God help us. - rg
Truth is, the Palestinians never miss an opportunity... Truth is, the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity- and Israelis are well aware that the Palestinians are not ready yet for land-for-peace... where's the precedent, Gaza? So they not only settled some accounts with Hamas before the misguided and undependable Obama was sworn-in, but now elected a rightist government, headed by Bibi Netanyahu... who refers to Gaza as "Hamasistan". Does that look like they are looking to follow Obama's lead, to not confront Tehran, and make ill-conceived deals with the Palestinians? Israel is the target of an existential threat from Iran and her proxies Hezbollah and Hamas, plus Syria... and cannot afford a Pollyanna, cafe-debate world view like Barack thinks is so modern and "cool". And Iran has promptly met Obama's futile gestures with contempt. These apocalyptic loons not only have no intention of stopping their nuclear weapons program, but consider his willingness to "talk without preconditions" nothing but a sign of weakness- an indicator of the "failure of the West."Ruthless and aggressive foes have no reason to take seriously a smiley plastic mannequin like Obama... they know he's not going to do anything. US allies such as Israel and Afghanistan will be force to take matters into their own hands. Obama, like Carter, will make the US an impotent, irrelevant bystander as events take their course... and nations like Russia, Venezuela, and China fill the power vacuum. Team Obama would be well-advised to keep an eye on the horizon anytime they're visiting their recalcitrant pals in Tehran... for a formation of Israeli F-16's coming-in at Mach 2. The IDF did us all a huge favor in 1983, taking out Saddam's reactor in the face of world condemnation... and they'll they'll take care of business again, reducing Iran's nuclear program to smoldering little bits.