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Helen Thomas: "Itís The Same Old Mideast Policy-Obama Administration Follows Bush Path"
TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 4 Nov 09 | Helen "Hezbollah point of view" Thomas

Posted on 11/05/2009 11:36:34 AM PST by seanmerc

WASHINGTON -- The Palestinians had hoped they would see a new day coming after the Bush administration’s eight-year capitulation to all that Israel wanted. But they were wrong.

The Obama administration is moving down the same Bush road -- perhaps a little slower -- but nonetheless still enabling the Israelis to continue to violate international law and the U.N. Charter by annexing occupied Arab land.

First, the new administration made it clear that U.S. policy opposed new Jewish settlements on the West Bank. This declaration was met with a thumping rejection from the Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

Then, last Saturday in Jerusalem, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised as "unprecedented" a Netanyahu plan to delay for a year the building of new settlements but still permit construction of nearly 3,000 housing units currently on the books, all in the name of "natural growth."

The ban also would not apply to new building in East Jerusalem where Arab families are being evicted from their longtime homes.

Her laudatory comments triggered sharp criticism from Arab leaders, who wondered why the Obama administration appeared to be backsliding on the settlements issue.

So on Wednesday, Clinton tilted back toward the Palestinians by saying that the Obama administration does not accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlement enclaves on the West Bank and wants to see their construction halted "forever." Still, she said an Israeli offer to restrain -- but not halt -- construction represents "positive movement forward" toward resuming Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Talk about threading the needle! Welcome to the Middle East tinderbox, Madame Secretary, where every word counts and tensions always run high.

Have the Israelis forgotten their inherent sense of justice? How long are they going to prey upon Palestinian land and water with impunity?

Why would the United States aid -- in terms of billions of dollars annually and its political support -- any country that oppresses a helpless people with its military power and daily humiliation at checkpoints and walls? Where are the voices of civil rights leaders of long ago?

Settlers from all over are laying claim to land by virtue of their religion and inflicting suffering on those who have not harmed them. Simply put, they come from far away places to take other people’s homes.

What people would tolerate that?

The U.S. didn’t win points with the Palestinians when it rejected-- as did Israel-- the report of South African Chief Justice Richard Goldstone to the United Nations Human Rights Council which accused both the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas of war crimes during the siege of Gaza last winter.

But Goldstone’s harshest criticisms were reserved for the Israelis with allegations that they shot unarmed citizens and destroyed hundreds of homes, leaving them in rubble. In an interview with Bill Moyers on the Public Broadcasting System, Goldstone called the actions "outrageous" and said there should have been "outrage."

The Israeli incursions into Arab land are reminiscent of Russia’s expansionism into Eastern Europe after World War II.

Since 1967, the Israelis have pushed Palestinians out and built homes for thousands of Jews in East Jerusalem -- a site where Palestinians hope to make their capital in a future Palestinian state.

When Obama came into power, both he and Clinton proclaimed that there should be a total freeze on new Israeli settlements. That was the new U.S. policy, we thought. But now with the U.S. flip-flopping under pressure, no one is quite sure where Obama stands on the big divide in the Middle East.

Israel continues to portray itself as the underdog -- simply trying to "defend itself" against those "terrorists" who somehow are angry that their homes have been demolished and their olive and orange groves and vineyards plundered and confiscated.

Clearly the Israelis want to expand their holdings. Only Obama can stop them.


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I'm baaaaack!
1 posted on 11/05/2009 11:36:35 AM PST by seanmerc
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To: beckysueb; DirtyHarryY2K; holly go-rightly; Jet Jaguar; Lauren BaRecall; LucyT; machogirl; ...
Yoo-hoo, Helen Thomas ping list members! Here's the latest liberal lunacy from our fave newsbabe. FReepmail me if you'd like to be added to the ping list.
2 posted on 11/05/2009 11:39:06 AM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

I think she hates jews.


3 posted on 11/05/2009 11:42:42 AM PST by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: seanmerc

The ugly old palenstenian is upset that Obama’s mideast policy is like Bush’s. I guess she was expecting the Sirhan Sirhan palestenian peace prize or something. Sorry hag, bammy already has the Nobel, he can’t be tempted now by the committee to do Muhommeds’ deeds with American cash like Carter and Clinton did. Go crawl into your hole and die.


4 posted on 11/05/2009 11:43:09 AM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: seanmerc
Simply put, they come from far away places to take other people’s homes.

What people would tolerate that?

Liberals in the good ole' U.S. of A. Ms. Thomas! Or, haven't you paid attention to the fact that we've been invaded by millions of illegal immigrants here?

