NYT: Obama’s an amateur

posted at 10:25 am on November 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

It only took them three years to figure it out, of course.  The Gray Lady’s ire focuses on the disaster Obama has made of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which is usually a rolling disaster anyway.  American Presidents haven’t been able to do much to make it better, but as the Times explains, this one’s made it a lot worse than it had to be — mainly because he’s a diplomatic novice with team full of incompetents (via Geoff A):

Peacemaking takes strategic skill. But we see no sign that President Obama and Mr. Mitchell were thinking more than one move down the board. The president went public with his demand for a full freeze on settlements before securing Israel’s commitment. And he and his aides apparently had no plan for what they would do if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said no.

Most important, they allowed the controversy to obscure the real goal: nudging Israel and the Palestinians into peace talks. (We don’t know exactly what happened but we are told that Mr. Obama relied more on the judgment of his political advisers — specifically his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel — than of his Mideast specialists.)

The idea made sense: have each side do something tangible to prove it was serious about peace and then start negotiations. But when Mr. Netanyahu refused the total freeze, President Obama backed down.

Mr. Netanyahu has since offered a compromise 10-month freeze that exempts Jerusalem, schools and synagogues and permits Israel to complete 3,000 housing units already under construction. The irony is that while this offer goes beyond what past Israeli governments accepted, Mr. Obama had called for more. And the Palestinians promptly rejected the compromise.

The editors go on to castigate George Mitchell a little more for blowing the effort with the Saudis, who took their signals from Team Obama.  When Obama publicly demanded a halt to all settlements, the Saudis made that their line in the sand.  The Times scolds them for doing so, but the fact is that once the US made that demand, it put all the pressure on Israel and took all the pressure off of the other parties in the talks.

As the editorial says, Obama and Mitchell couldn’t think past their own opening move and game out the possibilities.  Why might that be?  The foreign-policy team that includes Emanuel and Samantha Power (at the National Security Council) has ideological interests in getting Israel to surrender.  Power suggested a few years ago that the Western nations should invade and occupy Israel in order to set the Palestinians free.  With that kind of advice flowing at the White House, this diktat on settlements is hardly surprising, nor is its end result.

When Newsweek and the New York Times tells a Democratic president that he’s screwing up foreign policy, it’s time to clean house and start getting professional help.  Unfortunately, neither of these publications considered the ramifications of endorsing an inexperienced ideologue for the top job when it counted.


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Hmmmmm.

Maybe Obama needs to bow to someone in Israel?

Hey it’s worked well everywhere else so far right?

Right!?

memomachine on November 28, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Israel has no allies. It can’t give in. No matter how much Bambi wants to destroy Israel, he never once looked at how the Israelis would react–that’s assuming he & Rahm actually care how the Israelis react.

Bambi & Rahm & that Samantha woman will run those bulldozers thru the Holy Land yet if we let them.

kelley in virginia on November 28, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I calls em as I see em. I think there is no doubt he is a Muslim.

silvernana on November 28, 2009 at 1:26 PM

I might have more respect for the NYT if I didn’t know that they will dutifully line up behind Obowma in 2012, regardless of how FUBAR’d the country is due to his gross incompetence paired with his fascist ideology. After all, what are they going to do, endorse the Republican?

SKYFOX on November 28, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Mr. Obama’s own credibility is so diminished (his approval rating in Israel is 4 percent)

Only American Jews get to vote though where have they dropped to? Like 95%?
Maybe we could get some ballots to Isreal like ACRON does come 2012!

dhunter on November 28, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Have you read Bozo’s application to Occidental as a foreign student? In it he claims to be a muslim indonesian.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Understand this: I, nor the majority of Americans, give a fig if the man is Muslim, Catholic, Agnostic or if he worships a frickin tree in his backyard… wasting energy on such issues does more harm than good…

Let’s entertain your logic for a second: Obama is a Muslim. Whooop de doo…What now? What has that done to advance the cause that he is still an incompetent administrator who suckered 5.4 out of every 10 voters that he was the solution to their problems?

