Will Obama make Israel apologize to Turkey?

posted at 9:30 am on July 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Er, shouldn’t this be the other way around?  After all, Turkey allowed a flotilla of ships to attempt to run a blockade imposed not just by Israel, but also by Egypt, on an area used for launching rocket attacks on civilian populations.  Israel and Egypt both accept humanitarian supplies for Gaza in their own ports.  Under those circumstances, Turkey committed an act of aggression against Israel, and not the other way around.

But according to the Obama administration, that must be why Israel has to apologize:

Tensions between Turkey and Israel escalated Monday as Turkey’s foreign minister said his country would sever diplomatic relations with Israel unless it either apologizes for its deadly raid on a Turkish aid ship or accepts an international inquiry into the incident.

The threat came as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu prepares to meet Tuesday in Washington with President Obama. A Western diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity before the foreign minister made his comments, said Obama plans to press the Israeli leader to apologize to defuse tensions.

“The president is very concerned about the breakdown in Turkish-Israeli relations,” the diplomat said. Asked if he thought Obama could persuade Netanyahu to apologize, the diplomat added: “I’m sure he’ll give it the college try.”

Senior Obama administration officials would neither confirm nor deny the president’s intentions for the meeting with Netanyahu.

“The college try” fits perfectly in this instance.  Only an Ivy League dilettante could possibly believe that (a) Israel would ever apologize in this instance, and (b) Israel should apologize in this instance.  An actual ally would not demand such a thing when it’s both unwarranted and impossible, and a skillful diplomatic effort would never raise those expectations.

This is very similar to the way the Obama administration handled the construction in East Jerusalem last year.  Thanks to their “smart power” bungling, the administration managed to turn a minor zoning issue into a major crisis, both between the US and Israel and Israel and the Palestinians.  The Palestinians hadn’t made that a major talking point until the White House blew it all out of proportion, but they exploited the situation to make reversing it an unconditional point in blocking further talks.

For his part, Netanyahu and his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have publicly stated that Israel has no intention of apologizing for enforcing an established blockade intended to defend their people against terrorists.  Maybe the US should be publicly pressing Turkey for an apology for their interference on behalf of those terrorists.  If this is the old college try, it demonstrates that the people making it were the beneficiaries of a lot of grade inflation.

Addendum: For some reason, this story recalls this scene from A Fish Called Wanda:

Kevin Kline does an excellent Barack Obama, I believe.


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Right now I am more concerned with the prospect of having to apologize to our grandchildren for electing Obama.

NotCoach on July 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I hope Netanyahu takes Øbama to the woodshed.

Kafir on July 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

I would like Barry to apologize for being a crappy, fraudulent excuse for an American president, along with his resignation, effective today.

I’d also like an apology from all the idiots who voted for him, along with a firm pledge to kick the voting habit for the next several lifetimes.

NoDonkey on July 6, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Israel should apologize. Since a multi-billion dollar US agency (NASA) is now charged with making Muslims around the world “feel good”, everyone else should join this effort.

itsnotaboutme on July 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Netanyahu should instruct Obama on the history of the Jewish people. Then he should tell Obama that supporting muslim terrorists like the PA and Hamas (there really is no difference) is a shameful thing for a man that is supposed to represent the US Constitution. Then frankly I hope Netanhayu tells Obama to shove his own head up a place where the sun does not shine….Oh, wait, Obama already has his head there

georgealbert on July 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

For some reason, this story recalls this scene from A Fish Called Wanda:

I have little doubt that Barack Obama thinks the London Underground is a political movement.

Mr. D on July 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Right now I am more concerned with the prospect of having to apologize to our grandchildren for electing Obama.

NotCoach on July 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM
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You said it Brother/Sister

georgealbert on July 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

“I’m sure he’ll give it the college try.”

Well since they wont release his grades from college I can only hope that Obama will fail at this too.

sammypants on July 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Not going to happen. To even try such a ploy emphasizes the boy-king’s petulance and lack of leadership.
Randy

williars on July 6, 2010 at 9:42 AM

georgealbert on July 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Brother will do just fine. :P

NotCoach on July 6, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Under those circumstances, Turkey committed an act of aggression against Israel, and not the other way around.

