Readers will be aware that I will go out of my way to attack Obama. I believe he has failed on most of his key promises. He promised change and brought continuity. He promised civil liberties and signed the PATRIOT Act, and the 2011 NDAA, assailing the 4th Amendment. He brought more Goldman Sachs insiders into his administration than any previous President. He continued George Bush’s destructive bailout programs that created zombie banks and huge moral hazard, and thus ruined American capitalism. He expanded the wars in the middle east into Pakistan and Yemen. He rejected a public option and instead concentrated on bringing Romneycare — a corporatist compromise — to the Federal level. He promised hope, but by the end of his third year in office Americans had to hope they wouldn’t be indefinitely detained without due process.
But there’s nothing like an insane neocon Obama-bashing diatribe to reassure me that if the choice is between Gingrich, Romney, Santorum and Obama, Obama is probably the lesser evil. Why? Obama, Panetta and Clinton seem the least hell-bent on attacking Iran and triggering a larger conflagration.
Andrew Adler, the owner and publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, a weekly newspaper serving Atlanta’s Jewish community, devoted his January 13, 2012 column to the thorny problem of the U.S. and Israel’s diverging views on the threat posed by Iran. Basically Israel has three options, he wrote: Strike Hezbollah and Hamas, strike Iran, or “order a hit” on Barack Obama. Either way, problem solved!
Here’s how Adler laid out “option three” in his list of scenarios facing Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu:
“Three, give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States’ policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies.”
Wow. Given that by my estimation Obama has been pretty friendly to Israel — increasing aid, failing to condemn Israel’s onslaught on Gaza, and even including an ex-IDF soldier, Rahm Emanuel, as his chief of staff — I wonder just how far he would have to go to earn Adler’s approval.
Unfortunately for Adler, I’m not entirely sure that encouraging the assassination of the Commander-in-Chief is a good idea when the President just signed a bill that allows for indefinite detention without due process.
Perhaps he thinks that that law is just for dirty Arabs?