"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lieberman Calls Parts of Obama’s Speech ‘Profoundly Ill-Advised’

Since the Obama speech Thursday on the Middle East, especially the part about Israel, Obama  has been roundly criticized by many people in this Country.  We have found no one who expresses more accurate criticism of Obama for his part of speech that included Israel than Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut who is the only orthodox Jew in the Senate.  It has been well documented that Senator Lieberman has been unhappy with Obama's stance on Israel, but this latest demand for Israel to return to their pre-1967 borders caught even a lot of Democrats off guard.
We have noted crickets chirping out of many Senate Democrats.  Are they trying to figure out what to say next so not to make Obama mad or hurt his chances for donations with the Jewish community?  Everything is about politics with some of the Senate Democrats so why would this be different?  
For as long as we can remember, Senator Lieberman was never part of that group of Senate Democrats that no matter the issue would back Obama.  He has been extremely outspoken since he supported Senator McCain in the 2008 election because of his stance on the military versus Obama.  We noted that the Democrats didn't have the nerve to censure  him because of his support of Sen McCain.  A lot of rhetoric but no action was taken.
May 20, 2011, 12:23 PM ET
Lieberman Calls Parts of Obama’s Speech ‘Profoundly Ill-Advised’
By Naftali Bendavid 
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, among the highest-profile Jewish officeholders in American government, blasted President Barack Obama’s speech on the Middle East Friday, calling portions of it “profoundly ill-advised.”

It was a notable criticism from the Connecticut senator, an independent who generally votes with the Democrats and is considered part of the Democratic caucus in the Senate. Mr. Lieberman did support Republican nominee John McCain for president in 2008, infuriating many Democrats, citing in part Mr. McCain’s strong defense record.
Mr. Obama’s Thursday speech paid tribute to the new democracy movements springing up across the Middle East and sought to align the U.S. with them. But the president also tackled the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a new way, saying any peace settlement should be based on the 1967 borders, which exclude the West Bank, while allowing for mutually-agreed land swaps.
Mr. Lieberman, who is retiring from the Senate next year, called the president’s words “an unhelpful and surprising set of remarks about Israel and the Palestinians that will not advance the peace process and in fact is likely to set it back."
He added: “As in the case of the President’s counterproductive demand for a settlement freeze two years ago, unilateral statements of this sort do nothing to bring the two parties back to the negotiating table and in fact make it harder for them to do so. They also damage the relationship of trust that is critical to peacemaking.”
Excerpt: Read More at Wall Street Journal 
Are Jewish donors who contribute heavily to Democrats and Obama going to continue with the donations or are they finally going to realize that this group of Obama Democrats is not their friend or a friend of Israel?  Time will tell but surely after this, they will see the light that Obama is bad for the Nation of Israel as he continues to support the Palestinian Government who now contains terrorists organization members.  Why doesn't Obama tell the Palestinians that they have to eject the members of the terrorists organizations from their Government?  We don't expect to hear that from Obama as he continues to dis our allies and support our enemies.

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