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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Same old, same old Obama

If this report is correct, the ideas that President Obama presents to Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House on Monday will look very much like the ideas he presented to him in 2009. Same old, same old (Hat Tip: Stephen D).
He was wrong from the git-go, and still is. But facts don’t stand a chance. As a Democrat who speaks to Obama about the Mideast told me, he has a “stubborn worldview.”

How stubborn will be revealed today and tomorrow during crucial meetings with Israeli leaders. The Iranian march to nukes will top the agenda, but Obama’s view on Iran is typical of how he sees the region and his role in it.

Stripped of nuance, the gist is that Israel and America are oppressors and Muslims are oppressed. He remains obsessed with the idea that all will be well if only we prove to Muslims that we’re not bigots.

The latest example is his apology to Afghans after our soldiers mistakenly burned the Koran. Six soldiers have been murdered in subsequent riots, yet he insists those involved in the burning face military charges.

His approach to Iran is similarly misguided. Despite its thugocracy, he refuses to accept that his policy of engagement has failed. The White House even says it sees Iran as a “rational actor,” and Obama told The Atlantic that military action against Iran could work to its advantage.

“At a time when there is not a lot of sympathy for Iran and its only real ally [Syria] is on the ropes, do we want a distraction in which suddenly Iran can portray itself as a victim?” he asked.


This is Obama at his faculty-lounge worst. Trapped by his own prejudices and misreading of history and culture, he continues to suggest that Iran is open to persuasion if he can find the right words. It’s not. It’s an evil regime that tortures its people, kills American soldiers, sponsors terrorism and wants a nuclear bomb to use against Israel and to dominate Arab countries.
I wonder if he'll try to sell Netanyahu on linkage again.

What could go wrong?

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At 5:42 PM, Blogger Nomadic100 said...

A "stubborn worldview" is more commonly known as "ideology."

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Bret Baier retweet: Liz Cheney says Obama admin has been more interested in containing Israel than Iran. Big applause from AIPAC crowd.

At 7:40 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel's Prime Minister must stand his ground and tell the President bluntly if the US is not prepared to stop Iran, Israel will reserve the right to defend itself. Israel must not back down on this principle. The US may be able to live with a nuclear Iran.

Israel can't.


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