If we called our President Mein Obama, would he feel insulted? Rhetorical, and perhaps a wee tad unfair. Yet after being told I favor war with Iran for not supporting his deal, I felt inclined towards a spot of et tu quoque. He offers us one of those false choices he supposedly ran for President to get rid of below.
So let’s not mince words. The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy or some form of war. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not three months from now, but soon.
The criticism of Republicans is about what America can expect from a man who was elected to be a divider instead of a uniter. His followers expect the road to Hell to be paved with dead Republicans and this issue is just one more opportunity to serve up the read meat to rabid ideological pit bulls. What bothers many leaders of the American Jewish Community is that the hater that many of them aggressively helped bankroll and elect has turned on them. They are now one of his scapegoats as he seeks to mobilize the Democratic Party behind his proposed deal with Iran. He had the following to say to leaders of the American Jewish Community.
Obama, while acknowledging some of the activists’ concerns, expressed frustration at the intensity of the public criticism some of the opponents were mounting, participants said. “At one point, he essentially said this would not be as big an issue and as big a fight if basically the pro-Israel community was not making it into a big fight,” said one participant who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private meeting. “That’s the only reason why we are where we are. So essentially, the takeaway was that he was broadly asking the organizations to consider stepping back.”
In and of itself, this particular quote would not rate much more than the predictable gaffe of a community organizer up-jumped far beyond his level of professional capability. When examined in conjunction with his interactions with the current leader of Israel; who he aggressively attempted to defeat by intervening and attempting to rig a foreign election, it begins to look more and more like a pattern.
Though the prime audience of the speech was the American public, the president made several references to Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one of the agreement’s key opponents. “I don’t doubt Netanyahu’s sincerity but I think he is wrong,” the president said, noting that “with the exception of Israel, every country supports the agreement,” as do the United Nations Security Council and other international agencies.
When [mc_name name=’Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’S000148′ ] decried the Iran Deal, the reaction of President Obama’s closest political allies further led even sympathetic observers to question Barack Obama’s ability to deal with Jewish issues in an even-handed manner that is free of troglodyte bigotry.
This use of anti-Jewish incitement as a political tool is a sickening new development in American political discourse, and we have heard too much of it lately—some coming, ominously, from our own White House and its representatives. Let’s not mince words: Murmuring about “money” and “lobbying” and “foreign interests” who seek to drag America into war is a direct attempt to play the dual-loyalty card. It’s the kind of dark, nasty stuff we might expect to hear at a white power rally, not from the President of the United States—and it’s gotten so blatant that even many of us who are generally sympathetic to the administration, and even this deal, have been shaken by it.
This is a very serious accusation to throw at a sitting President is not a lighthearted matter. It essentially suggests sane humanity would be better served if he took more time off of being President and shot golf. The Tablet has essentially opined that Barack Obama holds the same outlook on the Jewish as a guy like Vox Day who once suggested America could handle illegal immigration with the same efficiency that Nazi Germany displayed in shipping the Jews to concentration camps.
Criticizing AIPAC does not uniquely qualify Barack Obama as an anti-Semite. Being a sore loser over his inability to dictate election results over in Israel doesn’t uniquely condemn Barack Obama as a Neo-Reactionary bigot. Nor do his veiled accusations and threats against [mc_name name=’Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’S000148′ ] who oh, by the way, just happens to be Jewish. It’s in the totality of all these actions that we can see a mosaic pattern that hearkens back to the cheap antiquated bigotry of the of the beer hall ignoramus. The Democratic Party needs to expect more of its leadership than rhetoric worthy of a Stalinist Pogrom.