Kerry blames Israel for collapse of peace talks. Ridiculous. This is part of a troubling pattern of this White House alienating America’s friends & appeasing our enemies.

Secretary John Kerry.

Secretary John Kerry.

(Washington, D.C.) — UPDATED: Over the past year of the peace talks, Israel has consistently taken practical, concrete steps to show goodwill, including releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, some of whom were terrorists with blood on their hands.

Israel took such measures even though Palestinian terrorists have continued to fire rockets and missiles at innocent Israeli civilians over and over and over again.

What practical, concrete steps did the Palestinian leadership?

The sad fact is that Mahmoud Abbas gave concrete nothing in return.

What’s more, he outright refused to even consider recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. Then he embarked on unilateral steps to create an independent Palestinian state in direct defiance of the terms of the peace process which call for a negotiated settlement. Then he refused to continue the peace talks beyond the April 29th deadline without Israel releasing thousands of more prisoners.

Yet now Secretary of State John Kerry is blaming Israel for the breakdown of the talks. Consider the latest headlines:

This is ridiculous, bordering on the infuriating. Netanyahu appointed good people to negotiate in good faith. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, the chief negotiator, is not exactly a right wing Likudnik. She is part of Israel’s center left. She wanted a deal. She worked hard for a deal. Yet she became increasingly frustrated by the resistance of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to bring serious ideas and compromises to the table, and then had to speak out when Abbas decided to sign 15 international treaties to unilaterally creating a Palestinian state.

“The past week wasn’t a good week and we will have to fight to see how we can correct and move forward,” said Livni on Israel’s Channel 2 news. “It isn’t simple. It’s very complicated. This is a real crisis.”

Bloomberg reports that “Livni called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid last week to join international bodies ‘a violation and a big mistake that will make it very difficult to go back to normal.”

When Abbas has burned Tzipi Livni — a woman deeply committed to a two-state solution — you know things have really gotten bad.

Yet once again Kerry is blaming Israel.

Sadly, this is part of a troubling pattern of the Obama administration alienating America’s friends and appeasing our enemies. Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry have invested enormous amounts of time in trying to force enormous Israeli concessions to create a final peace deal with the Palestinians, even though everyone told them the Palestinian leadership was not prepared to deal seriously. Yet the most important mission in the Middle East right now is stopping Iran from building nuclear weapons, yet the White House and State Department are treating Iran with kid gloves.

As former Senator Rick Santorum and I stated last week:

What troubles us most is the feckless, rudderless foreign policy of President Obama. Do our enemies fear him? Do our friends trust him? To the contrary, Mr. Obama is presiding over the systematic collapse of American credibility around the globe, from the Middle East to Russia to Asia. This vacuum of leadership is creating a very dangerous global environment and must be corrected quickly.

 

We believe in a bipartisan approach to American foreign policy. The challenges we face are serious but manageable if we unite as a country around a policy of peace through strength. That said, we also believe in the important role of a loyal opposition that warns the government when it is heading in the wrong direction.

 

In the 1930s, Winston Churchill warned the world that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis represented a gathering storm that had to be stopped early and decisively lest disaster ensue. A new gathering storm is brewing, as dangerous as the last, if not more so. We need an honest, strong, principled American foreign policy now more than ever, especially when it comes to the Iranian nuclear threat. The stakes are too high for miscalculation.

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SICK, DELUSIONAL OLD FOOL: Harry Reid Blames Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine on… Republicans

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Politics: Harry Reid blames Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Republicans who didn’t act fast enough on a sanctions package. But he ignores Obama’s appeasement as president and push when a senator to disarm Ukraine.

The Senate Majority Leader’s latest claim is consistent with other utterances out of his parallel universe, including calling Stage IV cancer patients liars about Obamacare’s collateral damage and asking why we’d want to save one child with cancer.

“Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea, and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases,” Harry Reid said Monday as the Senate began debate on a package of sanctions and aid.

“It’s impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice.”

The man who makes Vice President Joe Biden look competent by comparison ignores the fact that since the House and Senate passed different versions, quick action on sanctions would have been impossible and that it was Reid and the Democrats who refused to bring up the House version as is.

The Senate version wasn’t a clean bill, having attached provisions that would increase the power of emerging countries in the International Monetary Fund and shift some $ 63 billion from a crisis fund to a general account that Republicans feared would leave U.S. taxpayers on the hook for more foreign bailouts.

Yet Reid directed blame to Republicans who had reservations about this Christmas tree, saying their delay of congressional action “sent a dangerous message to Russian leaders.”

We doubt that former KGB Col. Vladimir Putin, who considers the demise of the Soviet Union one of history’s great tragedies, cared much about Reid’s idea of sanctions.

Obama’s record of appeasement as both senator and president is all the encouragement that Vlad, the impaler of nations, needed. An American president who betrayed Poland and the Czech Republic on missile defense and vacillated on the Russian invasion of Georgia as senator lost Moscow’s respect long ago.

From Obama’s infinite number of red lines on Syria to his gutting of the U.S. military, Putin saw a weak, out-of-his-depth former community organizer who bowed to world leaders as he apologized for American excess. Obama would go on to cave to pressure and promise Russia’s leaders that he’d have even more “flexibility” to bend to their will after he was re-elected.

Putin no doubt remembers how in 2005 then-Sen. Obama pushed for the destruction of large amounts of conventional ammunition and weaponry for the Ukrainian military, based on vague assurances that the Cold War was over and the U.S. would provide a security guarantee.

As the Daily Mail reports: In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Sen. Dick Lugar and toured a conventional weapons site. Meeting in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, they made the case that weapon stockpiles inherited from the old Soviet Union should be destroyed.

Sen. Obama pushed for eliminating 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition. “We need to eliminate these stockpiles for the safety of the Ukrainian people and people around \ world by keeping them out of conflicts around the world,” Obama said in an Aug. 30, 2005, statement from Donetsk.

So how safe are the Ukrainian people now, Mr. President? And any further comment from you, Sen. Reid?

Image: RojerThat.

Doug Ross @ Journal

LEADERSHIP: Obama blames Bush for his inaction in Syria

And isn’t buck-passing the mark of a true leader?

Last year Barack Obama repeatedly warned that chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime against its own people would be a “game changer” [and crossing a “red line“]. But despite evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons, thus far Obama has not acted.

Today Obama blamed Bush for his inaction.

We have evidence that there has been the use of chemical weapons inside Syria. But, I don’t make decisions based on ‘perceived.’ And, I can’t organize coalitions around ‘perceived.’ We tried that in the past, by the way, and it didn’t work out well.

It’s Bush’s fault.

I, for one, blame the Militant Quakers.

Hat tips: BadBlue News and MStreeter (cartoon).

Doug Ross @ Journal