NUKE DEAL REACHED: Barack Obama has officially sold the United States and Israel down the drain and all but guaranteed a nuclear arms race in the Middle East ...
Iran and six nations led vigorously by the United States to reach a deal at any cost has finally reached a historic accord on this morning with regards to Iran’s nuclear capabilities. The members of the panel are Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United States, the European Union and Iran. Aside from all the platitudes from Barack Obama and Sec. of State John Kerry touting this deal as the greatest thing since the Magna Carta, so we are supposed to trust that Iran is going to do what they say, really? When has Iran ever done what they said they would do? Sadly, this deal is a joke and will cause a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
To check the Iranians we have to put a request into Iran for inspections and Iran has 14 days to respond. Really? Because the Iranian government and Mullahs have changed, they are such trust worthy people. Meanwhile chants continue in the streets of Iran to death to America and Israel. This was an Obama deal for a deals sake as it was too big to fail.
All we can hope is that this deal gets nixed in Congress and both House and Senators from both parties show a backbone and place US security and Middle East stability before party politics and Obama’s legacy.
Iran and a group of six nations led by the United States said they had reached a historic accord on Tuesday to significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.
President Obama, in an early morning appearance at the White House that was broadcast live in Iran, began what promised to be an arduous effort to sell the deal to Congress and the American public, saying the agreement was “not built on trust. It is built on verification.”
One of the last, and most contentious issues, was the question of whether and how fast an arms embargo on conventional weapons and missiles, imposed starting in 2006, would be lifted.
After days of haggling, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, agreed that the missile restrictions would remain for eight years and that a similar ban on the purchase and sale of missiles would be removed in five years.
Those bans would be removed even sooner if the International Atomic Energy Agency is able to reach a definitive conclusion that the Iranian nuclear program is entirely peaceful, and that there was no evidence of cheating on the accord or any activity to obtain weapons covertly.
The provisions on the arms embargo are expected to dominate the coming debate in Congress on the accord.
Even before the deal was announced, critics expressed fears that Iran would use some of the billions of dollars it will receive in sanctions relief to build up its military power in the region. Iranian officials, however, have said that Iran should be treated like any other nation, and not be subjected to an arms embargo if it meets the terms of a nuclear deal.
John Kerry said the implementation of the deal is more important than the text. “I’m not going to stand here and tell you every is going to work without a hitch,” he told reporters.
Iranian negotiators have repeatedly reassured the US that they have a full mandate from President Rouhani and the Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the US secretary of state said.
In answer to his final question he said: “We have put in ample mechanisms in respect to compliance. So I feel very confident about our ability to protect our interests.”
Bill O’Reilly Talking Points Blasts Barack Obama, Pelosi and Reid For Their Failure in War on Terror
Bill O’Reilly blasted President Barack Obama for his weak foreign policy and the dire consequences it has created in the Middle East, Europe the Far East and across the world. O’Reilly called it a perfect storm of weakness. What happened to Obama’s promise to downgrade terrorism as he seems to make climate change a more important topic than terrorism? Obama’s lack of leadership, the most reluctant leader this country has ever seen, has been the focal point of why evil has been on the rise. Bill O’Reilly stated, “by withholding American power abroad, the president is plunging the world into a very dark place. When order collapses, so does civilized society.”
Bill O’Reilly ended his rant by saying, “God help the next president of the United States.” I would go one further and say, God help the citizens of the United States.
War and Peace in the United States
He ripped Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi for “saying various thing that make absolutely no sense at all” while ISIS is growing in power in the Middle East.
O’Reilly went through all the unintended consequences of Obama’s weak foreign policy, which includes China’s expansion and Vladimir Putin feeling he can just walk all over the United States. O’Reilly said he’s “simply aghast that American foreign policy is so bad.”
“By withholding American power abroad,” he concluded, “the president is plunging the world into a very dark place. When order collapses, so does civilized society, and we are seeing that all over this planet.”
