With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Yesterday, White House officials were telling Jake Tapper that Obama would support Israel.  Any minute moments of hope I cherished that the administration actually meant what it said were swiftly dashed.  This is Obama’s version of support:

The Obama administration considers Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be untenable and plans to press for another approach to ensure Israel’s security while allowing more supplies into the impoverished Palestinian area, senior American officials said Wednesday.

The officials say that Israel’s deadly attack on a flotilla trying to break the siege and the resulting international condemnation create a new opportunity to push for increased engagement with the Palestinian Authority and a less harsh policy toward Gaza.

As is this:

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the deadly Israeli raid on an aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was “tragic”, but he stopped short of condemning the actions of Israeli forces.

While Obama said the deaths of nine people were unnecessary, he said the U.S. wants to wait for “an investigation of international standards” to determine the facts. Israel, he said, should agree to such an investigation.

“They recognize that this can’t be good for Israel’s long-term security,” Obama said in an interview with CNN’s Larry King airing Thursday night.

Just so you know, even though the Obama administration seems to have misunderstood the facts on the ground, there is a good reason for the blockade:

Hezbollah in Lebanon, which shares a land border with Syria and is not under blockade, has a gigantic arsenal of rockets and missiles, more than most governments in the Middle East, and that arsenal includes missiles that can reach every single inch of Israeli territory, including Jerusalem, downtown Tel Aviv, Ben-Gurion International Airport, and the Dimona nuclear power plant. The next war between Israel and Hezbollah will likely mean missiles, artillery shells, and payloads from air strikes will explode all over the Eastern Mediterranean, making last year’s small war in Gaza look even smaller.

Hamas has a relatively tiny arsenal of crude rockets, but if the Gaza Strip were not under military blockade, it could acquire whatever weapons Syria and Iran felt like sending by ship. Gaza could bristle with as many destructive projectiles as Hezbollah has. Food and medicines are allowed into the Strip already, so the most significant difference between Gaza now and a Gaza without a blockade will be the importation of weapons and war material.

More Israelis would be likely to die during the ensuing hostilities, and an even larger number of Palestinians would be likely to die when Israel fights back harder against a better armed and more dangerous adversary.

And again, let me remind everyone (although I know Obama isn’t listening to little ol’ me), the blockade blocks weapons, not anything else.

Having now gotten a glimpse at Obama’s “support,” I have to ask:  What the Hell does life look like if you’re on Obama’s enemies list, rather than receiving his “support”?  Does he come in the night and flay you alive while robotically reciting his boring, pompous meaningless speeches?  I’m no longer pretending that Obama is inept, or misguided, or stupid, although I think he is all those things.  I’m convinced he is evil, as only a true antisemite can be.

It’s a sad day when the only person in a presidential administration making any sense and showing any signs of human decency is Joe Biden, who really stepped up and said the right thing this time:

“I think Israel has an absolute right to deal with its security interest. I put all this back on two things: one, Hamas, and, two, Israel’s need to be more generous relative to the Palestinian people who are in trouble in Gaza,” Biden said, according to a transcript of the interview, in which he went on to discuss Hamas’s control of Gaza:

“[The Israelis have] said, ‘Here you go. You’re in the Mediterranean. This ship–if you divert slightly north you can unload it and we’ll get the stuff into Gaza.’ So what’s the big deal here? What’s the big deal of insisting it go straight to Gaza? Well, it’s legitimate for Israel to say, ‘I don’t know what’s on that ship. These guys are dropping eight–3,000 rockets on my people,’ ” Biden said.

Kudos to Biden.  He’s not right often, but when he’s right, he lands it square in the middle of the target.

To clear your brain from the miasma that is Obama-think, please read Michael Oren’s op-ed, which the New York Times at least had the decency to publish.

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  • SADIE

    The copper on the Statue of Liberty is not green from age – she is green from shame and rage.

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  • Mike Devx

    Well.  They forgot to keep good ol’ Joe on his leash, and there he goes off-message again.  This time was one of those rare ones where honest, bumbling ol’ Joe said something I agree with.  It’s rare.
     
    Sometimes he’s just plain stupid.  “Obama will be tested, severely tested, by international actors, in the first six months of his Presidency, and I need you all to support him.”   Well, that didn’t happen, and he had no business saying it.  Just Plain Stupid.
     
