CHARLOTTE, NC, December 29, 2016 – Twenty-plus days and counting until the Obama era is over. About half the country thinks it will be the worst event in American history, worse even than Pearl Harbor and 9/11.
The other 50 percent disagrees.
Among those in the “disagree” category is Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz, who is hardly a right-winger, is not only hot under the collar, he is foaming at the mouth at President Obama’s most recent stab at Israel.
If ever there was proof of Obama’s pro-Islamic sentiments, it came out at the UN on Friday, when the U.S. abstained from a vote that could bar Jewish access to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Dershowitz was furious on Fox & Friends on Monday, when he said that Obama “told me he would always have Israel’s back.”
“I’ve got your back,” is a pet phrase of the president’s, one he often uses when he’s deciding where in your back to plant his knife .
“I didn’t realize what he meant—that he would have Israel’s back so he could stab them in the back,” continued Dershowitz.
Make no mistake; as his days in office dwindle, Obama is almost certain to throw more monkey wrenches into the system on his way out of the White House.
Since the administration’s abstention at the UN, Obama has told the American people in an interview that he would have beaten Donald Trump had he run for a third term as president. That was a two-handed slap at both Hillary Clinton and the president-elect.
Expect more such comments in the coming months, even after Obama leaves office, because the media are depending on him for news as Trump ignores them and goes directly to the American people through social media.
Entertainers and Hollywood elites are protesting Trump’s victory by snubbing his inauguration gala. They have not yet learned that Trump doesn’t get angry, he gets even. This, too, will come back to bite many of them in the long run.
As for Dershowtiz, he was seething when he described Obama as “one of the worst foreign-policy presidents ever.”
Benjamin Netanhyahu, Israel’s prime minister, is among those targeted by Obama’s actions, but as Dershowitz notes, the policies outlined by Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry will ultimately backfire.
Says Dershowitz, the impression left by the current administration that “Trump loves the Russians” is just plain ridiculous because it is Obama and his colleagues who created the void in the Middle East and Eastern Europe which Russia so easily and quickly filled.
Dershowitz describes the Obama foreign policy record as “appalling.”
Though he did not mention Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq, which led to the problems in Syria, or the ouster and eventual death of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, which expanded the threat of Islamic terrorism and the growth of ISIS, Dershowitz did bring up the subject of Aleppo, which has recently dominate the news.
Only Obama, Clinton and Kerry can take credit for the disastrous situation in Syria and Libya as it currently exists.
Kerry, who made a highly anticipated address Wednesday regarding the situation between Israel and Palestine, received harsh criticism from Gilad Erdan, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister, for the obvious attempt to sugar-coat the UN vote and to divert the attention of the American people from Obama’s true goals in the Middle East.
Said Erdan, it was was “pathetic to present a formula to end the conflict at the last moment, when during (his) whole term, (he) couldn’t budge a thing (except for a Hamas-supporting conference in Paris).”
The reference to Paris was about a peace summit in France scheduled for January 15, five days before Obama leaves office. Israel has refused to attend, claiming that bilateral negotiations are the only pathway to peace.
Kerry insisted that the U.S. did, indeed, have Israel’s back and that “no American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s.”
If that were true, the immediate criticism after Kerry’s speech would not have been so profound. Obama has been accused of working with Palestinians in secret to undermine the security of America’s closest ally in the Middle East and, as such, undercutting many U.S./Israeli foreign policies in the process.
We have a mess on our hands in the world of global diplomacy. Obama scoffs at Donald Trump’s inexperience, but Obama was in a similar situation when he took office.
Based upon the reaction by one of the president’s key supporters, Alan Dershowitz, Obama should look in a mirror before taking cheap shots at his opponents.
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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