Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on March 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama spoke at AIPAC yesterday to defend his handling of the Israeli partnership and buff up his standing on getting tough with Iran. He insisted that “when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back,” which is open for debate.  But when it came to the handling of Iran and the nuclear-weapons program, he told AIPAC that he inherited an effort “in tatters” from George W. Bush:

It was after this that Obama moved on to the topic over which the president is expected to clash with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — Monday night’s gala speaker here — over these few days: Iran.

“Four years ago, I made a commitment to the American people, and said that we would use all elements of American power to pressure Iran and prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. “That is what we have done.”

He claimed that when he took office, the George W. Bush administration had left “the efforts to apply pressure on Iran …in tatters.”

” And so from my first months in office, we put forward a very clear choice to the Iranian regime: a path that would allow them to rejoin the community of nations if they meet their international obligations, or a path that leads to an escalating series of consequences if they don’t,” Obama said. “Our policy of engagement – quickly rebuffed by the Iranian regime – allowed us to rally the international community as never before; to expose Iran’s intransigence; and to apply pressure that goes far beyond anything that the United States could do on our own.”

That sounds very much like the same policy that Bush employed, and had been succeeding to some extent despite loud opposition from the Left for “warmongering.”  In fact, Bush had been successful at getting the West to push for new sanctions until the US intel community published a national intelligence estimate (NIE) in 2007 that stated that Iran had likely given up pursuit of a nuclear weapon in 2003.  That NIE, which was later proven false and blasted by other Western intelligence agencies, cut the political support in the US for pushing harder on sanctions and building a case for further action.

And what did Obama have to say about that 2007 NIE as Senator?  Did he refute it and insist on a hardline approach?  Not exactly (via RightPundits):

“By reporting that Iran halted its nuclear weapon development program four years ago because of international pressure, the new National Intelligence Estimate makes a compelling case for less saber-rattling and more direct diplomacy. The juxtaposition of this NIE with the president’s suggestion of World War III serves as an important reminder of what we learned with the 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq: members of Congress must carefully read the intelligence before giving the President any justification to use military force. …

“I think Iran continues to be a threat to some of its neighbors in the region. … But it is absolutely clear that this administration and President Bush continues to not let facts get in the way of his ideology. “

What about Joe Biden?  Here’s what the Veep had to say at the time:

What we learned yesterday from the N.I.E. and what President Bush has said in the past I find extremely troubling. Here in October, President Bush raised the specter of World War III with Iran because, as he said, its pursuit of a nuclear weapon — months after he’d been told by our intelligence community it’s likely that Iran had halted its weapons program as far back as 2003.

“And after all we’ve been through, for this president to knowingly disregard or once again misrepresent intelligence about the issue of war and peace, I find it outrageous. This is exactly what he did — exactly what he did in the run-up to the war in Iraq in consistently exaggerating the intelligence that he had available to him, suggesting that Iraq had W.M.D.; the vice president saying Iraq had reconstituted its nuclear weapons program; and so on…

“It further undermines America’s credibility around the world, which is at an all-time low, and it undermines the credibility here at home.”

If Bush’s policy was in tatters, it’s in part because the current President and Vice President helped undermine it by politically exploiting an NIE that turned out to be an embarrassing fantasy.

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Look! It’s Rush Limbaugh being mean to a girl!

forest on March 5, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Little weasel

Blame bush!

cmsinaz on March 5, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Booooosh whooooosh.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 5, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Spot on Forest!
La la la, we can’t hear you
-lsm

cmsinaz on March 5, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Ugh,typical Community Organizational speak!

This sums it up!

Of course, so long as Iran fails to meet its obligations, this problem remains unresolved.

The effective implementation of our policy is not enough – we must accomplish our objective.

And in that effort, I firmly believe that an opportunity still remains for diplomacy – backed by pressure – to succeed.
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canopfor on March 4, 2012 at 5:03 PM

canopfor on March 5, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Transcript of Obama’s AIPAC speech
3/4/12 2:03 PM EST
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This is the text of President Barack Obama’s speech at the AIPAC conference in Washington on Sunday.

