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In a second term, all bets are off for U.S. Mideast Policy

In a second term, all bets are off for U.S. Mideast Policy

Is there any doubt that if Obama could do it on his own, Jerusalem would be divided and Israel forced back to the 1949 armistice borders? 

A point I have made before is that the real danger comes in a second term, when he is freed of electoral pressures.  And don’t think that Congress or public opinion is a complete answer; as Commander in Chief, he has unilateral decision-making authority over decisions which serve as extreme pressure points, and withholding a veto at the U.N., as almost happened in February, could be devastating.

He just doesn’t have the visceral connection almost all other candidates have when it comes to Israel.  It’s an intellectual balancing act for him, electoral necessity balanced against a desire to fulfill the expectations of the Nobel Committee.

A reader forwarded this video of Michele Bachmann to me.  Caroline Glick, of whom I am a big fan, writes that “I cannot remember EVER hearing a more pro-Israel speech by ANY American presidential candidate in my life.”  I don’t know if I’d go that far; I believe that almost every Republican candidate shares this view and some, particularly Sarah Palin, have expressed similar sentiments.

Regardless, this is worth the view:

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visceral connection?

I’d say ’tis more of a visceral hatred.

Professor, have you seen Rick Perry’s video at
http://rightcoastconservative.blogspot.com/2011/06/rick-perry-video.html
at this month’s Republican leadership Conference in Louisiana. Well worth 25 minutes to see this guy’s fire in the belly.
I like Michelle Bachmann but no Republican politician has DONE more for Israel than Rick Perry.
Just google Rick Perry Texas Israel which he started in 2007. Google Rick Perry Defender of Jerusalem award. Israel loves Governor Perry. Perry knows America’s future is tied to that other important democracy, Israel.
Ambulance chasers sure don’t like the torts reform that Perry has signed into law in Texas but small business owners
are saved because it is “losers pay”.
Obama and his ilk don’t like Perry cause he is a truth- telling straight-talking success. Perry does a good job in the video of poking that fraud in the WH with truth and facts. Perry has an amazing memory, in one speech he turned from his notes and spoke for 45 minutes without notes, never a teleprompter, cause he speaks from the heart.
No politician has DONE more for Israel!

June 30, 2011 From http://www.americanthinker.com
Rick Perry calls out Eric Holder on Gaza Flotilla
Thomas Lifson
“Texas Governor Rick Perry is looking a little like a presidential campaigner, challenging Attorney General Eric Holder to enforce the law against US citizens who plan to participate in the Gaza Flotilla. Noting that their “naval expedition” specificallty violates the language of the law, he puts Holder on the spot.

Holder is sworn to uphold the law, and if he fails to take action, or at least provide some sorry rationale, he gives Perry an issue with broad appeal among conservatives, should he enter the race.

Hat tip: Ed Lasky….”

David R. Graham | July 1, 2011 at 3:39 am

He has a visceral connection with the “Moslem Brotherhood,” which he, through subordinates, effectively recognized as the government of Egypt today and also as a peer of the USA. Of course, the very name of CAIR, an MB front, asserts that Islam/Ummah/Ullema/Khalifa is at least a peer of the USA — while resident in the USA, yet. Seen the new National CT Policy?: The only enemy is AQ, which is being reduced daily, so it says, so no need to examine state-sponsored terrorism, including state sponsors of AQ, including but not limited to Russian FSB, with whom al Zawahiri, a Moslem Brotherhood member now AQ head, trained:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/essays/all/7045218/moscows-jihadi.thtml

alwaysfiredup | July 1, 2011 at 4:34 am

Don’t promote Bachmann. Stick to your guns. And see the Undefeated, it’s absolutely worth it and will change the way you think about the 2012 election.

IN Obama’s second term Israel’s survival will not be foremost in our mind because we will be scared stiff about our own survival. I’m from Illinois and have dreaded this man’s election from the git go and have nightmares about him getting re-elected.

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