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Silent No More: George W. Bush Rips Barack Obama on Middle East Foreign Policy … Says Obama is Naïve on Iran & Nuclear Deal and is Losing the War against the ISIS
IT IS ABOUT TIME THE COWBOY SAID SOMETHING, GWB RIPS BARACK OBAMA’S DISASTROUS AND NAIVE FOREIGN POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST
At a Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson, former President George W. Bush blasted Barack Obama for his disastrous and naive foreign policy in the Middle East. GWB said that Obama was being naive when it came to Iran and the so-called framework nuclear deal and said that Obama was losing the war against ISIS. Bush further went on to say that Obama was placing the United States in “retreat” around the world. GWB, the cowboy that we have been longing for let loose with the following, “In order to be an effective president, when you say something you have to mean it. You gotta kill em.” Maybe the most reflective comment GWB made while blasting Obama’s vision-less and dangerous foreign policy was when he said of the foolish Iran nuclear deal, “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”
Hey America, who’s the IDIOT again?
In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.
One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush’s remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was something he didn’t want to do. He then proceeded to explain why Obama, in his view, was placing the U.S. in “retreat” around the world. He also said Obama was misreading Iran’s intentions while relaxing sanctions on Tehran too easily.
According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”
Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”
Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.
Bush said he views the rise of the Islamic State as al-Qaeda’s “second act” and that they may have changed the name but that murdering innocents is still the favored tactic. He defended his own administration’s handling of terrorism, noting that the terrorist Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who confessed to killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was captured on his watch: “Just remember the guy who slit Danny Pearl’s throat is in Gitmo, and now they’re doing it on TV.”
Obama promised to degrade and destroy Islamic State’s forces but then didn’t develop a strategy to complete the mission, Bush said. He said that if you have a military goal and you mean it, “you call in your military and say ‘What’s your plan?’ ” He indirectly touted his own decision to surge troops to Iraq in 2007, by saying, “When the plan wasn’t working in Iraq, we changed.”
“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.”
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.”
Bill O’Reilly Says on The O’Reilly Factor … “I Think I Trust Iranian Regime More Than American Press”
Last night on the O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’ Reilly during his Talking Points memo stated that many Americans and Congress do not trust Obama to do anything. At issue now is the so-called Obama-Iranian nuclear framework deal that is questionable at best. O’Reilly went on to say that he did not trust the American Press to interpret the discussion with their Obama bias. O’Reilly then went on to say that he trusts Iran more than the America press. Sadly, that is the state of affairs with the liberal MSM today.
“Here’s what I don’t want. I don’t want the press, cause I don’t trust the press, I think I trust Iran more than I trust the American press. I don’t want the American press interpreting this for me.”
YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A BAD DEAL WHEN BOTH SIDES ARE COMPULSIVE LIARS …
Doesn’t this give you a warm fuzzy, just hours after the Iran nuclear deal was announced as a historic agreement between the United States and Iran over its nuclear program, Iran’s leading negotiator, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework. REALLY, OBAMA LIE? Because that has never happened during his disastrous president, NOT! So who are we to believe with such and important issue that affects US national security, the Middle East and Europe … The known liar, Barack Hussein Obama, or the known liars, the Iranian government? This is why Obama and his minions should never be allowed to make any deal like this, they cant be trusted to do right by America.
How sad and pathetic has it become in the United States when forced to choose between a US president and Iran as to who is lying, you can’t. So how did Obama sell this to the Iranians, if you like your uranium enriched centrifuges, you can keep your uranium enriched centrifuges?
Just hours after the announcement of what the United States characterized as a historic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program, the country’s leading negotiator lashed out at the Obama administration for lying about the details of a tentative framework.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the Obama administration of misleading the American people and Congress in a fact sheet it released following the culmination of negotiations with the Islamic Republic.
Zarif bragged in an earlier press conference with reporters that the United States had tentatively agreed to let it continue the enrichment of uranium, the key component in a nuclear bomb, as well as key nuclear research.
Zarif additionally said Iran would have all nuclear-related sanctions lifted once a final deal is signed and that the country would not be forced to shut down any of its currently operating nuclear installations.
Following a subsequent press conference by Secretary of State John Kerry—and release of a administration fact sheet on Iranian concessions—Zarif lashed out on Twitter over what he dubbed lies.
MEET THE MOST DANGEROUS PRESIDENT THE UNITED STATES HAS EVER HAD … OBAMA ANNOUNCED PEACE IN OUR TIMES WITH IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL.