5 posted on 11/05/2009 11:44:23 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier whose wife is expecting twins SONS.)
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To: seanmerc

Oh, and my server is blocking out that photo, thankfully so.


6 posted on 11/05/2009 11:45:01 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier whose wife is expecting twins SONS.)
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To: seanmerc
She's an ignoramous twit. Jews are not occupying other people's land but the cradle of their nation regained in a defensive war. The Palestinians have no interest in talking to Israel let alone in statehood. Their real aim as it has been since Israel was born is to wipe the Jewish State off the map. No country has sought peace more with its neighbors than Israel. But the truth is lost on Thomas and her brethren in the media.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

7 posted on 11/05/2009 11:48:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: SoldierDad

8 posted on 11/05/2009 11:48:31 AM PST by seanmerc
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9 posted on 11/05/2009 11:50:35 AM PST by evets (beer)
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To: seanmerc

Nope, blocked that one too. I’ll have to wait until this evening to have my eyes damaged.


10 posted on 11/05/2009 11:52:44 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier whose wife is expecting twins SONS.)
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To: evets

11 posted on 11/05/2009 11:52:49 AM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
That is defiantly my favorite! Good work.
12 posted on 11/05/2009 11:54:13 AM PST by MotorCityBuck (Page 73, Johnson, Navin)
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To: SoldierDad

13 posted on 11/05/2009 11:54:33 AM PST by seanmerc
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To: MotorCityBuck

Wish I could take credit for it. I stole it.


14 posted on 11/05/2009 11:55:43 AM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Helen, you are smarter than I because I cannot see that Obama has a coherent Mideast Policy. If it looks like GWB’s that’s only because of institutional drift.


15 posted on 11/05/2009 12:07:57 PM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: seanmerc

LOL - still gotta wait. Nothing getting through. Persistent, though, aren’t you?


16 posted on 11/05/2009 12:12:15 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier whose wife is expecting twins SONS.)
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To: seanmerc

You are a sick individual. You ignored the “Rinse your eyes out with boric acid” alert that is required for such heinous visuals. Plasma is now oozing out of my screen. Thanks a lot!


17 posted on 11/05/2009 12:16:32 PM PST by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: Codeflier

Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky, to Lebanese Christian immigrants[2] from Tripoli, Lebanon, which at the time was part of Syria.[3]


18 posted on 11/05/2009 12:16:41 PM PST by COUNTrecount (Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither)
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To: seanmerc

Well, Helen, when your neighbors gang up against you and attack you with a gang, you have a few choices: (1) fight, (2) die, (3) fight

And if you fight and kick their butt, you have a few choices: (1) occupy, (2)acquiesce (3) occupy

There are only 2 sane choices above.


19 posted on 11/05/2009 12:19:15 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who support our troops pray for their victory!)
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20 posted on 11/05/2009 12:22:34 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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Skip to comments.I Got Helen Thomas to Hang Up on Me
DFU phone call to the troll | 10-11-02 | Doug from Upland

Posted on 10/11/2002 11:50:31 AM PDT by doug from upland

THIS HELEN THOMAS NONSENSICAL PIECE inspired my phone call to her. Her number is at the bottom.

I was surprised to actually get through to the troll. I gave my name and indicated that I participate on FreeRepublic where I saw her article posted. Trying not to be confrontational with the troll, I said that I found it interesting but had a few questions.

First, she said that Iraq is under total surveillance from the air. I asked whether that was good enough considering that we have no access to the palaces or perhaps hundreds of other buildings that are off limits. She told me that he agreed to give access to everything. I questioned that and she directed me to ask the State Department.

She came back at me with "Should we check every nation?" My response was that I was not quite as much concerned that our friends in England had nukes as I am that someone like Saddam Hussein had them.

Helen immediately launched into an attack on Israel talking about the nukes the Israelis have and that they occupy territory that does not belong to them. Then she went on to babble that someday everyone would have nukes. She asked why I don't go along with non-proliferation and she mumbled something else that was somewhat incoherent.

She appeared to be growing weary in the exchange so I asked her if she had time for just one more question before I left. I asked her opinion about Juanita Broaddrick. "Who is that," she said. As I was about to explain (of course, she knows) she said, "I don't have any more time for this. Bye bye." And then, Helen the troll hung up the phone on me.

I had so many more questions for her. I wondered if the economy began its slide on Jan. 20, 2001. I wondered whether corporate greed began on Jan. 20, 2001. I wondered if stocks began the downturn on Jan. 20, 2001. I wondered how many corporate execs Bill Clinton had ordered to be led away in orange jump suits during his tenure. Unfortunately, we were not able to discuss those issues.

