Obama is to blame. For years we warned about the perils of false Hope. We warned against Hope as a strategy. During the 2008 primaries we put Hope in its proper place – Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. But Obama exploited the idealism of the young and the gullibility of old fools. Hopium became the drink of choice for Obama’s Cult. Realists were damned as bitter one-note Joanies souring the glory of the Celestial Choirs.
Yesterday, in the Middle East, we saw the damage caused by false Hope. The Middle East joined the false Hope catastrophes in the Gulf of Mexico, genuine universal health care reform, the American economy, the environment, the financial markets, the unemployment numbers, North Korea, Iran, among others. The person singularly responsible for these catastrophes and the policy singularly responsible is Obama and Obamaism.
Rhett Butler, the fictional blockade runner of Gone With The Wind, knew the perils of false Hope. Butler was immediately denounced for his realism by the wide-eyed Confederate fools who thought they would defeat the Union within weeks. Butler ran the Union embargo of the Confederacy, for profit, but he knew every time he did so he took his life into his hands.
“Black Jack” Kennedy, who ran the American embargo to bring molasses and other necessary ingredients to the prohibition era liquor makers and bootleggers also knew the perils of running an embargo. The Kennedy family fortune was made, at great risk to life and limb, proving true the law of supply and demand. Running embargoes can be very profitable because they can be very deadly.
The “Flotilla” embargo runners made a great deal of noise about how they would die for their cause. That was before some of them actually died.
We wrote in September 2009 – The Danger Of Obama Weakness:
An Israeli attack on Iran nuclear facilities will be a disaster. No Israeli attack on Iran nuclear facilities will be a catastrophe.
Because of Obama weakness the Israelis will have to strike at Iran.
Hillary Clinton understands the need to send clear messages that are understood without any chance of doubt. Hillary sent a message during the 2008 election cycle that was clear. Dimocrats who want to live in a world of unreality attacked Hillary for preventing war by making very clear what American reaction would be to certain Iranian actions.
Arab capitals and Big Media outlets denounced Hillary’s statement as “the foreign policy of the madhouse”. But the real “madhouse” is the weakness displayed by Barack Obama which green lights fringe regimes, like the dubiously elected Iranian government, to make unchallenged threats to the world.
We also wrote at the time:
Weakness begets danger.
Obama’s ambitions, inexperience, applause-neediness, and weakness threaten us all.
With his Cairo speech, a speech in which for the first time an American president went to the Middle East without a stopover to consult with our Israeli allies, Obama signaled to many in the Arab world that he is on the Arab side. Obama snubbed Israel and the whole world saw that snub and were encouraged in their aggressions.
Indeed Obama has made it clear he wants to be the Arabs’ lawyer.
This dangerous Obama goading of Arabs and Muslims against American ally Israel has led to the current politics of Hopium and delusion we are now in. It is easy to see why Arabs and Muslims and interests hostile to the United States and Israel would so publicly announce embargo running – they know Obama supports them. These malevolent forces do not think Israel will do what it perceives to be in its interests if it conflicts with the wishes of an idiot American president. Yesterday Israel proved the folly of this delusion.
It was not the first time Israel has shown its determination to survive. After the Obama snub of the Israeli Prim Minister, Israel did not buckle and die.
Arabs, Muslims, and Israelis know Obama wants to be the “Arabs’ lawyer”. The former Israeli Mossad Chief knows Obama is weak and weakening America. Politico discussed Obama’s desire to be the Arabs’ lawyer in March of this year:
“Obama’s new focus, and the intense pressure his administration has placed on Netanyahu, have stirred deep concern among Israel’s allies on Capitol Hill, they say, because it represents an acceptance of the Arab narrative that Israeli intransigence lies at the heart of the Middle East conflict. And some observers see it in the context of a subtle, but major, shift in American strategy toward resolving it.”
Obama, the Arabs’ lawyer is to blame for raising false Hopes in the Arab and Muslim communities that Israel was ripe for the picking. Obama, the Arabs’ lawyer is as successful as Obama the opportunist and career climber has been at any job:
“The new model drawing attention from Democratic foreign policy hands, he said, is to build support among Arab leaders for a U.S. plan and then present that to Israel — to serve as the Arabs’ lawyer, rather than as Israel’s, in one formulation used to describe the effort in the region.
“To serve” not the American people, but as “the Arabs’ lawyer”. Arabs’ lawyer Obama gave false Hope to Arabs and Muslims that Israel can be mocked and its embargo ignored. Yesterday, Israel proved Obama’s false Hope is deadly. Obama snubbed Israel and encouraged Arabs and Muslims to believe there was a space between the United States and Israel and that led to the deadly reality of yesterday:
“But the confrontation also comes in the context of a long, unprecedented attempt by Obama to reset relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds.[snip]
Obama explained the logic of his actions in a private meeting with Jewish leaders that July, explaining the need to give Arab leaders “credibility” with their “street,” according to detailed notes taken by a participant in the meeting, “by creating space between us and Israel.”
