President Obama's health care plan is swirling the drain. Americans don't like it -- the latest Rasmussen poll has just 43 percent of Americans in favor, with 53 percent opposed -- and that dislike has the Obama administration suggesting that polls don't actually mirror the will of the American people. "They're waiting for us to act," Obama told a crowd in Ohio on Monday. "They don't want us reading polls. They want us to look and see what is the best thing for America." This is paternalism of the highest order -- he knows what's better for us than we do ourselves.
So, what's a failed president to do?
How about distract the American public by throwing an ally under the bus and starting a war in the Middle East?
When President Clinton was unhappy about the burgeoning Lewinsky scandal, he wagged the dog by hurling missiles at targets in Afghanistan and Sudan. At least those were legitimate targets.
When President Obama is unhappy about his inability to convince Americans to nationalize health care, he incentivizes Palestinian Arabs to violent uprising.
Supposedly, the latest Obama administration anti-Israel campaign is a response to the Israeli government's decision to green light 1,600 new housing units for Jews in East Jerusalem. Don't believe it for a second. East Jerusalem is sovereign Israeli territory, and Israel has built housing for Jews there for the better part of four decades. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that construction in Jerusalem would not stop. There is nothing new here that should have shocked the Obama administration.
Yet not only did this decision supposedly shock the Obama administration, it also led virtually the entire Obama cabinet to speak out against Israel. Joe Biden, who was in Israel when the decision was made by Israel, ripped Israel for undermining "trust" -- whatever that means in a situation where one side's trust entails denying the existence of the other side. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States was "insulted" by Israel's decision, a vomitricious statement that arrogantly assumes that Israel's construction policies must be geared toward pleasing the Obama administration. George Mitchell, the simpering "special envoy for Middle East peace," cancelled a trip to Israel to show his displeasure.
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