Maybe Helen had to go take a nap. Or, maybe she had to down another pint.

I guess this could be considered a phone FReep, right?



21 posted on 11/05/2009 12:49:19 PM PST by doug from upland (10+ million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: seanmerc

HELEN THOMAS IS MY CALENDAR GIRL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrOMOh56Z3Y


22 posted on 11/05/2009 12:51:59 PM PST by doug from upland (10+ million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: seanmerc

THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF (guess who is the troll)
fairy tale books | 11-2002 | DFU rewrite of the original

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2002 9:35:18 PM by doug from upland

The Billy Goats Gruff

Once upon a time there were three billy goats called Gruff. In the winter they lived in a barn in the valley where they paid outrageous utility rates thanks to Gray Davis. When spring came, they longed to travel up to the mountains to eat the lush sweet grass, have a big steak, and drink beer. They loved driving their gas-guzzling SUV.

On their way to the mountains the three Billy Goats Gruff had to cross a rushing river. But there was only one bridge across it, made of wooden planks. There would have been more bridges but the union workers had been on strike for three years. And underneath the bridge there lived a terrible, ugly, one-eyed troll named Helen Thomas.

Nobody was allowed to cross the bridge without the Helen the Troll’s permission - and nobody ever got permission. After engaging in a screaming and virulent anti-Republican diatribe, she always ate them up.

The smallest Billy Goat Gruff was first to reach the bridge. Trippity-trop, trippity-trop went his little hooves as he trotted over the wooden planks. Ting-tang, ting-tang went the little bell round his neck.

“Who’s that trotting over my bridge?” growled Helen the Troll from under the planks. “Are you a right winger?”

“Billy Goat Gruff,” squeaked the smallest goat in his little voice. “I’m only going up to the mountain to eat the sweet spring grass.”

“Oh no, you’re not!” said Helen the Troll. “I’m going to eat you for breakfast! You want anti-abortion justices on the Supreme Court!”

“Oh no, please Ms. Helen the Troll,” pleaded the goat. “I’m only the smallest Billy Goat Gruff. I’m much too tiny for you to eat, and I wouldn’t taste very good. And I didn’t even vote last time. Why don’t you wait for my brother, the second Billy Goat Gruff? He’s much bigger than me and would be much more tasty. Besides, he voted a straight Republican ticket.”

Helen the Troll did not want to waste her time on a little goat if there was a bigger and better one to eat, particularly one who was canceling out her votes. “All right, you can cross my bridge,” she grunted. “Go and get fatter on the mountain and I’ll eat you on your way back!”

So the smallest Billy Goat Gruff skipped across to the other side.

Helen the Troll did not have to wait long for the second Billy Goat Gruff. Clip-clop, clip-clop went his hooves as he clattered over the wooden planks. Ding-dong, ding-dong went the bell around his neck.

“Who’s that clattering across my bridge?” screamed Helen the Troll, suddenly appearing from under the planks.

“Billy Goat Gruff,” said the second goat in his middle-sized voice. “I’m going up to the mountain to eat the lovely spring grass.”

“Oh no you’re not!” said Helen the Troll. “I’m going to eat you for breakfast. You voted for people who are poisoning the air, taking school lunches from children, and trying to destroy the trolls’ social security benefits.”

“Oh, no, please,” said the second goat. “I may be bigger than the first Billy Goat Gruff, but I’m much smaller than my brother, the third Billy Goat Gruff. Why don’t you wait for him? He would be much more of a meal than me. And I promise not to vote next time.”

Helen the Troll was getting very hungry and was worried about being late to a Sinkmaster speech, but she did not want to waste her appetite on a middle-sized goat if there was an even bigger one to come. “All right, you can cross my bridge,” she rumbled. “Go and get fatter on the mountain and I’ll eat you on your way back! Vote for Bush in 2004 and I’m going to hunt you down and kill you.”

So the middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff scampered across to the other side.

Helen the Troll did not have to wait long for the third Billy Goat Gruff. Tromp-tramp, tromp-tramp went his hooves as he stomped across the wooden planks. Bong-bang, bong-bang went the big bell round his neck.

“Who’s that stomping over my bridge?” roared Helen the Troll, resting her Clinton DNA-stained chin on her hands.

“Billy Goat Gruff,” said the third goat in a deep voice. “I’m going up to the mountain to eat the lush spring grass and smoke a good cigar.”

“Oh no you’re not,” said Helen the Troll as she clambered up on to the bridge. “I’m going to eat you for breakfast!”

