The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
The controversy over President Obama’s several public assurances that Obamacare would permit people to keep their insurance plans is a disturbing reminder of some very troubling things about this president that have come to light during the course of his presidency.
Let’s assume, for argument’s sake, that Mr. Obama really was initially unaware that Obamacare would not necessarily permit the retention of existing plans. What would that tell us about the hubris and irresponsibility of a president who used every procedural trick in the book, including the notorious reconciliation procedure, to engineer passage, by a bare majority in Congress, of a gargantuan and hideously complicated plan whose salient details apparently escaped his notice?
And what would it say of the competence of his staff if no one alerted him to the truth after he misspoke the first time? And if someone more knowledgeable did make a call or send a memo, how then did the president continue to make the same assertion for several weeks?
Of course there is the uncomfortable possibility that he knew the truth all along but would say anything to ensure passage of his healthcare legislation, perhaps figuring he could rely on his undisputed silver tongue and an ever-compliant media to assuage the public outrage that was certain to explode once the truth was known. That scenario is far from unlikely, given the history of this administration.
The day after the terrorist attack last year on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the president held a press conference in the Rose Garden and said that “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation.” Yet his national security adviser, Susan Rice, for weeks afterward was giving interviews and asserting that the attack was not a terrorist attack but the spontaneous reaction to the airing of an anti-Muslim video.
And then there was Mr. Obama’s declaration and prompt abandonment of that “red line” regarding the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons in its civil war. There were also his initially credible threats about a military option to thwart Iran’s nuclear pursuits which he has effectively abandoned through his deferential negotiating posture with Tehran.
So it came as no surprise to read a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece by John Vinocur, former executive editor of the International Herald Tribune. The article, headlined “Europe Loses Trust in Obama,” stated that the president’s “turnabouts on Syria and Iran – coupled with his policy fumbles – have diminished European allies’ traditional respect for the White House.”
Offering numerous examples in support of his argument, Mr. Vinocur wrote that “These days, and to varying degrees, the governments of France, Britain and Germany regard Mr. Obama as a problem. No longer only expressed in private, the notion represents a decline in the reflexive acceptance and respect that had cushioned European attitudes about his historic presidency.”
If that’s not enough to raise the red flag as to the dangers posed by a weak, ineffectual, and feckless president, consider this: Mr. Obama still has more than three years left in the White House.
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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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