UNREAL, REMEMBER WHEN THE MILITARY WAS ABOUT DEFEATING THE ENEMY AND NOT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS?
So the US Navy is going PC because some all of a sudden calling woman who serve in the Navy, Midshipman, is just too mean and makes them feel uncomfortable. The term “midshipman” has been used since the 1600′s, long predating the academy, which opened in 1845. According to the story, women first enlisted in the Navy in 1917, weeks before the United States entered World War I , as yeomen. But suddenly the use of the name “Midshipman” is no longer good. Has this country lost its mind and focus on the task at hand? The fact that our military is wasting any resources to something so silly and ridiculous is just incredible. What else would we expect with Barack Obama as Commander in Chief? So what will the Navy come up with, Midship-people, or maybe Midship-folks?
What happens when you take the “man” out of “midshipman”?
Navy officials will consider this question as they turn to language in an effort to fully integrate women into all levels of the service, including the Naval Academy.
Ray Mabus, the secretary of the Navy, issued a memo to the chief of naval operations on Jan. 1 asking for an “update of position titles and descriptions to demonstrate through this language that women are included in these positions.”
He also wrote: “Please review the position titles throughout the Navy and ensure that they are gender-integrated … removing ‘man’ from their titles.”
So what should it be?
Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson assigned the Navy’s master chief petty officer to establish a group that will, Navy officials said, “canvass the fleet, talk with sailors to hear their thoughts and provide recommendations on feedback.”
I have an idea, how about the US Navy focus on their job of protecting America and not get embarrassed by having their sailors taken hostage by Iranians on the seas and forced to put their hands over their heads and surrender their weapons. Hmm?
The House of Representatives passes legislation yesterday that would repeal much of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood for one year. The bill passed by a vote of 240 to 181 margin and was sent to Barack Obama, who is most certainly going to veto it. The GOP does not appear to have enough votes override a veto. It makes one wonder then, why did the Republicans bend over to Obama and provide him with a budget just recently that funded all of Obamacare, Planned Parenthood and the rest of his liberal agenda? Is anyone in Washington, DC looking out for “We the People”? It is the first time in 5 years that the GOP has put a bill forward on the desk of Obama that repeals Obamacare.
The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would repeal much of ObamaCare and defund Planned Parenthood for one year, sending the measure to President Obama’s desk.
The bill passed by a vote of 240 to 181. Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.), who opposes abortion, was the only Democrat to vote for the measure. Reps. Bob Dold (Ill.), Richard Hanna (N.Y.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), who all hail from swing districts, were the only Republicans to vote against it.
Obama is certain to veto the measure, but Republicans touted the vote as important step toward reversing the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of government it created.
“We are confronting the president with the hard, honest truth: ObamaCare doesn’t work,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday.
Republicans were able to get the repeal bill through the Senate, where Democrats had filibustered previous efforts, by using a fast-track process known as reconciliation that allows the bill to pass with a simple majority.
Democrats denounced the measure on the House floor, repeatedly invoking the roughly 16 million people enrolled in ObamaCare programs.
The GOP better do a lot more than just put bills in front of the President. They best come up with alternatives and provide a choice for Americans.
FOX News Host Andrea Tantaros Responded to Obama’s Gun Control Tears … I Would Check the Podium for a Raw Onion or Some “No More Tears.”
HMM, WAS THERE AN ONION ON THE STAGE OR WAS IT JUST TEARS OF A CLOWN …
FOX News Host Andrea Tantaros responded to Barack Obama’s tears on gun control by saying, I would check that podium for a raw onion or some “No More Tears.” It’s not really believable. On Outnumbered, watch the VIDEO where all of the cast respond to Obama’s comments and his continued divisive nature. But once again in a time when Americans are fearful terrorism, want to defend themselves and respect the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution while Obama mocks all who do not agree with his liberal agenda.
Really, after all this time, this lame duck president is making this an issue as if he cares?
FOX News host Andrea Tantaros responded to Obama’s tears today during his gun control push.
