There was a lot to reject in the comments made by President Obama on Friday to the leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America, in a webcast sponsored by JFNA. That’s putting it in the mildest possible way.
But we can gain invaluable perspective from focusing on one particular passage in the Q&A session. It illuminates everything else that’s going on, and exposes the brittle emptiness of Obama’s rhetoric – because it betrays the anachronism of his view of the Middle East and Israeli security. It’s as if Obama doesn’t realize it’s not 2009 anymore.
The topic is the security relationship of the U.S. with Israel: how strong it is, and how it can be reenergized. Here’s Michael Siegal, Chairman of Jewish Federations of North America, asking Obama the question (from the White House transcript emailed after the webcast, which the Chicago Sun-Times has here): Continue reading “Obama demonstrates geostrategic incomprehension in webcast with Jewish groups”