Saturday, July 28, 2012
Pelosi: 'Obama's Been To Israel Over And Over Again'
President Obama's Jewish numbers must really be looking worrisome if this tired old partisan shill has to say things like this:
You know, as many of the Republicans are using Israel as an excuse, what they really want are tax cuts for the wealthy. So Israel, that can be one reason they put forth."
The interviewer then added, "That’s why some of the Republican Jewish supporters are really active."
Pelosi responded, "Well, that’s how they’re being exploited. And they’re smart people. They follow these issues. But they have to know the facts. And the fact is that President Obama has been the strongest person in terms of sanctions on Iran, which is important to Israel. He’s been the strongest person on whether it’s Iron Dome, David’s Sling, any of these weapons systems and initiatives that relate to Israel. He has been there over and over again."
I think I've already dealt with how President Obama is undermining the so-called 'sanctions.
Iron Dome and David's Sling are joint weapons projects, with most of the technology coming form Israel, especially in the case of David's Sling, with is being developed primarily by Rafael,an Israeli company, so it's not like President Obama is 'giving' Israel anything there so much as helping fund a weapons project that both countries will use.
But what about the statement that President Obama has been to Israel 'over and over again'?
Ummm, no? Bill Kristol, with whom I have my differences on occasion does a great job of nailing this nonsense down:
I'm involved with the Emergency Committee for Israel. We have an ad up in several states calling attention to the fact that President Obama, who's been quite the world traveler, has never visited Israel as president. Did we make a terrible mistake? Were we unjust to President Obama? Do we have to pull down the ad?
No, no, and no. Contrary to Pelosi's apparent claim, President Obama hasn't been to Israel over and over again. He's never been as president, which is certainly what Pelosi implied. Well, maybe he visited Israel "over and over" before becoming president, and that's what Pelosi meant to say? No. When he was senator, Obama went on two trips to Israel, once with several other freshmen members of Congress, and then as a presidential candidate. And he'd never been interested enough in Israel to visit as a private citizen. So much for the notion that Obama's been "over and over again."
So Pelosi is wrong, and the Emergency Committee is right. But Pelosi's resort to a whopper to try to reassure pro-Israel voters does suggest how worried Democrats must be about the reaction to Obama's attempt to create distance between his administration and Israel, as Obama's Israel policy gets more scrutiny.
More than mere 'daylight' some people would call the president's policy and attitudes towards Israel downright hostile. Not to mention patronizing and deceptive.
The ad Mr. Kristol speaks of can be seen above.
Now personally, I'd just as soon President Obama not visit Israel, if you get my drift. But the idea that he's a friend of Israel and goes there 'all the time' is absolutely bizarre.
Again, I urge American Jews...if you simply can't manage to vote for a pro-Israel Republican in November, at least don't vote to put an anti-Israel president back in the White House. Just don't vote for president.
That's exactly what my hardcore Democrats-for-life parents did in 1972 when Nixon ran against McGovern, and again in 1980 when Carter ran against Reagan. They simply voted on the rest of the ballot and didn't cast a vote for president.