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    Nothing Would Surprise Me

    Nothing Would Surprise Me

    I hope this is not true, but nothing would surprise me when it comes to Obama and the Middle East, Sources: Obama Administration to Support Anti-Israel Resolution at UN Next Week:

    THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that senior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident. The White House has apparently shrugged off concerns from elsewhere in the U.S. government that a) this is an extraordinary singling out of Israel, since all kinds of much worse incidents happen around the world without spurring UN investigations; b) that the investigation will be one-sided, focusing entirely on Israeli behavior and not on Turkey or on Hamas; and c) that this sets a terrible precedent for outside investigations of incidents involving U.S. troops or intelligence operatives as we conduct our own war on terror.

    This may just be Obama’s way of pressuring Israel to give in to something less. After all, pressuring our friends to give in to our enemies is the main thesis behind Obama’s foreign policy.

    If the U.S. backs a resolution establishing a U.N. investigation, I’d like to think supporters of Israel in the Democratic Party would revolt against the administration.

    But like I said, nothing would surprise me.

    Update: White House denies Kristol flotilla investigation claim, to which Jennifer Rubin responds:

    The response is telling, and not only for its gratuitous nastiness. First, the administration plainly thinks it’s achieved a grand success by toning down the UN resolution and downgrading it to a statement. And it lets on that, once again, some “compromise” is under consideration. Moreover, it only denies that the UN will not debate the resolution “next week.”

    What is missing is any determination to rule out an international investigation. Indeed, it advances the notion that an Israeli investigation would not be “credible.” No mention is made of, and there seems to be no interest in, investigating Turkey or the terrorists.

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    The Ghost | June 11, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    This is yet another Obama trial ballon to test the waters …

    A guy who prefers Chavez to Uribe and Ortega to the DULY elected Prez of Honduras will naturally prefer a terrorist bunch like Hamas and Hezbollah to a DULY elected Knesset Prime Minister—unless, of course, the Israeli is of the Likud, which is close to being a tea party activist stateside.

    I guess he wrist-slapped Ahmadinnerjacket and now thinks he's entitled to do more than that to Israel. He's assuring the Republicans win the House [and maybe Senate] in '10 and that he is Jimmy Carter's successor in anti-Semitic POTUS's in this country.

    As an ex-State Dept Arabist, I can see the problem from both sides, but Hamas & Hezbollah & their Syrian/Iranian masters must not be encouraged. Our man-chile in the Oval Office sure wants to be liked.

    There's a daily cartoon in the NY Daily News in which crocs and a zebra are neighbors. The crocs are always thinking of ways to ambush and eat the zebra, but the zebra is too smart to get eaten. An elephant cop mediator then comes to the zebra with a 'compromise'. Just let the crocs eat your hands. You don't need them.
    That is the same 'compromise' this greatest of all Presidential 'supporter' of Israel, offers.
    Let the UN just chop off your hands with this commission. No big deal. You won't miss them at all.
    And still the Jewish libs who voted for this anti semitic anti Israel President remain silent. Just like in the 30s and 40s. They remained silent with FDR on the gathering storm of the Holocaust, and only afterwards expressed regret (and then tried for the past sixty years to libel republicans by claiming the NATIONAL SOCIALISTS-NAZIS, were really identical to AMERICAN CONSERVATIVES/ REPUBS, rather than to their real supporters-democrap socialists).

    This all just seems like another ploy by the administration to evade the issue and buy Iran more time. We've all learned that if Obama really wants something (Obamacare, stimulus), he will stop at nothing to get it, and if he doesn't care (oil spills, Israel), he will dither and try to make it somebody else's problem.

    Some hope though: Hugh Tomlinson at the Times of London Online (link won't paste for some reason) is now reporting that the Saudis have reportedly given clear skies for Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, because of the Saudis' mutual fear of the regime in Tehran.

    If that doesn't work, any chance that Israel could give somebody like Ollie North a call and counteract Obama's deceptions towards them by employing covert freedom fighters in the region to carry out business? Just thinkin' out loud…

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