“That’s what you think,” said the biggest Billy Goat Gruff. Not only did he vote a straight Republican ticket, but he used his tax savings to buy a Bowflex Home Gym and get into great fighting shape. He lowered his horns, galloped along the bridge and butted the ugly troll. Up, up, up went the Helen the troll into the air... then down, down, down into the rushing river below. She disappeared below the swirling waters, and was drowned. Soon, she would be joined by Terry McAuliffe.

“So much for his breakfast,” thought the biggest Billy Goat Gruff. “Now what about mine!” And he walked in triumph over the bridge to join his two brothers on the mountain pastures. From then on anyone could cross the bridge whenever they liked - thanks to the three Billy Goats Gruff. They all vowed to go after any RATS who would stand in the way of the Bush agenda.


23 posted on 11/05/2009 12:53:23 PM PST by doug from upland (10+ million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: SoldierDad

Well said!


24 posted on 11/05/2009 1:26:53 PM PST by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: seanmerc

Fortunately, I have my October 2009 copy of Imprimis close at hand with Ambassador Bolton's assessment of Zero's policies...

...the Obama administration is pursuing a policy that can accurately be described as neoisolationist--a policy characterized by an unwillingness to be assertive in the world in defense of America's interests and those of our friends and allies.

25 posted on 11/05/2009 1:38:34 PM PST by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

this crazy Arab bitch is nuts: “The Palestinians had hoped they would see a new day coming after the Bush administration’s eight-year capitulation to all that Israel wanted.”

Abbas says he won’t run in January election (Drama Queen Alert)
Houston Chronicle | 11/5/2009 | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
Posted on 11/05/2009 11:54:28 AM PST by mojito
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2379384/posts


26 posted on 11/05/2009 3:05:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: seanmerc
Why the ‘scare quotes’ around the term “natural growth”. Do Jewish populations not undergo natural growth? Or is Helen Thomas suggesting that a rise in a Jewish population is somehow not natural, unnatural? Does she think they hatch or something?
27 posted on 11/05/2009 3:10:11 PM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be RE-distributed?)
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To: seanmerc
OUCH

you really should dial-down the pixels on that photo ... I think I'm going to file for disability ...

RE: It's the Same Mideast Policy as Bush

Nonsense:

1. Bush never bowed to Saudi king ...

2. Bush never turned his back on Israel

3. Bush never sucked-up to Syria, P.A. & Hezbollah

4. Bush did not push Turkey away from U.S. & Israel and into Iran's hands

Helen, you are so full of it ...

28 posted on 11/05/2009 3:10:26 PM PST by Nobel_1 (bring on the Patriots!)
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To: seanmerc

How dare she compare W to O? W is the author; O is the poor study of cliff notes.

Let her compare the new tv series ‘V’ to O! At least there, we have a mysterious entity who is instantly embraced by the masses, without scrutiny or examination with mental rigor. V and O have the same message of ‘Hope’; V and O are readily welcomed by the young and less experienced.

We allll know how ‘V’ and ‘O’ will end, ‘though.


29 posted on 11/05/2009 4:06:17 PM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (''If you look good and speak well, people will buy anything.'' - Criswell in ED WOOD.)
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To: seanmerc
Her [Clinton] laudatory comments triggered sharp criticism from Arab leaders, who wondered why the Obama administration appeared to be backsliding on the settlements issue.

It appears that these Arab leaders have not figured out yet that US policy is essentially made by career level bureaucrats - not by the elected officials.

30 posted on 11/05/2009 4:50:05 PM PST by LjubivojeRadosavljevic
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Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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And the more important act of terror


31 posted on 11/05/2009 5:13:30 PM PST by SJackson (In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria.)
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To: seanmerc

Hooray!

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men. ~Willy Wonka

And Hellen is complete nonsense. Glad you’re back!


32 posted on 11/05/2009 9:40:33 PM PST by Melian ("A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men. ~Willy Wonka)
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To: seanmerc
"It’s The Same Old Mideast Policy-Obama Administration Follows Bush Path"

Maybe because the White House knows that is the best policy?

Really, Helen must understand that you cannot make "peace" stick if the other side is made up of a dozen or more violent clans. Palestinians need unity. That is the only way a nationalist movement can build and become legitimate.

33 posted on 11/07/2009 10:18:10 AM PST by monkeyshine
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To: seanmerc

The horror. The horror. And her picture was pretty scary, too.


34 posted on 11/07/2009 1:23:18 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html, http://sites.google.com/site/thevuzvuz/)
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To: doug from upland

Doug, that’s just nasty. LOL.


35 posted on 11/08/2009 7:55:36 PM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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