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March 22, 2013 - 8:33 am

Scenes from President Obama’s arrival in the West Bank:

“The right of return [for Palestinian refugees] is a red line,” an old man swathed in a keffiyeh yelled passionately.

Ahmad, 27, was nursing a broken arm having been shot with a rubber bullet by Israeli soldiers during a protest at Qalandiya checkpoint last Friday but supported the demonstrators.

“When he got the presidency, he said he would do lots for Palestine but he did nothing,” he explained. “Now Palestine is angry, as you can see. Most Palestinians hate Obama – he will only make more problems for us”.

You might have forgotten the contents of Obama’s big 2009 Cairo speech, but you can bet the Palestinians hadn’t. He really did make it seem as though he would “do lots for Palestine,” but of course he couldn’t deliver. Middle East peace is the elusive unicorn and the sticky tar baby of presidential foreign affairs. American presidents keep trying to broker historic deals to cement their legacy as the great peacemaker, but all come away unhappy.

However, no one before Obama had given the Palestinians so much false hope, and the Israeli’s so much to distrust. That’s a sure formula for losing.

Now Obama has made a belated attempt to win back Israel’s trust, and I suppose this trip might have helped some. But that’s only one side of the equation. On the other side are the Palestinians. First Obama raised their hopes, then he dashed them. And then to add insult to injury, he made nice with Bibi.

But now — and perhaps this is the most bizarre part — Obama leaned on Netanyahu hard enough to get him to apologize to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Gaza flotilla fight from a couple years back.

Obama even felt the need to hop in on the phone conversation halfway through, which must have made an awkward conversation even worse. Any goodwill Obama might have earned with Bibi during his trip was surely ruined then in its last moments.

The Army has a term for this kind of thing, and it rhymes with “buster duck.”

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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There is no "right of return" for "Palestinians."

Hell, there isn't even a nickel deposit.
1 year ago
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“Obama Leaves Middle East in the Same Shape He Found It”?

I respectfully disagree. The America of George W. got Libya to relinquish its nuclear program without firing a shot. That America may not have been loved, but it had the respect of many/most of the players in the Middle East.

Obama is a Feckless Fool and they know it. In a related note, what do you suppose the various intelligence agencies around the world have on FF? He likely suspects enough to know that they would enjoy the spectacle of watching him twist in the wind on world television if they chose to do a data dump on him.
1 year ago
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I meant, in the same shape he found it when he arrived.
1 year ago
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I think it's worse. This lack of respect could lead many to presume us to be a paper tiger (and not just in the Middle East).

Which means that when/if America is dissed too far, Mr. Narcissist may find it necessary to do something profoundly stupid.
1 year ago
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"This calls for a stupid gesture on someone's part, and the Sun King is just that guy."
1 year ago
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hence, your previous, and accurate, description of obama as a SCoaMF
1 year ago
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I missed the origin of that term, and haven't worked it out for myself. Clue?
1 year ago
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Stuttering Clusterf--k of a Miserable Failure. SCoaMF.
1 year ago
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Thank you. It is better and less vulgar than I supposed.
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