“This is how many years? Eight years, he’s almost at the end of his term. And you haven’t heard him go to Chicago and speak out about this issue and he is uniquely poised to do so. But everything he’s doing won’t solve that problem. So I would check that podium for a raw onion or some “No More Tears.” It’s not really believable.
So is FOX News going to suspend her too for making such a comment of the Obamamessiah?
IT WAS INEVITABLE … OBAMA IS COMING AFTER YOUR GUNS.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (Second Amendment)
Lame duck Barack Obama is looking to once again fundamentally transform America and directly attack the Second Amendment. CNN is to host a town hall meeting at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where Obama will look to push gun control even though the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that Americans have the right to bear arms. Sorry, but I don’t trust a word this man says. So he wants to get rid of the guns that protect Americans, really? So then why are the guns not taken away that protect politicians? If Americans allow this to stand, it is the death of liberty. Please do not let this man destroy this country any more than he already has.
President Barack Obama is mounting a final-year push to make gun control part of his legacy despite Republican opposition and is expected to announce unilateral action soon.
He will join CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday for an exclusive one-hour live town hall on gun control at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in hopes of mounting a final pitch to the public.
It’s an issue he has had zero success on so far in his presidency, despite his repeated, emotional appeals for change. Congress has remained a roadblock even in the face of widespread public support for Obama’s past calls for universal background checks or bolstered mental health support, with near uniform opposition from Republicans and a split on the issue among Democrats.
Obama will sit down with Cooper at 8 p.m. ET for the event, titled “Guns in America.” The event’s timing coincides with the fifth anniversary, next Friday, of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in a rampage that left six dead and 13 others wounded.
On January 4, President Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to finalize the executive gun controls expected to be announced next week.
During his first weekly radio address of 2016 Obama said:
A few months ago, I directed my team at the White House to look into any new actions I can take to help reduce gun violence. And on Monday, I’ll meet with our Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to discuss our options.
Because I get too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing. I get letters from responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time these tragedies happen; who share my belief that the Second Amendment guarantees a right to bear arms; and who share my belief we can protect that right while keeping an irresponsible, dangerous few from inflicting harm on a massive scale.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told supporters Saturday that he will veto President Obama’s actions on guns if elected to the White House.
“The Second Amendment, it’s so great to me,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Biloxi, Miss.
“We’re not changing the Second Amendment.”
Trump said to loud cheers that there is an “assault” on the Second Amendment as Obama considers executive action on gun control.
“I will veto that. I will unsign that so fast,” Trump said.
HAPPY EARTH DAY From Barack Obama as He Uses 9,000 Gallons Of Jet Fuel for Air Force One’s Trip To Everglades for Speech No One Shows Up At
What is wrong with this picture, actually both pictures.
HYPOCRISY ALERT … Yesterday, Barack Obama traveled to the Florida Everglades to provide a speech on global warming and the supposed impact on the environment on Earth Day. However, there was a slight problem that added a bit of irony and a interesting bit of hypocrisy … Obama’s trip on Air Force One to the Florida Everglades to promote environmentalism used 9000 gallons of jet fuel. Nice carbon footprint Barack. As reported at the Washington Free Beacon, Barack Obama’s Earth Day trip to Southern Florida will emit roughly five times as much carbon dioxide as the average American does in a full year. But of course, conservation and doing without is only for the common folk, not Barack Obama. How typical of the LEFT to tell others what they should be doing and then doing just the opposite themselves.
WH spox Josh Earnest spins his way out of a question on Obama’s global warming hypocrisy … Answer, because he is Obama and your not
Transcript via Rabble Writer:
MR. KNOLLER: On the Everglades trip, does the President risk undermining his message when he flies to the Everglades on a 747 hundreds of miles to make a statement about climate change? (Laughter.)
PEANUT GALLERY: He could drive. (Laughter.)
MR. EARNEST: It’s a provocative question.
UNIDENTIFIED: Take a van.
MR. EARNEST: But, no, he doesn’t. The President believes that there are important changes that we can make to reduce carbon pollution in this country, and we can do it in a way that will be good for our economy. That is precisely the case that the President will be making at the Everglades. And he’s looking forward to the trip.
