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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The most sycophantic columnist evah

Just when you thought New York Times columnist Tom Friedman's apple couldn't get any more polished, he outdoes himself. Friedman has decided that Barack Hussein Obama is the most pro-Israel President evah. You can't make this stuff up - but Friedman can.
Why? Because the question of whether Israel has the need and the right to pre-emptively attack Iran as it develops a nuclear potential is one of the most hotly contested issues on the world stage today. It is also an issue fraught with danger for Israel and American Jews, neither of whom want to be accused of dragging America into a war, especially one that could weaken an already frail world economy.

In that context, President Obama, in his interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and in his address to Aipac, the pro-Israel lobby, offered the greatest support for Israel that any president could at this time: He redefined the Iran issue. He said — rightly — that it was not simply about Israel’s security, but about U.S. national security and global security.
So if it's 'rightly' an American issue, why did it take Obama three years to recognize it and say it? Ah, details, details.

But let's grant Friedman's premise - that the AIPAC speech was a major pro-Israel speech, even a game changer. Why was Obama walking it back less than 48 hours later?
Less than 48 hours after trotting out new, tougher language on Iran, President Obama revealed in his press conference how little substance lies behind his words. He struck a partisan note, claiming Republicans were “beating the drums of war” with Iran. So much for not making Iran a “political football,” as so many Democrats pleaded at AIPAC.

Even worse, when pressed by ABC News’s Jake Tapper on what he meant by his comment that we “have Israel’s back,” the president answered that it was “not a military doctrine that we were laying out for any particular military action. . . . It was a restatement of our consistent position that the security of Israel is something I deeply care about . . . [and] confirms how deeply we care about it.” In other words, he was not pledging anything in particular to the Jewish state.
The full text of Tapper's question and Obama's answer is here.

Let's go to the videotape.

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As you watch that video, keep in mind that Obama opposed every single sanction that has been imposed on Iran since he took office.

The Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper adds:
This statement might undermine what others took the president’s statement to mean. “Not a military doctrine” would suggest that America would not eliminate an Iranian nuclear weapon by using military force, even as some understood President Obama to be saying that Israel should trust him to eliminate an Iranian nuclear weapon should the rogue state develop one.
And recall too, what John Bolton had to say about the press conference from which the Tapper clip came.

Did Friedman go to press before Obama's press conference? I doubt it. So what is he smoking that makes him label Obama the most pro-Israel President evah? If you ask me, he's smoking pure partisan politics.

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At 2:57 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

"Trust me said the Scorpion to the Frog".
I admire Bibi for staying polite next to such a 'man'.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

I think they draw this play up on a white marker board. It is exactly what occurred in '08. EXACTLY ... Step 1) Use AIPAC (and the Atlantic) to create vids and quotes to give cover to Obama's $$upporters and bundlers. 2) Deploy the bundlers and the Israeli consulate people with those gems to cheerlead for Obama among the already-Left streams - all of the Jewish streams are apparently Left, with constitutional conservatives. 3) Walk back the quotes and vids to reassure the rest of the Dems that Obama didn't really mean it; the dastardly Jews, who want to live, but not by admitting that the Left is deadly to Jews, as it was in the USSR and is in Europe, "they made me do it for the money". The history books, hopefully written by fans of the constitution like Mark Levin and David Horowitz, will examine the mentality of Israel and all of the Jewish streams that somehow, in spite of the Torah, have ended up suicidally supporting and collaborating with the marcuse marxist new left. Someone please prove me wrong. Soon.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

The good news is that John Bolton seems to be ok with Mitt Romney, as he is stacking up delegates, although not particularly sweepingly. I think John Bolton will add spine to any administration, so I hope the Republicans win as much as possible to turn back the marxism and that John Bolton is put in somewhere decisive, maybe on the team to repeal the bankrupting Obamacare! That will take as much spine as anything. :)


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