If no one ever calls you out on your lies you will eventually believe them.
Recently, former Obama advisor David Axelrod recounted that Barack Obama once declared himself to be:
… the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office….For people to say that I am anti-Israel, or, even worse, anti-Semitic, it hurts.
As the old saying goes, the truth hurts, even for Jeremiah Wright’s protégé.
Responding to the claim, Nile Gardiner reposted a list he made in 2010 after the first fifteen months of the Obama administration.
Gardiner introduced the list:
In the space of just over a year, Barack Obama has managed to significantly damage relations with America’s two closest friends, while currying favour with practically every monstrous dictatorship on the face of the earth. The doctrine of “smart power” has evolved into the shameless appeasement of America’s enemies at the expense of existing alliances. There is nothing clever about this approach – it will ultimately weaken US global power and strengthen the hand of America’s enemies, who have become significantly emboldened and empowered by Barack Obama’s naïve approach since he took office.
The Obama presidency is causing immense damage to America’s standing in the free world, while projecting an image of weakness in front of hostile regimes. Its treatment of both Israel and Britain is an insult and a disgrace, and a grim reflection of an unbelievably crass and insensitive foreign policy that significantly undermines the US national interest.
I will spare you the insults and invective that President Obama has consistently heaped on the Israeli Prime Minister. At this point, I do not need to explain that while Barack Obama bows down to America’s enemies, he has singled out the nation of Israel for special opprobrium.
Among his many dubious achievements, count this one: Barack Obama has helped make the world safe for anti-Semitism.
I will only quote one item on Gardiner’s list. It concerns the role that Hillary Clinton played in the administration’s early efforts to blame the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Israeli settlements.
Here is the Telegraph report on Hillary Clinton’s efforts, because-- you know it-- we will soon be hearing that the Clintons are the best American friends that Israel has ever had:
In a telephone call, Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, ordered Mr. Netanyahu to reverse a decision to build 1,600 homes for Israeli settlers in occupied East Jerusalem that sparked the diplomatic row. She also instructed him to issue a formal pledge that peace talks would focus on core issues such as the future of Jerusalem and the borders of a Palestinian state. In addition, the Israeli prime minister was urged to make a substantial confidence-building gesture to the Palestinians. Mrs. Clinton suggested this could take the form of prisoner releases, an easing of the blockade of Gaza and the transfer of greater territory in the West Bank to Palestinian control.
Note the verbs: Hillary “ordered” and “instructed” the prime minister of Israel to do what she wanted him to do.
It should be fairly obvious that the Axelrod statement has less to do with Barack Obama and more to do with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
You see, Obama has succeeded in alienating many Jewish Democrats. The Clinton campaign needs their support and is now working to bring them into the fold. The first step is to send out a former Obama campaign manager to lie about Obama’s record toward Israel.