Barack “Neville Chamberlain” Obama announced peace in our times with Iran and be has made a deal with the devil with one of the most untrusted, radical Islamist, state sponsored terrorist countries in the world. During Obama’s speech in the Rose Garden, Emperor Obama announced that they have a frame work for a deal with Iran and then actually warned Congress to accept the Iran nuclear deal hook, line and sinker. UNREAL. This dangerous president has made a deal with an Islamist regime who cannot be trusted. Then again, neither can Barack Hussein Obama.
President Barack Obama said the framework deal that U.S. and its negotiating partners reached with Iran is a historic milestone that is based on unprecedented verification measures and not trust alone.
“After many months of tough principled diplomacy, we have achieved the framework for that deal, and it is a good deal,” Obama said at the White House Thursday. “It is our best option by far.”
“Iran will never be permitted to develop a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. If the Islamic Republic follows through on its promises “we will be able to resolve one of the greatest threats to our security.”
He now faces a tough task convincing Republicans on Capitol Hill that Secretary of State John Kerry was able to secure enough in the negotiations.
APPEASEMENT NEVER WORKS AND NO ONE SHOULD TRUST IRAN OR OBAMA FOR THAT FACT.
Sorry America, we have seen the likes of this before. Wake the hell up America and pay attention. Turn off your reality TV or whatever you have been doing during the past 8 years and pay attention. Barack Obama lied about Fast & Furious, he lied about Obamacare, he lied about the IRS scandal, he lied about Benghazi, he has been lying about the economy and now we are supposed to believe him when it comes to this? Do you really believe that any deal can be made with any of these people? For Americans who have no clue of history, Peace in Our time turned into Adolf Hitler and the Nazi’s excuse to keep going, spreading across Europe and starting WWII.
EXIT QUESTION: Is Obama insane or does he really want to turn the Middle East into a nuclear mushroom cloud?
Secretay of State John Kerry Cheers Iranian Nuclear Talks As Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Leads “Death to America” Cheers in Tehran
AND YOU WONDER WHY BARACK OBAMA IS SO PISSED AT ISRAEL PM NETANYAHU FOR COMING TO THE US AND SPEAKING THE TRUTH OF IRAN TO CONGRESS …
So why is it that we are supposed to trust Iran on any nuclear deal? No sooner was Secretary of State John Kerry singing the praises of the Iranian/US nuclear talks than along comes the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei calling for “death to America”. This is exactly the type of people we need to be trusting in any type of deal. This as the Barack Obama and John Kerry tell us to trust Iran and the Obama administration to make a deal. ARE YOU SERIOUS? Since when has Iran not been the #1 country in the world for state sponsored terrorism? They have their hands in so many proxy wars throughout the Middle East and now Obama wants to trust them. Good grief. Even Charlie Brown questions Lucy before he kicks the football. We all know how that ends don’t we.
What has Iran ever done since the 1970′s and the fall of the Shah of Iran to make us believe that they are an honest broker? Hell, for the fact, what has Barack Obama done to make us believe the same? So what is Obama spewing this time, “If you like your nuclear bombs, you can keep them?”
A note to Obama, the enemy or you enemy still wants to wipe out America.
Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei called for “Death to America” on Saturday, a day after President Barack Obama appealed to Iran to seize a “historic opportunity” for a nuclear deal and a better future, and as US Secretary of State John Kerry claimed substantial progress toward an accord.
Khamenei told a crowd in Tehran that Iran would not capitulate to Western demands. When the crowd started shouting, “Death to America,” the ayatollah responded: “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure.
“They insist on putting pressure on our dear people’s economy,” he said, referring to economic sanctions aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear program. “What is their goal? Their goal is to put the people against the system,” he said. “The politics of America is to create insecurity,” he added, referring both to US pressure on Iran and elsewhere in the region.
Khamenei’s comments contrasted with those of Iranian President Hassan Rohani, who said “achieving a deal is possible” by the March 31 target date for a preliminary accord.
Kerry was more circumspect, as he spoke to reporters after six days of negotiations in the Swiss city of Lausanne. The talks, made “substantial progress,” he said, but “important gaps remain.
