Is Obama already playing hardball with Israel? *UPDATED*

Reader David Foster brought to my attention an article in the World Tribune which says Obama is refusing to give Israel helicopters that it requested:

The Obama administration has blocked Israel’s request for advanced U.S.-origin attack helicopters.

Government sources said the administration has held up Israel’s request for the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. The sources said the request was undergoing an interagency review to determine whether additional Longbow helicopters would threaten Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.

“During the recent war, Israel made considerable use of the Longbow, and there were high civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip,” a source close to the administration said.

The sources said Israel has sought to purchase up to six new AH-64Ds in an effort to bolster conventional and counter-insurgency capabilities. They said Israel wants to replenish its fleet after the loss of two Apache helicopters in the 2006 war with Hizbullah.

You can read the rest of the story here.

David says he hasn’t seen this story anywhere else.  Intrigued, I fired off an email to those bloggers I know who have connections to the military and intelligence community.  I’ll keep you posted as I get information on this one.  The Confederate Yankee is taking it seriously, and is shocked by what it tells us about the Obama Administration’s short-sighted Middle Eastern policy.

Incidentally, I’ve realized that, just as Democrats have a litmus test in being pro-Choice on abortion, I have a litmus test too:  Israel.  Frame the question this way:  Who do you side with — a democratic regime that grants equal rights to minorities, all faiths, women and gays or a totalitarian regime that tortures, enslaves, kills and exiles all minorities, all but one religion, women and gays?  Put that way, you manage to cut through the crap about the “victims” in the latter regime (who are primarily victims of their own government, not of the former regime) or about imperalism or about “just wanting to live in peace.”  Obama is failing my litmus test, big time.

UPDATE:  I got some email from a good authority — but one I cannot identify — saying that people in the know don’t know about this one.

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  • Charles Martel

    I don’t think anybody is really surprised by Obama’s anti-Semitism. Rev. Wright is a closet Muslim who has used the doctrine of taqqiyah—a Muslim’s Qu’ran-sanctioned right to lie to unbelievers—for years to pretend that he is a Christian minister. Obama, who is not the world’s smartest man, sucked up Wright’s bile passively over a 20-year period: Joos Not Good. Joo Country Not Good.

    This man is going to stumble us into a world war by giving “permission” to the world’s thug states to attack their bete noirs: Iran versus Israel, China versus Taiwan, Russia versus Georgia and Ukraine, and North Korea versus South Korea and Japan. We’ll be looking at an international donnybrook that will rapidly spin out of control. And while it’s doing so, Nancy Boy will be sitting in the Oval Office wondering whose ass he failed to kiss, whose signet ring he failed to bow to.

    Perhaps he’ll make it all good by posing for some jackass photographer, smoking a cigarette and looking cool, calm and Fonzie.


    “Perhaps he’ll make it all good by posing for some jackass photographer, smoking a cigarette and looking cool, calm and Fonzie.”

    Charles, I just adore the way you so eloquently put it.

    Yup, he’s about as subtle with his brand of antisemitism as Hitler marching through Poland.

    Or, you might say…he ‘jumped the shark’. The link will provide the explanation.

  • Charles Martel

    Hey, SADIE, thanks for the YouTube link. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen that footage—I was just never a “Happy Days” fan.

    Your “jump the shark” reference actually gave me a bit of hope. Obama’s act is beginning to wear thin with a lot of people, and I can’t help but believe that he’s rapidly approaching a point in his performance when he does something so godawful that a majority of people are going to tune out.


    Nor I, a fan of show, but I had heard the reference so many times and when you dropped the “Fonzie” bomb, it was an automatic link to the expression and therefore my search. From what I read, this is where and when the expression gave birth.

    Personally, I think he’s intentionally throwing up smoke rings or is it smoke screens and that he’s got us jumping from one to the other without being able to focus on his pattern and intent.

    It’s a real smorgasbord of so many bad decisions and each one feels like food poisoning.