Honestly, what is easier for Americans to swallow? That Obama’s policies and leadership are forcing America down a path of higher taxes, increased inflation, higher joblessness…or, your theory..that Obama is some sort of Manchurian Candidate whose super secret squirrel mission is to destroy America from within on account of him being a Muslim?

Please, remove your tin-foil hat and stop making the rest of us look like all the GOP is on black-helicopter patrol.

CapitalistPig on November 28, 2009 at 2:14 PM

A kindergarten, with Obama as head master, runs our country, including foreign policy. Rahm is the ADD child.

Hillary is just a symbolic figure-head, with no power. The fact that she doesn’t speak up will ruin her political chances, if she had any left.

Schadenfreude on November 28, 2009 at 2:15 PM

Have you read Bozo’s application to Occidental as a foreign student? In it he claims to be a muslim indonesian.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM

He’s an atheist, not that it matters what he is.

The only thing that matters is how far down our land has gone in a year, and what he’ll do to continue to destroy her, in exponential succession.

Schadenfreude on November 28, 2009 at 2:19 PM

CapitalistPig on November 28, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Do not condescend to those of us who have a different point of view than yours. I say he is leading this country as if he is Muslim by the things that he is doing. And it does matter because that is not the same as being Catholic, agnostic, atheist, or Christian. To say that we are wearing tin foil hats will not stifle our beliefs, but you might want to get your head out of your rearend and open your eyes.

silvernana on November 28, 2009 at 2:41 PM

When you lost the Times….

nyx on November 28, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Understand this: I, nor the majority of Americans, give a fig if the man is Muslim, Catholic, Agnostic or if he worships a frickin tree in his backyard… wasting energy on such issues does more harm than good…

Let’s entertain your logic for a second: Obama is a Muslim. Whooop de doo…What now? What has that done to advance the cause that he is still an incompetent administrator who suckered 5.4 out of every 10 voters that he was the solution to their problems?

Honestly, what is easier for Americans to swallow? That Obama’s policies and leadership are forcing America down a path of higher taxes, increased inflation, higher joblessness…or, your theory..that Obama is some sort of Manchurian Candidate whose super secret squirrel mission is to destroy America from within on account of him being a Muslim?

Please, remove your tin-foil hat and stop making the rest of us look like all the GOP is on black-helicopter patrol.

CapitalistPig on November 28, 2009 at 2:14 PM

I will grant you the point that we do not have a religious-affiliation test in order to qualify for civil office, BUT…

Several Obama and DOJ decisions tend to whitewash or dismiss actions done by perpetrators in the name of Allah.

Too many of the administration’s key figures in policy-making are sympathetic to the Islamic point of view re international stability and national security and re the acceptability of sharia law. (In European Muslim communities, which have become mini-nations within nations, sharia law trumps the law of the land.)

Obama and his henchmen are more dedicated to international law and courts than to the sovereignty of our own courts. The Muslim influence and impact on international agencies, starting with the UN and playing into the diversity PC crowd, threaten our own nation’s rule of law. The United States does not cede to nor serve any foreign power.

Obama’s loyalties should be a matter of legitimate concern. If he is using his position of power to undermine the Constitution in the name of his faith or his political ideology, then we have a duty and a right to question his decisions and behaviors.

onlineanalyst on November 28, 2009 at 3:23 PM

OBama: The DIY Presidency

“Sure, I can fix the plumbing”

BobMbx on November 28, 2009 at 3:24 PM

This is like playing chess with my seven year old.

He gets real cocky now that he understands how all of the pieces move. He makes complex plans for how he’s going to beat me, looks across the board, rub his hands together and grins evilly.

What he always forgets is that I’m making my own plans, that I’m not playing the game so that he can show off his fancy moves but so that I can defeat him as quickly as possible.

He gets really excited when he takes a pawn of mine with his queen and then is always surprised when I take his queen on the next move.

