"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Bibi vs. Barack

One might have expected America's enemies to test a new president, and they have: Iran continues to develop atomic weapons with impunity, China does what it wants, Pakistan continues to play both ends against the middle, Hugo Chavez consolidates an anti-American forward base in our back yard.

But friends must also test. Our friends need to know what will happen if they are forced to dial 911. Will two aircraft carriers and a division of Marines arrive, or will Joe Biden be sent on a fact-finding mission? Will stealth bombers obliterate Tehran, or will 12-party talks be scheduled for Geneva next year?

Anyone who thinks that the announcement of new Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem just as Joe Biden arrived was a coincidence is an idiot. Rather than a patient, reasoned response to a long-standing Israeli policy, Biden and Secretary of State Clinton got their panties all in a bunch. We suspect that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accomplished what he had hoped to accomplish: expose the Americans as feckless, unreliable allies; bolster his standing with Israelis and supporters of Israel around the world; and prepare the State of Israel to -- once again -- rely largely upon itself to defend itself.

The difference between Netanyahu and Obama is that Bibi is a serious man, who knows his people face an existential threat, and is ready to do what is necessary. The President of the United States is none of those things.

Comments on "Bibi vs. Barack"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:38 PM) : 

"These factors can serve as root causes of instability or as obstacles to security:

Insufficient progress toward a comprehensive Middle East peace. The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the AOR. Israeli-Palestinian tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations. The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilize support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas." - David Petraeus


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