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Obama's Abandonment of Israel
Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2011 | Linda Chavez

Posted on 05/20/2011 6:42:57 AM PDT by Kaslin

President Obama's major speech on the Middle East Thursday will come back to haunt him. He said nothing that will have any impact in deterring Syrian government violence against pro-democracy protestors, but the president did make pronouncements that threaten another state in the Middle East: Israel, America's strongest ally in the region.

In his speech Thursday, the president paid lip service to Israeli security but laid down dangerous markers for restarting peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. With this speech, Obama became the first American president to require that Israel accept its pre-1967 borders as a starting point to negotiations with the Palestinians.

This is a dramatic departure from U.S. policy, which recognized that agreed-to final borders would be the end product of negotiations between the parties, not a precondition to starting talks. In essence, what Obama has called for is unilateral concessions from Israel without a single concrete concession from the Palestinians.

What makes this even more dangerous is that a terrorist group dedicated to the destruction of Israel -- Hamas -- governs Palestinians in Gaza. On the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority is in the hands of a Hamas-Fatah coalition, with the two groups having agreed to put aside their differences in order to demand recognition of a Palestine state by the United Nations this fall. If that happens, there will be no such thing as what the president termed "a secure Israel."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to respond, calling Israel's pre-1967 borders "indefensible." History proves he's right. In 1967, Israel was on the eve of an all-out assault by its Arab neighbors when it took out the Egyptian and Syrian air forces. Within six days, Israel had defeated Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon and gained significant territory, including the Arab-controlled parts of Jerusalem.

Nonetheless, Israel was attacked again a few years later. In 1973, Egypt and Syria launched an offensive on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Again, Israel was successful in defeating both countries and gained more territory in the process.

Even though Israel was twice the victor, both wars were the result of Arab aggression. Yet Israel has proven its willingness to return territory gained in war. Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt after negotiating a peace settlement with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Israel has been the one country in the area willing from the start to negotiate away land in return for recognition of its right to exist and a promise of peaceful coexistence from its neighbors. But instead of encouraging that precedent, Obama wants unilateral territorial concessions from Israel in return for empty promises.

The good news is that the Obama plan will go nowhere. There is no chance that Congress will support the administration's heavy-handed pressure on Israel. And the Israelis will never agree to such conditions as a prerequisite to peace negotiations.

And Obama has hurt himself domestically as well. Jewish donors and voters were an important part of Obama's winning coalition in 2008. But many in the pro-Israel community are deeply disturbed at what they see as the president's lukewarm support for Israel and will not likely give him the same level of support in 2012.

On Sunday, the president is set to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), one of the most influential lobbying groups in the country. I expect he'll say all the right things about how important an ally Israel is to the United States and that our two countries share common values and principles. The audience will applaud politely -- and some die-hard Democrats in the group may even tell themselves that Obama is a good friend to Israel.

But the president can't have it both ways. He can't give a speech Thursday that makes dangerous demands on Israel and pretend a few days later that his words have not damaged the important U.S.-Israeli relationship.

Obama has abandoned Israel. Now its time that Israel's supporters in the U.S. abandon him.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: israel; netanyahu; obama
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1 posted on 05/20/2011 6:42:59 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Someone tweeted this...

From Cliff Asness email blast: "In the spirit of inherently "reasonable" historical precedent, and given the current situation is “unsustainable”, we propose rolling back the giant ever-growing socialistic regulatory liberty-crushing nanny state to its pre-1967 borders."

2 posted on 05/20/2011 6:45:55 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Kaslin

This should not come as any surprise from the Jewish-hating Muslim trash currently inhabiting the White House.


3 posted on 05/20/2011 6:48:22 AM PDT by ransacked
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To: Kaslin
So how does obama get re-elected?

White independents not voting for him due to insane spending/deficits
Middle and lower class not voting for him due to $4/gal gas and 10% unemployment
Jews not voting for him after throwing Israel under the bus
College students and recent grads not voting for him because they can't find jobs and the novelty has worn off
etc.

4 posted on 05/20/2011 6:49:12 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Kaslin

heard Obama’s speech yesterday in which he is calling for Israel to pull back to its pre-1967 borders. Obama claimed to speak for the American people—that is a bald-faced lie. America has been a friend to Israel since its formation; our Founding Fathers had great respect for ‘the people of the book’ and Obama’s call for Israel to shrink her borders is inconsistent with the will of the American people. Obama is clearly siding with the Muslims as he has consistently done since he took office. It is past time for Congress to wake up and impeach this unamerican poser who currently calls himself President. He continues to bring nothing but shame and reproach upon America and needs to be removed from office.


