Skepticism is an important tool to have at your disposal when examining news stories and claims by politicians. While some news sources are more reliable than others, just like some politicians are more trustworthy than others, dropping your guard and just drinking in whatever you are offered is never a good idea. Even when there is no intent to deceive or misinform, the possibility that you might be fed bad information remains.
When it comes to deliberate deception and prevarication, it’s difficult to determine who has practiced these tactics more, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Our guess would be Hillary, if for no other reason than that she’s had a lot more time to practice her skills. And she’s had her husband’s help as well. Happily, that has become a moot point as Obama leaves office in two days. And Clinton’s career, at least as a national political figure, ended with her defeat at the hands of Donald Trump.
As Mr. Obama’s presidency comes to a close, its easy to find policy failures with which to tag him. But when it comes to deception and just underhanded dealings, it’s hard to surpass his relationship with Israel. At last he finally admitted to his role in the abstention by the US in the vote condemning Israel in the UN Security Council. This is beyond shameful.
In an interview with CBS, Mr. Obama admitted what we really knew all along, “that he made the call for the U.S. to abstain from a vote on a U.N. Security [council resolution] condemning Israeli settlements, allowing the resolution to pass, and that doing so didn’t fray relations between the two countries.”
The bit about not fraying relations can be taken two ways. Either they were already so frayed from Mr. Obama’s approach to Israel during his eight years, that even this act couldn’t make things worse. Or he was just lying.
Obama continued, commenting on his well-publicized bad relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu: “‘I don’t think it caused a major rupture in relations between the United States and Israel. If you’re saying that [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu got fired up, he’s been fired up repeatedly during the course of my presidency, around the Iran deal and around our consistent objection to settlements. So that part of it wasn’t new,’ Obama said in his final interview as president.”
You can watch the full interview on CBS here.
That’s rather an insouciant attitude to take toward the national leader of a major ally, don’t you think?
However, none of this is especially ground-breaking news. We know Mr. Obama is ultimately responsible for how the US votes in the UN Security Council. And the fact that he and Netanyahu detest each other is obvious, and it is shameful that Mr. Obama has placed us in such a tense relationship with Israel, when we should be supporting them. What we’d like to know is what role Obama had in drafting the Security Council resolution in the first place. And did he come up with this idea himself?
Mr. Netanyahu claims he has proof that Mr. Obama was definitely behind the resolution condemning Israel, and I hope on Day One of Donald Trump’s presidency, Mr. Netanyahu provides that information to President Trump and begin healing the wounds that Obama has inflamed. The video below explains more:
What this means is that Obama was willing to create a resolution condemning Israel that he knew would pass, but was too much of a coward to vote in favor of his own resolution. Make your own judgement call on that one.
Source: The Political Insider