Obama, the Arabs’ lawyer is to blame for yesterday’s ill advised attempt to run the Israeli embargo by the Flotilla. Obama, the Arabs’ lawyer is to blame for the false Hope he encouraged in those that boarded the flotilla ships about to enter a war zone.
Barack Obama was not, and is not qualified to be President of the United States. Put aside Obama’s flim-flam history, the thugs he surrounds himself with, his treacheries, his total lack of accomplishments other than self-advancement, his risible résumé, his stinky body odor, the secretiveness of his past, the lack of documentation about earlier periods of his life, drug use, the self-admitted inability to keep a paper in front of him for 2 seconds before losing it, the lies about lost documents from his Chicago legislative office, the grabbing of credit for work others have done, the race-baiting, the woman-hating, the profitable alliances with criminals which even got him a house, the lack of interest in his constituents, the obvious lies when he denies positions he has even affixed his signature to on questionnaires, his lies about being a reformer when he swims in the swamps of Chicago corruption, the ugly church mentor of 20 plus years, his smearing of opponents with sexual or racial slurs, the gay-bashing, the secret deals, the incompetence, the long list of corruptions and boobery… – put all this history we have documented aside. Barack Obama is not qualified to be President because he does not have a world-view which is congruent with reality.
Yesterday, while Obama the Arabs’ lawyer, was on V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N (not the first time Obama has been on vacation not on the job – recall earlier episodes of sleepy head Obama mimicking sleepy head Bush). Having won the Nobel Prize Obama is free to make a mess of everything he touches or discusses. Obama got the Nobel gold, but America got screwed.
The American hate Israel Amen corner was on overdrive yesterday. The Hopium flowed freely on sites such as NothingLeft. Not one whit ashamed of their support of the unqualified buffoon, they attacked Israel with gusto yesterday. The favorite source of information for these sites was news and videos from Al Jazeera. The excuses for those who want to destroy Israel and be the Arabs’ lawyer were many. Chief among the excuses are the “for its own good” Israel should accept these wonderful peace seeking embargo runners.
The flotilla was not a peace flotilla by any definition. It was very clear from the beginning that the embargo runners are determined to destroy Israel. Armed with the Hope that the Arabs lawyer, Barack Obama, would help them as they attempt to run a blockade in order to assist the terrorist organization Hamas, the flotilla set sail.
“Activists on board a six-ship flotilla carrying aid to the Gaza Strip tried to lynch the Israel Navy commandos who boarded their Turkish-flagged boat early Monday, Israel Defense Forces sources told Haaretz on Monday afternoon. At least nine people were killed and several more were wounded in the fighting that erupted aboard one of the ships.
The IDF confirmed that at least seven Navy commandos had been wounded, two of them seriously, in a fight which apparently broke out after activists tried to seize their weapons.
The commandos, who intercepted the Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara after it ignored orders to turn back from its course to Gaza, said they had encountered violent resistance from activists armed with sticks and knives. According to the commandos, the activists threw one of the soldiers from the upper deck to the lower after they boarded. The organizers of the flotilla said the troops opened fire first.
An Israeli military spokesman said some of the commandos were equipped with paintball guns but the non-lethal weapons were not enough against activists who charged in with batons.
“They had pistols with live ammunition as back-up, to defend themselves,” he said. The IDF said it had confiscated two pistols from the boat.
One of the commandos told reporters he descended by rope from a helicopter onto one of the six ships in the convoy and was immediately attacked by a group of people waiting for them.
“They beat us with metal sticks and knives,” he said. “There was live fire at some point against us.”
A Reuters cameraman on the Israel Navy ship Kidon, sailing close to the convoy, said IDF commanders monitoring the operation were surprised by the strong resistance put up by the pro-Palestinian activists.
One of the commandos said some of the soldiers were stripped of their helmets and equipment and a several were tossed from the top deck to a lower deck, forcing them to jump into the sea to escape.
“They jumped me, hit me with clubs and bottles and stole my rifle,” one of the commandos said. “I pulled out my pistol and had no choice but to shoot.”
The soldiers said they were forced to open fire after the activists struck one of their comrades in the head and trampled on him. A senior IDF field commander ordered the soldiers then to respond with fire, a decision which the commandos said received full backing the military echelon.
The IDF said its rules of engagement allowed troops to open fire in what it called a “life-threatening situation”.
“Navy fighters took control of six ships that tried to violate the naval blockade [of the Gaza Strip],” said a statement from the IDF. “During the takeover, the soldiers encountered serious physical violence by the protesters, who attacked them with live fire.”
Ask Rhett Butler, when you run a blockade, violate an embargo, you run the risk of death and destruction.
As has been noted this flotilla is not the first to try to run the blockade and end the Israeli embargo of Hamas. Five earlier attempts to run the blockade and assist Hamas have ended peacefully with the ships intercepted by the Israeli armed forces. This time, the anticipated peaceful “passive resistance” failed and most on the flotilla resisted violently:
This flotilla had as its motivation hatred of Israel and the Jews. As one participant says “Martyrdom or Gaza”:
For some, Martyrdom was achieved.
For the Arabs’ lawyer, another failure.
For the United States, more danger, brought about by Barack Obama.