As the PJ Tatler opines, is Obama a fool or a knave? After witnessing six years of this divisive, hateful narcissist whose goal of transforming America for the worse has done such damage to the United States that will take years and decades to repair, I am going to opt on the side of a knave, a dishonest man. In the video below Barack Obama talks about this great opportunity we have with Iran and his hopes he has with the Republican of Iran. Obama called it the best opportunity in decades to pursue a different future between our countries. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Where were you Obama when the people of Iran, the ones that you claims to talk to know, were rising up in the streets against the oppressive Mullahs? One would think that was the greatest opportunity when the people wanted a change. Instead Obama backed all the other Arab countries that looked for change in the Arab Spring.
Sorry President Obama, you have proved the the American people that you cannot be trusted. You are a liar and a dangerous one at that. You have made America worse, the last thing we need is for you to be making the entire world a worse place as well. Who in their right mind would want to make Iran the power broker of the Middle East?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Addresses Joint Session of Congress To Standing Ovations … “When it Comes to Iran and ISIS, the Enemy of Your Enemy is your Enemy.”
THE SPEECH THAT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA DIDN’T WANT YOU TO HERE …
Among the backdrop of 50 Democrats boycotting today’s speech, President Barack Obama trying to marginalize and trash the Israel PM ahead of today’s speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provided a speech to a joint session of Congress that will not soon be forgotten. This was his third time that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Leader of the free World, has addressed the US Congress. Yes, you read that correct, normally the President of the United States is designated as being the leader of the free world. Not with this president. Watching Benjamin Netanyahu I could only think, so this is what leadership looks like.
One thing is for certain, unlike the gutless GOP members in power, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not cower when Obama and his minions attacked him. In a world of political correctness and no one can go against Barack Obama, he did. Netanyahu gave a strong speech and in the end pointed out the obvious the greatest danger facing the World is a nuclear Iran. And when it comes to ISIS and Iran, “the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.”
Don’t be fooled. The battle between Iran and ISIS doesn’t turn Iran into a friend of America.
Iran and ISIS are competing for the crown of militant Islam. One calls itself the Islamic Republic. The other calls itself the Islamic State. Both want to impose a militant Islamic empire first on the region and then on the entire world. They just disagree among themselves who will be the ruler of that empire.
In this deadly game of thrones, there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone.
So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.
I’ll say it one more time — the greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can’t let that happen.
The people of Iran are very talented people. They’re heirs to one of the world’s great civilizations. But in 1979, they were hijacked by religious zealots — religious zealots who imposed on them immediately a dark and brutal dictatorship.
That year, the zealots drafted a constitution, a new one for Iran. It directed the revolutionary guards not only to protect Iran’s borders, but also to fulfill the ideological mission of jihad. The regime’s founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, exhorted his followers to “export the revolution throughout the world.”
I’m standing here in Washington, D.C. and the difference is so stark. America’s founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Iran’s founding document pledges death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad. And as states are collapsing across the Middle East, Iran is charging into the void to do just that.
Iran’s goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon, its revolutionary guards on the Golan Heights are clutching Israel with three tentacles of terror. Backed by Iran, Assad is slaughtering Syrians. Back by Iran, Shiite militias are rampaging through Iraq. Back by Iran, Houthis are seizing control of Yemen, threatening the strategic straits at the mouth of the Red Sea. Along with the Straits of Hormuz, that would give Iran a second choke-point on the world’s oil supply.
Just last week, near Hormuz, Iran carried out a military exercise blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier. That’s just last week, while they’re having nuclear talks with the United States. But unfortunately, for the last 36 years, Iran’s attacks against the United States have been anything but mock. And the targets have been all too real.
Who would be so insane to think that Iran would become an ally and abide by the agreement … Why would anyone make this nuclear deal with Iran?
So why would anyone make this deal? Because they hope that Iran will change for the better in the coming years, or they believe that the alternative to this deal is worse?
Well, I disagree. I don’t believe that Iran’s radical regime will change for the better after this deal. This regime has been in power for 36 years, and its voracious appetite for aggression grows with each passing year. This deal would wet appetite — would only wet Iran’s appetite for more.
Would Iran be less aggressive when sanctions are removed and its economy is stronger? If Iran is gobbling up four countries right now while it’s under sanctions, how many more countries will Iran devour when sanctions are lifted? Would Iran fund less terrorism when it has mountains of cash with which to fund more terrorism?
Why should Iran’s radical regime change for the better when it can enjoy the best of both world’s: aggression abroad, prosperity at home?
