Obama continues his unconscionable persecution of Israel, which has always been a reliable ally of the United States, while bending over backwards to mollify duplicitous and unreliable Pakistan.
Yet another Which-Side-Is-Obama-On Update: “Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner,’” by Giles Whittell and James Hider for the Times Online, March 25 (thanks to Pamela, who has some excellent comments on this that you should not miss):
For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of.
Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a disastrous humiliation.
After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisors and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman who spoke to the Prime Minister said today.
“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages“, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House phone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”….
I expect that the President of Equatorial Guinea would be treated better.
But meanwhile, the Obama Administration can’t do enough to soothe Pakistani sensibilities ruffled by our horrible Islamophobic airport security procedures: “US ambassador in UK ensures no body scan for Pak foreign minister,” from the PTI, March 25 (thanks to Block Ness):
WASHINGTON: The extent to which the Obama administration will go to humour Pakistan is highlighted by the fact that its envoy to UK drove four hours to Manchester to ensure that a zealous American airline security does not body scan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi ahead of his arrival here.
When Qureshi’s commercial flight to the US stopped in Manchester this week, American ambassador in London, Louis B Susman, drove four hours to be there for the hour long layover.
Susman’s mission was to “avoid any unpleasantness – including the possibility that British-based US airline security might insist on body-scanning Qureshi – that might start the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue in Washington off on the wrong foot,” the Washington Post reported.
As Pakistan and the US struggle to overcome what both characterise as a mutual “trust deficit,” the Obama administration hopes that the upgraded strategic talks will consolidate the new partnership the President promised in exchange for Pakistan’s cooperation in shutting down Taliban and al-Qaida havens in that country, the paper said….
UPDATE: “Barack Hussein Obama II’s War Against Israel,” by Pamela Geller at Big Journalism:
The Jewish people, both in Israel and the diaspora, seem to be suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome. There can be no logical reason why an American Jew could intellectually excuse Obama’s twenty-year friendship and closeness with the anti-Semitic Farrakhan acolyte Jeremiah Wright. There is no way an American Jew could explain away or rationalize Obama’s connections to Rashid Khalidi, Ali Abunimah, Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and know about those connections without knowing what was coming. These Jews (and our history is plagued with them) love ideas, not people. They are so married to their dogma, their ideology, that they cannot, will not, see what is right in front of them. They worship at the church of human secularism. That is their religion. They have no G-d. They are merely wearing a Jewish coat, but do not speak for Jews.