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10 March 2010


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Ironies abound. Some of the very people who decry Obama's "weakness" toward Iran have no problem with Israeli officials systematically humiliating our representatives. The fact that Biden was not ordered to leave immediately is why I no longer listen to President Obama. He is a smart man who, sadly, has a total blind spot for deliberate insults.


***Perhaps "mindless" friend would be a more accurate description.***

actually, that seems to describe the entire u.s. congress (and media) for the past 25 years.

Nancy K

I am disgusted that Biden did not get back into his plane and leave when he heard about the building of the settlements and equally disgusted that Obama did not order him to do so. We look weak, and that is not a good look during a time we are at war.
I can so identify with the animals in animal farm except in our case, it is the voter who look from Democrat to Republican and cannot tell the difference.

Fred Strack

"I don't think he is smart enough for that sort of epiphany." At least Obama got him out of the Senate. Imagine how he'd be helping in what passes for banking reform these days if he were still there.


Are you really surprised that Biden didn't stand up to Israel? How many politicians do you know that actually done that (and could keep their job:)?


Biden and the majority memberships of both the House and Senate need to register themselves as agents for a foreign government (Israel) under FARA, and resign their respective posts. Alas, there is no U.S. 'backbone' anymore in the White House or the Congress since Kennedy stood up to the postage stamp known as Zionist Israel.

The way to stop this nonsense is for all of the voting citizenry to mandate/demand that the Presidency/Congress all work pro bono and the Congress membership live in dorm like facilites where their meals and transportation to and from the Hill is provided. It would require that they all 'work' for U.S. interests for a change, and not butt lickers for foreign governments who pay for their personal Congressional yellow brick roads.


The Israelis are toying with Biden and Obama. 'If' Obama and Biden had any guts amongst them, they would cut off ALL aid to Israel, shrink them back to their U.N. mandated borders. Take away their un-declared nuclear weapons arsenal, by force, if necessary. The right thing to do is arrest their Israeli leaders for their war crimes, and for their Schutzstaffel style collective punishment upon the Palestinan Arabs.


The fact this man is second in line to the Presidency is scary.

He did not act like a person who cares about himself or the office he represents.

So what can we expect should he, God forgive me for suggesting, be forced to move up?



Appeasement, no? We'll pretend this will all get better when we know it won't?


I have Jewish roots. In discussions of the Jewish character with Jewish friends the comment was repeatedly made that Jewish tragedy is always to go one step too far. The Right wing will be congratulating Netanyahu on his Chutzpah, but Chutzpah can have fatal national consequences.

From Wikipedia:

"In Hebrew, chutzpah is used indignantly, to describe someone who has over-stepped the boundaries of accepted behavior with no shame. But in Yiddish and English, chutzpah has developed ambivalent and even positive connotations. Chutzpah can be used to express admiration for non-conformist but gutsy audacity. Leo Rosten in The Joys of Yiddish defines chutzpah as "gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible 'guts,' presumption plus arrogance such as no other word and no other language can do justice to." In this sense, chutzpah expresses both strong disapproval and a grudging admiration. In the same work Rosten also defined the term as "that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan.""

N. M. Salamon

One wonders if Mrs Clinton and Mr Biden are trying to assure Israel that they have GRENN LIGHT for some more foolishness. This type of nonsense can have extremely prejudicial effect on Uncle Sam, for it Israel acts irrationally [re Lebanon, or re Iran] the USA cvould be between a rock and a hard place:

1., back "our everlasting friend" with military might, which could lead to USA Collapse [oil stops flowing, and China Japan out bid the USA for the rest]; or starts WW III.

2., The PResident informs the Israeli leadertsdhip that as C-i-C of USA forces, he instructed the said forces to shoot down any and all Israeli planes heading East! For good measure he could send a carrier group to the Eastern End of the Meditertrean Sea, to foreclose even flights to the North [Guaranteeing the sovereignity of Lebqanon and Syria Air-space against Israel]. Oil still flows but AIPAC et al cause untold internal problems [Solution to this is declare AIPAC a foreign agent!]

Mr. Obama did not need this on his plate, he has MORE THAN enough problems already.


Sure do miss former Secretary of State James Baker. He told the Israeli's that when they were serious about peace, to give him a call. Next thing you know, credit crunch and out the door for Bush/Baker.

Patrick Lang


No. Of course not. That is what is called a rhetorical flourish. pl

Patrick Lang


No. I think that this is just more ineptitude informed by the overwhelming presence and hostility of the Zionist element in America. pl


In January 1998, Clinton was going to read the riot act to Netanyahu regarding the settlements. While Netanyahu was in transit,the Monica Lewinksy story hits the media, and all hell breaks loose: settlements? what settlements? Biden/Obama are just as comprimised.

Charles I

Pat, as always, your little vignettes are the spice of your scholarship for me.

Its business as usual in Bizarro Reverso Dog-wagging-tail World.

Bow to a culturally significant hereditary Emperor whilst perusing the forward position in the East, where politics is nuance and face, and the peanut gallery goes DefCon Full High Dudgeon.

Bend over and spread 'em for the high maintenance tail, and nary a peep from the same gang, maybe a "Good doggie" or a bone for Joe.


Farshid Ebrahimi


They are not mindless friend at all.

This is a message to those nations that have any doubt who is really in charge of the strongest military power in the world.


Patrick Lang

Charles I

"The life so short, the craft so long to learn..."

Charlie, you are great! What is it that you drink? As Lincoln said, we should send you a case. pl


You didn't want McCain, you got Biden.
Be careful what you wish for.

Patrick Lang


I wanted Hillary. McCain has something wrong with him. pl

Patrick Lang


Let's see.. What would be more apt?

"A pox on both your houses..."


"I don't have a dog in this fight..."



I'm certainly no McCain fan.
A bad candidate who ran a worse campaign.
Hillary wasn't on the ballot, though.

Patrick Lang


Sir, perhaps we can agree on this. pl

Ken Hoop

The only serious Democratic candidate who would have dealt with Israel effectively was Kucinich. (not sure if Gravel was serious.)
Hillary had seemingly fewer Arab friends to betray than had Obama.


Do Netanyahu and his government realize that these actions add fuel to the fire and lend credence to the theory that the Israeli tail wags the American dog?

It is astonishingly short sighted.

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