by Ken Blackwell
With his remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia, President Obama made history once again. Sadly, it’s a most unenviable title. I believe he is the most anti-Israel President in U.S. history.
In going to Jakarta, Indonesia, to launch his latest attack, he literally went to the ends of the earth to give voice to his displeasure. He emphasized his opposition to the policies of the elected government of Israel.
He used his Jakarta platform to complain about Israel building apartments for her growing population. Where? In Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
To make matters even worse, Jakarta is a city no Israeli is allowed to enter! The symbolism of saying what he said in the country and city where he said it is simply atrocious.
He was in Indonesia less than 24 hours. If he had to make such a one-sided and unfair pronouncement, couldn’t he at least have waited until he got to South Korea? Touting Indonesia’s great tolerance is offensive. We love everyone here in Indonesia, except the Israelis, of course, and except Catholic school girls who get beheaded on their way to school.
What could he have been thinking in traveling to his boyhood home — in what is widely described as the largest Muslim country in the world — and sharply criticizing Israel? It’s as if he is determined to take an unfriendly stance and to reinforce it with his own biography: This place was a second home to me, and I am telling you, Israel, to knock it off! Those were not his actual words, but how else can we interpret his bizarre sense of time and place?
President Obama’s foreign policy puts much greater emphasis on the UN as a world body. He has changed previous policy by bowing to the UN’s horrendous Human Rights Council. This is a body that contains Russia, China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia — those paragons of human rights. It is to this body that the Obama administration finds it necessary to “report.” The reports we have submitted essentially apologize to these brutal despots at the UN for not fully implementing more of the Obama legislative agenda at home.
The President has admitted he and his party took a “shellacking” in the midterm elections. So implementation of that agenda looks increasingly problematic. Shellacking it may be, but you cannot put a high-gloss veneer on what happened November 2nd. Voters streamed into the polling places to render a vote of “no confidence” in this administration.
Interestingly, if the United States had a constitutional system similar to the parliamentary social democracies that Mr. Obama and so many of his liberal allies clearly favor, they would all be out of office. None of the leaders he will encounter in his G-20 meeting in South Korea this week would be appearing in the group photo if their parties had been given such a shellacking by the voters in their countries.
President Obama can thank his stars for the fact that under the United States Constitution, he still has a full two years to try to implement what’s left of his program. He’ll have a hard time doing it with 60+ new members of the House of Representatives who won their seats touting their staunch opposition to Obama policies.
Here’s an idea he might suggest that could help build consensus and restore his frayed mandate: President Obama should announce that the U.S. Embassy in Israel will be moved — to Jerusalem.
By doing that, he could demonstrate that he is not reflexively anti-Israel. Every other U.S. Embassy in the world is in the host nation’s capital city. When Germany united twenty years ago, the new government there designated Berlin as their capital. The U.S. Embassy in Bonn obediently packed up and moved to Berlin in 1999.
By moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, he could reassure Israelis — only 4% of whom think he is a friend of Israel. And he could show “the Muslim world” that he keeps trying to appease that the United States will not abandon its historic alliance with Israel. It’s a sad commentary that such a reassurance is increasingly necessary.
Ken Blackwell is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Club for Growth, National Taxpayers Union, and National Rifle Association and is co-author of The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency.
With friends like us in the US, who needs enemies, outside the US, with friends like us, in the US?
Israel sure doesn’t!! I believe I can say, that those of us, who support Israel, still do, no matter the words uttered/growled, by BHO, our undocumented, leader(?).
Obama needs a talking to by my fellow Canadian, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a defender of Israel.
There is a possibility that Mr Obama will be a one term president. Nothing he is doing is bearing the fruits….We will see … Yahweh versus man. Irrespective of what Mr Obama can do against Israel…the will of God shall prevail…God bless Israel and peace to Jerusalem.
Obama’s speech in Indonesia and any other country where he has his ‘cronies’ does not surprise me in the least. I knew from the very start that, as a friend, I wouldn’t give him a second thought. The USA must IMPEACH that traitor and I mean NOW NOW… tomorrow will be too late. Obama still has two more years as President, and that my friends is enough time for him to cause such trouble in the USA that the country might never rise again. And frankly, I believe now as I believed when he was making his speeches for the Presidency that he was a dangerous, two faced so-and-so. My heart literally dropped when he won the prestigious race. Then again, aren’t we all living amongst traitors such as the UN etc. etc. etc. WHATEVER!!! I doubt this message will see the Press.
I agree with you Musher, I think so.
this so called president just keeps digging the hole deeper and deeper…cant someone tell him to stop digging….
I shudder to think about what is going on in our world. With most of the world (especially with the U.S. joining in) turning on Israel, we are certainly living in momentous days. Why can’t people and countries realize that in the end, God Almighty is going to have the last word, and may He help those who have been helping the fight against Israel.
Barack Obama’s genetic roots are Islamic. His soul is from Kenya and from Indonesia. And his spirit is from Christianity. So he struggles within himself. Which will win – the soul or spirit?
As a Messianic Jew I pretty much disagree with everything Obama says. He is no friend of Israel, nor is he a friend of America.
I hope and pray that the new politicians who were elected to office this month, will not waste anytime in impeaching Obama for the many violations of Constitutional law that he has violated in the past two years.
One of which is showing his birth certificate and college records, which he has adamantly refused to do so and has kept suppressed.
I’m not so certain Lorraine that Obama’s soul is from Christianity,
I do not witness anything Christian about this man!
Also I wish to give thanks to God for our Prime Minister Stephen Harper here in Canada who is taking a stand for Israel; that makes me proud to be a Canadian!!
Mr Obama visits Indonesia and ignores Australia (another supposed ally after Israel) sending Secretary of state, it seems America is also changing sides
This is not true… his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel is Jewish… he’s second Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan is Jewish. His visit to Jakarta Indonesia was already cancelled twice. He was supposed to sign a framework agreement to bolster ties. The visit to Indonesia was part of his 10 day visit to Asian countries for the Asian group summit (G-20 Summit which every President have attended) and was shortened because of volcano eruption. http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/11/10/cairo-and-jakarta-a-tale-of-two-obama-speeches/
Also, Indonesia does allow Jewish people in their country including Jakarta (It may not be a lot but they are allowed to live there, although the Jewish Religion is not recognized which is part of the reason why not very many Jews would want to live there): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Indonesia
As for the author, Ken Blackwell, he is currently the Vice Chairman of the Republican National Committee’s Platform Committee… and what he is saying is false. When Blackwell was a Secretary of State for Ohio, he’s been involved with many election related lawsuits like:
The League of Women Voters of Ohio et al. v. Blackwell
American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. et al. v. Blackwell
Anita Rios et al. v. Blackwell
Blackwell’s office, on March 1, 2006 published a list of 1.2 million Social Security Numbers of Ohio citizens on a website along with their business filings. A Federal class-action lawsuit was filed.
On April 26, 2006, Blackwell’s office disclosed Ohio Social Security numbers again, mailing out computer disks containing the names, addresses, and the Social Security numbers of 5.7 million registered voters in Ohio (80% of all registered voters in the state). Blackwell’s office apologized, indicating that the release of the Social Security numbers was accidental and attempted to recall all 20 of the disks. At least one recipient of the disks has refused to comply.