The moment he opens up his mouth the doublespeak begins. Barry Rubin pegs him into the right hole, the guy loathes the Jewish state and no matter how much he lace his words up with nice sounding platitudes his real thinking comes shining through. Thanks Barry, for fleshing and flushing this guy words down the toilet. KGS
H/T: Barry Rubin
Obama At AIPAC: Beneath The Flattery, He Revealed His Indifference to Israel’s Needs and His Tilt Against It
By Barry Rubin
I expected President Barack Obama’s AIPAC speech would a bunch of feel-good clichés to persuade the audience that he is Israel’s best friend. Thus there would be nothing worth analyzing in it. But as I read the speech carefully I was astonished at how thoroughly Obama reveals his underlying miscomprehension, indifference, and even hostility toward Israel.
Examine this speech and you see everything wrong—far more than in his Cairo or State Department speeches on the Middle East—with Obama’s view of Israel and why he cannot be trusted on this issue.
There are some remarkable Freudian slips in his formulations and they have nothing to do with his discussion of the framework for Israel-Palestinian peace.
He spoke at great length of his support for Israel, how he wants it to be strong and secure, and the common values of the two countries. Yet if he really thinks that, why didn’t he say such things in his State Department speech on the Middle East or elsewhere?
“We also know how difficult that search for security can be, especially for a small nation like Israel in a tough neighborhood….When I went to Sderot, I saw the daily struggle to survive in the eyes of an eight-year old boy who lost his leg to a Hamas rocket. And when I walked among the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, I grasped the existential fear of Israelis when a modern dictator seeks nuclear weapons and threatens to wipe Israel off the map.”
Yet his regional policies have undermined Israel’s security:
“He may talk a good game on Sderot and Yad Vashem but in practice his policies have largely ignored the points he made to AIPAC.”
That is the precise thesis of Rubin’s article.
Having been to an AIPAC policy conference where President Bush addressed the audience, I’d also say that this was every bit as problematic. However, what I always liked about President Bush was that he ALWAYS acknowledged the risks for peace Israel had already taken. With President O’Bama, past concessions are rarely, if ever, acknowledged.
But I see your true colours, true colours come shining through, Barry