Monday, May 23, 2011

A Statesman and the Bumbler

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservativsm

There were two men, one is a realist, a statesman, and a true leader. As for the other, well, let me just say he could learn a great deal from Mr. Netanyahu.

I don’t know what strategic purpose Obama had in mind for addressing the Middle East impasse when last Thursday he made the first of a series of speeches on the subject. Whatever this may have been, that speech produced one satisfactory result. The Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, for once started to tell the west a few home truths about what it was doing.

With the world’s cameras trained upon him and looking Israel’s potential nemesis in the eye, Netanyahu at last did what he and other Israeli prime ministers should have done a long time ago. He seized the moment, and used the presence of the icily immobilised President to speak electrifyingly over his head to the American people and the world about the likely terrible consequences for Israel of the President’s policy. He began to strip away the pretence, to tear off the fig-leaf. This President’s stated policy would destroy Israel’s existential security. It’s a message the American people need to hear, over and over again.

This morning, the consequences were already plain. Obama had shifted his position. Not much, but enough to demonstrate one crucial fact: that Israel’s most potent weapon of all is the truth, and when it chooses to wield that weapon its tormentors begin to crumble.

This is what Obama said last Thursday:

‘The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.’

Here’s the thing. Obama spoke correctly when he referred to the ‘1967 lines’ rather than ‘borders’. There are no 1967 borders. Israel actually has no borders. All it has are the 1949 ceasefire lines, which is where Israel was left when it fought off the attempt by five Arab armies to exterminate it at birth. These lines were referred to as the ‘Auschwitz borders’ because within them no country could possibly defend itself against its enemies. They left Israel at its narrowest point a mere nine miles wide -- as Netanyahu said, less than the Washington Beltway. A return to the 1967 lines would mean exposing Israel once more to the likelihood of destruction, and such a proposal runs counter to the spirit and the letter of UN Resolution 242. True Obama added ‘with land swaps’. But no realistic land swaps could make up for this fatal vulnerability. {Read More}

As the American President throws the Jewish people under the bus, a people who deserve our respect, admiration, and support, the American people ought to speak loudly AGAINST the position of Barrack Hussein Obama with respect to his treatment of our true mid eastern ally.

Cross posted to the Left Coast Rebel

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Obama said the borders should be BASED on the '67 lines. From there, he said, there should be territorial swaps so that the finished product is a secure Israel, and a viable Palestine. I know that even the slightest nuance in any argument always flies far over the heads of conservatives, but what Obama said is smart, correct, and what we've been saying for 44 years.

    You guys just bash Obama because you are incapable of actually arguing his positions.


  2. I bash Obama because he is a disingenuous a-hole with a pro Pan Arab and pro Palestinian agenda.

    You, JMJ, will get it when it is to frigging late. If ever.

  3. Oh God, Les, are you for real?

    We have a very deep and complex relationship with Israel. One US President is not going to change that, whatever cockamamie, conspiratorial "agenda" you think he may have.

    Just the same. Again. Obama said nothing all new. It was refreshing to hear it, for a change, yes, but not new. Every American presidential administration since '67 has taken the same position.

    So, if anything, Obama was being genuine, while every other president who didn't come out and say it was being "disingenuous," something you have a hard time detecting sometimes apparently, Les. Don't let your hatred of Obama retard your sense of character, let alone your logic.


  4. Hatred? Right. The typical leftist empty emotionally driven BS response.

    You have NO logical argument and you know the 67 lines are unworkable and indefensible.

    But, like the true progressive you simple must walk the line and support the logically unsupportable.

  5. Of course I know the '67 lines are unworkable! What? Do you think I'm stupid? No American president has asserted Israel should revert to such boundaries.


  6. The mistake that Obama made (if in fact he made one) was to make this assertion in public. The Clinton/Barak proposal (which Arafat so loathsomely rejected) was in fact a variation on this proposal. But, gents, it was also the result of hard work/negotiation - this, as opposed to an a priori declaration.


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