Obama Foreign Policy  (Page 20)

Question of the Day – Antipathy or Blundering?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 27, 2011 at 9:45am 5/27/2011 at 9:45am

Charles Krauthammer (h/t @fuzislippers) has a column today about Obama’s Middle East policy, and ends with this question:

The only remaining question is whether this perverse and ultimately self-defeating policy is born of genuine antipathy toward Israel or of the arrogance of a blundering amateur who refuses to see that he is...

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Democrats Twist AIPAC’s Bipartisan Line In An Attempt To Muzzle Criticism Of Obama’s Anti-Israel Policies

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 5:15pm 5/26/2011 at 5:15pm

by Matthew Knee

In a closed door meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz asked Netanyahu to demand a pledge from the Republican Jewish Coalition not to make Israel a campaign issue in 2012. He did not.

To the uninitiated, Wasserman Schultz’s bizarre request seems...

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Yes, Obama Did Attempt To Shift U.S. Policy On The Pre-1967 Borders

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 5:14pm 5/25/2011 at 5:14pm

Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic has been leading the charge, echoed by many, not only that Bibi Netanyahu was disrespectful to “my President,” but also that Obama’s statement regarding Israel’s borders in his Middle East speech last Thursday did not represent any meaningful change in U.S. policy.

In the speech Obama stated that a...

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Better to discuss whether the pre-1967 borders are on the table while Obama’s reelection still is on the table

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 9:00am 5/24/2011 at 9:00am

Is there any doubt that Obama will put the screws on Israel to come close to doing what people like Jeffrey Goldberg insist “my President” will not do, which is force Israel to make dangerous concessions? 

When there is no reelection on the horizon, when Jewish...

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Why Not Put The 1948 Borders On The Table?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 23, 2011 at 2:33pm 5/23/2011 at 2:33pm

Why are the pre-1967 borders of Israel, which amount to the 1949 armistice lines, so sacrosanct?

Once you buy into the narrative of exclusive Palestinian victimization, once you take the Helen Thomas view which is widely accepted in many circles that Israel is an alien European implant, once you view the desire...

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Bibi Spoke Truth To Power

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:29am 5/23/2011 at 11:29am

The disloyalty card is being played by Jeffrey Goldberg (who took great offense to Benjamin Netanyahu’s perceived disrespect towards “my President”), Glenn Greenwald (the evil and disloyal Israel Lobby, again) and Andrew Sullivan (the Israeli-influenced media and the crazy Christians, again).

Yet these critics who are so quick to run for the disloyalty card ignore the reality...

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Palestinians: Pre-1967 Borders Sound Good, Just Like Obama Said

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 10:45am 5/22/2011 at 10:45am

If you needed proof that Obama’s Middle East speech was a mistake and simply would embolden Palestinians to pocket the territorial victory, you didn’t need to wait long:

Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat on Sunday said that he agreed with US President Barack Obama’s assertion that the 1967 borders should be the...

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`do you want to keep floating forever – like an astronaut in space – or do you want a state?’

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 9:44am 5/21/2011 at 9:44am

The formula for a territorial compromise floated by Obama on Thursday — the pre-1967 borders with some minor negotiated land swaps — has generated a fair amount of controversy.  As I pointed out, while such a deal may not be far off from where the parties end up, placing that marker...

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Bibi Makes The Case

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 20, 2011 at 3:43pm 5/20/2011 at 3:43pm

Some people are referring to this as a smackdown, but I don’t think so.  Netanyahu made the case which needs to be made, and has been made before (via Uncoverage):

The key thing is, Netanyahu did not use the word “expect” because that would...

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Absurd Overreaction To What Netanyahu “Expects”

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 20, 2011 at 11:06am 5/20/2011 at 11:06am

Jeffrey Goldberg writes a ridiculous article expressing indignation that Bibi Netanyahu used the word “expect” in connection with U.S. policy towards Israel, Dear Mr. Netanyahu, Please Don’t Speak to My President That Way:

For whatever reason,...

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Why Now, Why Israel?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 20, 2011 at 8:21am 5/20/2011 at 8:21am

Why yesterday for Obama to unload the demand that Israel withdraw to the pre-1967 borders, with some negotiated land swaps? 

Contrary to what some are claiming, this is a new formulation.  Under the Obama formulation, Israel has a land mass fixed by the 1949 armistice lines, lines which the Arabs never recognized...

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Hey, Israel, Those Territorial Assurances Were From Bush Not Me

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 3:33pm 5/19/2011 at 3:33pm

That’s pretty much the upshot of Obama coming down firmly on the side of the pre-1967 borders being the end result of a peace agreement, plus some land swapping.

While some have contended this merely states prior policy, there is an important shift.  Prior policy emphasized the 1967 borders as the starting point,...

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Obama – Israel must withdraw to 1967 borders with land swaps

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 1:03pm 5/19/2011 at 1:03pm

Israel’s pre-1967 borders had no geographical or military logic.  Those borders simply were the armistice lines after the Arabs failed to drive the Jews into the sea.

The border is not defensible, as it leaves the middle of Israel only about 10 miles wide.  One of the reasons the 1967 war took place is...

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Well What Do You Know, Muslim Brotherhood Leader Running For President of Egypt

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 9:44am 5/14/2011 at 9:44am

Didn’t the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt tell us it was not going to try to take over the country, and had no interest in the presidency? 

Indeed, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, a prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader, assured the West that there was nothing to worry about (emphasis mine):

We are mindful, however, as a...

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Obama Loses His Bet On The Egyptian Google Guy

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 8:46am 5/12/2011 at 8:46am

As more details have come out about the decision-making process which led to the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compount, it is clear that the decision was tantamount to placing a bet. 

As Obama acknowledged during his 60 Minutes interview, there was only slightly better than a 50/50 chance bin Laden...

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Remember When Bush Said It No Longer Was Necessary To Kill bin Laden?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11:33am 5/10/2011 at 11:33am

George Bush’s supposed walk-away from the hunt for bin Laden has been all over the news, in the blogosphere, and even in the comments here.

Everyone points to this video, six months after 9/11.

I have pointed out that the video is overstated, because at the time Bush was not trying to raise...

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Obama’s 60 Minutes Appearance

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 9, 2011 at 5:17pm 5/9/2011 at 5:17pm

I thought it was one of his best appearances.  As I watched it, I kept thinking, “Do I know this guy?”

He said mostly all the right things, love of country, forceful defense, and so on and so on.  I didn’t like his comment about how...

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