Middle East Scholar: Obama Considered ‘Weak, Feckless’, Bush ‘Feared’

October 2, 2012 at 11:03 am (Arab Spring, Benjamin Netanyahu, Brookings Institute, Foreign Policy, George W. Bush, Israel, Middle East, President Obama, Shadi Hamid)

Yea but … Obama killed Osama.  Hadn’t you heard?

Via Bloomberg: 

… all we have from Obama is passivity, which is a recurring theme in the administration’s approach to the Middle East. So is “aggressive hedging,” a term used by the Brookings Institution’s Shadi Hamid to describe Obama’s strange reluctance to clearly choose sides in the uprisings of the Arab Spring.

“There’s a widespread perception in the region that Obama is a weak, somewhat feckless president,” Hamid, who runs the Brookings Doha Center, told me. “Bush may have been hated, but he was also feared, and what we’ve learned in the Middle East is that fear, sometimes at least, can be a good thing. Obama’s aggressive hedging has alienated both sides of the Arab divide. Autocrats, particularly in the Gulf, think Obama naively supports Arab revolutionaries, while Arab protesters and revolutionaries seem to think the opposite.”

Leaders across the Middle East don’t take Obama’s threats seriously. Neither Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor the Arab leaders of the Gulf countries believe he’ll act militarily against Iran’s nuclear program in his second term.

Not to fear, we don’t take it very seriously here either when the President pretends to be a tough foreign policy advocate.

When it comes to foreign policy, it looks like it was actually George Bush who had the big stick.

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Netanyahu Talks Down to Obama’s Level, Brings Bomb Chart to Demonstrate the Iranian Threat

September 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm (Benjamin Netanyahu, Bomb, Iran, Israel, Nuclear, President Obama, United Nations)

Apparently frustrated with the United Nations inability to understand that Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear threat, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to provide visual aids to accompany his speech today.

It was a direct call to action toward the Obama administration.  And he was clearly speaking in very simple terms so as not to be misunderstood.  Watch video below…
Fox News reports:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a dramatic speech to the United Nations, employed a simple diagram to hammer home his plea that the international community set a “clear red line” over Iran’s nuclear program — warning that a nuclear-armed Iran would be tantamount to a nuclear-armed Al Qaeda. 

Netanyahu claimed Thursday that Iran would have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb by next summer. His remarks before the U.N. General Assembly amounted to an appeal to the U.S. and other nations to join Israel in drawing a line that Iran cannot cross without risking a military response. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought a visual aid with him today to the United Nations General Assembly.

He drew a RED LINE on the bomb chart.

During his speech the Israeli Prime Minister explained to the audience that the Iranian regime had already completed the first stage of their nuclear program. The regime is working on the second stage. Netanyahu urged the members to draw a red line before the Iranians complete the second stage of their program.

This was a very effective presentation.

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Obama Provides Free Parking For Ahmadinejad’s ‘Iran Air’ Plane

September 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm (Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, Iran Air, Israel, Joint Base Andrews, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President Obama, The View, United Nations, Washington)

It’s a Presidential love triangle gone awry.  While Obama has openly dumped one of our most important ally’s in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an appearance with the ladies of The View, he has also been showering Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with gifts – such as free parking for his Boeing 747 in Washington.

The plane, named “Iran Air”, exchanged fleeting glances with the President’s plane.

Via the Washington Post:

Free parking is hard to find in Washington — but not, apparently, for the Boeing 747 that ferried Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to this week’s United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York.

That plane, emblazoned with the “Iran Air” logo, was parked Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews — the same air field where Air Force One is stored. In fact, President Obama taxied past the Iranian jet on his way to two campaign events in Ohio.

Awww…  How sweet.

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Senior Obama Adviser: "I Have No Problem" With the President Meeting Whoopi Goldberg and Ignoring World Leaders

September 23, 2012 at 10:20 am (Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama, Robert Gibbs, The View, Whoopi Goldberg)

Chris Wallace this morning on Fox News Sunday called out President Barack Obama for having the time to meet with the ladies of The View, but having no time to meet with key foreign leaders in a time of crisis.

He asked Obama’s senior adviser Robert Gibbs about that fact, and Gibbs explained that there are “telephones in the White House” which the President can use to speak with foreign leaders.

He then cites the President of Egypt and the leader of Libya as examples, while noticeably leaving out the name of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Here’s the thing – if there are telephones in the White House, why not use them to conduct frivolous interviews, and actually have the sit-down meetings with world leaders?  Where are your priorities Mr. President?

