Mr. President, Your Friday Veto Exposed Your Greatest Lie
‘A New Illegal Jewish Settlement’
(from JamieLynn Ross via Flickr.com)
To say that much of what you told us you stood for and believed in as Campaign Obama has been been proven to be a fiction would be putting it mildly. I’m not about to delve into whether you lied, or just tumbled into the Oval Office and changed… It really doesn’t matter any more except as a thought experiment; thirty years from now declassified documents may offer some hints, but what we are living with you as our President now is what matters.
Please allow me to quote you from your interview with Diane Sawyer on Jan. 25, 2010:
“I’d rather be a really good one-term President than a mediocre two-term President. You know, there is a tendency in Washington to believe our job description, of elected officials, is to get reelected. That’s not our job description. Our job description is to solve problems and to help people. I don’t want to look back on my time here and say to myself all I was interested in was nurturing my own popularity.”
Now anyone who’d been judging your performance, not just your pretty speeches thought that those sentences were a howl; a real hoot; a farce. We’ve seen your call lists, watched you give all your love to Banks, not jobs, health insurance reform, not EFCA and re-writing trade deals as you promised, tank financial regulation instead of pursuing fraud…all for re-election, yada, yada. But on the ME?
God; I have to go back to Campaign Obama and his statements of concern for the treatment of Palestinians; he (you?) had been friends with Rashid Kahlidi back then, so you knew what Israel was making their lives like, and spoke to it. But boy, howdy! Once AIPAC freaked out in fear, you went to their next convention and schmoozed them blue. Not as full-throatedly as our Hillary Clinton who spoke with the fervor of a True Believer, but well enough to gain lots of their money and plenty of public endorsements.
I’d like to leave out how foolish you and Biden looked when Bibi spit on your big multi-billion-dollar defense trade offer for a mere three months’ halt in West Bank settlements; but hell, when it got leaked, you took it back. And when the Wiki-cables came out and showed how toxic and what lies the American-Egyptian-Israel-Fattah screwing of Hamas was, most of us were nauseated, but the Arab/Muslim world went a bit crazy; understandable, don’t you think?
But on Thursday we now know you spent fifty minutes on the phone with Abbas trying to pressure him into having the Security Council Resolution condemning and calling the settlement illegal, and trying to sell some Crap Statement by the US, according to Foreign Policy Magazine:
“Expresses its strong opposition to any unilateral actions by any party, which cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognised by the international community, and reaffirms, that it does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, which is a serious obstacle to the peace process.” The statement also condemns “all forms of violence, including rocket fire from Gaza, and stresses the need for calm and security for both peoples”.
Incoherent nonsense. But Abbas checks with the PLO, and refuses to withdraw the Resolution. So you vetoed it on Friday. All fourteen other SC member nations supported it. Why’d you do it?
Because you would otherwise lose the support of AIPAC! Yeah; supporting it might not have made peace in the ME an actuality, but the veto? You just poured gasoline on the peace process and screwed over the Palestinians, and the combustible Arab/Muslim world. I want to imagine that the rage might hasten some successful revolts, but even if it turns out to be so, you just ramped up Anti-Americanism to a whole ‘nother level. Why? For those thirty pieces of silver for your re-election campaign.
I’ll never forgive you for that; nor will much of the world’s people. You and this nation love to pretend you champion Democracy in the world, but like Clinton hints: only when you all think it’s the time and the place, eh? Stunning cluelessness you just exhibited,