5 posted on 05/20/2011 6:52:20 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: Kaslin
Most Americans stand with Israel.
I hope this costs 0bama 20% of the vote. 10% even if he reconsiders, because this shows a glimpse of just how out of touch the ditherer-in-chief is.
6 posted on 05/20/2011 6:52:29 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: 2banana
So how does obama get re-elected?

FRAUD

7 posted on 05/20/2011 6:53:32 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: 2banana
I have two fears:

1) Obama has some reason to think that he has a lock on 2012 and is confident that he will be re-elected. If his friends in the media can make Romney the GOP nominee, I would say that Obama is right to feel confident.

2) Obama loses confidence and realizes that he will not get a second term. He has less than two years to complete the destruction of this country. Time for Gotterdammerung. He will cause a nuclear war to begin. Israel? Iran? Pakistan? He has multiple options and he seems to be setting the stage for each possibility.

8 posted on 05/20/2011 6:54:27 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: PATRIOT1876

Yes, I agree except for American Jews. Schumer, Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Rahm Emanuel, I hear the chirping of crickets.


9 posted on 05/20/2011 6:56:50 AM PDT by Fair Paul
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To: Kaslin
IMO this is the signal the bad guys have been waiting for and we can expect a concerted effort by the Arab states to increase their aggressiveness against Israel and pressure the US and UN to force the 1967 borders to happen. The term “force-fit” comes to mind.
10 posted on 05/20/2011 6:59:29 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: ransacked

Did you notice this decision wasn’t made by the “gutsy” Barack Obama? It was made by “WE”. When did he learn that word?


11 posted on 05/20/2011 7:00:41 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Kaslin
It would seem that he is bent on having the majority of Americans remember his as “The Worst President Ever.”
He seems to be angling for a statue of himself with that title under it to be placed on the White House lawn after he’s asked to leave.

I picture Herman Cain’s hand handing him a frying pan through a door ala the opening credits from the TV show ‘The Odd Couple”

12 posted on 05/20/2011 7:01:19 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Kaslin
The good news is that the Obama plan will go nowhere.

The 'good' news for the Palistinians is: The POS C.I.C declared yesterday that the U.S. will not intervene on behalf of Israel. And that's the point. The writer forgets who we are dealing with: a madman that couldn't care less if Congress supports what he says because he will proceed anyway.

13 posted on 05/20/2011 7:02:06 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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To: Kaslin

Yesterday I e-mailed my congressman, Doug Lamborn of Colorado (a great conservative), urging him to initiate a statement in the House of unreserved support for Israel, and then to sponsor a bill ending all foreign aid to every country that is hostile either to Israel or the U.S.

Last night I e-mailed the Israeli Embassy in Washington, asking them to let Bibi Netanyahu know that I, along with millions of other Americans, completely reject the statement made by our current president yesterday. I told him that we stand with Israel, and that we hope within two years to have a new president who does not hate Israel and his own country.


14 posted on 05/20/2011 7:04:44 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: PATRIOT1876

Oh I am sure it will cost him votes, Many of those who voted for him in 2008 have already regretted that they did, and his billion dollar campaign won’t help him a bit


15 posted on 05/20/2011 7:10:32 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: 2banana
So how does obama get re-elected?

Two ways: the GOP nominates either a putz, or the reincarnation of Barry Goldwater.

16 posted on 05/20/2011 7:10:34 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: 2banana

Maybe he has ACORN ramped up to a level that will be impossible to defeat.


17 posted on 05/20/2011 7:10:59 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Kaslin

Obama didn’t abandon Israel. He was never with Israel. He played the Jewish vote by pretending to be pro Israel but make no mistake. He was never with them.


18 posted on 05/20/2011 7:12:11 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: thethirddegree

I was so offended in hearing the clips of his speech. He kept saying, “...we believe..... we believe....”. I thought that is 100% BS. WE don’t believe that. He might believe it, but WE don’t.


19 posted on 05/20/2011 7:12:18 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Outlaw Woman
The POS C.I.C declared yesterday that the U.S. will not intervene on behalf of Israel. And that's the point.

That, too, was an empty statement.

If something big happens with respect to Israel, they will use nukes. No US president -- even Obama -- can allow that to happen.

What Obama has done, though, is made it much more difficult for the US to respond.

20 posted on 05/20/2011 7:12:44 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Kaslin
President Obama's major speech on the Middle East Thursday will come back to haunt him the US.