MR. KNOLLER: Does he try to minimize the carbon footprint that he leaves whenever he goes anywhere?
MR. EARNEST: Well, obviously, the Department of Defense and the Presidential Airlift Group at the United States Air Force is responsible for the President’s transportation. So you can talk to them about any steps that they may have taken. I can say as a general matter that the Department of Defense has acknowledged that climate change does pose a national security threat to the United States. And there are a lot of practices that the Department of Defense has taken to try to reduce their carbon footprint. I don’t know how that intersects with the use of Air Force One, but you could check with the Air Force on that.
With swampy wetlands and alligators as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will use a visit to Florida’s Everglades to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation’s environmental treasures — and to hammer political opponents he says are doing far too little about it.
Obama’s trip to the Everglades on Wednesday, timed to coincide with Earth Day, marks an attempt to connect the dots between theoretical arguments about carbon emissions and real-life implications. With his climate change agenda under attack in Washington and courthouses across the U.S., Obama has sought this week to force Americans to envision a world in which cherished natural wonders fall victim to pollution.
According to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, Obama’s Earth Day trip to the Everglades will cover 1,836 miles roundtrip and consume 9,180 gallons of fuel on Air Force One.
If one actually believes this dribble of global emissions of carbon dioxide cause global warming, how does one explain their actions of causing more harm than good?
According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, burning that much jet fuel will produce more than 88,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide. That is about five times as much as the 17,600 kg that the average American emits annually, according to United Nations data.
Jet fuel “produces, in addition to carbon dioxide, NOx, sulphates, and particulate matter, all of which amplify the impact of aviation on global warming,” according to the Flying Clean Alliance, a group that advocates restrictions on aviation-related greenhouse gas emissions.
Now let’s figure out the amount of jet fuel used, the amount of carbon emissions spewed into the atmosphere and the number of people that actually attended Obama’s Earth Day speech. WHERE ARE ALL THE PEOPLE? Seriously, where are any of the people? How does anyone justify this trip to speak in front of 25 people? There may have been more alligators in attendance.
HOW SAD AND PATHETIC IS BARACK OBAMA WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF AGREEING WITH IRAN’S AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, broke his silence on the so-called “framework” the Obama administration has been trumpeting as the basis for a nuclear accord with the Republic of Iran. Khamenei’s speech not only pulled the rug out from underneath the Obama administration, but also went after Obama and called him a liar. Khamenei accused the Obama administration of “lying” about the proposed terms, being “deceptive,” and having “devilish” intentions.
I guess Khamenei knows Obama well and has seen him operate as president. Lying, deceptive and having devilish intentions, that sounds pretty much spot on when it comes to Barack Hussein Obama. It would appear that Ayatollah Khamenei knows that Barack Obama is the Lying King as well.
Depending on proximity to the podium at which Barack Obama delivered his victory speech about an alleged “historic” nuclear deal with Iran, at the end of the April 2 speech some of the more formidable bushes in the Rose Garden had not wilted and died from the withering effects of 18 minutes of self-aggrandizement and legacy weaving by The One.
Surviving Rose bushes notwithstanding, Obama’s vaunted deal all but vanished into thin air as Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, pummeled Obama with words so harsh that one must reluctantly concede that the Ayatollah, although a congenital liar and despicable tyrant himself, has unwittingly unearthed the truth about America’s number one problem: The presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.
“Earlier today, Khamenei broke his silence on the supposed “framework” the Obama administration has been trumpeting as the basis for a nuclear accord. Khamenei’s speech pulled the rug out from underneath the administration.
Khamenei accused the Obama administration of “lying” about the proposed terms, being “deceptive,” and having “devilish” intentions, according to multiple published accounts of his speech, as well as posts on his official Twitter feed.”
US Only Adds 126,000 Jobs in March 2015 … 245K Expected; Unemployment Rate Remains at 5.5% … Record Level of Americans Not in Labor Force
THE OTHER BARACK OBAMA LIE … THERE IS AN ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN THE US.