    And sometimes he’s bluntly honest for the other side, saying in effect that redistribution of wealth is what they’re all about, and he’s fine with it.  Ouch For Obama, who said the same thing to plumber Joe, but didn’t realize it, and didn’t own it as his own truth afterwards.
     
    And sometimes, as in this new case, Biden’s totally off-message, out of sync with the rest of the Adminstration, but he’s speaking a truth I am glad to hear.
     
    For the Obama Adminstration they’re ALL gaffes and heartaches.  “Can’t anyone control this guy?” they must be lamenting.  We try to keep him on message, but we can’t seem to watch him 24/7, and he keeps f’ing it up!”
     
    Good ol’ Joe does manage to keep things entertaining.   Thank God.  Obama’s been gaffe-free for awhile.  Sure, we get the 600 BP employees bussed in for the photo-op and then immediately bussed out.  But that’s not the kind of Obama-gaffe I’m used to, and I’ve been missing.  The last really good Obama gaffe – where his mask drops and we see, in full view, the REAL Obama – was that scene after the beeers that Obama, Henry Gates, and the Seargent had, when the Seargant helped the frail Gates down the White House steps while the oblivious Obama strode out ahead of them for his Camera Moment, totally self-absorbed and narcissistic, totally unaware of the pathos behind him.  Clueless and inept; a simple look around, with the slightest thought and empathy, would have eliminated that gaffe before it happened.  I’ve been expecting more such Obama gaffes, where the mask slips, and they’ve not been happening.
     

  • garyp

    Obama’s support of Israel is similar to his support of honest elections (“they’re honest if I win” seems to be the jist).  The destruction of Israel, accomplished under the guise of friendship, is necessary because it is a reminder that western civilization has dominated the world because it works.  For all the faults of western civilization (it is, after all, a civilization, of imperfect, sometimes cruel men and women), it is source of most scientific and technical advancements (yes, yes, not the zero, nor gunpower), all the political and social philosophies that have benefitted the common man, and indeed, the source of the very idea of personal and economic freedom.   The fact that Israeli society is democratic, free and relatively successful is an affront to the failed societies of the Middle East, such as Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia.  To accept the existence of Israel as just would be to accept that the Israeli model is worth emulating.  When one society fails, it does not normally adopt the methods of a successful neighbor (Japan, in the late 1800’s, is a exception).  Rather, it attempts to explain away it failure as somehow due to the unfair advantages or immoral behavior of the successful society.

    Once you accept that the “fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves,” you are left no option but to change yourselves to compete.  Arab societies cannot accept that education based on rote memory of religious texts, the enslavement of half of your population (the female half) and governments by religious or monarchial tyrannies cannot produce modern, successful societies.

    Ultimately, Obama is more in sympathy with the “not free” societies of the East than the free societies of the West.  As noted by others, he is our first anti-American president.  He bows to the Saudi king because he respects the tyrant and ignores the Iranian protesters because he despises democracy (climbing the ladder in one of the most corrupt cities in the US may have fostered this viewpoint).  He encourages Russian dominance of Eastern Europe because he hopes to establish the same type of “strong man” rule in the US (with himself as Putin, no doubt). 

    He feels that no one can oppose his policies because he “won.”  However, in a democracy,  you never really win total power.  You must constantly match your policies to those of the real sovereign, the people.  You must acknowledge that the ruler is only temporary and must remember that opposing views have validity and may “win” the next election.  A change in the members of government is not a change in the system of government.  Each new king used to reset the calendar to Year One, because a new ruler meant a completely new government, a completely new world for its subjects.  In our republic, a change in the head of state should be of small importance, it is not a “new era,” but simply the continuation of the smooth functioning of a system of limited government.  

     He halts press conferences because it does not wish to answer questions of a free people, only “control” the message delivered to a supine press.  He calls for his opponents to “compromise,” when he really means “surrender.”  His supporters bemoan that fact that the US cannot be China for “one day.”  However, if the US became China for a single day, it could never, in thousand years, go back to being the US without bloody revolution.  Once total power is usurped, it cannot be surrenderred.  In tyrannies, there are no peaceful transitions of power.  The old king must die so that the new king can live long.  