Thank you. Well, good morning, everyone.
(More….)
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http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73588.html

canopfor on March 4, 2012 at 4:56 PM

canopfor on March 5, 2012 at 8:11 AM

O’s got to be one of the luckiest guys in the world. Aside from all the perks of being President of the USA, nothing’s ever his fault.

TimBuk3 on March 5, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Don’t look at me. Keep looking at the last guy.
Helluva reelection strategy, Sport.

swinia sutki on March 5, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Meanwhile,back at the Jihady Nuke Bomb building Ranch!
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UN nuclear agency chief warns of ‘serious concerns’ that Iran may be hiding secret atomic weapons work

Submitted 13 mins ago from http://www.google.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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UN nuke chief: ‘serious concerns’ over Iran
31 minutes ago
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http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jGDRnieAz05N0RMCbga9bCz5plBw?docId=aeabc15d7e6e4ff19624a22937c4d404

canopfor on March 5, 2012 at 7:32 AM

canopfor on March 5, 2012 at 8:13 AM

And we all thought Slick Willie was the Teflon king. Don’t nutin’ stick to barack!

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 5, 2012 at 8:17 AM

“Our policy of engagement – quickly rebuffed by the Iranian regime”

Is he kidding? The weak pleading, the missed artificial deadlines, the megalomanic proclomations on the UN floor?

Target rich; but the economy is the soft underbelly of Obama’s campaign.

the_souse on March 5, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Hopey/Changey’s Great Bush Inheritance,er wait,that
smacks of KOOL_AID Induced Loony-Tick speak……,
nevermind!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 5, 2012 at 8:19 AM

This idiot is a broken record, when he builds his presidential library the name out front will say,
“! I would have been a perfect president, had I not followed Buuusssshhhhh!”

angrymike on March 5, 2012 at 8:20 AM

It is never MY fault!

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2012 at 8:24 AM

” And so from my first months in office, we put forward a very clear choice to the Iranian regime: a path that would allow them to rejoin the community of nations if they meet their international obligations, or a path that leads to an escalating series of consequences if they don’t,” Obama said.

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So, why did they choose “don’t” you damn lying POS weasel? Maybe they made you as a closet Muslim, a socialist, and a weakling to boot so they don’t have to worry in the least about you. You also proved them right my never getting involved in the Iranian election protests of 2009 – Neda Agha-Soltan is still unavailable for comment.
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Airball Øbama and Joe “Plugs” Biden wanted to Bush 43 to fail and worked every day he was in office to make it so. They were, as they are now, SCoaMF.
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Start packing, BrØ, U R dunn.

ExpressoBold on March 5, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Is there anything left to blame on Bush?Why don’t the so called big media just come out now and say we want to elect Obama and save us the BS?

docflash on March 5, 2012 at 8:26 AM

This is worse than blaming Bush for “inherited” budgets that Obama himself voted for.

Mord on March 5, 2012 at 8:27 AM

I wonder if Obama has the temerity to dis BiBi for a third time!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 5, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Teflonism has replaced Liberalism..simply, if the media does not report it, it did not happen– it is their 2012 election strategy..

hillsoftx on March 5, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Well, he can’t blame anyone for THIS !

DO NOT MISS AB’s first vetting post !
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/04/obama-alinsky-love-song

Just a guy down the street, indeed.
OY.

pambi on March 5, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Not to ruin the very concept of a great post concept -but Obmama’s anything but an amateur – read Breitbart’s expose of his commie associations in Chicago as a Senator and you see why we need to be calling the left what it is-communists-America’s enemies, nothing less.Make no mistake -these flks are not just misguided liberals

Start with the NYT -Joe Stalin’smouthpiece.
I also have to wonder why the connected in the GOP behave as they do -no attacks -compromise, hate the common man’s tea party, systematically destroy reformers like Palin.

