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Friday, March 11, 2016 

Obama puts Netanyahu in his list of disappointments

In an interview with the Atlantic's propagandist Jeffrey Goldberg, Obama predictably couldn't leave Netanyahu out of his list of disappointments in the middle east:
But over the next three years, as the Arab Spring gave up its early promise, and brutality and dysfunction overwhelmed the Middle East, the president grew disillusioned. Some of his deepest disappointments concern Middle Eastern leaders themselves. Benjamin Netanyahu is in his own category: Obama has long believed that Netanyahu could bring about a two-state solution that would protect Israel’s status as a Jewish-majority democracy, but is too fearful and politically paralyzed to do so. Obama has also not had much patience for Netanyahu and other Middle Eastern leaders who question his understanding of the region. In one of Netanyahu’s meetings with the president, the Israeli prime minister launched into something of a lecture about the dangers of the brutal region in which he lives, and Obama felt that Netanyahu was behaving in a condescending fashion, and was also avoiding the subject at hand: peace negotiations. Finally, the president interrupted the prime minister: “Bibi, you have to understand something,” he said. “I’m the African American son of a single mother, and I live here, in this house. I live in the White House. I managed to get elected president of the United States. You think I don’t understand what you’re talking about, but I do.” Other leaders also frustrate him immensely. Early on, Obama saw Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the president of Turkey, as the sort of moderate Muslim leader who would bridge the divide between East and West—but Obama now considers him a failure and an authoritarian, one who refuses to use his enormous army to bring stability to Syria. And on the sidelines of a nato summit in Wales in 2014, Obama pulled aside King Abdullah II of Jordan. Obama said he had heard that Abdullah had complained to friends in the U.S. Congress about his leadership, and told the king that if he had complaints, he should raise them directly. The king denied that he had spoken ill of him.
I'm sorry, but he doesn't understand anything, and it's incredibly ill-advised of him to act like he does. Without understanding of Islam, he will not realize why "peace" is impossible, nor why "two-state solutions" only condone segregation, something that goes against the values America usually upholds.

And his perception of Erdogan as a "moderate" is also laughable, because Erdogan's bunch was proving otherwise long before Obama was elected, and still are. Failing to make distinctions between Netanyahu and Erdogan, for example, is ludicrous and degrading.

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