    As our government, every day, demands more power to try to accomplish things it cannot, and should not do, such as control the economy, the weather, the private behavior of its citizens, it becomes more like the tyrannies Obama admires and less like the republic we were and, for the time being, remain. 

    Revolutions, not only destroy societies (as in the Leninists overthrow of the Kerensky constitutional monarchy) they also restore societies (an in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, that replaced the divine right of kings with a return to parliamentary rule in England).   No wise person desires either type of revolution, for regardless of the outcome, much suffering and destruction will occur.  It would be much more desirable to remain a republic for which the Obama years are an unpleasant memory and nothing more.  Let us hope, fervently, that this will be so. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    “much suffering and destruction will occur. ”
     
    The high castes in America already have plans to move their assets, families, and selves to other nations in case things fall apart here.
     
    They have the resources to do so. And they don’t really mind it if they have to sell off half the country in the process.
     
    For them, there will be no cost. Only the cost of lost opportunities if they don’t seize the opportunity given to them now. They didn’t get rich and powerful by sitting on the couch passively observing, after all.

  • SADIE

    @garyp
    Put your fingers in your ears to soften the rousing cheers ,whoops and standing ovation you just got from me. Trust me, it’s really LOUD.
     
     

  • SADIE

    Obama told Netanyahu: GO HOME, DON”T EXPLAIN FROM HERE
    The White House did not wish Obama to be seen sharing the stage with the leader of the country that was under international attack for having “attacked peace activists.”
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/137838
     
     

  • Charles Martel

    I agree with SADIE on garyp’s outstanding essay. Really, really good work, man.

  • SADIE

    Assume the position as explained in post #6. The rousing sound you hear are grown men and women, who just hit the floor with their knees and heads, those that could remain standing are just pounding their chests. Meanwhile back at the WH, the head nut is just thrilled with the job report, because we all know the buck stops there and never leaves!
     
    The Dow Jones industrial average (DJI:^DJINews) dropped 324.06 points, or 3.16 percent, to end unofficially at 9,931.22. The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (^SPXNews) dropped 37.95 points, or 3.44 percent, to finish unofficially at 1,064.88. The Nasdaq Composite Index (Nasdaq:^IXICNews) dropped 83.86 points, or 3.64 percent, to close unofficially at 2,219.17.
     
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    “(yes, yes, not the zero, nor gunpower)”
     
    China had gunpowder but only used it for fireworks and sparks. They didn’t have the civilization type or the inter-competitive drive to make use of its full potential.
     
    And that’s normally true of most cultures that are static and stable. They aren’t innovative. They don’t like change. They don’t embrace new technology. What technology they do have, they neither improve upon it or think to utilize it for new things.

  • Mike Devx

    I think it’s useful to understand the enemy.  At the Daily Beast, here is a published diary of one of the Swedish activists on one of the flotilla ships.  The comments, in particular, will tell you a lot about the mindset of the enemy.
     
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-04/henning-mankell-diary-of-the-gaza-flotilla-israel
     
    I deliberately call them the enemy, because they are not capable of even considering both sides of the question.  I have, and I reject nearly everything about their side – but only after thought.  And THAT is the difference.
     
    The fact that even one of these ships contained extremely violent agitators and aggressors is enough to invalidate the purpose for the entire flotilla.
    – They are approaching a military naval blockade.  They will be boarded.
    – The boarding force WILL be severely outnumbered.  The boarding force has little to no knowledge of what lies in wait for them on each ship.  They therefore have no choice but to take certain actions
    – The aggressor, hostile ship – even only one of the nine – makes all the other activists on the other eight ships nothing more than useful idiots.  That’s a shame.  But it’s even worse.  The hostiles on the ninth ship may in fact view the idiots on the other eight ships as not JUST useful idiots, but useful martyrs as well.  It’s frightening:  Would the extreme aggressor hostiles actually blow up one of their own ships?  Causing a horrifying number of casualties among the innocent idiots?  Remember, quite a few of them stated clearly that they intended to assault the blockade soldiers, if boarded, and intended to die as martyrs.  It’s not very far from that, to intending to murder your own as martyrs as well, in a classic attempt to create a fake atrocity that can be blamed on the “other side”.  This frightening scenario must be managed by the Israeli soldiers as they board every single vessel as well.  Because you don’t know what you’re facing.
    – I could go on and on about the points these lefties COULD think of, COULD consider, as they examine both sides of the behavior.  But they don’t examine both sides.
     