But according to the Obama administration, that must be why Israel has to apologize:

And the US goes to war against vicious tyrants, with no ambitions of territorial conquests, must apologize for that.

College is great for trying out the flip side of arguments, but you have to realize that that is not the real world.

rbj on July 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM

I have little doubt that Barack Obama thinks the London Underground is a political movement.

Mr. D on July 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I’m even more sure that he believes the central tenet of Buddhism to be “every man for himself.”

Ed Morrissey on July 6, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Bibi, tell him to pound sound. You’re dealing with a snake here, and the snake aims to take your country down.

petefrt on July 6, 2010 at 9:48 AM

With apologies to JMS and Captain Sheridan, this is what Netanyahu should say:

“I’m sorry. I apologize.

I’m sorry that we have to defend ourselves against President Obama’s supporters in Hamas.

I’m sorry that we are trying to keep rockets from being fired at our civilian population, including Israeli Arabs.

And I’m sorry that we’ve waited as long as we have to blow Hamas, the PLO, and their enablers in Tehran and apparently Ankara into radioactive debris.

As with everything else, it’s the thought that counts.”

SDN on July 6, 2010 at 9:50 AM

“I’m sure he’ll give it the college try.”

 
I’m sure he will, but Netanyahu won’t give him any advantage because he’s a favorable color. Maybe the college try plus an additional 25%, Barry. That should put you at regular “college try” levels. See if that will work.

rogerb on July 6, 2010 at 9:51 AM

“If this is the old college try, it demonstrates that the people making it were the beneficiaries of a lot of grade inflation.”

Wayne Allen Root thinks ozero was given a “Gentlemen’s C”

“The old ‘gentleman’s C’ as they used to call it in the 1950s doesn’t exist anymore,” Registrar John Stanton said. “It’s now a ‘gentleman’s B+.‘”

That explains a lot. Oh and IMHO Israel should tell ozero to pound sand.

VegasRick on July 6, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Obama said up front some time ago that he would stand with the Muslims against all others.

BL@KBIRD on July 6, 2010 at 9:52 AM

OH the extreme audacity of this idiot is becoming laughable.
NASA needs to outreach to Muslims and Isreal needs to apologize? He has gone from hiding his agenda under a thin veil to broadcasting it to the world.
He’s a dangerous nut.

ORconservative on July 6, 2010 at 9:52 AM

It’s Israel’s fault we can’t continue space exploration! NASA now has to build Muslim self-esteem because Israel is being a jerk! C’mon, Netanyahu, a timeout wasn’t enough for the Jerusalem construction thing, was it? Well, you apologize or we’re going to the woodshed! Look at poor Turkey PM Erdogan, you hurt his feelings.

cartooner on July 6, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Er, shouldn’t this be the other way around?

How could it be? Israel is a client state of the USA whereas Turkey is not. The latter can’t be “made” to do anything whereas the former probably can, or at least the consequences of not doing so would put it under immense pressure.

aengus on July 6, 2010 at 9:53 AM

The American Jewish community regrets its vote for Obama. Polls show that the majority of Jewish Americans oppose Obama’s heavy-hand on Israel. Will Jewish Democrats continue to vote Democratic? My research says no. However, it also says that Jewish Dems won’t vote Republican, but will sit out elections while Obama is on the ticket. The damage has been done and no matter how Obama conducts himself today with Netanyahu really doesn’t matter. Jews expect the worst from Obama, and he won’t disappoint whether on the issue of Turkey, Iran, Gaza, the Goldstone Report, building in the West Bank or on the subject of Jerusalem. Obama made a deal with the Bush administration, and today, he will most likely be asked about that in the presser. He will equivocate, but we all know he doesn’t intend to honor that agreement.
On the other hand, the Republican Party has an opportunity here to lure in some Democrats, but alas, the party continues to entrench itself with its far right, which will only contain its growth.
~ Halli Casser-Jayne
http://www.thecjpoliticalreport.com

The CJ Political Report on July 6, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Old college try = Don’t blame Barry if this goes nowhere.

Anonymous Western diplomat = Assistant Secretary of State for CYA.

