This is not a presidency known for its reactive speed. After British Petroleum's oil rig sprung a leak in the Gulf of Mexico, it took more than a week for the Obama administration to mobilize; it has been well over a month, and the administration still has no coherent strategy to plug the leak. After Iranian protesters took to the streets in 2009, risking life and limb to defy the terroristic Ahmadinejad regime, President Barack Obama futzed around for days before weakly condemning the regime's crackdown.
But this week, when Israel rightly stopped a Turkish ship carrying terrorist supporters from breaking the naval blockade surrounding the Gaza Strip, Obama responded within hours. "The United States deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries sustained," intoned White House spokesman William Burton. The Obama administration also embraced a United Nations Security Council resolution "deeply regret(ting) the loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force during the Israeli military operation in international waters against the convoy sailing to Gaza."
This is language the White House normally reserves for actual terrorists. For example, when Britain released Pan Am bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the White House released a statement that it "deeply regrets the decision." For the Obama administration, legitimate Israeli self-defense is now on par with the release of a mass murderer.
And this was clearly self-defense. The so-called "activists" aboard the Turkish flotilla aimed at the Gaza Strip were caught on tape lynching Israeli soldiers -- and declaring their intention to do so the day before the incident. These weren't members of Greenpeace. They were members and friends of the IHH, a Turkish-sponsored terrorist organization with links to al-Qaida and Hamas. Weeks in advance of the flotilla's launch, organizers were declaring their intent to break the Gaza blockade -- an act aimed directly at funneling weapons to Hamas, because Israel already sends millions of tons of aid to the residents of the Gaza Strip.
But that didn't stop Obama from inserting his large proboscis into yet another situation where it does not belong. Of course, we're used to that by now. On virtually every foreign policy crisis of his presidency, this pathetic poseur has been wrong (Honduras, North Korea, Russia, Greece, Afghanistan and Iran, among others). This situation is no exception.