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Obama’s Arafat Moment

Presidents Obama and Clinton now share a common experience.

No, not growing up in the old racist south… Obama grew up in Hawaii.

I’m talking about betrayal.

During his presidency Bill Clinton set out to solve one of the world problems.  He was determined to bring peace to the Middle East.  With what President Clinton believed to be righteousness on his side and an incredible ego to go with it he began extensive meetings with the Israelis and the Palestinians.

After pleading, cajoling and outright threats President Clinton was able to get the Israelis to agree to 90% of the demands made by the Palestinians and their Leader Yassar Arafat.  If peace at any cost was the goal… this was truly an amazing achievement and one President Clinton was excited to have as his legacy.

At the last-minute, Arafat refused to accept the terms.  Apparently, just the existence of Israel was simply too much for him and his PLO to agree to.

As Bill Clinton has subsequently written about in his memoirs, this was one of the greatest feelings of failure and betrayal he experienced during his tenure.

Fast forward 10 years…

With all the Ego and none of the effort, President Obama embarked on a similar mission in the Middle East.  As Barack Obama has publicly stated, our problems in the Middle East would be remedied because of his election and his ability to “understand” their situation.

In his first term, President Obama met with more Middle Eastern leaders than any president before him… then suddenly stopped.  In the years to follow he oversaw massive in-flows of foreign aid to various Middle Eastern countries and finally claimed credit for the downfall of a number of  Middle Eastern leaders.  So the “throw money at it and act like we’re not involved strategy” was pushed full throttle.

While it is understandable that President Obama would want to claim credit for the overthrow of these dictators considering it was U.S. tax dollars funding the rebellions, it came as a surprise to those on the ground as demonstrated by multiple interviews conducted from places like Tahrir Square.  The rebels did not see the U.S. as their saviors and did not see President Obama having anything to do with what was being labeled as “The Arab Spring”.

This was the beginning…  of the melt down.

Whatever agreements Barack Obama signed off on to maintain an arm’s length appearance from the happenings in the Middle East became difficult to honor for a couple of reasons.  What Ego can resist not taking credit when they think they deserve it?  And, Obama’s re-election campaign needed that credit to show he was the foreign policy president nobody thought he could be.

Well, the Muslim Brotherhood, just like the rebels on the street, were not interested in giving President Obama credit.  In truth, even if they wanted to they couldn’t. The Brotherhood’s desire to wrest control over the outcomes in the disparate countries relies on an external enemy, specifically the U.S.  So they continue to manage the rebels and guide them to the outcome which lends to the ultimate control over the region.  (What would you expect them to do?)  While doing all of this, the Brotherhood simultaneously pays lip service to “helping” the U.S. find those responsible for the very violence they are orchestrating.  This leaves the U.S. in a difficult position as calling the Brotherhood “liars” plays into their hands not to mention criticizing “democratically elected leaders”… “Democracy” being the only positive the Administration has left to cling to and try to take credit for.  Certainly it’s no longer “peace”.

So, if Obama was the Brotherhood’s keeper… the Brotherhood was having none of it.

Just as President Clinton’s legacy was to be built around peace in the Middle East… so was President Obama’s.

Unfortunately for both men, those in the Middle East don’t seem to care what these Presidents wanted…

This is Obama’s Arafat moment.

For Obama, the betrayal by the Brotherhood must be palpable.  His colossal failure in the Middle East must be bitter.  Obama’s legacy is being written and it will resemble President Clintons sans the positives.


So who’s offended by Romney’s remarks?

Romney is now on the public record stating what the majority of us believe.

He has said out loud that there are too many people dependant on drugs… wait, no… my tax dollars. There are too many people who don’t pay any taxes.  And that peace in the Middle East is “unlikely”.
Listening to the media you would think he has lost the election because these remarks were so offensive.
So let’s go down this road…
If in fact someone is offended, who are they?

Nobody I care about offending.

The only constituency I can see that could possibly be offended are those dependant on drugs… sorry… my tax dollars.  These are exactly the people who need to be offended as they should not be allowed to be comfortable in their position.  Frankly, I’m offended that they voted for the Socialist policies that put them in this situation in the first place and then expect me to support them so they can vote for more of the same.

I happen to agree with Mitt, there are too many people who don’t pay taxes.  If you don’t have skin in the game why on earth should you a.) care about anything in regard to spending and b.) vote for anybody who will put your skin in the game?  See the problem here?  We have created a bunch of tax dollar addicts… intentionally.

Regarding the last part of his comments, the ones about “peace being unlikely in the Middle East”, I can think of no one who could be offended by this comment. I can’t think of a single person delusional enough to find offense at this simple statement of reality. Note: He didn’t say impossible… he said unlikely. I probably would have thrown in something along the lines of “a million to one odds…” but I’m a student of history and Romney must not be.  There is no Revelation here… or Reformation for that matter.
So are we really going to eat up some additional time talking about something we all know to be true?
Believe it or not, I’m okay with that. I actually think this works in Romney’s favor. I’m not even factoring in the knee jerk opposition to the Cottage Industry of the Offended that is beginning to manifest itself nation-wide, that’s just a bonus.

In case you haven’t noticed, the Liberals are out of ideas… at least ideas which help them.  They are Certainly out of ideas that they can manufacture in a short 45 days.  Sitting around hoping that Mitt fathers a child out-of-wedlock with a nut-job videographer is not “a plan”.  And, it’s already been done.

Now they are grasping at straws, shooting themselves in the foot, being forced to stand up and say out loud who they really are.  Perfect.  Let’s keep this going for a few weeks.  May be they’ll even start talking about Bain again!
(Fear not Socialists… there is always Hillary.  I can hear it now…”In a time of such global unrest, we cannot afford to turn the reigns of foreign policy over to individuals with little or no experience. The risk is far too high. The consequences far too grave. This is why I have decided to ask Mrs. Clinton to join me at this pivotal moment in global history as my Vice President so we can attempt to ease these extraordinary tensions in the Middle East brought on by decades of neglect and misunderstanding.”)

Come on Barack… I can’t live with Hillary just being asked… You know you want to do it.  Well, you don’t want to do it, but the Clintons want you to do it.  Your voter base wants you to do it.  And I want you to do it just so I can say you’re predictable…

Please don’t be offended.