Please -no conspiracy nut comments-conspiracies do happen, read the commie party’s goals and your see they’ve acheived most of them.

Don L on March 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM

S l u t !

KOOLAID2 on March 5, 2012 at 8:34 AM

O’s got to be one of the luckiest guys in the world. Aside from all the perks of being President of the USA, nothing’s ever his fault.

TimBuk3 on March 5, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Well there are only four Presidents that might, I repeat might, conceivably be more awesome than the O.

Seriously, I don’t think the SOB even sees the hypocrisy of his own actions in the Senate vis-a-vis his current campaign mode where he pretends to respect Israel after three years of bowing and scraping to Muslims and attacking Israel at every possible opportunity.

And the really amazing thing is how many Jews still support the bastard even though he’d be happy if the Jews in Israel were driven into the sea by people who have names similar to our jug-eared “leader.”

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Did I miss the OoTW?

bs4948800 on March 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Did I miss the OoTW?

bs4948800 on March 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM

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By nearly 24 hours…. where ya been? Crossing the International Date Line? (BTW, that line has nothing to do with getting a date, if that’s why you were there…).

ExpressoBold on March 5, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Interesting,last meeting with Bi Bi!

Mar 5 2012
Obama’s Hawkish Iran Turn
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As he meets with Netanyahu, a striking rhetorical change.

The timing of all this is no accident as Benjamin Netanyahu meets Mr. Obama in the White House today amid intense speculation about an imminent Israeli strike on Iran. In an interview with Journal editors on Friday, Eyal Gabbai,

the former director general of the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, said Mr. Netanyahu’s meeting with Mr. Obama “will be the last time they can speak face-to-face before a decision is taken.”
(More….)
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203370604577261420155653052.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

canopfor on March 5, 2012 at 6:49 AM

canopfor on March 5, 2012 at 8:39 AM

very interesting.

this is not looking good, ed.

sesquipedalian on March 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Is there anything left to blame on Bush?Why don’t the so called big media just come out now and say we want to elect Obama and save us the BS?

docflash on March 5, 2012 at 8:26 AM

It is going to be a mighty interesting campaign season if the bastard blames everything on GWB (the electoral equivilent of pleading the fifth). For example, how is it GWB’s fault that Govt. Motors just laid off 1300 workers because their crappy and unsafe Volt isn’t selling? Billions of tax dollars illegally shelled out by Obama to protect the UAW pension funds. And it was all Obama’s doing, he will be held to account for such bad stewardship no matter how much he lies about respecting Israel.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Hope Bibi doesn’t allow himself to be suckered by this little punk. If Bibi agrees to wait until after the November election, and if Øbama gets a second term, Israel is toast.

petefrt on March 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Not to ruin the very concept of a great post concept -but Obmama’s anything but an amateur – [...] blah blah blah

Don L on March 5, 2012 at 8:33 AM

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Hmmmmmm, I see what you mean! However it would have been hard to get progressive, socialistic, statist, liberal, narcissistic, authoritarian, arrogant, self-aggrandizing, Democrat race-hustler mashed up with “Obama.”
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Obama + Amateur = Obamateur + ism = Obamateurism. See?
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Now, before you get all prickly and tell me “Yeah, I get that, Moron!” we have been through this and now accept that the title of the concept is “ironic.” Read up on it. You will laugh.

ExpressoBold on March 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

O/T,

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canopfor on March 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Why would anyone in Iran, Israel or any other country including our own believe anything Obama says. He’ll throw them under the bus and leave them hanging and will never carry through with any threats to Iran. Israel had better take care of itself because if they dont they will be headed for extinction. Ive even heard liberals express if Israel were gone we would have peace in the mideast. When asked about womens and gay rights in the middle east the answer is we cant interfere with another countries soverenty. You would have to be deaf dumb and blind not to see where this is headed. If Jews want to vote this guy back in then so be it they will have to live with the consequences.

ldbgcoleman on March 5, 2012 at 8:48 AM

He insisted that “when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back,”

No, it’s not open for debate. Obama has Israel’s back alright: that’s the position he bangs her in.