Economic recovery, what economic recovery? As reported at CNBC, economists expected nonfarm payrolls to rise 245,000 in March 2015 and the unemployment rate was to remain the same; however, the numbers came in much, much, much lower. In fact, only 126,000 jobs were created in March, the smallest gain since December 2013. OK, so how did only half the number of jobs come in as predicted and the unemployment rate did not go up, Hmm?
Do you really want to know who such fuzzy math can take place and a lying Obama and his minions can claim that 5.5% is a good thing when it is not? How about a record 93,175,000 Americans are not in the Labor Force!!!
The sputtering U.S. economy created just 126,000 jobs in March as bad weather, weak consumer spending and flailing corporate profits resulted in the worst report since December 2013.
Economists expected nonfarm payrolls to rise 245,000 in March, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 5.5 percent, according to Reuters. February’s numbers were revised lower to 264,000 from the initially reported 295,000, while January’s number fell from 239,000 to 201,000.
The total fell well short of the 269,000 average over the past year and was the first time in 14 months that the number dropped below 200,000.
However, the overall unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent, as a generational low in labor force participation helps keep the figure low. A separate gauge that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well those employed part-time for economic reasons—the underemployed—edged lower from 11 percent to 10.9 percent.
More Americans dropped out of the labor force last month, as the number of people not in the labor force hit another record high in March.
According to Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statics jobs data 93,175,000 Americans were not in the work force in March, an addition of 277,000 to February’s level of 92,898,000.
The BLS defines people not in the labor force as people ages 16 and older who are neither employed nor have they “made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week.”
The work force decline also corresponded with a drop in the labor force participation rate, wherein March’s rate of 62.7 percent matched earlier lows seen September and December 2014 but not seen before since in 1978. February’s participation rate was 62.8 percent.
Boko Haram Islamists Beheads 40 People with Chainsaws During Nigeria Elections as Barack Obama Golfs in Florida
NIGERIAN CHAINSAW MASSACRE …
Once again we are witness to the world in flames as terrorists in Nigeria kill scores of individuals as they continue their heinous acts. As reported at RT, Boko Haram beheaded 40 people with chainsaws during the Nigeria elections. But of course Barack Obama would tell you that Islam is a religion of peace. Speaking of Barack Obama, he spent the weekend working hard, worrying about the terror in the world by golfing in Florida.
Militants from extremist group Boko Haram attacked several Nigerian towns, torching houses and fatally shooting those who fled before reportedly beheading some of the bodies with chainsaws. The string of terror attacks comes amid the presidential vote.
At least 25 people were killed and more than 30 injured in the village of Buratai in Borno state, local officials confirmed.
Surviving witnesses described gruesome scenes of murder, saying that not only did the extremists set homes on fire and shoot those trying to escape, but also decapitated the bodies.
Pic – The Economist: Hmm, he looks so natural
Local politician Ibrahim Adamu, who fled the scene, told CNN that Boko Haram “slaughtered their victims like rams and decapitated them,” adding that “they burned a large part of the village and we are afraid some residents were burnt in the homes because most people had gone to bed when the gunmen struck.”
Shh, don’t let people know I could care less about terrorism and radical Islam
Meanwhile, at least 14 people were killed in separate attacks by the radical Islamist group in the towns of Biri and Dukku, located in Gombe state. The victims included a legislator, AP reported.
The attacks came after the Nigerian military announced Friday that it had cleared all major centers in the northeast from militants. They also coincide with the country’s presidential election, which Boko Haram had vowed to derail.
Chris Wallace Grills CIA Director John Brennan on ISIS & Iran … “Didn’t You Give the American People and the President Give the American People a False Sense of Confidence Back in 2012 about Our Fight Against Islamic Terrorists at a Time”
Chris Wallace asks, Director, can we really say ISIS is losing?
Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace interviewed CIA Director John Brennan and asked some very direct questions when it came to the treats from both Iran and ISIS. Wallace asked why the Obama administration refuses to call or enemy for what they are, “Islamic extremists” and why President Obama and John Brennan have rejected identifying them for what they are. Brennan replied that ISIS was simply “a corruption of the Islamic faith.” REALLY? Director Brennen might want to read the Koran. It is not a corruption of the Islam, it is an interpretation that many agree with.