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Amazing Speech at AIPAC 2015, “American Leaders Worry about the Security of their Country. Israeli Leaders Worry about the Survival of their Country.”
Take a look how a real leader deals with a threat like Iran …
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress today, but yesterday be gave a commanding speech at AIPAC. Benjamin Netanyahu will give a speech to American lawmakers, much to the dismay and anger of Barack Hussein Obama and his cronies who look to make a bad nuclear deal with an untrustworthy partner. Maybe Netanyahu’s speech was best summed up by the following statement that maybe most common sense thinking people can understand, “America lives in one of the world’s safest neighborhoods. Israel lives in the world’s most dangerous neighborhood. America is the strongest power in the world. Israel is strong, but it’s much more vulnerable. American leaders worry about the security of their country. Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country.”
Ladies and gentlemen, the purpose of my address to Congress tomorrow is to speak up about a potential deal with Iran that could threaten the survival of Israel. Iran is the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in the world.
This is what Iran is doing now without nuclear weapons. Imagine what Iran would do with nuclear weapons.
And this same Iran vows to annihilate Israel. If it develops nuclear weapons, it would have the means to achieve that goal. We must not let that happen.
And as prime minister of Israel, I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these dangers while there’s still time to avert them. For 2000 years, my people, the Jewish people, were stateless, defenseless, voiceless. We were utterly powerless against our enemies who swore to destroy us. We suffered relentless persecution and horrific attacks. We could never speak on our own behalf, and we could not defend ourselves.
Well, no more, no more.
Benjamin Netanyahu ended his speech by saying the following, by praising the long, lasting relationship with the United States that goes beyond friends, it is family. However, sometimes families have disagreements. Who does not think that? But not during the Obama administration. If you do not “goose step” to Obama’s way, he an his minions with trash you, marginalize you and call you a racist. Some 55 Democrat Congressional members will boycott this speech of our greatest ally in the Middle East. How sad, that Democrats would pick the wrong side of history and side with Iran over Israel.
Ladies and gentlemen, Israel and the United States will continue to stand together because America and Israel are more than friends. We’re like a family. We’re practically mishpocha.
Now, disagreements in the family are always uncomfortable, but we must always remember that we are family.
Rooted in a common heritage, upholding common values, sharing a common destiny. And that’s the message I came to tell you today. Our alliance is sound. Our friendship is strong. And with your efforts it will get even stronger in the years to come.
Thank you, AIPAC. Thank you, America. God bless you all.”
Transcript can be read HERE.
From The National Review – Netanyahu, Not Obama, Speaks for Us.
While under fierce attack from President Obama, the Israeli prime minister defends Western values and speaks the truth about Iran. The leader of the free world will be addressing Congress on Tuesday. The American president is doing everything possible to undermine him. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a nation surrounded by enemies, a nation so small that it narrows at one point to just 9.3 miles. Yet, in a world where the Oval Office is manned by someone openly apologetic for most American exercises of power; and where Western Europe’s economy is enervated, its people largely faithless, and its leadership feckless; and where Freedom House has found “an overall drop in [global] freedom for the ninth consecutive year,” the safeguarding of our civilization might rely more on leaders who possess uncommon moral courage than on those who possess the most nukes or biggest armies.
As Barack Obama complains (with scant grasp of the historical context) about how Christians were such gosh-darn meanies a thousand years ago in the Crusades, Netanyahu protects the ability of Muslims today to have free access to the Old City of Jerusalem, even as Jews and Christians are prohibited from visiting the Temple Mount. At the beginning of his first term, in his first trip overseas as president, Obama delivered a speech to Turkey’s parliament, under the thumb of the repressive Tayyip Erdogan. “The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history,” he confessed, sounding like America’s therapist-in-chief. “Our country still struggles with the legacies of slavery and segregation, the past treatment of Native Americans.”
Netanyahu, in contrast, in a 2011 Meet the Press interview, offered unabashed words of praise for the United States: “Israel is the one country in which everyone is pro-American, opposition and coalition alike. And I represent the entire people of Israel who say, ‘Thank you, America.’ And we’re friends of America, and we’re the only reliable allies of America in the Middle East.” (Netanyahu was accurate in his description of how much Israelis appreciate Americans, as I saw last summer during a visit to the country.)