Archivarix on March 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

My “thx” go out to the 52% who made the OOTD and OOTW possible…

No more “favors” this November, please… you’ve done enough damage to the Republic…

Khun Joe on March 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

very interesting.

this is not looking good, ed.

sesquipedalian on March 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

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You should feel right at home over there – that site is nothing but the vitriolic left wing of the Paul Begala Democrats & Left Wingers Hate Monger Society. They have no business pointing fingers! LOL !!!!
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You intend to be a leftist tool all your life, don’t you? LOL!

ExpressoBold on March 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Like it or not the US had a foreign policy during the Bush years.

The US currently has no foreign policy at all. It is amateur hour with the golfer in chief and Hillziller running around like headless chickens.

Zero doctrine, zero consistency, zero planning, zero insight.

Bonus: When you have no idea what you’re doing before you do it and no idea how to do it, you lean on Special Forces to solve your problems. Sucks to be you, guys.

CorporatePiggy on March 5, 2012 at 8:55 AM

In May 2008 he said “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny, they don’t pose a serious threat to us.”

Sticky Wicket on March 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Does a single word come out of Barack Obama’s mouth that isn’t a bald-faced lie?

I’d love to slap Barry so hard he’d starve to death rolling. He’s just a worthless idiot who thinks we’re the ones who are stupid.

NoDonkey on March 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

members of Congress must carefully read the intelligence before giving the President any justification to use military force. …

You mean like how Lybia, who had given up it’s WMD program, was such a huge threat to the US that we had to go in and intervene?

crazy_legs on March 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM

In May 2008 he said “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny, they don’t pose a serious threat to us.”

Sticky Wicket on March 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

In 2008, we were still a superpower with a foreign policy and respect in the world. Then Obama got elected. He has gone out of his way to insult our closest allies while bowing and scraping to this nation’s enemies. He has shown cowardice in places where force is the only thing that works. He has unilaterally attacked a nation for no reason other than continuing the myth of an “Arab Spring” where appeasing our enemies will ulitimately result in a more democratic Middle East or something.

Whatever you may have thought of GWB’s foreign policy, he had one. Today we’ve got a random set of actions which makes no sense, is undermining our standing in the world, and shows just how little the “smart people” from Chicago know about life away from Lake Michigan.

Happy Nomad on March 5, 2012 at 9:04 AM

In May 2008 he said “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny, they don’t pose a serious threat to us.”

Sticky Wicket on March 5, 2012 at 8:59 AM

By “us” he meant himself, Jabba the Mooch, and his li’l circle of Socialist friends.

Archivarix on March 5, 2012 at 9:19 AM

squirrel!!

trailortrash on March 5, 2012 at 9:20 AM

If Bush’s policy was in tatters, it’s in part because the current President and Vice President helped undermine it by politically exploiting an NIE that turned out to be an embarrassing fantasy.

Yes, but the MSM will just shorten that to “It’s All Bush’s Fault,” as usual. Can’t overwhelm voters with too much information, you know.

They do the same thing with the housing meltdown. It started on Bush’s watch, so it must be Bush’s fault. Never a peep about how Barry Hussein and his buddies like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd were for years pushing for expansions of the CRA (and in Obama’s case pre-Senate, actually suing banks under the CRA for failing to give mortgages to poor-credit-risk borrowers); advocating lower and lower standards at FM/FM (while simultaneously screaming “raaaaaacism” anytime somebody tried to do something about the huge accounting frauds that were occurring there under the leadership of Democrats like Franklin Raines); and repeatedly blocking Republican attempts to rein in some of the more blatant abuses at FM/FM.