There; fixed it.

21 posted on 05/20/2011 7:14:05 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (On a long enough timeline the inflation rate for all fiat currencies approaches infinity.)
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To: American Quilter

Bump


22 posted on 05/20/2011 7:14:31 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Phlap

That is a good point


23 posted on 05/20/2011 7:15:45 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: massgopguy

He meant Moochelle and himself


24 posted on 05/20/2011 7:17:57 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
President Obama's major speech on the Middle East Thursday will come back to haunt him.

He thought he could do this in the shadow of Bin Laden's capture, but beople are finally starting to see through his claims he isn't a muzzie or at a minimum a muzzie sympathizer. And while that may not be a problem with his base, it will definitely be a problem with many independents.

25 posted on 05/20/2011 7:18:00 AM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: r9etb

Hi, R9.

Yes, he has also encouraged an up tic in the violence against Jews.

Isn’t he just so special.


26 posted on 05/20/2011 7:18:07 AM PDT by HonestConservative (http://www.freedomradiorocks.com)
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To: Kaslin

New tagline:


27 posted on 05/20/2011 7:19:08 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Of COURSE he can declare where Israel's borders are. He can lower the sea level, can't he?)
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To: thethirddegree
Obama claimed to speak for the American people—that is a bald-faced lie.

I clenched my teeth and growled in anger when I heard him say this. When it comes to Bin Laden he says it was me me me, but when it comes to this he then says it's all of us.

28 posted on 05/20/2011 7:22:12 AM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: Kaslin
But many in the pro-Israel community are deeply disturbed at what they see as the president's lukewarm support for Israel...

Lukewarm support? He could hardly have issued a stronger disclaimer without calling on Israel's neighbors to drive the hated Zionists into the sea.

29 posted on 05/20/2011 7:25:46 AM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Kaslin
By attacking Israel in the manner he had, Obama risk the wrath and judgment of God Himself.

I pray those in our nation who pray for Israel will be spared that judgment, should it come.

Obama's zombie supporters, however, just keep marching along. This is all they care about:

Obama Is Going To Pay For My Gas And Mortgage!!!


30 posted on 05/20/2011 7:26:37 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: massgopguy

... he means we, WE, the muslim community in America.


31 posted on 05/20/2011 7:35:37 AM PDT by himno hero ("armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"...Barrack Obama)
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To: Kaslin

Decision to throw Israel under the bus was made by the 2 women in charge of Mid-East policy: Valerie Jarrett (born in Iran) and Samantha Power, an Irish national, married to Cass Sunsteen and works out of the White House. Very evil people and totally committed to Palistinian Caliphate.


32 posted on 05/20/2011 7:36:18 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Kaslin

For the record (in this thread):

“As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself -– by itself”

BHO, 5/19/11.


33 posted on 05/20/2011 7:38:53 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Kaslin

The undocumented obama, beloved by the US Congress in
his systematic treason to destroy America and the
US Constitution, let his unconscious show through.

Obama took the side of al Qaeda and Inkwan.

The US Congress is mute.

US history, the murdered by al Qaeda, and
the fabric of America, are shocked by the coup d’etat.


34 posted on 05/20/2011 7:38:57 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: American Quilter

I just tried googling the embassy to get the email address—either google or the webfilter here doesn’t like it because the google connection wheel ‘spins & spins’. I can’t even access the “contact us” page of the embassy. If you still have that address could you post it—I’d like to tell them Zero does NOT speak for the majority of Americans. Thanks!


35 posted on 05/20/2011 7:40:28 AM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (everything written by me on FR is my personal opinion & does not represent my employer)
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To: shalom aleichem
Decision to throw Israel under the bus was made by the 2 women in charge of Mid-East policy: Valerie Jarrett (born in Iran) and Samantha Power, an Irish national, married to Cass Sunsteen and works out of the White House. Very evil people and totally committed to Palestinian Caliphate.

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The buck stops with Barry.

They don't want a separate state, they want the place currently known as Israel.

UNDER THE BUS 29

36 posted on 05/20/2011 7:44:28 AM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: ransacked

my advice to Israel: Obama is an @ss. He will never be satisfied with Isreal, he lives in a fantasy land, and he is a weakling.

As such, ignore him. Continue to pay respect to America, but simply ignore Obama and everything he tries to do. He won’t be around that long anyway.


