The Alien in the White House
The following quote is from an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal authored by Dorothy Rabinowitz. Politically, she’s a necon:
Mr. Obama is not merely our first post-racial president, he is our first post-American president. He believes in the third-world narrative that western civilization, most especially the United States and Israel, is the source of misery suffered by all non-Europeans. He agrees with the narrative that says the United States is a racist, colonialist oppressor that has lived too wealthy for too long due to its theft of the world’s finite resources. He believes that the planet itself has suffered because of us. He supplicates himself — and us –when he bows in the presence of other third-world leaders. He is not merely an alien, he may in fact be an enemy. He does not care for the history of this great nation, and he most certainly does not care for the people who live in it.
You may wonder what exactly prompted this, after all, it seems that Obama has really been pretty busy trying to burnish his image in the wake of the gulf oil disaster and has been a tad too busy here of late to to run around with “third world narratives” concerning the US and Israel. What gives and why is Rabinowitz so ticked off at him?
Well, this is continuing fallout between Obama and the Israelis beginning with the insult of announcing more settlements on Palestinian land during vice president Joe Biden’s visit to the middle east a couple of months ago and continuing with the fallout from Israel’s attack on the aid flotilla of two weeks ago killing nine people. In response to the flotilla attack, Obama had a sit down with Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) to dole out $ 400 million of aid and announce that the continued blockade of Gaza was “unsustainable”. He called for “new conceptual framework” to address the situation in the Gaza strip.
To be honest, these are just baby steps. First of all, Abbas’ Palestinian Authority doesn’t even run the Gaza Strip, the duly elected Hamas does, but no one can talk to them because they’re considered a “terrorist organization”, a designation that Israel uses to engage in extrajudicial assassinations while using their election as a justification for the entire blockade of Gaza to begin with. Hamas wound up getting elected mainly because they were more effective in addressing the needs of the people and didn’t have the same problems with corruption as the P.A. did. George Bush and the Likud party were directly responsible for the election of Hamas as they didn’t want to deal with the PA when Yasir Arafat was alive and continued the same thing with Abbas, but now want to deal with him now that Hamas is in charge of the Gaza Strip. What makes sitting down with Abbas so stupid is that he and the PA only effectively rule in the West Bank and have no control over Gaza. So in effect, Obama sitting down with him is little more than a photo op and an opportunity to make a statement. It’s a start, but is really nothing but a baby step.
But baby step or not, any slight movement towards a more even US hand in the middle east will be met with fierce resistance by the neocons, whose entire platform largely involves support of Israel’s expansionist policy that’s heretofore been financed courtesy of the US taxpayer. Rather than question the whether the American president is an “alien”, Rabinowitz and the rest of these neocons need to be questioned about their divided loyalties and whether or not they’re aliens. The last time I checked, we only have 50 states and Israel is not the 51st state and there’s absolutely no obligation that America has to finance nor politically support its expansionist policies. Last time I checked, Obama doesn’t maintain dual citizenship unlike the probable case with Rabinowitz and her minions. It is those who have the dual loyalties divided between America and another nation who are the “aliens”and the recent flotilla incident is awakening many people to this fact.
US policy, for the sake of America, needs to move towards a more even hand in the middle east and if that means that the US and Israel wind up parting ways, so be it.