There are just so many rebuttals to Obama, I can’t decide which ones I like best.
Elliott Abrams knocks it out of the park.
Obama’s “arguments” about Syria in the Goldberg interview are insulting to his former (and, in Kerry’s case, current) top advisers, whose advice he rejected, and misleading about their advice. He describes a situation where ignorant critics seek “large scale military action,” which is akin to the administration’s claim that those who want sanctions on Iran are “warmongers.” But that is a false description, for what was recommended time after time was serious help to the rebels, and a one-time strike (“incredibly small,” said Kerry, not “large scale”) at chemical weapons assets. So we have the president deriding those who disagreed with him—who include his top aides and top experts—and refusing, even now, to understand that his policy of passivity in Syria has produced nearly the worst of all possible worlds: 150,000 dead, 6 million homeless, and a menacing gathering of perhaps 25,000 jihadists at the heart of the Middle East.
The biggest lie he told, of course, was that Mahmoud Abbas was ready for peace. Condi Rice revealed the details of the deal that Abbas turned down. It was so good, she couldn’t believe Olmert was actually offering it. Abbas never responded to an offer that gave him almost everything he wanted.
Let’s revisit what Obama said about Netanyahu:
But I believe that Bibi is strong enough that if he decided this was the right thing to do for Israel, that he could do it. If he does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach. And as I said before, it’s hard to come up with one that’s plausible.
Once more, compare that to what he said about Abbas.
I believe that President Abbas is sincere about his willingness to recognize Israel and its right to exist, to recognize Israel’s legitimate security needs, to shun violence, to resolve these issues in a diplomatic fashion that meets the concerns of the people of Israel.
Netanyahu froze Israeli settlement building for ten months at Obama’s request as a precondition for negotations with the Palestinians. Abbas refused to come to the table for those ten months, and then used settlement construction as an excuse not to talk. But in Obama’s world, Abbas is sincere and Bibi is the one that doesn’t want to make a peace deal.
Over 80 percent of American Jews voted for this idiot. Twice. Great job, people. Great job.