President Mugwump Speaks Out
posted at 7:55 pm on June 9, 2010 by Dafydd ab Hugh
President Barack H. Obama has discovered yet another way to vote “present.”
Speaking to wimpy Palestinian loser Mahmoud Abbas at the White House — Yassir Arafat being unavailable due to continuing death — Obama addressed the “raid” on the Turkish flotilla (a.k.a., enforcement of the three year old, perfectly legal blockade of Gaza). The Obamacle managed neither to oppose the blockade, nor support it; nor defend it, nor condemn it; nor find an alternative — nor admit that no alternative exists, neither. But he hath spake nonetheless, and threatens to speak again:
President Barack Obama called the increasingly tense environment in the Mideast “unsustainable” Wednesday and said Israel needs a “better approach” in blockaded Gaza that would satisfy security and humanitarian needs.
Turning his attention to the troubled region as he welcomed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the White House for talks, Obama also predicted “real progress” in coming months in U.S. efforts to nudge the Israelis and Palestinians toward direct peace talks [I’m sure AP really meant “nudzh,” instead]….
Without joining international calls for Israel to end the embargo, Obama suggested a “new conceptual framework” to the blockade to ensure that both Israel’s security requirements and the Gaza people’s needs are met. He said he would discuss the idea with U.S. allies in Europe and the Middle East….
“It seems to me that we should be able to take what has been a tragedy and turn it into an opportunity to create a situation where lives in Gaza are actually directly improved,” Obama told reporters brought into the Oval Office at the conclusion of the meeting….
Obama said the flotilla raid was a “tragedy” and that it’s important “that we get all the facts.”
“What we also know is that the situation in Gaza is unsustainable,” Obama said as Abbas sat alongside him in the Oval Office.
Asked whether Abbas asked him to take a tougher stance on the flotilla raid, Obama said he and Abbas spent most of their meeting time discussing how to solve “the problem” in Gaza….
“Both sides have to create an environment, a climate that will be conducive to an actual breakthrough,” Obama said, adding that means the Israelis must curb settlement construction in disputed areas and the Palestinians must make progress toward security, among other issues.
If some reader can make fish nor tails out of this Nostradamian oracle, please enlighten us in the comments! All I can glean is that trying to get a consistent, sensible foreign policy out of the man is like pounding Jell-O down a rathole.
(I’d say it was time for the president to fish or get off the pot; but whenever the Obamacle does slip up and get specific, he turns into the Obamunist.)
He does have one concrete policy, however — his universal solvent for any problem, big or small:
Obama also announced that the U.S. was sending an additional $400 million in aid to Gaza.
I’m sure foolproof security measures are in place to ensure that Hamas won’t use our foreign aid to buy guns instead of butter. I don’t know why Obama felt compelled to announce his terrorist-stimulus package while standing arm in arm with Mahmoud Abbas, of all people; the latter has as much control over Gaza as I have over the Pope’s prandial leanings. It would make more sense for Barack Obama to announce the half-billion dollar gift to Hamas while bowing to that other Mahmoud over there.
Howbeit, in response to international pressure, Israel has agreed to loosen the blockade somewhat, for which the Obama administration will shortly claim credit: Israel will now allow importation of potato chips, cookies, candy, halvah, pork rinds (maybe not), cheeseballs, and other junk food. Perhaps there’s something to those “war crimes” charges after all. (What, no Spam?)
I love this last skosh of Solomonic wisdom from the writer, Darlene Superville (I can only guess that all of her blue tops are emblazened with big, red-and-yellow Ds):
U.S.-Israeli relations were tested earlier this year when Israel announced plans for additional settlements in a part of Jerusalem considered by Palestinians as a potential capital of a new Palestinian state. The announcement came as Vice President Joe Biden was in Israel preparing for dinner with Netanyahu, in an incident that turned out to be a major embarrassment for the Israeli leader.
Three thoughts immediately spring forth like Athena from Zeus’ brow:
- Capital of Israel: Jerusalem. Capital of Palestine: East Jerusalem. What could possibly go wrong?
- The new housing in East Jerusalem is erected entirely within Jewish, not Moslem neighborhoods. One must conclude, therefore, that the reason the Palestinians demand an end to housing construction and dismantling of existing “settlements” — a.k.a., condos in Israel’s capital — is that they intend their eventual state of “Palestine” to be Judenrein, as Gaza is today.
- Who else besides me is intrigued enough to ask, what exactly did Joe Biden do at that dinner that proved such a “major embarassment?” The possibilities are literally limitless!
Cross-posted on Big Lizards…
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