Obama v Netanyahu: A contrast in styles and leadership

Obama and Netanyahu / Photo: whitehouse.gov
Obama and Netanyahu / Photo: whitehouse.gov

CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 30, 2014 — President Barack Obama may been on “60 Minutes,” but it took him only seconds to lie again to the American people, blame someone else for his inadequacies, and create yet another backlash of controversy.

Just 12 hours later, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the U.N., demonstrating statesmanship and leadership with powerful oratory.

It was a contrast in styles that should make Americans cringe at the depths to which our leadership has sunk under the Obama Administration.

Said Netanyahu with conviction, “Last week, many countries here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS. And yet weeks before, some of these same countries, that now support confronting ISIS, opposed Israel for confronting Hamas. They evidently don’t understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.”

Compare that to Obama’s response when Steve Kroft asked him how ISIS has gained control of so much territory while coming to power so rapidly: “Well I think, our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”

Never take the blame, Mr. Obama, when you can foist it off on someone else.

Since making that statement, reports have surfaced that the president has attended fewer than half of his intel briefings.

Other reports also say that Obama was informed about ISIS at least eight months ago but failed to take action. He even referred to them as a “JV team” after he was made aware of their existence.

During his U.N. speech, Netanyahu held up a picture of Palestinian children at play in Gaza with rocket launchers in the foreground. “Israel’s defense knocked rockets out of the sky. Israel was using missiles to protect its children. Hamas was using its children to protect its missiles,” said Netanyahu.

The prime minister continued, “While Israel was doing everything to minimize civilian casualties, Hamas was doing everything to maximize civilian casualties.”

Applause broke out on several occasions during Netanyahu’s speech, as he emphasized that Hamas and ISIS “share a fanatical creed.”

Now read Obama’s comments while talking to “60 Minutes” about his own U.N. speech last week.

“I made it very clear we are not at war against Islam. Islam is a religion that preaches peace and the overwhelming majority of Muslims are peaceful,” said Obama.

“We have to get the international community to recognize this is a problem. We’ve got to get Arab and Muslim leaders to say very clearly, ‘These folks do not represent us. They do not represent Islam,’ and to speak out forcefully against them.”

Does Obama honestly believe the international community does not “recognize this is a problem”?

Speaking about Iran, Netanyahu warned, “Don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. It’s designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb. Together, we must recognize the global threat of militant Islam, the primacy of dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, and the indispensable role of Arab states in advancing peace with the Palestinians.”

Compare the words and then ask yourself who you would trust more to resolve the problems of the Middle East.

When the “New York Times” won’t buy Obama’s rhetoric, the White House knows it has a problem. “In citing Mr. Clapper, Mr. Obama made no mention of any misjudgment he may have made himself,” wrote the Times.

Writer Ron Fournier put it another way, “don’t look around long to find out who ‘they’ are. ‘They’ in this case is a grammatically-incorrect replacement for the first person singular pronoun that otherwise occupies so much of Obama’s speech: I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my. It’s their fault. I, me, my …”

Since Obama is so keen on rewriting the Constitution to suit his own agenda, perhaps “we, the people” should rewrite it ourselves and figure a way to elect Benjamin Netanyahu as our next president.

At the very least we would have president who is both a statesman and a diplomat as well as someone who knows how to be a leader.


Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

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  • Elle Tee

    Obama has absolutely nothing to offer an advanced European civilization.