Brennan said the vast majority of Muslims reject ISIS’ actions. Wallace then directly confronted Brennan over why he and the president won’t openly talk about “Islamic extremism.” He asked why the administration is “ignoring” confronting them like that.
Brennan simply insisted that “it is a corruption of the Islamic faith.”
Sadly, the CIA director sounded more like a shill for Barack Obama than truly understanding and caring about the safety and protection of the United States. There were far too many references to touting Barack Obama and John Kerry during this interview as compared to folks like formal CIA director General David Petraeus and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who are persona non grata with the Obama administration.
WALLACE: Do you really think that the U.S. and Iran share interests?
BRENNAN: I think what’s Daesh, ISIL has been doing in the region is something that is counter to U.S. interests as well as counter to Iranian interests. And the Iranians are now engaged with their Iraqi partners to try to push back these forces of terrorism inside of Iraq.
So, Iran does have an interest in preventing further Daesh, ISIL terrorist attacks. At the same time, I think they need to be responsible as far as what they’re doing inside Iraq and not further inflaming that situation.
WALLACE: But your immediate predecessor in this job, General David Petraeus, said this week Iran is not an ally. It’s part of the problem, not part of the solution. And Benjamin Netanyahu, when he spoke to Congress, said the enemy of your enemy is not your friend, he is your enemy. [...]
WALLACE: General Lloyd Austin, the head of the U.S. Central Command, told Congress recently that ISIS is losing. But ISIS is still dug into Iraq and Syria. They now have affiliates across North Africa. They were possibly responsible for these terrible attacks this week in Tunisia and Yemen.
Director, can we really say ISIS is losing?
BRENNAN: Clearly, ISIS momentum inside of Iraq and Syria has been blunted and it has been stopped. So, they are not on the march as they were several months ago. And so, our working with the Iraqis and the Iraqis now trying to push back against it, it is having some great, I think, progress.
At the same time, this phenomenon of Daesh throughout the entire region is something that we need to work with our partners. We see what’s happening in other countries, in these franchises that are blowing up in Libya and other areas. They — they’ve claimed responsibility for attacks in Tunisia and Yemen.
This is something that clearly is not just restricted to Iraq and Syria. So, we cannot relent. We have to continue working with our partners in the region.
WALLACE: Here is what you said in 2012.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
BRENNAN: If the decade before 9/11 was the time of al Qaeda’s rise and the decade after 9/11 was the time of its decline, then I believe this decade will be the one that sees its demise.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALLACE: Director Brennan, weren’t you just flat wrong about that?
BRENNAN: No. And when we look at al Qaeda and we look at what has happened to al Qaeda and particularly the core of al Qaeda that was in the area of Afghanistan and Pakistan, they have taken some really big hits.
WALLACE: But — but, respectfully, sir, when you were saying this is the decade of al Qaeda’s demise, I don’t think most people thought you meant, well, yes, but there will be an offshoot called ISIS which spreads across the Middle East.
BRENNAN: This phenomenon that Daesh represents right now is a new one. It is one that has grown up in the past two years.
WALLACE: But it’s an offshoot of al Qaeda.
BRENNAN: We’ve done a lot against al Qaeda. We’ve been able to push them back. We’ve been able to prevent their attacks.
But there are these offshoots, as you say. This is a phenomenon that we’re going to have to deal with. And I do think over the next decade, this is going to be a long, hard fight.
WALLACE: I guess what I’m asking is didn’t you give the American people — and the president give the American people a false sense of confidence back in 2012 about our fight against Islamic terrorists at a time, perhaps not so coincidentally, when the president was running for reelection?
BRENNAN: What we said was al Qaeda was on the run. We said that al Qaeda was really bloodied and it was not the same organization that it was in 9/11, as well as in the years after that.
There was no sense that I think either I or the president or others gave to the American people that terrorism was going away. But we’ve made great progress against a lot of these groups that had plans in place to carry out attacks.
