Pointing at the Left & making accusations of double-standards is nothing new, I know. For too many on the Left, double-standards just seem to be a way of life, and pointing out those double-standards is almost cliché in the conservative blogosphere. But rarely do we have the Left’s double-standards so starkly displayed by the President of the United States himself than we do today.
Shortly after President Obama delivered his latest lie-fest (aka his “State of the Union” address), the news media started buzzing about how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been invited to speak before a joint session of Congress, and that House Speaker John Boehner, whose office had made the invitation had -GASP- failed to notify or ask permission from the State Department. For a few days there, I could swear that if I heard the words “breach of protocol” one more time, my head was going to explode.
The White House then put on a collective pouting child act, acting hurt that a major world leader would come to the United States without meeting with His Lordship King Obama. To the White House, this was a huge deal. To the rest of us, it makes sense.
The Obama administration has never been a friend to Israel. From the beginning, this president has paid lip service to being Israel’s ally, but always with an attitude approaching snide sarcasm.
When Israel went on a major offensive to prevent Palestinian terrorists from using tunnels to infiltrate their nation and murder their civilian population, the Obama State Department criticized them for making a strong offensive – despite the extreme lengths Israel goes to in every campaign to avoid civilian casualties, they cannot lift a finger to stop murdering terrorists without facing criticism.
But lately, the Obama administration has taken a stance toward Iran that is completely untenable to Israel. The White House seems bound and determined to allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons capabilities, and right now is very publicly stating that the president will veto any legislation coming out of Congress to impose sanctions on Iran, which essentially amounts to continually spitting in the face of one of our closest allies. The White House’s capitulatory stance toward Iran puts Israel at risk – especially considering that Iran is the primary supplier of the rockets that Hamas continuously and indiscriminately fires into Israel. The rockets often miss their intended mark, but even a small nuclear payload in the form of a dirty bomb could be devastating.
After getting all pissy because Speaker Boehner decided to use his pen and his phone to unilaterally invite the Prime Minister to speak to Congress, the White House announced that they wouldn’t be meeting with Netanyahu while he was in Washington, due to a supposed “longstanding policy” to avoid meeting with leaders close to their elections – they wouldn’t want to influence foreign elections, after all.
Except that in 2009, President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel right before her re-election. And in 1996, then-President Bill Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres less than a month before elections.
Let’s be honest: Barack Obama has a longstanding policy to avoid meetings with leaders he doesn’t like, and he doesn’t like leaders who take a strong stance against Islamic terrorism. Obama’s only truly consistent side has been his insistence that it’s his way, or the highway.
But President Obama, and officials in his administration, have very high opinions of themselves, and they see this as a slight. And to be slighted by someone they despise like Benjamin Netanyahu is intolerable. And they are pissed.
And that, my friends, is the only reason why this is an issue at all.