The twisted mentality of the Obama administration is prominently on display in Jeffrey Goldberg’s summary of his conversations with senior officials posted here. Anonymously describing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as “chickenshit,” one senior official serves up a pure case of projection, and another senior administration official seconds him (or her). It is as if Obama himself had dismissed someone as “arrogant,” or Joe Biden disparaged anyone as “stupid,” or John Kerry insulted someone as “haughty,” though in this case the official is projecting on behalf of the administration as a whole.
The whole thing is almost — almost — unbelievable. If you’ve been awake and alert, however, it makes sick sense. It figures. “Fair is foul, and foul is fair:/Hover through the fog and filthy air.”
On the substance of the issues, Danielle Pletka speaks for me in her comments on Goldberg’s column. She renders this stinging judgment:
Let’s get this straight: Bibi et al, who have what most would agree is a legitimate and existential fear of an Iranian nuclear weapon, are “good” because they’re, er “chickenshit” about launching a strike on Iran; oh, and Bibi is also labeled a “coward” for having been “chickenshit” in that regard. But he’s “bad” because he won’t cave to a Palestinian Authority and Hamas so riven by terrorism, corruption and incompetence that they won’t “accommodate” with each other.
How can we read this as anything other than an appalling display of hypocrisy, hostility to Israel and warmth toward the very powers that have killed almost as many Americans (Iran, Hamas, et al) as al Qaeda? Did team Obama label Ahmadinejad as “chickenshit”? Have they labeled the Qataris, who arm and fund ISIS at the same time that they buy US weapons as “chickenshit”?
I’m sure that in defense of Obama, many will say that they expect more of the Israelis than they do of the Gulf or Turkey or NATO or … anyone. The question is, why? Coming back to the fons et origo of this whole relationship disaster, let us recall that it was Obama who ashcanned the George W. Bush commitment to Israel to oppose the return to 1967 lines; Obama who prayed at the altar of Jew-hating Reverend Jeremiah Wright; Obama who absorbed the scholarship of Israel-hating Rashid Khalidi; Obama, whose own settlement policy has been more extreme than that of the Palestinian Authority.
But let’s forget about Obama’s own ideological dislike of the State of Israel and its leaders, whoever they may be. Set aside the fact that it is not Bibi who is acting like a selfish political actor, but Barack Obama and the personal sycophants around him who are more interested in the whims and fortunes of the American Narcissus. Let us instead focus on the fact that an unnamed “senior American official” is waxing triumphant over the fact that it is now “too late” for Israel to strike Iran’s nuclear weapons complex. This is good news? The fact that American officials believe it is more advantageous to have a nuclear Iran than to have someone in power in Israel who will not kowtow to the US president says something about the fundamental rot at the core of the Obama administration, its contempt for the national security of the American people – who are at terrible risk from an Iranian nuclear bomb – and the vileness of the cowards and chickenshit officials who people the fiefdom of Barack Obama.
ZOA Critical of Obama Admin.'s Hostility to Israel, Calls For Obama To Fire Official Who Called Israeli P.M. Netanyahu "Chickenshit"
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 ---The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the Obama Administration over numerous, recent incidents of bias against and hostility to Israel. It has also called on President Obama to name, condemn and fire the Administration official who was quoted by the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg, who is understood to have excellent contacts within the Obama Administration, as saying of Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, "the thing about Bibi, is he's a chickenshit." Obama Administration officials were also reported by Goldberg to have expressed "red hot anger" at Mr. Netanyahu for his construction policies in Jerusalem.
The ZOA regards this as indicative of astonishing bias and hostility to Israel on the part of the Obama Administration, given that President Obama and his officials have not expressed "red-hot anger" or indeed any condemnation of Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority (PA) for:
Refusing to negotiate with Israel for almost of the past 6 and a half years
Delivering last March three no's in his meeting with President Obama -- no acceptance of Israel as a Jewish state; no renunciation of the legally baseless so-called 'right of return,' whereby Palestinian refugees of the 1948-9 war and their millions of descendants would be repatriated to Israel; and no end to conflict and claims against Israel, even if a peace settlement is signed by both sides
Calling the terrorist murderer of two Israeli civilians, including a baby, in Jerusalem last week a "heroic martyr"
Ignoring the Obama Administration's policy of seeking a negotiated peace settlement by going to the United Nations to obtain non-member status for 'Palestine'
Saying during the recent Gaza war that "No one in the world will live in safety and stability while the children of Gaza, Jerusalem, [and] the West Bank, and Palestinian children everywhere, do not live in safety and stability. Praise and eternal life to our brave martyrs"
Welcoming blood-soaked, convicted and jailed Palestinian terrorists freed by Israel with the words, "We welcome our heroic brothers who come from behind bars"
Conferring the Star of Honor, the highest honor awarded by the PA, on the slain PLO terrorist chieftain, Khalil Al-Wazir (Abu Jihad), who was responsible for the murder of at least 125 Israelis in numerous terror attacks that he planned, including the 1975 terrorist assault on Tel Aviv's Savoy Hotel, in which Al-Wazir's men murdered eight hostages
In contrast, in recent weeks, the Obama Administration:
Criticized Israel for announcing a construction project of homes for Jews in the eastern part of Jerusalem and publicly doubting its concern for peace, the State Department's Jen Psaki saying, "if Israel wants to see - wants to live in a peaceful society, they need to take steps to reduce tensions and to avoid steps that are going to be incompatible with peace.
Snubbed Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon who, while meeting with his counterpart Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, was refused meetings with Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice during his trip to the United States this month; and
An unnamed Administration official called Mr. Netanyahu a "chickenshit"
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, "It is clear that the pro-terror, anti-peace words and actions of Mahmoud Abbas and the PA do not attract the ire and condemnation of President Obama and his Administration.
"However, whenever Israel builds a home for Jews in Jerusalem or Judea/Samaria, the Obama Administration is afflicted with 'red-hot rage.'
"In his speech to AIPAC on May 22, 2011, President Obama said that 'we will hold the Palestinians accountable for their actions and for their rhetoric.' But he never has.
"Instead, despite saying that the Israeli/U.S. relationship is 'unbreakable,' President Obama seems to never miss an opportunity to try and break it.
"This is nothing but bias and hostility.
"The ZOA calls on President Obama to name, condemn and fire the official who called Prime Minister Netanyahu a 'chickenshit.'