A man can fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame someone else
~ John Burroughs
Barack Obama has put out another sound bite for the world to digest, or not. “I try not to pat myself too much on the back, but this administration has done more in terms of the security of the state of Israel than any previous administration. And that’s not just our opinion, that’s the opinion of the Israeli government.”
I would say this particular statement will not ring true for the majority of Americans, but this is the upside down world in which Democrats are Socialists, OWS are lovely people, and the Constitution is a moving target.
Remember when Leon Panetta attacked Israel in October? Panetta warned Israel about their ever-increasing isolation, yet Obama has been a major player in helping the Arab states isolate Israel. At the same time, Israel had agreed to meet with the Palestinians without any preconditions, something the Palestinians are not willing to do.
On Friday, December 2, 2011, Leon Panetta spoke at the Brookings Institute and dedicated much of his time insisting that Israel negotiate with the neighboring countries without mentioning the Palestinians who refuse to meet.
Panetta’s speech starts about 7 minutes into the video, click here for the video. If you want to skip the video, click here for the full transcript. My site is not allowed to display the video though others are, so much for free speech. I suppose it comes as no surprise that Brookings is close to this administration.
During Panetta’s speech, in which he reaffirms his commitment to Israel, he says,”…Indeed, there is an international campaign underway to isolate Israel. President Obama has stood steadfastly in the way of that effort, especially in the United Nations…”
This is a perplexing statement. I seem to remember Obama doing everything he could to bring about the Arab Spring which is the main reason for the isolation of Israel.
Panetta urged Israel to repair its relationships with its neighbors, in particular, he asked Israel to “engage Turkey, Egypt and Jordan and not to use the Arab awakening as an excuse to disengage.”
As Panetta made the statement, did he consider the fact that our relations with Turkey and Egypt are poor at best or is that Israel’s fault as well?
Panetta further said, “unfortunately, over the past year we have seen Israel’s isolation from its traditional security partners in the region grow, and the pursuit of a comprehensive Middle East peace has effectively been put on hold.”
When asked what Israel should do about Palestine, he said, “Just get to the damn table…The problem right now is we can’t get them to the damn table to at least sit down and begin to discuss their differences you know, we all know what the pieces are here for a potential agreement.”
I am happy to know that Panetta recognizes the dangers that Israel faces, and I appreciate that he wants to safeguard Israel’s security, however, why is Israel the only one that keeps getting hit with criticism?
Panetta seems to think that Israel negotiating with the people who want to destroy them will result in the isolation of Iran and keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
I don’t have faith in Panetta’s perspective. Panetta, in the same speech, said it is too soon to know the outcome of the Egyptian elections. That type of mind-boggling denial of reality makes one wonder.
Panetta praised Obama for his holding off the troubling trend in the Middle East to isolate Israel and he specifically mentioned Obama’s veto in the UN. The UN vote never should have happened and Obama did nothing prior to keep that vote from coming to the floor.
Krauthammer on Special Report, Obama caused Israel and the Palestinians to walk away from the negotiations-