Our very good advice was not taken in 2008 by Hillary or McCain. In 2012 our very good advice was not taken and now we all pay the price.
This is the long weekend of 2012 when we all pay the price for Mitt Romney and other appeasers saying Barack Obama is a nice guy instead of Barack Obama is a nasty twit. We’ll all suffer every day for the next four years.
We’ll suffer every day for the next four years knowing we have to hear that ceaseless drone Barack Obama as well as his tedious lantern-jawed wife. We’ll suffer every day for the next four years knowing that a majority of our countrymen and women are ever so stupid.
Think we should respect the decision of our fellow countrymen and countrywomen instead of laughing at them? Well, watch as Jimmy Kimmel helps expose, to a small extent, the hive mind of cult stupidity that elected and re-elected Barack Obama:
Big Media tells these dopes to jump and they jump. Oy vey!
Oy vey indeed. It’s a good thing the Israeli public is not so dumb, vacuous, or as easily manipulated by American Big Media. It’s a good thing the Israeli public is not willing to commit national suicide. Or at least so we are led to believe by the electoral prognostications of Israeli political observers:
“Defiant Netanyahu set to confound critics
Two polls published on Friday showed Mr Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud Beiteinu bloc on course to form Israel’s next government as the largest party by far, with 32 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. If they are correct, the 63-year-old will become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister since David Ben-Gurion, its founding father.
The expected victory will confound and frustrate his many critics in Israel and abroad. They argue Mr Netanyahu has deepened Israel’s isolation, forced mainstream political discourse to the right and buried hopes of peace with the Palestinians by embarking on an unprecedented expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, including nearly 200 units approved this week.”
Just as David Ben-Gurion was at the founding of the state of Israel, Netanyahu is there at an hour of great peril – as the United States inaugurates four more years of horror with Israel hating Barack Obama at the helm:
“Tensions with the US, Israel’s closest ally, were laid bare this week with leaked comments attributed to President Barack Obama warning that the expansion of settlements was driving the Jewish state towards “near-total isolation” and reportedly saying: “Israel doesn’t know what its own interests are.”
“No one decides for the citizens of Israel,” Mr Netanyahu later told the rightwing Israel Hayom newspaper in response to the remarks. “I think that President Obama knows that the ones determining Israel’s vital interests are the citizens of Israel, and they will be the ones to choose who will protect those interests in the best possible way.”
Americans have opted for four years of horror. Israeli’s are about to accept the reality of the region and American government hostility and vote for national survival:
“If, as the adage holds, every nation gets the government it deserves, a plurality – though not a majority – of Israelis on January 22 will re-elect a leader who reflects a defiant, introspective, pessimistic public mood.
A poll published on Friday showed that while 52 per cent of Israelis favoured an independent Palestinian state, 62 per cent did not think a peace agreement was possible. Most Israelis see Likud as the most credible party on security.
“Netanyahu is not telling people, ‘We can get to a solution,’ ” says Rafi Smith, a pollster. “He’s telling them that because everyone around us hates us we have to be strong and hawkish in the way we look at life and at the security issue.” [snip]
Whatever the make-up of the next coalition, Mr Netanyahu on Friday signalled to Israeli media that afterwards he would resist any peace initiative put forward by the Europeans that included a return of Jewish West Bank settlers to Israel’s pre-1967 boundaries – suggesting no retreat from the policies that have frayed Israel’s relations with its allies.
“I don’t deal in giving away concessions,” he told the Maariv newspaper. “Our record has proved this.”
Israel wants peace with Palestinians and most Israelis want a two-state solution but the Israeli public knows that the Palestinians do not want peace or a two state solution. The Palestinian leadership wants the destruction of Israel. That is why the Israeli public is poised to reelect Netanyahu.
The Israeli public knows that this is a particularly perilous time. The inauguration of Barack Obama is dangerous for Israel. The Israeli public will vote for Netanyahu partly because Barack Obama and his attempted diktats is a danger to Israel:
“‘Political coward’ Binyamin Netanyahu sees rift with Barack Obama widen
Israeli prime minister’s aides accused American president of interfering in Israel’s elections
Already fractious relations between Binyamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama have been further strained in the runup to the president’s inauguration on Monday and the Israeli prime minister’s anticipated victory in Tuesday’s election.
Netanyahu aides accused Obama of interfering in the Israeli election following publication of an article by Jeffrey Goldberg, which quoted the president as saying: “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” Obama, wrote Goldberg, viewed Netanyahu as a “political coward”. [snip]
The Goldberg article, along with Obama’s nomination of Chuck Hagel as defence secretary, has been interpreted in Israel as clear signs of the president’s exasperation with Netanyahu and possible payback for the latter’s support of Obama’s rival, Mitt Romney, in the US election in November. Hagel is seen as “anti-Israel” because of his questioning of Israeli government policy and the pro-Israel lobby in the US.
