Sunday, May 22, 2011

What Obama Does Not Understand

"I have been involved in the battle against terrorism for most of my adult life - first as a soldier in the special forces of the Israeli Army, then as one of the founders of an institute devoted to the study of terrorism, and later as a diplomat seeking to forge an alliance of free nations in the active effort to defeat international terrorism."

 These words were written in 1995 by Benjamin Netanyahu in his book, "Fighting Terrorism." It has been 16 years since Mr. Netanyahu wrote these words and his book was dead-on about the future of terror, the United States, and a nuclear Iran. It is clear from one sentence that Mr. Netanyahu's life has been about confronting terror and the threat is poses. And his experience with terror is not just professional, it also personal. Mr. Netanyahu lost his brother, Jonathan Netanyahu,  during the 1976 raid on Entebbe, Uganda that rescued 103 hostages from military strongman and dictator, Idi Amin.

So I suppose that is why I could not contain my laughter this week during Netanyahu's visit to the United States. When comparing world leaders on the subject of security, there is no comparison. Obama's understanding of security is what someone else tells him it is. It's academic, sterile, and anecdotal. Obama's resume compared to Netanyahu's on this subject is nothing less than pathetic. I suppose that is why I found it so amusing to try and watch Obama lecture Netanyahu on the need for Israel to return to the 1967 borders. While Obama thought he was being statesmen like, he simply embarrassed himself.

It is clear Obama had no idea what it meant to tell Israel to return to their 1967 borders or the ramifications that flowed from his demand; it was just another line, in another speech that sounded good at the time. Obama's clear back peddling and tap dancing in his May 22 AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) was the culminating event in an embarrassing week of gaffes, blunders, and moronic statements. Of course, on Monday morning the Washington Post will report that Obama's policy convulsion on Israel's borders were either a nuance or a caveat. What a joke.

From a schadenfreude perspective, 70% of the American Jewish population voted for Obama. So as far as I'm concerned, you got the President you deserve. I don't really care how the AIPAC speech went, since AIPAC relies on Conservatives for  providing billions in defense dollars and then votes for Democrats.  It is not for you that I support Israel, but for Israelis like Mr. Netanyahu who will wake up tomorrow and face another day of bombs, bullets, and idiotic, uniformed, amateurish American politicians.

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