Why does Obama insist on advertising his inability to accomplish anything, as if all the world’s predators will be charmed by his alleged good intentions?

Seth Halpern on July 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I. Cannot. Abide. Your. President.

He is not only stupid but revolting.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM

Anything short of spitting in Obama’s face makes Netanyahu look like a pansy. Obama has humiliated the state of Israel for months now and put the Israeli people at tremendous risk.

WashingtonsWake on July 6, 2010 at 10:02 AM

So arrogant dictating is just against allies.

the_nile on July 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM

“Far right?” Would that be those who have the outlandish idea that the Constitution means something, and that you can’t tax and spend your way to prosperity? Not to mention the strongest supporters of Israel.

SDN on July 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Two things Baracky knows nothing about ………

1. American History
2. World History

President Douchebag isn’t aware that up until he came into power Israel was considered our trusted ally. Nor does he know Israel, when backed into a corner, isn’t afraid to kick a little ass in their neighboring Arab countries.

In other words, blabber away all you want Obama, your hollow talk means nothing, nada, zippo to the Israelis. There’s is a country with a leader who is interested in protecting the homeland.

Allow me to add another.

3. Foreign Policy

fogw on July 6, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Why doesn’t Obama sit down with Turkey and ask why they are becoming an Islamic state and becoming so friendly with Iran?

albill on July 6, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Ugh, this is embarrassing.

The whole “PBHO is a closet muslim” thingie is starting to gain some traction with me.

Bishop on July 6, 2010 at 10:08 AM

No, that is the moderates, which may include the far right. We both know who the far right are…SDN. Your intransigence is showing, and that’s why the R’s can’t pull in the Jewish Dems.

The CJ Political Report on July 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM

All Netanyahu has to say is that for him to apologize to Turkey would prejudice the outcome of the ongoing inquiry, with international participation specifically at Obama’s request, into the matter.

But I really do hope he tells him to pound sand.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Deep in your heart aren’t you positive that this meeting is taking place only because (like the immigration speech) The Won’s polls are taking a beating in the Jewish demographic? Our president is an inch deep.

Cindy Munford on July 6, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Ugh, this is embarrassing.

The whole “PBHO is a closet muslim” thingie is starting to gain some traction with me.

Bishop on July 6, 2010 at 10:08 AM

You don’t have to be a Muslim to be an antisemite or Israel-hater. But I know what you mean.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Deep in your heart aren’t you positive that this meeting is taking place only because (like the immigration speech) The Won’s polls are taking a beating in the Jewish demographic? Our president is an inch deep.

Cindy Munford on July 6, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I think it’s a little more complicated than that. Obama does need to appease the Jewish demographic, but I also think that he’s really intent on bowing Israel to his will and ramming through a “peace agreement” over Israel’s dead corpse as his legacy. He has to know his chances for reelection are shrinking, and he’s already heavily into legacy building.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM

But I really do hope he tells him to pound sand.

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM

2nd that

cmsinaz on July 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Your intransigence is showing, and that’s why the R’s can’t pull in the Jewish Dems.

The Repubs would need to be beyond stupid to transform themselves in order that Jewish Dems might vote for them in some parallel universe. It’ll never happen.

aengus on July 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Mr. Netanyahu should hang on. Mr. Obama’s days of “ramming through” stuff (for a lack of a better word) are fading fast. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We will need Israel before they need us. Geesh, the Saudi’s are helping them. That’s too scary for words.

Cindy Munford on July 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I am pretty sure that should have been Saudis not Saudi’s. Someone call the grammar police. Again.

Cindy Munford on July 6, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Anything short of spitting in Obama’s face makes Netanyahu look like a pansy. Obama has humiliated the state of Israel for months now and put the Israeli people at tremendous risk.

WashingtonsWake on July 6, 2010 at 10:02 AM

IMHO This is an the main idea of the plan.

chemman on July 6, 2010 at 10:28 AM

If I typed what I really felt I would probably be banned.

If anything serious goes down the blame will fall at the feet of the American voter for electing Obama.

Dumbasses electing a dumbass.

