Rich Galen

It was interesting to me that, in the official transcript which noted the points at which the audience applauded the President's remarks, there were no notations of (APPLAUSE) when the President said:

Threatening Israel with destruction or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews is deeply wrong and only serves to evoke in the minds of the Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve.

But when Obama said,

So let there be no doubt, the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. And America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity and a state of their own.

The transcript noted (APPLAUSE).

Does Barack Hussein Obama really believe that, without the implied threat of American military intervention the Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians, and Saudis would demand that school children start their day singing the Arabic version of "All we are saying; is give peace a chance" and make it official government policy to accept the fact of Israel?

As recently as 2004 at the museum in Amman, Jordan in which the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display, the regional map in the entryway did not include a country named: Israel.

At an event in Switzerland in 2002, Colin Powell was asked how he felt about the U.S. being referred to as the "Great Satan." Here was his response: [F]ar from being the Great Satan, I would say that we are the Great Protector. We have sent men and women from the armed forces of the United States to other parts of the world throughout the past century to put down oppression. We defeated Fascism. We defeated Communism. We saved Europe in World War I and World War II. We were willing to do it, glad to do it. We went to Korea. We went to Vietnam. All in the interest of preserving the rights of people. And when all those conflicts were over, what did we do? Did we stay and conquer? Did we say, "Okay, we defeated Germany. Now Germany belongs to us? We defeated Japan, so Japan belongs to us"? No. What did we do? We built them up. We gave them democratic systems which they have embraced totally to their soul. And did we ask for any land? No, the only land we ever asked for was enough land to bury our dead. And that is the kind of nation we are.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at