The difference between my son and this administration is that my son realizes when he’s losing, he knows that he’s not very good at the game yet and he is eager to take instruction so that he can improve.

29Victor on November 28, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Have you read Bozo’s application to Occidental as a foreign student? In it he claims to be a muslim indonesian.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM

He’s an atheist, not that it matters what he is.

Schadenfreude on November 28, 2009 at 2:19 PM

20 years at Rev. Wright’s knee made him a Black Nationalist Marxist/Narcissist. That’s what he is and that’s what matters! Surrounding himself with a bunch of Leftist, Maoist and Che loving supporters doesn’t come from his religious faith.

chickasaw42 on November 28, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Game over. Now the dead carcus will rot for another 3 or 4 years and explode at an inopportune time.

Griz on November 28, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Have you read Bozo’s application to Occidental as a foreign student? In it he claims to be a muslim indonesian.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I have not, and would like to. Can you provide the link?

Archimedes on November 28, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Obama’s loyalties should be a matter of legitimate concern. If he is using his position of power to undermine the Constitution in the name of his faith or his political ideology, then we have a duty and a right to question his decisions and behaviors.

onlineanalyst on November 28, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Indeed

20 years at Rev. Wright’s knee made him a Black Nationalist Marxist/Narcissist. That’s what he is and that’s what matters! Surrounding himself with a bunch of Leftist, Maoist and Che loving supporters doesn’t come from his religious faith.

chickasaw42 on November 28, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Indeed, and it wasn’t only Wright either.

Schadenfreude on November 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM

or, your theory..that Obama is some sort of Manchurian Candidate whose super secret squirrel mission is to destroy America from within on account of him being a Muslim?
CapitalistPig on November 28, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Not destroy America but reshape it to his, and his Chicago tribe’s liking. He was rejected by Wall Street out of Harvard and had to accept work as a copy writer within view of Wall Street.

He has a score to settle.

His mentors were Marxists, or at a minimum adored those theories.
His minister and his good friends the Bill Ayers family were in his circle.
He got a deal on his property from a crook. His wife only in the past year or so began loving and appreciating the USA.

Why did she not love America? Because apparently we aren’t fair enough, we don’t kick down to those that haven’t achieved. We don’t make way for everyone to get ahead which of course is a lie.

Manchurian Candidate, close to it but they don’t want to ruin America, they want to change it and punish us severely for daring to promote individual freedoms within our country and abroad.

The NYT recognizing his amateurish nature is the most damning message yet by the lame stream media.
It’s downhill for him from this point now.

FireBlogger on November 28, 2009 at 5:32 PM

A con man has only contempt for his marks. I don’t think the MSM realize fully, as of yet, the contempt in which Obama holds them. We are all realizing the contempt he feels for America and Americans, a contempt which conservatives saw in the very beginning.

Dhuka on November 28, 2009 at 6:56 PM

But…but… the man won a Peace Prize!
Just like the other Stooges, Forrest Gore and the known anti-Semite, Carter.

justltl on November 28, 2009 at 7:43 PM

To be fair, ‘Middle East peace process’ is an oxymoron, the short form of which is ‘war’.

PersonFromPorlock on November 28, 2009 at 7:55 PM

or, your theory..that Obama is some sort of Manchurian Candidate whose super secret squirrel mission is to destroy America from within on account of him being a Muslim?
CapitalistPig on November 28, 2009 at 2:14 PM

That is pretty much my theory and you can see it being played out by his actions. In my original post, my main point was that he had appointed “two devout Muslims” to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, one of them born in Syria. This was done in Aug. and is the first I’ve heard of it. Sorry, but that is worrisome to me because it was men of the “devout Muslim faith” that flew planes into U. S. buildings not too long ago. More and more Muslims are being filtered into our government and our military. It is their goal to do this and eventually take control.

silvernana on November 28, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Have you read Bozo’s application to Occidental as a foreign student? In it he claims to be a muslim indonesian.

dogsoldier on November 28, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Where have you seen this?

