There’s been a lot of debate over President Obama’s feelings about the job he holds. Some theorize he really doesn’t like being president while others think he’s having the time of his life. I tend to lean toward the latter as it appears the head of the executive branch is taking every opportunity he can to have a good laugh in private.
There have been a number of odd little occurrences. Giving Britain back a bust of Churchill; bowing to the Saudi King; sending Netanyahu and the Dali Lama out the back way; giving Queen Elizabeth II an iPod full of his speeches and audio books; and I’m sure a few other events I’m forgetting.
Now just the other day the president decides, hey, let’s celebrate Hanukkah early and instead of lighting one candle a day per tradition, let’s just light them all now and then party down!
I’m not saying Obama doesn’t like the Jews, but I’m not not saying it either.
But the pièce de résistance is something caught by The Blaze and brought to my attention by Twitter buddy @Robert23Hersey. Obama gave a rather anti-capitalist speech this past week in a city called Osawatomie, Kansas. Ever heard of it? I hadn’t, and it’s rare that the president makes a speech in a city I haven’t heard of. It can happen. You research demographics and maybe say this would be a good place to get some exposure leading up to 2012. Who knows, maybe.
But the name Osawatomie does indeed ring the bells of some more literate in the history of the Weather Underground:
That’s right ladies and germs, “Osawatomie” was the name of the Weather Underground’s publication.
Folks, we’re a long way past laughing these things off as coincidences. Obama is have a laugh, and he’s laughing at us.
Yet, like any good liberal, he blames the wrong side for the failure. Clinton and Barak (that name is always trouble!) offered the Palestinians 99.9% of the store and Arafat refused, for you see, there would still be Jews living on earth, there would still be a place called Israel. He couldn’t live with that. Same with the thugs that followed him. Even an old war-horse like Ariel Sharon was ready to take the first big step into Israel’s oblivion and it wasn’t enough for the Palestinian Authority.
And, of course, Clinton wants us (and himself) to believe that it’s Israel’s fault. Many on the Left believe if there was no Israel there would be peace in the Middle East, and in a sense they’re right. When Hitler controlled nearly all of Europe, it was a pretty stable region until the Brits and Americans messed it all up.
Anywho, one has to wonder what the end-game will be: Israel’s destruction by a thousand cuts or a final all-out war in the region?
The great Andrew Klavan (who unfortunately is moving behind Glenn Beck’s pay-wall) has this greatest hit that offers a one-state solution:
Maybe Prime Minister Netanyahu can make it up to Obama by buying him an iPod full of his speeches to the Knesset.
Oh no I didn’t! Somebody remove the chain, ’cause that is off it!
George Gilder has a new piece in City Journal on how Benjamin Netanyahu’s time as Finance Minister helped create the flourishing economy where the Jewish state ranks second to the U.S. in technological innovation. This despite being constantly under attack by its neighbors.
The force driving the Israelis decisively out of their socialist slough into the modern world of finance was once again the ingenuity of Netanyahu. As finance minister, Netanyahu used the financial crisis of 2003 and 2004, precipitated by the latest campaign of Palestinian terror, as a lever to transform Israel’s economy from a largely socialized domain dependent on foreign finance into one of the world’s most open and flourishing financial systems. In the process, he created what occasional advisor Keinan today calls “the greatest opportunity in our lifetimes.”
An Israeli supply-sider, Netanyahu faced the adamant opposition of Histadrut and its allies in the Knesset. To overcome the hostility to finance capitalism that had long hobbled the Israeli economy, Netanyahu enlisted vital help from President George W. Bush and his treasury secretary, John Snow. Netanyahu sought a sovereign loan guarantee that would give Israeli bonds the full faith and credit of the United States Treasury, so that despite intifadas and other perils, Israel could issue bonds on the same terms as the world’s leading economy.
Read this story and then think about our country and see if you notice some annoying similarities:
Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — Benjamin Netanyahu plans to apply the same small-government policies when he becomes Israel’s prime minister as he did six years ago as finance minister. Then, his tax and spending cuts helped lift the economy out of recession. They may be less suitable this time around.
The Likud party leader, who has until April 3 to form a coalition, faces a shrinking economy, a growing budget deficit and a frozen corporate bond market. The recession in the U.S. and Europe has clobbered Israeli exports, which account for about half of gross domestic product in a country whose economy is smaller than Singapore’s. His only fiscal tool for the moment is a budget drawn up in August and stalled in the parliament.
“Israel must take steps in same spirit as the U.S. and Europe, to allow an even bigger deficit,” said Avi Ben Bassat, a professor of economics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. “The situation requires a change in economic policy.”
Netanyahu’s plans for the economy may encounter objections from his future partners. Although assembling his coalition could take several weeks, one probable member, the Shas party, said during the election campaign that it would seek to restore child allowances that had been reduced under Netanyahu.
Yes, the opposition parties say, Netanyahu’s policies worked before, but…no, let’s not do them again. Love it.
Boosh! Netanyahu chosen to form new government in Israeli. It’s a long-time coming for Bibi who had the premiership stolen from him in 1999 from a Bill Clinton cabal.
“Iran is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon and constitutes the gravest threat to our existence since the war of independence,” he said at a ceremony at President Shimon Peres’s official residence.
“The terrorist forces of Iran threaten us from the north,” the presumptive prime minister said in reference to Lebanon and Syria, where Israel says Tehran supplies arms to Hezbollah and Hamas.
“For decades, Israel has not faced such formidable challenges.
“The responsibility we face is to achieve security for our country, peace with our neighbours and unity among us,” he said.
I fear he’s on his own.
MORE: A little plug. If you want to keep current with all that transpires in Israel, you can’t do better than the blog Israel Matzav.
The crazy political process of choosing a Prime Minister in Israel’s Knesset got underway today as President Shimon Peres began talks with the many factions to see who can lead a new government. Whatever happens, the new PM will have a lot on his/her plate.
Well, Israel once again proves itself to be a country about as split politically as the United States. Votes are being tallied but it looks like Kadima will get the most seats, 29, just two more than Likud. This led to some crowing from left wingers initially until they realized that the combined right wing parties won the most seats. Right now the kingmaker seems to be Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu which nabbed 14 seats. He’s adamant that the new government have a policy of destroying Hamas which would tend to mean he’ll back Netanyahu, but you never know…this is Israel. Looks like we’ll find out tomorrow.
Carl in Jerusalem will be liveblogging the election results after the polls close at 10pm Israel time (noon pacific) over at Israel Matzav. Looks tight right now. Pray for Bibi.
There’s a report in the U.K. Times that Barack Obama will embrace a 2002 Saudi peace plan that would call for Israel to pull back to pre-1967 borders in exchange for “peace.” Not surprising, if true. If we’re going to give 20th century socialism another try, why not try land for peace in the Middle East yet again. Gateway Pundit quotes Bibi Netanyahu:
“The unilateral withdrawal from Lebanon created an Iranian outpost – from which Israel is being attacked – in the North, and the unilateral pullout from Gaza created a second Iranian base in Gaza, ‘Hamastan,'” Netanyahu said. “And now the government is planning a third withdrawal – from Judea and Samaria – that will lead to a third Iranian outpost.”