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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Win

Every country has internal politics—the state of its economy, social issues, education, national debt, the plight of its underclass, immigration ... the list is long. Every political leader is flawed—by ego, by the people he or she relies on, by the supporters he must court ... the list is also long. But in the end, the best leaders stand on principle, tell the truth when the truth matters most, recognize that not every country is their country's friend and that some countries have malevolent intent, project strength (of principle and resolve) to the hard men who inhabit the world. The best leaders prevail, and Bibi Netanyahu is one of those leaders.

Barack Obama and his Democrat supporters had done everything possible to ensure Bibi's defeat. They demonized him domestically, send political operatives to help defeat him in his own country. There are even strong indications (another scandal that will never see the light of day) that this president provided taxpayer money to a group that worked in Israel to ensure Netanyahu's defeat.

Obama's trained hamsters in the media, had, I am certain, already written long epitaphs for Netanyahu, telling us how his "right wing" politics, his rejection of the notion that peace can be readily achieved with the [murderous, anti-democratic, anti-liberal, anti-Semitic] palestinians, his "diss" of Barack Obama and his team of 2s, his "interference" with a speech to the Congress (41 ovations!) condemning the Iran deal, all contributed to his defeat. All of those pieces have now been relegated to the trash bin. I can only smile.

Bibi won, and with that win, the Middle East recognizes that Israel will remain strong and resolute, even in the face of pressure mounted by a leftist leader in the U.S. Bibi won, and with that win, there is absolutely no question that Israel will remain a strong horse in a very bad neighborhood. Bibi won, and indirectly, the United States won. The only loser is the man who currently inhabits the oval office.


The Weekly Standard reports:
On CNN this morning, White House aide David Simas avoided congratulating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli elections. Instead, he would only congratulate the Israeli people on having an election.
This is absolutely typical of this White House. Rather than doing the diplomatic thing (as a superpower) and congratulating the re-elected leader of our staunchest ally in the Middle East, Barack Obama (and make no mistake, it is Barack Obama) acts like a petulant 13 year-old who doesn't have the grace to recognize the victory of someone he doesn't like.

Recall that Bibi Netanyahu went out of his way during his speech before a joint session of Congress to praise Obama (a man who Bibi clearly does not like, with very good reason, I might add). Good men act with class. Bad men act like spoiled children.