The Truth, “No president in history has done more for Israel’s security than Obama”

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Republicans hope to paint Democrats as “anti-American” “Nazis” if they don’t attend Netanyahu’s speech, but President Obama has done more for Israel’s security than any other president.

Conservatives are desperately trying to paint a Democratic revolt against the blatant attempts of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to humiliate and defy the sitting U.S. President and hijack the United States’ foreign policy — letting Israel not only dictate our policy with Iran but humiliate our President in the doing — as Democrats having “contempt” for Israel.

Yet, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Colin H. Kahl wrote for Foreign Policy in August of 2012, “No president in history has done more for Israel’s security than Obama”. He made a darn good case for this claim, and the facts would humiliate thinking, non-delusional people:

… As the Defense Department official with primary responsibility for enhancing Israel’s defense capabilities and deepening joint military cooperation with the United States from 2009 to 2011, I can attest to a different reality: No president in history has done more for Israel’s security than Obama.

The case for Obama’s Israel policy begins with record-high levels of Foreign Military Financing (FMF). The Obama administration has increased security assistance to Israel every single year since the president took office, providing nearly $10 billion in aid — covering roughly a fifth of Israel’s defense budget — over the past three years. To put this in perspective, this is about 20 percent higher than the remaining six dozen recipients of U.S. FMF combined. Historic aid levels have been complemented by other steps to ensure Israel’s unrivaled military advantage in the region, including high-level consultation with Israeli officials on U.S. arms sales to the region, operational cooperation to improve Israel’s conventional military and counterterrorism capabilities, and providing Israel with advanced technology, such as the fifth-generation stealth Joint Strike Fighter, to which no other state in the Middle East has access.

Under Obama’s direction, the United States has also deepened defense cooperation aimed at helping Israel address its most pressing security concerns, including rocket and missile threats emanating from the Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. When then-Senator Obama traveled to Israel in 2008, it wasn’t for a political fundraiser. Instead, he visited Israeli victims of Palestinian rocket fire in the southern town of Sderot, declaring “I came to Sderot with a commitment to Israel’s security.” These were not just words. As president, Obama has championed efforts to provide Israel with $275 million over and above its annual FMF to help finance Iron Dome, an anti-rocket system that has already saved Israeli lives by intercepting approximately 90 percent of projectiles launched against protected areas in the country’s south in the past year.

The humiliation of the sitting U.S. President was yet another petty Republican conspiracy with Speaker Boehner-level fail all over it. Not only is it backfiring, but their attempts to spin the backfire in their favor only serve to bring up facts that they can ill afford to have highlighted.

It turns out that under the fevered, hate-filled rhetoric of madcap conservatives (bizarrely calling Democrats “anti-American” for standing up against a power grab by a foreign country), Republicans think they can use this to paint Democrats as “Nazis”.

Demonstrating a troubling disregard for the horrific tragedies enacted by the actual Nazis, a commenter opined at the Federalist Papers (one of many places these comments have surfaced), “No fate, but what we make….The GOP, will be able to paint them as Jewish hating elitist Nazi, party in the election. LETS ROLL!!!!!!!!”

And then, James Woods gave us this:

Yeah, that’s totally legit. Except President Obama, a Democrat, has done more for Israel’s security than any other president.

As White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained in a briefing on February 4th, “(O)ne of the concerns about the breach in protocol that we’ve seen and articulated is that it might cause some to view the relationship between the United States and Israel as a relationship between one political party in Israel and one political party in the United States. The President does not believe that would be a positive development in our relationship.”

Israel is spitting in the face of the man who has bent over backward to help Israel, and trying to destroy his nuclear negotiations with Iran — a matter that impacts us all, not just Netanhayu and his right wing craving for war and blood.

Ultimately, Republicans hope to turn Democrats standing up for protocol and U.S authority over its own foreign policy into an attack on Democrats, claiming they have “contempt” for Israel and calling them “anti-patriotic”. But it’s clear that it is Republicans who have shown contempt for their own country, in a groveling move to hand U.S. power over to a foreign leader just to spite the man in the White House.

15 Replies to “The Truth, “No president in history has done more for Israel’s security than Obama””

  1. Israel is spitting in the face of the man who has bent over backward to help Israel, and trying to destroy his nuclear negotiations with Iran — a matter that impacts us all, not just Netanhayu and his right wing craving for war and blood.
    ————————————
    I posted this yesterday and I want everyone to look at the numbers for just the first 3 months of conflict

    War with Iran? Revisiting the Potentially Staggering Costs to the Global Economy Summarized below are three of the six scenarios along with the associated estimated range of costs to the world economy in the first three months of U.S. action alone.
    Comprehensive Bombing Campaign (upper bounds of estimated costs to global economy: $1.7 trillion)
    Scenario: Isolation and Persian Gulf Blockade – no military action (upper bounds of estimated costs to global economy: $550 billion)
    Scenario: Full-Scale Invasion (upper bounds of estimated costs to global economy: $2.8 trillion)
    http://fas.org/blogs/security/2013/05/war-with-iran-revisiting-the-potentially-staggering-costs-to-the-global-economy/

    So let get this straight. We don’t have 6o billion to fund college education. We don’t have 400 billion to fix our failing infrastructure but you blood thirsty sociopaths have up to 2 trillion to invade a country that has not attacked us and as a sovereign nation and as a signer of the NPT has every right to developed nuclear energy for peaceful uses.

