|President Obama speaking at U.N.|
An article on the Los Angeles Times blog declared:
President Obama urged world leaders Wednesday morning to stay out of the conflict over Palestinian statehood as American diplomats pushed to delay a vote on the question during this week's general assembly of the United Nations.
But, how can anyone forget that just a year after calling for the creation of a Palestinian state, the President returned to the world stage gibber-gabbering about the need for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, which he had failed to get off the ground earlier in his administration. In fact, President Obama had so little clout with Israel, that he was unable to halt the building of new Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories by religious fanatics, claiming that God gave them that land (even though inexplicably "He" signed Palestinian names on the deeds). To reinforce the message of the U.S. President's impotence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed up in Washington, D.C., this Spring, lecturing Obama like he was a petulant school boy.
The President is doing more damage to America's strategic interests in the Middle East than his predecessors, if only because he came to office promising the Arab world that things would be different. But in the end, Obama is just another politician grovelling for re-election. Since moral cowardice comes with the territory, it shouldn't be rewarded with the world's most prestigious peace prize.