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Where have you gone, Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Where have you gone, Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Israel supporters turn their lonely eyes to you

Israel has been under international pressure for its entire existence. That pressure was worse in the past than it likely ever will be again.

The threats from the international union of thugs, tin pot dictators, and anti-Semites, also known as the U.N. General Assembly, even went so far in 1975 to declare Zionism is Racism, a resolution later rescinded.

How would Barack Obama have reacted?

We have a clue from Obama’s interview with Jeffrey Goldberg yesterday, in which Obama, in Goldberg’s words, issued a “veiled threat” regarding U.S. support of Israel in response to the latest alleged international storm on the horizon:

…. if Palestinians come to believe that the possibility of a contiguous sovereign Palestinian state is no longer within reach, then our ability to manage the international fallout is going to be limited.

GOLDBERG: Willingness, or ability?

OBAMA: Not necessarily willingness, but ability to manage international fallout is going to be limited. And that has consequences.

This is nonsense. The U.S. has the ability to hold off the international mob more so now than in 1975, if it has the willingness. By making such statements, Obama — as John Kerry before him — calls into question U.S. willingness and thereby encourages the Palestinians not to miss another opportunity to miss an opportunity for peace.

Compare the statements of Obama and Kerry with that of Daniel Patrick Moynihan after the “Zionism is Racism” resolution:

The United States rises to declare before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act….

Where have you gone, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

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Honestly at this point I’m legitimately wondering how long it will be before Israel kicks Kerry out and announces they will no longer talk with the US while Obama is in office.

The only thing Obama seems interested in is forcing concessions from them so he can pretend that the ‘negotiations’ are actually making progress.

Israel is the scapegoat so he can try and pretend he’s actually tough on foreign policy, because we all know the spineless wimp is never going to stand up to Putin.

Obama’s attitude is nauseating, destructive and dangerous. When I read this interview I think of a coffee house bad-logic liberal whose opinions do not matter and then I have to remind myself he is the President of the United States. I actually gave money to his first presidential campaign. How can I have been so utterly foolish and misguided? It is hard for me to forgive myself.

Just finished reading Moynihan’s Moment by Gil Troy.

Highly recommended.

JackRussellTerrierist | March 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I also remember reading Moynihan’s strong commentary about welfare and the banishment of fathers from the home in order for the woman to get welfare money. He strongly warned against this policy in a formal report he issued, I believe in the late 60s.

The new Dem party is a detestable leftist machine, but there was a time when they had such people as Moynihan, Nunn and some others who had their heads screwed on straight and were a powerful voice in carrying forward American traditions and ethics.

Moynihan was prescient about Israel and welfare, among other important policy topics.

Indeed, we could use his great voice today, that’s for sure.

What happened to Moynihan is what happens to us all. He got old, he retired, and he died.

His legacy? His seat was taken by Hillary Clinton, who in turn was succeeded by Kirsten Gillibrand. So you can see the intellect died with his retirement.

Obama is not a smart man. He’s a glib trained actor and con artist. He hates Israel with a passion and resented very much the constraints politics put upon him in dealing with Netanyahu. Now he is more or less free to treat Israel as his enemy. It will get worse after the midterms.

The good news for Israel is that, as Putin and Assad and Iran have demonstrated, Obama is a paper tiger, worthless and weak and incapable of imposing his will on his wife or his Party, much less anyone else.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Estragon. | March 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I believe obastard has succeeded in putting forward many socialist policies, mostly carried out by his cabinet and numerous federal alphabet agencies.

    I agree with you that he looks like a weak-kneed candy-ass on the world stage, but I think making the U.S. look like a weak sister is one of his goals.

Henry Hawkins | March 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

While all presidents have wanted to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian issue, and they’ve all felt the eventual disregard and hatred of the Palestinians, only Obama has managed to earn the enmity of both the Palestinians AND the Israelis. He’s also damaged our relations with… Canada! CANADA.

Smart power, my ass.

I recall reading in one of the late Tim Russert’s books about working for Moyinahan- he was portrayed as a person driven by data and not a partisan hack.

It was before my time, so I’ll take the late Tim’s word for it. I hope his son Luke will one day grows antlers as big as Tim’s.

Sammy Finkelman | March 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm

All of this just tends to confirm my feeling that Obama and the State Department are being lied to by the Saudis and/or Qatar.

They gave Kerry and Obama a Mission Impossible and are doing their bet to make sure it stays impossible.

Captain Keogh | March 3, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I ma so proud of myself that I never voted for Obama and was not for a nano second snowballed by all his B.S. as so many of my fellow citizens have been.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Captain Keogh. | March 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    The vote for obastard was in part race-based but mainly the product of 45 years of socialist public “education.”

[…] What Obama might not realize is that any backlash Israel faces today is far less threatening and consequential than what it faced in the past. As William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection points out: […]

Empress Trudy | March 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

To say nothing of the catastrophe that Obama has made of things generally. Can you see Moynihan caving on Iran, Syria, Libya and the Ukraine? We have an administration which seems to put all their faith in snarky tweets like they’re 15 year old girls.

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