    One guess who hasn’t signed the treaty

  2. They’ve got to be kidding. Mr. Boehner invites Mr. Netanyahu to discuss foreign policy in clear violation of protocol and some think the law and if Democrats don’t show because of that, they are anti Israel? First of all, Mr. Netanyahu is not Israel. He is currently Prime Minister and is running for reelection to that post which is why The White House is not inviting him. They don’t want to seem like they are for a specific party in Israel which is a smart move. Democrats would be wise to boycot Mr. Netanyahu’s address for that reason alone. In my opinion, I believe no one should be in attendence for that speech.

  3. Republicans cannot see facts with big donor money blocking them. Are there ANY republicans that arent corrupt or unbelievably ignorant? I cant think of any. Seriously.

  4. President Obama and Chancellor Merkel just finish their joint press conference where Germany back Pres. Obama on Iran, Isis, Ukraine, and NSA.. Their’s no crack in their coalition.

    This rush to war is all on the side of Netanyahu and the repulicans and few democrats (Menendez).
    As Pres. Obama said, “Our relationship with Israel is not political but the value that we share.”

  5. Apparently the phony suspicious conservative Christian prick that actor James Woods portrayed in the movie “Contact” was being played from a personal perspective. Christian Conservatives only see Israelis as disposable people in their “Armageddon/rupture/Christ’s second act thingy”!

  6. They just can’t seem to acknowledge Obama’s accomplishments and positive deeds. NO MATTER WHAT! To them his Pluses are=BAD and his negatives are=GOOD
    But when the dust clears, the history books will line up the Balance Sheet and All the PLUSES will outnumber the NEGATIVES. This is all that will matter when future generations see it (the record). While the 113th and 114th congress will be a footnote in history as the WORST of the 19th, 20th and 21st Century, Boehner’s name will have an asterisk *Worst Speaker of the House.

  7. The 111th Congress, led by Speaker of the house democrat from California Nancy Pelosi, is one of the most productive in History, next to the 89th that came in with John William McCormack, a democrat from Massachusetts.
    ALL of course in contrast to what we have now, one of THE most unproductive Congress’s in our History with Boehner as the worst speaker ever.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress

  8. I agree with you and your excellent post. But why is it that we are responsible for Israel’s security? Why not Germany? There is nothing about Israel that affords any positive to this country. To the contrary, we are made complicit to Israel’s war crimes by our unbridled support of their savage occupation and oppression of the Palestinians. We are allowing Israel to make huge numbers of very dangerous enemies for us with our support of Israel’s war crimes. We do not need oil. We are watching, thanks to Bush Cheney, the rise of the new caliphate in the Middle East. Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Egypt all had secular dictators who suppressed the fundamentalists until we meddled in unsophisticated and stupid ways. Iran is the only country of true stability there. Going to war on behalf of Israel against Iran would be the most foolish thing yet. The issue should be no more tax dollars for Israel. No more war for Israel.

  9. The Christian conservatives are a joke, and they most certainly aren’t Christians. They are bigots and liars. They should head for the ‘rapture’ NOW.

  10. James Woods is an ass! If he wants to talk about showing contempt for a country, then he need look no further than to Netanyahu, who by coming here without invitation by the President and to speak against him, is clearly showing contempt for the United States of America and its President.

    Boehner and the rest of the GOP would be screaming in outrage if this had happened to a Republican President. Fox would be calling for all of them to resign and to be charged with treason if this had been done while Bush was in office! What f’ing hypocrites they are!

  11. The failure of America’s publics schools K-12 will not be solved by extending the 12 years to a couple more for free. Admitting the failure is not acceptable to responsible hard working families, mostly minorities, that are stuck financially in their efforts to get their children out of failed schools and watered down “common core” education financed and controlled by Obama and the Federal Government.

  12. Obama, Kerry and this web site do not understand the words genocide, survival, or settlements. Many Jews in America do not understand those words. Everybody know who they are. “Academics”, the “hollywood crowd” and those Jewish Democrats who worship Obama and his leftist crowd.

    650,000 French Jews today know who not to trust as their living conditions now resemble the 1920’s and 30’s thanks to how the US Media, Obama, and Kerry handled the recent Gaza fiasco.

    Do not expect Israel to ever trust these people or any others with their assessment of a possible Genocide, their survival, or settlements.

    Netanyahu fought bravely for his country in one of Israel’s most elite and dangerous military units. He has rescued hostages, defended his country against terrorists, and lost a brother at Entebbe.
    Netanyahu may soon have to make an existential decision about whether to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons that might be used against Israeli citizens and to authorize …

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