We know that Obama’s appeasement and flowery, flattering dhimmi-like rhetoric has not made the Arabs love, like, or respect America at all and that on Obama’s watch, Islamists and terrorists have spewed vicious anti-American and anti-Israel hate speech, and have continued and escalated their attacks on American diplomats and embassies in Afghanistan (2011), Libya (2010-2011), Yemen (2008), Syria (2011), and Turkey (2008).
I know, I know: Heilemann and Bill Keller at the New York Times will explain this away by blaming President Bush and the Republicans.
Despite Heilemann’s view of Jews as rich and loud (Jews wield an “earsplitting volume of the collective megaphone”), he does not believe that Jews really count (Jews “are only 2% of the national electorate, too small a proportion to matter much”). Heilemann seems to believe that bogeyman Jews are not to be feared: They do not kidnap or behead people, nor do they blow up civilians or fly planes into Wall Street and Pentagon buildings.
Heilemann knows whom to fear and whom to appease….the other brand. And Heilemann’s, perhaps Obama’s, concern about their “big-time Jewish problem” merely concerns his access to Jewish money for his campaign. Heilemann (and Obama) are cold — very cold — where Israel is concerned.
The piece is far worse than the cover. It should be “fisked” line by line — and probably will be by those who do these things rather well. Suffice to say: Heilemann’s piece has no context and is rife with factual errors. But my concern is the callousness of his overall tone. For example, Heilemann writes:
In attempting to apply tough love to Israel, Obama is trying to make a stalwart ally see that undertaking the painful and risky compromises necessary for peace with the Palestinians is the only way to preserve the Zionist dream — which is to say a future as a state both Jewish and democratic. His role here is not that of the callous assailant but of the caring and sober brother slapping his drunken sibling: The point is not to hurt the guy but to get him to sober up.
Thus, Prime Minister Netanyahu is Obama’s drunken brother and he deserves “slapping.”
Whoa! Is Heilemann perhaps thinking of Obama’s Kenyan half-uncle, who was recently arrested for drunken driving in Massachusetts and who faced deportation for this? Or is he thinking of Obama’s own Kenyan father, who was known as a polygamist, wife-batterer, and alcoholic?