We have been convinced for some time that Obama is no friend of Israel and Obama's speech at the UN sealed that opinion for us.
Our guest commentator, Michael Shannon, has some thoughts on the Obama Administration we'd like to share with you, our readers. We think you'll find them interesting, enlightening, and even humorous. (See below)
From Sneezes to Freezes
Politicians are notorious for their inability to take a joke or tell one, and the Obama Administration appears to be a particularly humor-free zone. That’s why I think all cabinet secretaries should be issued one staffer who has not attended an Ivy League school, but who did tell an original joke sometime after the age of 21.
Then the public would be spared the sight of Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano teaching the citizens of the United States how to sneeze on their arm.
Personally, I thought Janet looked hilarious until it occurred to me the problem with this Administration is that you’re never certain they won’t escalate into more personal areas of hygiene instruction.
Sneeze lessons for Americans. Freeze demands for Israelis.
This is just another in a series of damaging, counter-productive foreign policy decisions made by The One. Missile defense in Eastern Europe, preservation of democracy in Honduras, “peace” in the Middle East, and nukes in Iran all have one element in common: Obama does the reverse of what the Bush Administration did.
You expect this sort of upheaval in Botswana or Detroit, but I don’t think the diplomatic world will be comfortable with a United States that turns on a dime.
Obama, of course, has the power to make all things new. So he reverses clear US policy with regard to building in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and treats Israel like it is the intransigent party.
But Obama’s peace plan is going nowhere, because his mental framework for viewing negotiations is wrong. It’s difficult to explain a genuine life-and-death conflict like the Middle East to White House staffers whose most violent encounter was wrestling with their sister for control of the remote.
The Palestinian Arabs are the wife, and she wants all the property and the right to make him return anything he’s owned since they first met. Plus, she genuinely wants hubby dead and spends the child support money in sleazy biker bars trying to hire someone to kill the old man.
At the counseling sessions, she won’t agree to any compromise. Instead, she complains about alimony and says he’s a liar who won’t let her travel.
So maybe a good place to start negotiations would be to suggest that the wife stop hiring assassins and quit indoctrinating the kids.
But no, wise Dr. Obama doesn’t like pressuring the wife, because she’s only an eye roll away from hysteria. So instead, he wants the husband to supply an MRI that proves all his organs are original equipment.
It’s testimony to Jewish tolerance that they endure this quack.
Progress will be made when we and the Administration recognize three truths regarding the Middle East:
1) Only an idiot signs a treaty with an opponent that’s still fighting.
2) Only the deluded sign a treaty with a “government” incapable of enforcing its end of the agreement.
3) Judge Judy can produce a better Middle East agreement than this White House.
Michael R. Shannon
Michael R. Shannon is a Virginia-based public relations and media consultant with MANDATE: Message, Media & Public Relations who has worked in over 75 elections on three continents and a handful of islands.