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May 19, 2011

Obama's Speech, Recapped: Endorses 1967 Borders for Israel

1. Obama pretty much announced that he wants Israel to return to its 1967 borders-- thus endorsing the terrorists' key demand without requiring any substantive concessions on their part.

We agree that the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps...

2. Obama offers his plan for Middle East prosperity:

Prosperity requires tearing down walls that stand in the way of progress. The corruption of the elites who steal from the people. The red tape that stops a business. The patronage that distributes wealth based on tribe or sect.

But America, of course, should do the opposite, I guess.

3. 90% of what he said was ho-hum "Sure that would be nice" crap. It was all crap like:

a. Bahrain should not shoot its protesters,

b. Bahrainian protesters should not break the laws in protesting, and

c. Iran should not exploit Bahrain's protesters.

See, this is nothing but a series of I wish that...'s. That's all it is: Impotent wishing. A boy tossing pennies in a fountain or a girl counting daisy-petals.

Very little of this is backed up by any concrete agenda. (Except for us spending money on Egypt and Tunisia, of course.)

In fact, because he wants to excuse his own failures in advance, he repeatedly cries that the US is powerless to shape events and these countries must make their own decisions and their own way (except Israel, of course: Obama has some demands for them). Over and over, he recapitulates how ineffectual the US is to achieve the very changes he's talking about.

So.

Why.

Bother.

This is a political document, pure and simple, an attempt at some post-hoc rationalization and some empty wishes (If only I were taller... if only I were richer) masquerading as foreign policy.

Oh, and Israel has to capitulate to terrorists as Hamas and Fatah drop all pretense and join together in a common, all-Palestinian united terror front.

Oh, and it's going to cost you a few billion. Don't sweat it; we can always print more of the stuff.

Update/Caveat: At the bottom of this post, Captain Ed claims that the 67 borders with swaps is not new policy, but has been US policy for a while.

I don't know. Both AP and FoxNews seem to believe this is new.



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