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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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The decision to not publicly light the Menorah in Sydney, epitomizes the eternal dilemma of Judaism and Jews in the Diaspora.
Am Yisrael is one family, filled with excruciating pain&sorrow for losing the 4 kedoshim of Har Nof
What is its message of the dreidel?” The complexity and hidden nature of history and miracles.
Police play down Arab terrorism as mere “violence” until the truth can no longer be hidden.
The 7 branches of the menorah represent the 7 pillars of secular wisdom, knowledge, and science.
Obama obtained NO verifiable commitments from Cuba it would desist from acts prejudicial to the US
No one would deny that the program subjected detainees to less than pleasant treatment, but the salient point is, for what purpose?
For the past six years President Obama has consistently deplored all Palestinian efforts to end-run negotiations in search of a UN-imposed agreement on Israel.
It’s not an admiration. It is simply a kind of journalist fascination. It stands out, it’s different from more traditional Orthodoxy.
For Am Yisrael, the sun’s movements are subservient to the purpose of our existence.
Israelis now know Arab terrorism isn’t caused by Israeli occupation but by ending Israeli occupation
Anti-Semitism is a social toxin that destroys the things that people most cherish and enjoy.
Amb. Cooper highlighted the impact of the Chanukah/Maccabee spirit on America’s Founding Fathers
It seems to us that while the Jewish entitlement to the land of Israel transcends the Holocaust, the Jewish experience during that tragic time is the most solid of foundations for these “national rights.”
Last year the Obama administration sought to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes by generally requiring that missile attacks be limited to instances where Americans were directly threatened and there was a “near certainty” that no civilians would be killed.
If anything, Operation Protective Edge showed that Israel will not pull punches when it comes to combating terror.
Toward the end of Operation Protective Edge this past summer, the president was unusually vocal about Israel’s so-called disproportionate use of force and alleged lack of compliance with international humanitarian law.
There was no accompanying caption, but the cartoon could not help but feed the anti-Semitic canard that Israel was responsible for 9/11.
An accomplished Torah scholar and ardent adherent of Bobov chassidus, he was renowned for his self-effacing dedication and skills as an international lawyer and law professor
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