAT

Republican victory would mean ~ “hand to hand combat”

HE IS EXPECTING people to be on Edge and BORDERLINE killing MODE,

VIOLENT / and STAND up for their immoral CAUSES

THIS IS WHAT HE LIVES FOR ./ ./ ./ THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.. !

*

Obama Tells democrats: “ I’m itching for a fight.” !

....PLEASE.... go to reXes NEW WebsiTe ~ ! Oboma *( Just like Adolf Hitler~~

\oBOMA~~~ Demands ! -- [ THE FINAL SOLUTION - for Un~Wanted Children

Barak Obama is A MURDERER .~Torturing

UNWANTED babys on DEATH ROE

CLICK HERE http://obomlnation.webstarts.com/index.html

OBAMA TAKES a little NEW BORN

innocent child. BORN. ALIVE sTabS it iN the head SUCKs ITS BRAINS OUT.

This is just to wrong and horrible. Please stand for

Loving Children and the USA

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger reXteryalizer said...

Want to thank all of you, for your Powerfull stand against Oboma & His Corrupted political partners.

But

there is so much more we

can do. Being aggressive and focusing on the facts and truth is only the first step.

We musT follow Up with more details standing

by our convictions and dont back down.

Oboma has NOT brought CHANGE, In fact ~! ~ THE ONLY real THING needing CHANGE

!....Was Barack Hussein Obama II.

HIMSELF

Barack Hussein Obama II ( Who hates American Values ) who is A " SELF

PROCLAIMED Enemy" ~of responsible, Morally Conscious HARD WORKING Americans.

oBOMAS Irresponsible & DRUG MAFIA and

reckless supporters KNOW~ that Barack Hussein Obama II, WILL FORCE YOU to paY THEM, out of your PockeT .{ FOR all of their

UNCHECKED Vices and THRILLS/

{ All on YOU | /

At your COST & Sacrifice

...This UN~CHANGABLE fraud, has done His VERY BEST to

Inspire VIOLENCE. For THESE ARE OBAMAS Very OWN WORDS.. saying .........To his supporters.

Saying “Get ready for hand-to-hand

combat with your Fellow Americans”

– Obama has ALSO DECLARED to his Supporters....“I want all Americans to get in each others

faces!– Obama demands !

“You bring a knife to a fight pal, we’ll bring a gun” –

THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.. /and ANGER

VIOLENCE and more taxes..... THIS IS OBAMAS Change for america

/“Hit Back Twice As Hard”. He commands !*Obama on the

private sector: ~~ “We talk to these folks…~ / so I know whose a*$ to KICK.“ OBOMA wants to KICK your a*$ /

Shouting THAT

Republican victory would mean ~ “hand to hand combat”

HE IS EXPECTING people to be on Edge and BORDERLINE killing MODE,

VIOLENT / and STAND up for their immoral CAUSES

THIS IS WHAT HE LIVES FOR ./ ./ ./ THESE ARE OBAMAS OWN WORDS.. !

*

Obama Tells democrats: “ I’m itching for a fight.” !

....PLEASE.... go to reXes NEW WebsiTe ~ ! Oboma *( Just like Adolf Hitler~~

\oBOMA~~~ Demands ! -- [ THE FINAL SOLUTION - for Un~Wanted Children

Barak Obama is A MURDERER .~Torturing

UNWANTED babys on DEATH ROE

CLICK HERE http://obomlnation.webstarts.com/index.html

OBAMA TAKES a little NEW BORN

innocent child. BORN. ALIVE sTabS it iN the head SUCKs ITS BRAINS OUT.

This is just to wrong and horrible. Please stand for

Loving Children and the USA

 
At 3:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair I'm not sure there's an offical military alliance between Israel and the USA in the same way as the ANZUS treaty (USA, Australia, New Zealand), NATO etc. I think we should appreciate he lists Israel while not listing Canada, Australia etc specifically. Once again I need to qualify I don't like the Dems and don't like Obama but I think sometimes we're too hypersensitive.

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/obama-names-turkish-pm-erdogan-among-trusted-friends.aspx?pageID=238&nID=11897&NewsCatID=359

But, .. but, ... He counts Turkey as one of his most "trusted" friends.

Carl, I have linked your article to my blog.

 

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