37 posted on 05/20/2011 7:47:00 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: BobP

Of course Bambi is to blame, but placing him in charge was the most irresponsible event the media, the political parties et al have ever created. Former SDS, Weather Underground. Marxists, Communists and other such fellow travelers are all working for the White House and the Czars.


38 posted on 05/20/2011 7:53:55 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: 2banana
Jews not voting for him after throwing Israel under the bus

My MIL has a good friend who is Jewish and a very caring person. At dinner yesterday she told us that as soon as OBama opened his locally office she would go work for his relection. This lady has been to Isreal and refers to it as the most moving experience of her life. I don't think she heard Obama's speech yesterday, but I am convinced she will take whatever assurance is offered that Obama's plan will not damage Isreal and go with that.

39 posted on 05/20/2011 7:54:42 AM PDT by Roses0508
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To: SkyPilot
Psalm 119:126 ~ “It is time for you to act, O Lord, your law is being broken.”
40 posted on 05/20/2011 7:56:27 AM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: Kaslin

Hussein illegally received many, many, many millions from the Saudi king and other Muslim sources for his 2008 campaign. Does anyone really expect him to support Israel??


41 posted on 05/20/2011 8:00:05 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: massgopguy
Did you notice this decision wasn’t made by the “gutsy” Barack Obama? It was made by “WE”. When did he learn that word?

"The WON" is now "The WE".

Actually, he is referring to himself and his familiar.

"Veni, veni, Mephistophilis!!"
-- Christopher Marlowe,
The Tragickal History of Dr. Faustus

He would "ride in triumph through Persepolis!"

</Richard Burton>

42 posted on 05/20/2011 8:14:30 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

He is a global muslim, nothing to do with America other than using Americas resources to consolidate his Arab Spring gains for his upcoming caliphate. If they get their way, Israel will be the first to be on the receiving end, then America.


43 posted on 05/20/2011 8:18:28 AM PDT by himno hero ("armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"...Barrack Obama)
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To: C210N; kingattax
“As for security, every state has the right to self-defense, and Israel must be able to defend itself -– by itself”

And in this statement, he actually reveals his true motivation for supporting the "democracy-seeking civilians" movement, AKA the MB Overthrow of Israel's Allies.

44 posted on 05/20/2011 8:31:01 AM PDT by taraytarah
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To: 2banana

How does Obama get re-elected?
1. Cancels the election due to a crisis and rules by decree.
2. Fixes the election with his people in place —Acorn Style—let the dead vote for him. Let Media cover any problems with racism charges against the Republicans.
3. Have goons mock, demean, and embarrass any who challenge him. Turn them into ignorant chumps.
4. Get Republican RINOS to help him get elected bu selecting a GOP who can’t win—some old has been like Mitt, he can beat.
5. Get a right wing Tea Party 3rd Party to split the right wing vote.
6. Promise anything to win. Double votes for Blacks! Bigger welfare checks for all, Everything in Spanish language! New Jobs that will never come! Anything.
7. Start a war that will get people to stand behind him.
8. Fake an assassination attempt from the right that will garner sympathy votes.

There is a lot of shady things Obama can—and will do. He will not go silently into the night.


45 posted on 05/20/2011 8:34:31 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: taraytarah
“As for security, every state has the right to self-defense,...."

that must not pertain to libya

46 posted on 05/20/2011 9:17:31 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: PATRIOT1876
Most Americans stand with Israel.

Most don't care. Evangelicals care and they're less likely to vote Obama anyway. Jewish Americans will still vote for Obama 4-1. I don't see this policy having an effect on his reelection unless terrorists are emboldened and something BIG happens in Israel that can be arguably linked to his having incited violence. Even then it's going to be far down the list of priorities in 2012 which will be won or lost on pocketbook issues. I still say Obama wins.

47 posted on 05/20/2011 9:36:58 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Circular firing squad has killed GOP's 2012 chances.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama’s major speech on the Middle East Thursday will come back to haunt him.
I think it will be more than his speech that will haunt him.


48 posted on 05/20/2011 9:42:12 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: American Quilter

I called my reps and they said the phones were lit up w people pissed off over this.


49 posted on 05/20/2011 9:48:54 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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To: kingattax
that must not pertain to libya

Oh, but don't you know Libya's citizens are being attacked by govt. forces?

Did I say citizens? Oops...civilians are being attacked. As in armed and rebelling Libyan and foreign MB. No wonder barry "refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action." (action that seeks to constrain the government in its attempt to self-preserve)

Yes, you're right. No self-defense for Libya.

50 posted on 05/20/2011 9:54:48 AM PDT by taraytarah
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