From healthcare The One turns to the Mideast

Hmm, what can we break next?

If you were the Leader of the Free World, how much damage could you do if you put your mind to it?

Quite a lot, our current president seems determined to prove.

The latest headlines:

The Times of London:
Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’

The Daily Telegraph:

Obama snubbed Netanyahu for dinner with Michelle and the girls, Israelis claim; Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family, it emerged on Thursday.

Nile Gardiner, Daily Telegraph: Barack Obama’s humiliation of Israel is a disgrace

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary:

This White House likes symbolism. After Barack Obama moved in, one of the first things his staff did was to unceremoniously remove the bronze bust of Winston Churchill that had been in the Oval Office and return it to Great Britain, thus signaling that this president no longer valued the special relationship with the UK, which had been a cornerstone of American diplomacy from the days of FDR to those of George W. Bush. And when Obama finally met with the Dalai Lama last month, the visit was kept low key, with no official welcome and no media allowed to witness the event for fear of offending China. The one picture that was released of the meeting appeared to show the president lecturing the exiled Tibetan so no one might think that a former editor of the Harvard Law Review had anything to learn from a legendary spiritual leader.

But the cold reception of the Dalai Lama now seems like a wild party compared to the way Obama received Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House this week.

Jennifer Rubin, Commentary:

The low point in the history of U.S.-Israel relations has come about not because of a housing permit but because we have a president fundamentally uninterested in retaining the robust, close relationship between the two countries that other administrations of both parties have cultivated. The Obami set out to separate the U.S. from Israel, to pressure and cajole the Jewish state, and to remake the U.S. into an eager suitor to the Muslim World. In the process, anti-Israel delegitimizing efforts have been unleashed as Israel’s enemies (and our own allies) sense that we have downgraded the relationship with the Jewish state, the Israeli public has come to distrust the administration, the American Jewish electorate is somewhere between stunned and horrified, and Israel is less secure and more isolated than ever before.

Image via the People’s Cube

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Update, 3/27:

Instapundit wonders if there is a method to O’s madness re Israel:

Possibly Obama just hates Israel and hates Jews. That’s plausible — certainly nothing in his actions suggests otherwise, really.

But it’s also possible — I’d say likely — that there’s something else going on. I think Obama expects Israel to strike Iran, and wants to put distance between the United States and Israel in advance of that happening. (Perhaps he even thinks that treating Israel rudely will provoke such a response, saving him the trouble of doing anything about Iran himself, and avoiding the risk that things might go wrong if he does). On the most optimistic level, maybe this whole thing is a sham, and the U.S. is really helping Israel strike Iran, with this as distraction. The question for readers is which of these — not necessarily mutually exclusive — explanations is most plausible.

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4 responses to “From healthcare The One turns to the Mideast

  1. Noah Pollak, Commentary:

    By my reading, Bibi is in a very bad place right now. His options are either 1) total public humiliation and agreement to demands that could topple his government, followed by a diplomatic process that would force potentially lethal concessions on Israel, or 2) the U.S. preventing him from attacking Iran and removing the diplomatic shield that protects Israel from the deranged anti-Semitism of Europe and the Middle East (two increasingly indistinguishable regions).

    There is a third scenario: Israel completely reshuffles the deck by attacking Iran.

  2. It terms of next thing to break, news reports indiacte this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jong-il
    wants to put dibs on next part of the world for some Chicago-style preserving disorder.

  3. Ralph Peters, NY Post:

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010, was the worst day for US diplomacy in recent memory.

    Between sunrise and sunset, we 1) handled our Israeli allies as enemies, 2) treated Pakistani gangsters as our benefactors and 3) got blindsided — brilliantly — by the Russians.

  4. Can we turn back to heathcare for a moment?
    (Boldly assuming your affirmative reply), I found this item amazing–the individual mandate is apparently NOT subject to the general enforcement laws that give teeth to the rest of the federal tax code. If the report here: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=Yzg5NmFlNDdiNTljYmQ5MDBhNmE5ODc0ZmYzMmJhZGU=
    is correct, this would be (as noted at the NRO link) a Biden-certifiable B.F.D.
    I see two major impacts. First, the complete absence of IRS enforcement power weakens the constitutional attack on the individual mandate. In court, the Obama administration needs to reply to the complaint that the feds lack authority to criminalize a citizen’s failure to buy health insurance. It is an interesting, and perhaps fairly strong, reply to say that there are NO criminal or even civil penalties in the law. Could this have been the reason why this law was written this way–to deflect constitutional attacks?
    Second, with no enforcement mechanism, the individual mandate becomes a sham. Which means the health insurance companies will get stuck–they must issue “insurance” policies to new customers who are already in the hospital. And young healthy people without insurance at work will not be signing up for insurance because the IRS cannot enforce the mandate.
    What an amazing law–I guess it was designed to fail so that it would need to be fixed with what they really want–Canada style single payer government health care.

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