Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Whose Fault Is It That This Is So Plausible?

Perhaps you've already seen the following, which is purported to be a partial transcript of a phone conversation between Barack Hussein Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu:

Barack Hussein Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.
Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?
BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.
BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.
BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.
BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.
BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza.
BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.
BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.
BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –
BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.

It didn't take long for the National Security Council to tweet out a denial that such a conversation had taken place:

We have seen reports of an alleged POTUS-Netanyahu transcript; neither reports nor alleged transcript bear any resemblance to reality 1/2

Shocking and disappointing someone would sink to misrepresenting a pvt convo between POTUS and PM in fabrications to Israeli press 2/2

...which of course brings to mind the old adage:

"Never believe anything political until it is officially denied."

...but that's not the whole story. Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge gives us this:

Despite the denials, Israel's Channel 1 refused to retract the leaked statement. Worse, it revealed the source of the leak as a "senior American official."
Despite rejections by American and Israeli officials, Channel 1's Or Nahari insists that the transcript leaked to him by a “senior American official” is authentic, but acknowledges that the quotes he published were merely an excerpt from a long conversation.

...while Debra Heine adds the following:

Danny Danon, member of Knesset for the Likud party in Israel, was on the Steve Malzberg Show, Tuesday to talk about the Israel/Hamas war and the Obama Regime’s epic PR meltdown in trying to negotiate a ceasefire agreement. Danon said that the call between Netanyahu and Obama Sunday night was a subject of much conversation in Israel, and claimed that O had yelled at Bibi, telling him “what to do and what not to do.”

“I want to sound polite, but it is an insult the way President Obama is treating Israel and Secretary Kerry is treating Israel,” Danon began. “It is an insult for us – the demand to have a ceasefire and putting Israel on the same level as Hamas – it is unacceptable.”

“It was not a pleasant conversation,” Danon said of the phone call. “It was yelling and telling Prime Minister Netanyahu what he should do and what he should not do. And I tell you frankly, we have a very close relationship with the US – the strongest ally of Israel – but this is not the way to talk to the leader of an allied country.” He brought his point home by suggesting that Obama was treating Netanyahu no differently than he would treat the leader of the Taliban.

Now, in the usual case I'd discount anything said by "a senior American official" simply on the grounds that a man who won't give his name and stand behind his statements deserves no credence, especially when his statements are damaging to another man's reputation. But with Or Nahari and Danny Danon both backing the "senior American official" quite strongly, the report deserves more consideration. Particular attention should go to its plausibility.

Consider the following:

  • "Elections have consequences. I won, therefore I trump you on that issue."
  • "Only I am president of the United States."
  • "Senator McCain, the election is over."
  • "I don't want them to do a lot of talking."
  • "I've got a pen and I've got a phone."
  • "I didn't ask for an argument. It's the right thing to do."
  • "The nice thing about being president is I can do anything I want."

The word choices and tone attributed to Obama in the purported transcript above are perfectly consistent with what we've seen and heard from this supremely arrogant and narcissistic man. He genuinely believes that he can bully other sovereign nations into doing as he wills, even when it conflicts dramatically -- perhaps fatally -- with that nation's own interests. More, he believes that it's his right to do so, and that those who resist him are therefore irrefutably in the wrong -- and that his slide in the opinion polls is because he's being unfairly treated by the press.

Is this just what you get from a "community organizer" with no private-sector seasoning? Or is it the consequence of putting a "red-diaper baby," told all his life what a superior creature he is, into the Oval Office? Or is it uniquely a case of a single sociopathic narcissist, filled with rage at all the world by Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayres, et alii, whose like we shall (happily) never endure again?

No, we can't get rid of him by any Constitutional procedure. He deserves impeachment, conviction, and summary removal from office, but the cowards in the House and the Quislings in the Senate will never permit it. (Actually, he deserves far worse, but I'll refrain from specifics. I'd rather not have to tell a bunch of Secret Servicemen to get the BLEEP! off my doorstep or suffer to have their heads blown off; it would cause too much talk.)

Given the state of affairs inside the Beltway, all we have left is hope: the hope that the damage Barack Hussein Obama has done, is doing, and will do to the United States as president is reparable, and that subsequent administrations will repair it rather than compound it. However, given the rising tide of violence around the world, which Obama's "foreign policy" has done so much to potentiate, it's unlikely that America will recapture her position of leadership among the nations. Whether Americans' liberty, our prosperity, and our overall security can be restored after his term is done, we can only wait to see.


F.J. Dagg said...

"Is this just what you get from a 'community organizer' with no private-sector seasoning? Or is it the consequence of putting a 'red-diaper baby,' told all his life what a superior creature he is, into the Oval Office?"

Yes and yes. But perhaps more significantly, it's what you get when you engineer two or three successive generations into one, abject ignorance of their heritage and place in history, and two, into a condition of despising themselves and their fellow countrymen.

T. Paine said...

I completely reject the authors conclusion that America has lost it's place of leadership among nations. That BHO has absolutely lost any credibility that he personally may have ever had (I withhold further analysis of that point for the sake of civility.) is beyond debate.
Our great country is far stronger and better than one dangerous little Marxist. The second amendment by the way ensures that it is.
All that BHO is doing is by design. People need to get that through their thick skulls. He's the enemy and he's dangerous!
What we need is gut congress this November and replace those slugs with American Patriots who are not afraid of BHO and his merry little band of communist boot lickers in congress.

William Stout said...

While I agree with Mr. Paine in principle, I am afraid that he may be inaccurate in his assessment. Barrack Obama has relinquished American leadership of the free world. That will have consequences and they will most certainly be serious ones. For starters, our enemies will use that lack of leadership until enough of them have died in order to make the point. Therefore, there is a cost in blood. In addition, there is also a cost in will.

Our allies will no longer simply line up behind us. We will have to expend our own blood and resources to fix the problems that we have allowed to occur on Obama's watch. Until we prove that we are serious again, we will have to walk alone on the world's stage. Then there is the third cost of such a failure.

Once we have recovered American leadership, we will be hated more than we were when that jackass took office. The alternative to the Pax Americana is to allow evil to dominate. That is how the left would have it, but good men cannot stand by and do nothing, that is Obama's job.

Ever have the left placed us in this position and ever have they congratulated themselves for doing so. I say that it is high time that they be made to pay for their stupidity, but they always seem to escape the noose.