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Monday, September 17, 2012
You Go Your Way, I Go Mine
The United States and its allies are rattling the saber in the Persian Gulf by conducting naval exercises designed to thwart any attempt to close the vital sea lane should Israel decide to attack Iran to prevent their distant enemy from developing an atomic bomb. This weekend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in New York drumming up contribution from supporters and the hardliner appeared on American TV to force President Obama to draw a line in the sand on Iran. While his GOP opponent has accused Obama of throwing Israel under the bus, Bibi was quick to tell the interviewer that he was satisfied with the President's efforts to protect his nation from attack.
According to the BBC Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian expert in Israel, suggested that publicity for the exercise was primarily aimed at American voters and the Israeli leadership: "This military exercise is Obama's way of showing U.S. voters, especially Israel's supporters in the U.S., and Netanyahu that when it comes to Iran, he is not only relying on talks," he said. "To show that when he said 'I have Israel's back' in March ... he meant it."
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann wasn't so sure about Obama's commitment to the Zionist state, since the President hadn't met with the Israeli PM on this trip.
“And President Obama needs to get his priorities straight. What he needs to do is cancel his planned interview with David Letterman, cancel his meeting with Beyonce, cancel his meeting with Jay Z, and instead agree to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, because you see, America and Israel have a commonality of interests.”
The White House said that scheduling conflicts for both men were an issue.
I think Bibi feels better with the fleet in the Straits of Hormuz than shaking hands for a second with the President.
And secondly Michelle Bachman, "Shut your hole."