Crux Australis on July 6, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Maybe Teh One will just threaten to kick Netanyahu’s ass if he doesn’t apologize.

pain train on July 6, 2010 at 10:33 AM

The CJ Political Report on July 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM

What percentage is the Jewish vote worth and what percentage is the far right (social con) vote worth?

chemman on July 6, 2010 at 10:34 AM

ObaMao is no respecter of national sovereignty nor of a nation’s right to defend itself. (Witness our own border in the Southwest.)

Bibi should simply reply to the “college try” with a withering stare and then show his back to our agitator adolescent in the WH.

onlineanalyst on July 6, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Another rock-and-hard-place for US/Israel relations. Obama bin Lyin’ hasn’t the spine to MAKE his puppetmaster apologize, and Ol’ Netty cannot even consider doing so in the first place. He’d be tossed out of office in a heartbeat.

Hopefully Obama will go to Wal-Mart and buy a clue…before he does the political equivalent of walking into a storage shed full of TNT with a lit match.

Dark-Star on July 6, 2010 at 10:37 AM

At what point in this meeting is the ‘family dinner’ scheduled ??

pambi on July 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM

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Given President Obama’s glaring domestic policy missteps, it is understandable that the public has largely been blinded to his foreign policy failings. In fact, these may have been even more damaging to America’s future. He fought to reinstate Honduras’s pro-Chávez president while stalling Colombia’s favored-trade status. He castigated Israel at the United Nations but was silent about Hamas having launched 7,000 rockets from the Gaza Strip. His policy of “engagement” with rogue nations has been met with North Korean nuclear tests, missile launches and the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, while Iran has accelerated its nuclear program, funded terrorists and armed Hezbollah with long-range missiles. He acceded to Russia’s No. 1 foreign policy objective, the abandonment of our Europe-based missile defense program, and obtained nothing whatsoever in return.

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dnlchisholm on July 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Mr. Netanyahu should hang on. Mr. Obama’s days of “ramming through” stuff (for a lack of a better word) are fading fast. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We will need Israel before they need us. Geesh, the Saudi’s are helping them. That’s too scary for words.

Cindy Munford on July 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

The situation in that part of the world, with Iran’s bellicosity, is too scary for words. I find it very bizarre that Obama seems so nonchalant about it.

Israel has seen the writing on the wall with Obama and has started ordering new military materiel, including fighter jets I think, from Russia. One of the real bits of leverage Obama has over Netanyahu right now is the IAF’s dependence on the US for spare parts for its F15s.

You got it right the 2nd time – Saudis (plurals without apostrophes, that’s how I remember it).

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2010 at 10:41 AM

“Make” the Israelis apologize?

Doubtful…

Khun Joe on July 6, 2010 at 10:45 AM

“Just give a damn apology!”

-PBHO

Bishop on July 6, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Netanyahu’s schedule

Shy Guy on July 6, 2010 at 10:55 AM

How about Turkey apologizing and even admitting to its genocide against Armenia?

Hilts on July 6, 2010 at 10:55 AM

“Will Obama make Israel apologize to Turkey?”

I would truly hope that Obummer can’t ‘make’ Israel do anything!

GFW on July 6, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Apologize, and I will have dinner with you…

right2bright on July 6, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Will Obama make Israel apologize to Turkey?

No because they won’t and the proper question should have been:

Will Obama TRY to make Israel apologize to Turkey?

The answer to that one would have been yes.

JeffinSac on July 6, 2010 at 11:06 AM

When I was growing-up my parents that the Broadway recording of ‘To Live Another Summer-To Pass Another Winter’.
TLASTPAW was an Israeli show that toured the US in the early 1970′s. One of the songs was called ‘We’re Sorry’. It’s just dripping in sarcasm… and it would make a great ‘apology’.
…We’re sorry we won it….we must have over-done it. We know quite well that a Jew has his place…a Jew who is a WIN-NER is a dis-GRACE!’
‘Oh please world we’re(?) we’re asking you for forgiveness…we’re awfully sorry…sorry we won the war…’

annoyinglittletwerp on July 6, 2010 at 11:08 AM

“Far Right” = Paultards and Buchanites, both of which are Israel hating deceivers, lying right along with the far-left on who is at fault here

jp on July 6, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Apologize, and I will have dinner with you…

right2bright on July 6, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Not just any dinner, mind you.