AZCoyote on March 5, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Dammit! These pesky pronouncements from the past keep bubbling up, interfering with Obama’s current politically expedient positions. He really needs to beef up the staff at the Ministry of Truth, authorize overtime, and get history under control. Facts, and a record to run on, are an impediment to the 5 more years he needs for his fundamental transformation of America, plus free golf on the taxpayers’ dime.

tpitman on March 5, 2012 at 9:42 AM

His lies and treating every issue as political vote getting is what’s putting people the world over in danger. Lets hope the Jews don’t get suckered in this time.

Kissmygrits on March 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM

He insisted that “when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back,”

No, it’s not open for debate. Obama has Israel’s back alright: that’s the position he bangs her in.

Archivarix on March 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I was thinking more like, he has Israel’s back because he’s still holding the hilt of the knife as he twists it.

LibraryGryffon on March 5, 2012 at 10:01 AM

He insisted that “when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back,”

Riiiiiiiight.

Actual quote from “The Audacity of Hope” [pg. 261]:

Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.

That is highly “nuanced”, as Obama can claim that he was merely describing the needs of the Arab and Pakistani Americans with whom he met…but he doesn’t deny that he would indeed “stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction”.

Stand with them. Not Israel. And not Jewish or Christian Americans. He’d stand with Arab and Pakistani Americans.

ITguy on March 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

“when the chips are down, I have Israel’s back,”

Yeah, tell that to the Poles, Czechs and Brits.

GarandFan on March 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM

is this like the 1-yr old that makes poo on the kitchen floor then points to it and is really proud?

ted c on March 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Please make it sssssssssssssssstopppppp! I can’t take much more of this tool.

BiBi has more sense than to believe anything this idiot says.

Southern Magnolia on March 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Wow .. I listened to that 30 min video I’d linked to up thread.
I’d forgotten SOOO much, especially just how many Dems were shocked and denounced the prez.
God help us …. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem .

pambi on March 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Sorriest excuse for a POS ever!

jqc1970 on March 5, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush
Blame Bush

Then:

Blame Bush.

The last 3 1/2 years were Bush’s fault.

Tim_CA on March 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

George Bush had to go to war with a depleted military. The war probably took far longer than it should have because he inherited a military from a Clinton instead of a Reagan. I waited eight years for him to make that point and he never did.

The current occupant of the white house has no class. Not a shred.

Tomolena1 on March 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

OT: true ?
Steve Bridges, Obama impersonator, found dead in his Los Angeles, California

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2110432/George-Bush-impersonator-Steve-Bridges-dies-Los-Angeles-aged-48.html#ixzz1oGDq8vYA

pambi on March 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

very interesting.

this is not looking good, ed.

sesquipedalian on March 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Well now we know where this idiot gets it’s talking points. I’m sure it’s registered at Puff Ho, DailyCukoo, and the ever vile DUmmies.

D-fusit on March 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

pambi on March 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Saw this. He did Bush and clinton too.

Died of “natural causes” at 48.

Tim_CA on March 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM

“If Bush’s policy was in tatters, it’s in part because the current President and Vice President helped undermine it by politically exploiting an NIE that turned out to be an embarrassing fantasy.” -Ed

Sadly, a majority of the American people are transfixed by the reality show of the day – Barry Soetero: The Early Years of His Reign.
Utter Failure from President SmartPower.
Wake UP, America!

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Barack’s mom: “Barry! Who broke that lamp?”

Barack: “Bush did it!”

RebeccaH on March 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

If Bush’s policy was in tatters, it’s in part because the current President and Vice President helped undermine it by politically exploiting an NIE that turned out to be an embarrassing fantasy.

Did they just exploit it, or did they have a hand in creating it?

Let’s face it: the entire left worked very hard to form a united front that would deny Bush any credit for anything at all. And it worked, since they managed to elect the completely unserious Senator Obama as president.

It’s no conspiracy theory to suspect the NIE was completely politically motivated. It is, in fact, the most plausible explanation.

tom on March 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM