Well, we've thrown Granny under the bus, we've sent the good Rev. to Siberia, who is left to blame for this gaffe made by the left's wunderkind? (Thank you, Israel Matzav).
For those that care, here is the full quote:
Obama was interviewed Monday by Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic Monthly.
The interview is posted on Goldberg's
blog. It has to be read to be believed:
JG: Do you think that Israel is a
drag on America’s reputation overseas?
BO: No, no, no. But what I think is
that this constant wound, that this constant sore, does infect all of our
foreign policy. The lack of a resolution to this problem provides an excuse for
anti-American militant jihadists to engage in inexcusable actions, and so we
have a national-security interest in solving this, and I also believe that
Israel has a security interest in solving this because I believe that the status
quo is unsustainable. I am absolutely convinced of that, and some of the
tensions that might arise between me and some of the more hawkish elements in
the Jewish community in the United States might stem from the fact that I’m not
going to blindly adhere to whatever the most hawkish position is just because
that’s the safest ground politically.
I want to solve the problem, and so my
job in being a friend to Israel is partly to hold up a mirror and tell the truth
and say if Israel is building settlements without any regard to the effects that
this has on the peace process, then we’re going to be stuck in the same status
quo that we’ve been stuck in for decades now, and that won’t lift that
existential dread that David Grossman described in your article. The notion
that a vibrant, successful society with incredible economic growth and
incredible cultural vitality is still plagued by this notion that this could all
end at any moment -- you know, I don’t know what that feels like, but I can use
my imagination to understand it. I would not want to raise my children in those
circumstances. I want to make sure that the people of Israel, when they kiss
their kids and put them on that bus, feel at least no more existential dread
than any parent does whenever their kids leave their sight. So that then becomes
the question: is settlement policy conducive to relieving that over the long
term, or is it just making the situation worse? That’s the question that has to
Referring to Israel as a disease hints at just a scintilla of anti-semitism, don't you suppose? THAT is the question that MUST be asked of Barack Hussein Obama.
Look, the Palestinians have had Gaza for 3 years now. For what? They've done NOTHING with this. Hate to burst bubbles, but the Palis are no more interested in peace than I'm interested in voting for this clown. Until Israel is a distant memory, these yahoos won't be satisfied. Further more, Mr. Obama, Israel ISN'T a settlement. For Obama to view it as such means he is fine with Israel no longer existing and that ought to sum this cat right up.