A Turkey dinner!

Shy Guy on July 6, 2010 at 11:13 AM

“Far Right” = Paultards and Buchanites, both of which are Israel hating deceivers, lying right along with the far-left on who is at fault here

jp on July 6, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Since it was The CJ Political Report who invoked teh term “Far Right” it’s up to her to say what she means by it. If she’s saying that the reason Jewish Dems don’t switch to the Republican Party is because of Ron Paul I would be very surprised. Do you believe that?

aengus on July 6, 2010 at 11:26 AM

That’s Obama’s answer to everything except to the American people to whom he owes a huge apology for all the stuff he’s pulling and for being such a poor and ineffective President.

jeanie on July 6, 2010 at 11:27 AM

It will be sad if Israel gets sucked in by our POS President. Of course they could do your standard lin version of an apology “I’m sorry if anyone misinterpreted my comments/actions and got offended.”

katiejane on July 6, 2010 at 11:37 AM

lin = lib

katiejane on July 6, 2010 at 11:37 AM

aengus on July 6, 2010 at 11:26 AM

some not all jewish dems perhaps, paul is an anti-semite who compared the Blockade of Gaza to a Concentration camp when this went down. No way to win friends.

Buchanan and the charatcterization of the Right as being “Neo-Nazi” wannabes and anti-govt. wingnuts is more the reason

jp on July 6, 2010 at 11:37 AM

DON’T CALL HIM STUPID!

fossten on July 6, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Obama knows that if Bibi apologizes for this terrorist act committed against him, he would likely face a no confidence vote in the Knesset and his coalition could revolt against him. Since Obama hates Netanyahu, Likud, and the pro Israeli portions of the Kadima party, having Bibi emasculated or ejected as PM would be a bonus for Obama, since he would then hope that a pro arab Israeli leftwing Labor Government would get voted in. I doubt that. If Bibi goes, it is more likely that the Israeli Foreign Minister, who is more hawkish than Bibi would replace him.

eaglewingz08 on July 6, 2010 at 11:47 AM

“Far Right” = Paultards and Buchanites, both of which are Israel hating deceivers, lying right along with the far-left on who is at fault here

jp on July 6, 2010 at 11:13 AM

I always thought the far right was made up of the Israel-firsters and such. Guess it depends on how one defines ‘left’ and ‘right’.

Dark-Star on July 6, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Turkey should apologize, and compensate the IDF boarding party that was nearly lynched. They should also jail the organizers of this flotilla. Moreover, they should make sure that this never ever happens again. Oh, and they should compensate Israel for all the expenses that were incurred in order to process the d-bags on those ships and to fly them out of Israel at Israel’s expense.

One point though – the term “blockade” is a gross misrepresentation of what the IDF’s been doing in Gaza. A blockade means nothing is allowed in or out, and violators of it are punished with bullets.

When I hear the term “blockade” I remember the stories that my grandmother told me about when she lived through the Nazi blockade of Leningrad during WW2, when my relatives would drive trucks full of food on frozen ponds, and Nazis would strafe them… the truck drivers would drive in the Russian winter in trucks with no doors in case the truck catches fire or falls through the broken ice, so that they have enough time to jump out and save their lives. The term “blockade” also reminds me when my relatives ate horse meat and candle wax to stay alive because there was no food in the whole city, because the Nazis wouldn’t let any in, and they blew up the main food storage in the city.

The term “blockade” reminds me of the story when my girlfriend’s great grandfather was eaten by starving Russians after he himself succumbed to hunger and died.

THAT’S a blockade. The Arab and Islamic propaganda machine is projecting those types of images unto their fanatic populace, and the western media also repeats this. Meanwhile one has to take a look inside Gaza to see how the stores there are overfilled with all sorts of commodities.