Itchee Dryback on November 28, 2009 at 9:04 PM

my main point was that he had appointed “two devout Muslims” to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, one of them born in Syria. control.

silvernana on November 28, 2009 at 8:10 PM

This is apparently true. One of the men seem to have been a prosecutor…but so what? The other seems to have no credentials for the position imo, member of the Arab American Anti Defamation league, and an Human Rights award holder????
Really? Realllly?

http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dhs.asp

Itchee Dryback on November 28, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Unfortunately, neither of these publications considered the ramifications of endorsing an inexperienced ideologue for the top job when it counted.

But we see no sign that President Obama and Mr. Mitchell were thinking more than one move down the board.

NYT coming? Meet NYT going.

smellthecoffee on November 28, 2009 at 11:13 PM

I’ve noticed something very uplifting and comforting while reading as much as I can online about the outed emails and documents from the CRU (Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University).

It seems that many people all around the world are waking up to the reality that they have been sold down the river by politicians and their governments.

We are still ahead here unlike those in Great Britain who are now vetting parents to see if they will be “approved” to attend their children’s Christmas pageants and programs, etc. Apparently, everyone in the UK is now under watch as a supposed child molestor unless proven innocent.

We are still ahead here because Obama has not completely sold us out yet to the Copenhagen Treaty — and because any treaty he or his appointees sign on to must be approved by our Senate (although there is debate that we may have lost that right in some earlier Supreme Court ruling?).

We are still ahead here because our people are waking up and because we have at least one television media outlet that continues to expose the truth about what is going on in Obama’s administration.

We are still ahead here because we are not yet part of a “European Union” type affair whereby we have sold away all our soveriegn rights to a larger regional government.

Unfortunately, we are about on par with all the other developed countries when it comes to the brainwashing of our under 30 crowd. It will be a long slog to bring them into an age of new enlightenment exposing the truth that our governments have perpetrated lies upon us while working hand in hand with major banks and corporations to strip us of our hard-earned assets.

I find it comforting to read the comments of Australians, Canadians, and Americans — all off-shoots of Great Britain settled at the time of William & Mary, Queen Anne, and the various Kings George I-IV — many of whom seem to share a common bond of common sense. I would not be at all surprised to see a major uprising in the UK quite soon as they are farther progressed along the path of anti-socialism. The Aussies are already planning how to get Kevin Rudd out of the Prime Minister’s spot and calling for total repudiation of the ETS (their Cap & Trade legislation).

Is there a possibility of a multi-country revolt against the UN? I don’t know. But I do know we are closer to that possibility now than we have ever been.

Greyledge Gal on November 29, 2009 at 3:01 AM

What is this NYT thing? A new blogger? Who needs another one.

Cybergeezer on November 29, 2009 at 9:28 AM

NYT is really just pissed that Obama hasn’t repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or the Defense of Marriage Act yet. This is their shot across the bow, telling him to get on the stick about gay rights or they are going to keep attacking him on other issues.

rockmom on November 29, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Please go to this site and then think about it with respect to all of these posts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWSzY#t=28

LarryG on November 29, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Looking at this photo, Maobama can’t even kiss ass correctly. Either shake the man’s hand or bow, not both. If you are acknowledging your superior as Maobama seems to be doing, you don’t touch your superior with your filthy hands. For an elitist he sure is stupid with no clue as to what protocol is…..

adamsmith on November 30, 2009 at 9:36 AM

The foreign-policy team that includes Emanuel and Samantha Power (at the National Security Council) has ideological interests in getting Israel to surrender.

Err, really? Even though Emanuel volunteered with the Israeli Defense Forces?

I think it’s a mistake for Obama to make Emanuel a primary voice in shaping US policy towards Israel, but to claim that he’s ideologically driven to get Israel to “surrender” is preposterous.

orange on November 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM

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