Yesterday, the Obama administration and the State Department committed a gobsmackingly amateurish blunder by failing to consult the British before dumping four Uighurs from Gitmo onto Bermuda — which the British have to secure. But Obama himself committed another amateurish blunder with another ally by releasing a photo of himself talking on the phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu … and sending a regional insult along with it:
After the shoe-throwing incident in Baghdad last year with George Bush, can any American say they’re not familiar with the regional insult of showing one’s soles to another person? Even without the explicitly insult of the soles of his shoes, it certainly doesn’t look like Obama is working very hard on this phone call with Bibi, anyway. Did Bush ever release a photo of himself talking on the phone with any world leader with his shoes up on the desk, instead of a more engaged — and professional — image?
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