AlexB on July 6, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Obama knows that if Bibi apologizes for this terrorist act committed against him, he would likely face a no confidence vote in the Knesset and his coalition could revolt against him. Since Obama hates Netanyahu, Likud, and the pro Israeli portions of the Kadima party, having Bibi emasculated or ejected as PM would be a bonus for Obama, since he would then hope that a pro arab Israeli leftwing Labor Government would get voted in. I doubt that. If Bibi goes, it is more likely that the Israeli Foreign Minister, who is more hawkish than Bibi would replace him.

eaglewingz08 on July 6, 2010 at 11:47 AM

If anybody else were president, I’d say that you would think the White House would know that Israelis split their votes primarily among right-leaning parties in the last election. And that they voted to the right because of their concerns about Iran. Obama has done nothing to allay those fears. To the contrary, his inaction only increases Israeli concerns about Iran. How could anyone with a modicum of knowledge and intelligence think that undermining Netanyahu is going to put Barak of Livni in the prime minister’s chair?

ProfessorMiao on July 6, 2010 at 12:03 PM

You can’t “make” the Israelis do anything they don’t want to. That’s a nation of REAL men and women. Israel should put out an open invitation to all men and women of courage, and conscience to come to Israel and join the fight against the Facists of Islam, similar to what happened during the Spanish Civil War during the thirties. Let a real leader lead the fight. Go, Bibi, go!! Your Christian brothers stand right beside you.

teacherman on July 6, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Israel should put out an open invitation to all men and women of courage, and conscience to come to Israel and join the fight against the Facists of Islam, similar to what happened during the Spanish Civil War during the thirties.

teacherman on July 6, 2010 at 12:11 PM

If such a call goes out I have a friend who’d go in a heartbeat…but funny thing, I seem to remember that the SCW ended with the side that made such a call being defeated

Dark-Star on July 6, 2010 at 12:21 PM

I think the Israelis need to call Obama’s bluff.

And bluff it is.

Because, in the end, it would push him into open warfare with much of his own party in Congress.

JEM on July 6, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I always thought the far right was made up of the Israel-firsters and such. Guess it depends on how one defines ‘left’ and ‘right’.

Dark-Star on July 6, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Really
My Jewish parents were/are proud patriots first and foremost. we never made Aliyah because we were AMERICANS!
They were also proud Jews and strongly supported the only democracy-Israel-in the Middle East.
Contrary to what you and your ilk may want to believe, those views are not mutually exclusive.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 6, 2010 at 12:46 PM

now, now, there is always a place for Turkey…right next to the mashed potatoes

runner on July 6, 2010 at 12:59 PM

It is on social issues that the Republican Party loses the Jews. Far right to me means those members of the Republican Party who stand firm against abortion rights, refuse to extend unemployment benefits no matter the circumstance, remain intractable on gun issues etc. Make no mistake, the far left in the Dem Party is just as intractable. Neither serves either party, or this country.

The CJ Political Report on July 6, 2010 at 1:03 PM

It should be the other way around, but let’s face it, these are Islamists we are dealing with. They can’t be dealt with like real grown-up countries. We need to infantilize them, because, well, they are infants.

WarEagle01 on July 6, 2010 at 1:29 PM

This must be why, on Rush today, Rush talked about Obama saying we are tight allies with Israel.

This visit isn’t about our comraderie with Israel. This is about Obama trying to rebuild support from those whose support he’s lost, over his treatment of Israel! It’s ALL political.

capejasmine on July 6, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Dark Star; Good point, but there’s no western industrial power (ala Nazi Germany) to tip the scales this time.

teacherman on July 6, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Sounds like one heck of a plan – if you like getting bitch-slapped by Netanyahu.

mojo on July 6, 2010 at 3:26 PM

That article is fishy from the start. It mentions a “Western diplomat” who spoke before the foreign minister made his statement. Huh?

Sounds like they got some quote from some nobody and then put three reporters on it to try and come up with some article so they could use the quote.

Jaynie59 on July 6, 2010 at 4:41 PM

The only thing more inflated than Obama’s grades appears to be his ego!

chickasaw42 on July 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Dark Star; Good point, but there’s no western industrial power (ala Nazi Germany) to tip the scales this time.

teacherman on July 6, 2010 at 2:10 PM

A very valid point.

Dark-Star on July 6, 2010 at 8:48 PM