WALLACE: You talked recently of the ideology — your word — that fuels ISIS.
What is that ideology?
BRENNAN: It is a very twisted, perverted interpretation of a religion that they purport to represent, but in no way do they represent. It’s an ideology of violence. That’s what it is. It is not a religious ideology.
WALLACE: Well, Islam is certainly a part of it, isn’t it?
BRENNAN: They purport to be Muslims. But as I said, the overwhelming majority of Muslims throughout the world roundly denounce and condemn what they’re doing. And that’s why we should not give them any type of religious legitimacy.
WALLACE: This gets to your refusal and the president’s refusal to talk about Islamic extremism. (MORE)
Barack Hussein Obama Refuses to Call Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu After His Big Victory (Update: Obama Finally Calls, “Reassess” Its options on US-Israel Relations)
THE INCREDIBLY SHRINKING PRESIDENT … JUST HOW SMALL, PETTY AND THIN SKINNED IS BARACK OBAMA.
One needs to look no further to witness the lack of class, the pettiness and the pathetic “smallish” behavior of President Barack Obama than to examine his behavior falling the victory by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in yesterdays landslide election. Following Benjamin Netanyahu’s huge win, Barack Obama has not called the Israel Prime Minister to congratulate him. Even for Obama, this is small. Really, this is how we treat an ally? But the incredibly shrinking Obama is throwing a temper tantrum because Netanyahu’s big win means an Obama big and embarrassing loss. All of Obama’s attempts to interfere in the Israel election and have Netanyahu ousted were for naught.
But this is the sad state of affairs that the United States sees itself in as a clueless and apathetic electorate have voted this little Napoleon into office, who is the most liberal ideologue, that America has ever had to endure. So I guess the transformation of America is to attack our allies unless they goose-step to Obama’s wishes. 2016 cannot come soon enough.
Really, this president has the audacity to question anyone about using rhetotic in an election. Seriously Barack, you might want to take a look at yourself in the mirror and see just how you conducted yourself in the 2008 and 2012 elections. And the crap you have spewed in between.
UPDATE I: NY Times – Obama May Find It Impossible to Mend Frayed Ties to Netanyahu.
President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel had a poisonous relationship long before Mr. Netanyahu swept to victory on Tuesday night in elections watched minute-by-minute at the White House.
But now that Mr. Netanyahu has won after aggressively campaigning against a Palestinian state and Mr. Obama’s potential nuclear deal with Iran, the question is whether the president and prime minister can ever repair their relationship — and whether Mr. Obama will even try.
On Wednesday, part of the answer seemed to be that the president would not make the effort.
In strikingly strong criticism, the White House called Mr. Netanyahu’s campaign rhetoric, in which he railed against Israeli Arabs because they went out to vote, an attempt to “marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens” and inconsistent with the values that bind Israel and the United States. The White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters traveling with Mr. Obama on Air Force One on Wednesday that Mr. Netanyahu’s statement was “deeply concerning and it is divisive and I can tell you that these are views the administration intends to communicate directly to the Israelis.”
UPDATE II: Obama calls to congratulate Netanyahu.
Barack Obama finally calls to congratulate Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his recent victory; however, it was far from friendly or cordial. The thin skinned Obama, still smarting from his guy not winning the Israel election, basically made the following salutations, Congratulations, and by the way, we’re going to re-access our policy with Israel since you won. How big of Obama.
President Barack Obama told Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that Washington would “reassess” its options on U.S.-Israel relations and Middle East diplomacy after the Israeli prime minister took a position against Palestinian statehood during his re-election campaign, a White House official said.
Obama’s telephone call to Netanyahu followed a television interview in which the Israeli leader backed away from his pre-election declaration that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch, an about-face apparently aimed at quelling U.S. criticism triggered by his comments.
The White House, unmoved by Netanyahu’s effort to backtrack, delivered a fresh rebuke against him on Thursday and signaled that Washington may reconsider its decades-old policy of shielding close ally Israel from international pressure at the United Nations.