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April 8, 2010

With the exception of Israel

Am I alone in thinking that on a daily basis President Obama is beginning to sound more and more like George "Dubya" Bush when he was talking tough about protecting Americans at home by fighting wars abroad?

That thought first came into my mind as I watched and listened to Obama addressing American troops at Bagram Air Force base on his recent surprise visit to Afghanistan.

His purpose was to re-affirm America’s commitment to destroying al-Qaida and its Taliban and other allies.

"If this region slides backwards," Obama said, "if the Taliban retakes this country, al-Qaida can operate with impunity, then more American lives will be at stake, the Afghan people will lose their opportunity for progress and prosperity and the world will be significantly less secure. As long as I'm your commander in chief, I'm not going to let that happen."

The thing I can’t make up my mind about is this. Does President Obama understand that the best recruiting sergeant for violent against American interests in all of its forms is the double-standard that drives American (and actually all Western) foreign policy on the matter of the conflict in and over Palestine that became Israel?

If he does understand, he seems to be reconciled to the fact that with AIPAC turning its Congressional screws on him there’s nothing he can do to change things on that front. (The latest turn of the Congressional screw was an AIPAC-organized letter signed by more than three-quarters of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives calling for an end to public criticism of Israel).

Shortly after he received the letter, Obama was vowing on CBS to “ratchet up the pressure” on Iran. And he followed that up with an hour-long telephone conversation to China’s President Hu Jintao. The purpose of it was to persuade China not to exercise its Security Council veto if and when a resolution is tabled to impose new sanctions on Iran.

According to the White House account of the conversation, President Obama “stressed the importance of working together to ensure that Iran lives up to it obligations.” (My emphasis added).

So here we go again.

Same, same old story. Iran and every nation on Planet Earth must be made to live up to its obligations with the exception of the Zionist state of Israel.

President George “Dubya” Bush once choked on a pretzel. Could the day be coming when President Obama will choke on the double standard?

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