March 14, 2010
-- by Dave Johnson
After Israel's "insult" -- announcing new settlements just as the US Vice President arrived to launch peace talks -- VIce President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that Israel's intransigence,
“is starting to get dangerous for us… What you’re doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us and it endangers regional peace.”
OK, they identified the problem: it puts our troops in danger. That was Tuesday, this is Sunday. That is five days of our troops in increased danger with no action from Obama. Now Israel has said, "too bad." Still no action.
This morning Tom Friedman pointed out one problem with letting them get away with this:
"...what the Israelis did played right into a question a lot of people are asking about the Obama team: how tough are these guys?
There is a larger problem than just whether they are tough or not. After identifying Tuesday that this is endangering our troops, as of Sunday there is no action. I remember that on August 6, 2001, the Bush administration was told, "Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US and went on vacation instead of acting.
Posted by Dave Johnson at March 14, 2010 4:11 PM
Some time during the middle of the decade, Al Gore said that he made a mistake in following the cautious advice of the political consultants in his campaign. He said that if he had to do it over, he would "let it rip."
Maybe we should recruit Al Gore to challenge Obama in the 2012 primary. Gore, I think, would be more inclined to fight the rabid right, rather than appease them.
Of course, we should be doing this in Congress as well, this year -- run challengers to Democrats who poke us in the eye routinely.
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