    I’ve therefore got no use for them.  I can be empathic toward useful idiots who genuinely feel what they feel.  But when they make no effort at all towards rational consideration – when they actively then turn towards evil – my empathy dries up within seconds.  It’s just not worth the effort.
     
     

  • Charles Martel

    I may have told this story before, and I apologize if I have. I’m now at the age where I realize that I am starting to cycle back through my stock of stories.

    I have two older brothers. The one closest to me in age, three years older, was slow to grow to his full stature and he looked a lot like me. So many people mistook us for actual twins or “Irish twins”—siblings separated by nine or 10 months of age.

    That closeness in people’s perceptions tempted me to think that I was at least my brother’s equal, perhaps even tougher because I was his size. So, in my late prepubescence when I was feeling my oats, I spent months constantly teasing and mocking him, daring him to take me on in a fight.

    I didn’t understand how long-suffering he was, and loving, too, for the patience he showed to me. But one day I drove him too far and I challenged him for the 100th time by shoving him and daring him to fight me.

    What happened next is still blurry. I remember him turning on me and simply striking me with full force. There was a sudden blackness, and then light, as I looked at the sky on my back where only moments before I had been standing and getting in his face.

    He ran away, crying, because of the power he had unleashed against me, afraid that he may have hurt me badly. But what he had really hurt—no, killed—was my arrogance. I never, ever bothered him again.

    My brother was Israel, and conservatives and every decent person on earth who has patiently endured being pissed on by the left, and Islam, and the Jew haters for all these years. When we respond—and respond we will—they will know it.

  • Mike Devx

     
    > My brother was Israel [...] When we respond—and respond we will—they will know it.
    Hurrah, Charles, great post!  The whole thing.

    > I’m now at the age where I realize that I am starting to cycle back through my stock of stories.
    I’m at the age where I can forget the prior telling.  Keep on recycling then, if you are – it’s new to me each time!

    According to polls, 95% of Israel’s Jews support the blockade now.  The Hamas Flotilla has brought them together.  Even those who value international opinion are issuing a hearty “F$&ck You” to the world on this one!  Good for them!   After all, all ships are free to dock with aid – once their cargo hold contents have been properly checked out.

    But Turkey – now an avowed enemy of Israel and wishing Israel’s complete destruction – wants to break the blockade so that they cn deliver the rockets and armaments that Hezbollah/Palestinian forces need to continue their military and terrorist assaults against Israel and her civilians.

    > My brother was Israel
    And like your brother, it appears Israel has just… about… had… enough.  I cheer them on.  I pray for them.  I wish them the very best, just as I know Obama and the rest of the anti-Semites in his Administration wish them the very worst.

    Israel’s not perfect.  But when you look at this chart:
    http://www.wojac.com/history.html
    you realize that they are positively angelic compared to their Islamic neighbors.  And worthy of 100% support, therefore.

    There are more than 600,000 Arabs (primarily Palestinian) living in Israel.  While they do not have equal rights compared to Jews, can you imagine what would happen to 600,000 Jews living in ANY of the neighboring Islamic states?  Just one more glance at that chart shows the dire straits that Jews would encounter in THAT thought experiment.  So one must ask oneself: In any comparison between the Jews of Israel and their Islamic neighbors, including the Palestinians, who treats the other better?  There is not even a possible comparison.

    But I forget myself!  Israel must to be held to a different standard!   One is not to perform such a comparison when thinking of Israel or Jews!  The U.N. and all other Jew-haters hold Israel to an IMPOSSIBLE standard, while holding all countries and Palestinians around them to no standard at all.  That’s what makes the game of Jew-hating so much fun!  C’mon, everybody, join in the fun!  Oh.  As I look around at the international response to the, ahem, Freedom Flotilla… I see everyone already has joined in, to this particular, fun-loving, Jew-hating game.

  • SADIE

    I’m at the age where I realize that even if Charles Martel is recycling stories , I would have no way of remembering.
     
    I linked the same site #13, Mike Devx, somewhere here in my recent daze of rage and anger, probably on the Daily Beast (not the real Daily Beast) just the link to Helen Thomas. Of course, links to Helen, Flotillas and UN condemnations of Israel all come under the same umbrella.