People are noticing the lack of leadership from the White House.

Here’s a transcript of the relevant portion of the interview (video below):

FOX’s Chris Wallace: “I want to go back to the UN though and New York this week. You say that he’s got schedules, that foreign leaders have schedules. But the President has blocked out time to appear on The View on Tuesday. So, he has time for Whoopi Goldberg but he doesn’t have time for world leaders?”

Obama Senior Adviser Robert Gibbs: “No, Chris. Look, the President is going to be actively involved at the UN General Assembly.”

Wallace: “He’s not meeting with any private leaders. He’s giving a speech.”

Gibbs: “Chris, they have telephones in the White House. Last week, he talked to the President of Egypt. He talked to the leader in Libya. We don’t need a meeting in Washington just to confer with leaders. We’ve got a strong – ”

Wallace: “But he does need the time to be on The View?”

Gibbs: “We have a strong diplomatic – I’m sure if he was doing an interview with you on Fox News, you’d have no problem with that.”

Wallace: “Well, he hasn’t, but that’s not the point.”

Gibbs: “I’m sure that’s not the point. No, look Chris, he’s got a strong schedule. He’s actively involved.”

Wallace: “You don’t have a problem with the fact that he’s not meeting with any world leaders, but he’s going to appear on The View?”

Gibbs: “I have no problem with that, because, Chris, you’re the President of the United States every minute of every day. That’s why you talk to the leader in Turkey, a hugely important leader and country in that region of the world. That’s why you pick up the phone and talk to the President of Egypt and tell them, they have to have a strong reaction to this violence at our embassy, they have to protect our consulate and our embassies and the people that work in them. Chris, this isn’t just about one meeting on one particular day in New York. The President is actively involved and engaged in the most dangerous place in the world every single day of the week.”

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Obama Snubs Netanyahu, Meets with Jay-Z Instead

September 18, 2012 at 11:00 am (Benjamin Netanyahu, Beyonce, Ed Cox, Jay-Z, New York, President Obama)

Today, New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox released the following stattement:

“Once again, we’re happy to welcome President Obama back to New York State, where our unemployment rate (9.1%) is a full point above the national average.

America and the world are in crisis: unemployment is still high, our national debt has topped $16 trillion, our embassies are burning and Iran is closer than ever to becoming a nuclear nation.

Against this backdrop, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu asked Barack Obama for a meeting.

Obama turned down the request from the leader of America’s closes ally in the Middle East.

Instead, the President of the United States will be hobnobbing with Jay-Z and Beyonce at a $40,000-per-person, 100-person fundraiser at the swank 40/40 Club – that’s a cash haul of $4 million for the President.

Put another way, Obama will leave New York with $4.68 for every one of our state’s unemployed workers.

America needs a President more interested in the status of our allies abroad and our unemployed at home than in partying with celebrities: America needs Mitt Romney in the White House.”

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Obama Tells Israel Not to Strike Iran – Until After the Elections

March 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm (2012 Election, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, Israel, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Nuclear, President Obama, Weapon, White House)

Many in the international community believe that Iran is mere months away from having nuclear capability.  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stated that Israel must be “wiped off the map.”  So with the possible annihilation of Israel at stake, what is the leading factor in determining how and when to respond to Iran?  In Obama’s world, it’s all about his re-election campaign.

Via YNet News:

White House tells Sunday Times Obama pressed Netanyahu to postpone Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear facilities until after November, adding president ‘might visit Israel in summer’
Israel will only strike Iranian nuclear facilities in September or after the United States presidential elections in November, a White House official told the British Sunday Times newspaper after a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama last week.
According to the report, Obama has taken Israel’s warnings about a possible strike in Iran very seriously. The Washington source added that the president “might visit in the summer to reassure the Israelis that the US commitment to defend Israel is unshakable and thus thwart a possible autumn attack.”
Obama insisted that any attack on Iran should be postponed until after the US presidential elections in November, possibly even until next spring. The source revealed that Netanyahu consented to delaying a strike, but wished to know until when. “The question is how much time,” he reportedly said.
The White House source added that Netanyahu presented a number of demands Iran must fulfill in order to avoid an Israeli attack, including transferring 150 kilograms (330 pounds) of enriched uranium to a third party, stopping the enrichment process at the Fordow site near Qom and ceasing any further enrichment beyond the 3.5% required for power generation.

Because we wouldn’t want poor Obama to have to act like a world leader in the months leading up to the election, now would we?  He may have to feign concern for a U.S. ally…

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