President Obama is a master of diplomatic relations; that is, if false equivalence, bowing to foreign despots, alienating traditional allies and waging wars without Constitutional authorization strike one as statesman-like.
The president made one of the more questionable statements on U.S. foreign policy since he lamented his lack of felicity with the Austrian [sic] language. Here is a transcript via the Examiner:
“So I think it’s important for us to work through this process, even if there are irritants on both sides,” Obama said. “The Israelis have concerns about rockets flying into their cities last night. And it would be easy for them to say, you see, this is why we can’t have peace because we can’t afford to have our kids in beds sleeping and suddenly a rocket comes through the roof. But my argument is even though both sides may have areas of strong disagreement, may be engaging in activities that the other side considers to be a breach of good faith, we have to push through those things to try to get to an agreement — because if we get an agreement then it will be very clear what the nature of that agreement is: There will be a sovereign Palestinian state, a sovereign Jewish State of Israel.”
“And those two states I think will be able to deal with each other the same way all states do. I mean, the United States and Canada has arguments once in a while, but they’re not the nature of arguments that can’t be solved diplomatically.”
Last time I checked, the Canadians weren’t launching missiles into Detroit (though it would probably solve a few problems if they hit an abandoned ghetto) or strapping bomb-vests onto moose to set them loose across the U.S. border. Again, false equivalence strikes liberals as ‘fairness’; that is why it’s unfair that Israel is successful while its neighbors just tend to suck.
The Palestinians have been trying to solve things “diplomatically” with Israel for decades, mainly by sending in suicide-bombers to kill innocent Israelis and lobbing rockets randomly into the tiny Jewish state. The president, it should be noted, stood underneath a huge banner of deceased terrorist leader Yasser Arafat as he delivered his questionable lines.
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