Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Man Speaks With Forked Tongue

As President Barack Obama prepares to speak from Cairo, Egypt to the vast, peace-loving Islamic world on Thursday, I am reminded of the old T.V. westerns that depicted how Native Americans interpreted white man's speech. "Him speak with forked tongue." I'm pretty certain Obama has the concept perfected to a copyrightable form of art.

In a National Public Radio interview late Monday, June 1, he emphasized his differences with Israel when he said: "We do have to retain a constant belief in… negotiations that will lead to peace" and "I've said that a freeze on settlements, including expansion to accommodate successive generations of settlers, is part of that."

Earlier Monday, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that halting construction in West Bank settlements would be equal to “freezing life,” and, therefore, “unreasonable.”
"The United States special relationship with Israel requires some tough love," Obama went on to say. "Part of being a good friend is being honest," he said. "I think there have been times when we are not as honest as we should be about the fact that the current direction… in the region is profoundly negative, not only for Israeli interests but also for US interests."

Right! There is enough slight of hand behind his words to keep everyone mesmerized, but it's not really hard to read between the lines. Obama is a master appeaser. He soothes the supporters of Israel with exactly what they want to hear, all while giving Islamic hardliners enough cookie crumbs to think he might be leaning toward them.

Problem, in the words of an old Texas pastor: "You can straddle a barbed-wire fence for only so long. Eventually you are going to slide down a not so slippery slope." Ouch! Friends, a massive OUCH is on its way. Obama's tongue can only do its magic for so long before Israel gets the short end of the ...... fork?

Jimmy Root Jr

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