Goldberg, who is known to be close to the president, wrote that Israel risked becoming “more of a pariah” and that Obama was reluctant to invest fresh effort in the Middle East peace process in the face of Netanyahu’s continued settlement expansion. [snip]
“Obama… has been consistent in his analysis of Israel’s underlying challenge: If it doesn’t disentangle itself from the lives of West Bank Palestinians, the world will one day decide it is behaving as an apartheid state.” The White House did not deny the words attributed to the president.
“Barack Obama said, simply and clearly, what he thinks about Israel’s prime minister and where he is leading Israel,” wrote former Israeli diplomat Alon Pinkas in Yedioth Ahronoth. “These are grave, alarming statements, which are without precedent.”
Barack Obama has never visited Israel as president even as he visited Muslim capitals and larded his speeches with anti-Jewish fictions. That should surprise no one. Barack Obama wants to be the “Arab’s lawyer”:
“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.”
The Israeli public wants peace but not at the price of national suicide. Unlike the American public and American Big Media the Israeli public is not running away from reality:
“A Far-Right Israeli Electorate?
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Israelis haven’t become radicals. They’ve just abandoned a delusion. [snip]
According to one recent poll, 67 percent of Israeli voters support a peace deal with the Palestinians. Even on the right, a majority said they back the prospect of two states for two people, with 57 percent of Likud supporters backing such a deal and 53 percent of those likely to vote for Bennett’s Jewish Home Party also favoring the two-state solution.
Still, as much as Israelis want peace with the Arabs, they are skeptical of that happening anytime soon. [snip]
Instead, they’ve adopted the central paradigms of both the left and the right. “Most Israelis are very pessimistic about reaching a peace deal with the Palestinians, and the Arabs in general. This is a core paradigm of the right,” Schueftan told me. “And yet a majority is willing to reach a compromise that would partition the land into two states for two people. This is a core paradigm of the left. They’re not saying we don’t want peace, but that even if they make concessions they don’t think it will lead to peace.”
Israelis haven’t abandoned the dream of peace; they’ve faced reality and are refusing to continue to pay lip service to an illusion. “The last 20 years have seen a process of depolarization,” said David Hazony of the Israel Project. [snip]
If the second Lebanon war and two wars in Gaza marked disillusionment with the peace process, then Netanyahu’s 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan University promoting the two-state solution marked, at last, the acceptance of the idea in the political mainstream. Netanyahu, for all the criticism he gets in the international press, should get credit for leading even the Israeli right into philosophical acceptance of the two-state solution. And perhaps Bibi’s infamous bluster has had its purpose. While his belligerent rhetoric unnerves his many critics, including world leaders, it’s helped keep Israel out of armed conflict. He has presided over more economic success and less war than almost any other Israeli leader in history.“
Big Media portrayals of Netanyahu lead many to believe that Israel is in economic depression and daily war while the United States is in great peace and prosperity. But it appears that reality is contrary to those Big Media distortions.
Acccording to Big Media Israel is disunited under Netanyahu and America is a happy state united in love of Barack Obama. But the reality is that the United States is very divided and getting even more so while Israel grows ever more united ever day:
“With Netanyahu, Israeli politics have reached a state of equilibrium, at least internally. On the major security issues like the Palestinians and Iran, the Israeli electorate has reached a broad consensus, and there is little within the system—right-wing or left-wing—that can affect it at this stage. The question is how that consensus, embodied by the prime minister, will interact with external forces, especially the Obama Administration, and particularly as Israel decides how to handle Iran.”
The problem for Israel is Barack Obama. And Chuck Hagel:
“Indeed, with the nomination of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, some fear that the White House may be moving in the other direction, toward a grand bargain with Tehran—as Hagel has previously suggested. “Let them think about the substantial carrots of improved relations, not just the sticks, and there may be a deal to be had,” he wrote in 2008. Hagel has opposed not only military action against Iran, but even sanctions. Moreover, if Abrams believes that an Israeli-Arab peace deal might come out of a strike on Iran, Hagel sees it the other way around. “The core of all challenges in the Middle East remains the underlying Arab-Israeli conflict,” Hagel said in 2006. According to this view, resolving the Israeli-Arab crisis makes everything else possible.
This notion—often called linkage—still holds tremendous force among many American policymakers. But most Israelis believe, understandably, that it is not in their power to solve the region’s most pressing issues. No Israeli policy is going to help Mohamed Morsi feed Egypt, or stop the civil war in Syria, or convince the Iranian regime to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Hence the increasing possibility for yet another showdown between Obama and Netanyahu. This dispute between the United States and Israel, said Dan Schueftan “is the product of the unrealistic belief that you can reach a permanent peace with the Palestinians under the prevailing circumstances, and the bizarre proposition that if you reach such an agreement it will make a major contribution toward stabilizing the Middle East.”
Chuck Hagel as the Israel hating American Secretary of Defense is just one example of the next four years of horror.
Tomorrow the week and the next four years begins with Barack Obama inaugurated in Washington. Fortunately this week will aso see the reelection of Benjamin Netanyahu.
For the next four years Barack Obama is the nightmare. This week, Israel’s Netanyahu is the wake up call and the hope.