Sarah Palin dissects Obama's Middle East policy

Listening to just Sarah Palin's view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you can call it another victory for AIPAC and the ADL. In an interview with Barbara Walters, with commentary by the Young Turks (above video), Palin dissected the IP conflict in its simplest terms:

(Barbara Walters)....more settlements on what they consider Palestinian territory. What is your view on this? Palin responded, "I disagree with the Obama Administration on that. I believe that, um, the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon because the population of Israel is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead."

The above quote was repeated from a troubling diary recently posted on Daily Kos by Troutfishing, which went further. It suggested that Palin's solution may be pumping up the Christian Zionist end-times view of Israel (United Christians for Israel), in that all of those Jews she said would move to Israel will eventually be saved by Christian conversion.

Well, if Bibi Netanyahu (many times), Senator Joe Lieberman, and even the Holocaust survivor and "alleged" humanitarian, Elie Wiesel, among others, could address this group, can Sara Palin be far behind?

Max Blumenthal gave us the take on right-wing Pastor John Hagee's annual Washington-Israel Summit, which blew the cover off the Christian Zionist movement in the process a few years ago. This video stars Joe Lieberman, Tom DeLay, Pastor John Hagee, Ambassador Dore Gold and a host of rapture-ready evangelicals praying for Armaggedon.

And this scenario may be where Sarah Palin will be taking future GOP foreign policy in the Middle East. Isn't it great to be a Democrat these days?

Tags: Christian Zionists, Gaza, Israel, Netanyahu, obama, Palestine, Sara Palin (all tags)



Re: Sarah Palin dissects Obama's Middle East polic

"More Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days, weeks, and months ahead."


Over on Free Republic, the comments on this story were "she nailed it."

Hers is the Rapture-based worldview. She is dangerous because she is delusional.

Thanks for the post.

by Charles Lemos 2009-11-23 06:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Sarah Palin dissects Obama's Middle East polic

A moron indeed. But let's not forget the past eight years with George Bush, twice elected as president, leader of the free world.

The American people are not that difficult to deceive. Stupidity and ignorance never held a presidential candidate down. In fact, they might very well be assets.

by MainStreet 2009-11-23 07:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Sarah Palin dissects Obama's Middle East polic

This is the Adalai Stevenson argument, the egghead can't be President. It does take an ability to connect to the masses. Clinton had that gift. Cerebral yet a "Bubba."

Clinton's true talent was that he could explain complex policies in a plain manner so that anyone from a PhD to a high school dropout could understand.

Palin makes Bush look like a rocket scientist. Bush said a lot of hard to believe nonsense but he never to my knowledge drifted into this Rapture-driven view of Israeli immigration.

The question is can Palin win in the independent minded suburbs and exurbs. The answer is still no. She might be able to bone up on policy but I doubt it. She is fundamentally incurious and believes that she is sent by God. How else can she explain that she has gone from mayor of Wasilla to a national figure in just a few short years?

Sheer dumb luck has yet to cross her mind. She believes that she is the hand of God. She is that delusional.

by Charles Lemos 2009-11-23 07:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Sarah Palin dissects Obama's Middle East polic

A good summary of the Palin phenomenon.

Yet there are still doubts about the American public's ability to be easily swayed. An ex B actor made it to the presidency. Why not an ex-beauty queen?

If Obama faulters on the economy, or even Afganistan, his reelection might be in jeopardy. Who else then is there on the other side, given that no Democrat could successfully contest Obama for reelection among any Democratic candidates that might show up?

by MainStreet 2009-11-23 07:31AM | 0 recs
Destructive Thinking

"If Obama faulters [sic.] on the economy, or even Afganistan [sic.], his reelection might be in jeopardy.
If Obama is found having sex with Newt Gingrich('s dog?), his reelection might really be in jeopardy.

Listen, George W. Bush scared us all. But his election came on the heels of a growing conservative movement. Times have changed, although it is arguable as to whether people have.

What I see in the Sarah Palin 2012 phobia is not so much a fear of Palin as a lack of trust in Obama. Despite a faltering economy, there have been no signs of Palin being able to assemble the critical mass needed to make a legitimate run on the Presidency.

And we're talking about a man here who has eventually proved his critics wrong at every turn.

There were those who said he could never win Iowa, and he did.
There were those who said he could never beat Hillary, and he did.
Do you remember how some said even if he did win the general election, he could never win Pennsylvania and Ohio? Or Florida and Michigan because Howard Dean had "disenfranchised" those voters? Ha!
And there were those who said he could never, ever win the General Election. Do you remember all that "seal the deal" bulls*** that floated around the Internet?

And here we are, 10 months into his first term. There have been some bumpy patches, but we're also close to the biggest democratic legislative victory since LBJ.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-11-23 08:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Destructive Thinking

Yes we all remember those days when it was thought that Obama would not make it for the many reasons you quoted.

But Palin has not yet met her Rove. Therefore, I'm still concerned. Universal medical care may get through, but foreign policy is a no win. Stay or leave in Afganistan, Obama will have to take a lot of heat.

by MainStreet 2009-11-23 08:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Destructive Thinking

Palin isn't the worry. She is unelectable. The worry is that a better packaged demagogue with less baggage comes along steals her thunder and then doubles down on a failed economic model.

My worry is the Marco Rubios who are out there. Rubio is 38 and unlikely for 2012 even if he should get passed Crist in the FL Senate race which is still in doubt. He is as moronic as she is but is a) telegenic b) can speak in complete sentences c) can handle an interview d) Hispanic (Cuban-American).

Seriously every interview that she has had with the MSM has been a disaster. Even on Oprah, she came off as petty and vindictive. The Israel answer leaves too many people going WTF.

by Charles Lemos 2009-11-23 08:51AM | 0 recs
Bush was far better handled

Plus, the times have changed.

Bush came from relative obscurity at a time of increasing conservative backlash in this country. He was a manufactured candidate to be the right (wrong) person at the right time. Karl Rove is quite open about this. Al Gore gave an historically atrocious campaign performance that did nothing but fan the flames of the backlash. And Bush still didn't even really win.

Sarah, on the other hand, has been turning people off since the RNC, and it's a long way to 2012, or whenever she plans to run.

I understand the sentiment that every stupid person who voted for Bush a second time is probably still alive in this country, although more GOP seems to be dying off every day. Sarah may be trying to start a conservative populist movement, but I see no signs that it can reach a critical mass simply because she's already so unlikeable.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-11-23 08:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Bush was far better handled

Well, the polls today do support your view. But it's a long time from Nov 2012 and sentiments could change.

by MainStreet 2009-11-23 08:32AM | 0 recs
Anything can happen

Aliens can land on the White House Lawn
Barack Obama can score a series of Legislative victories.
The economy can turn around.
Right wing extremists will shed blood.

Liberals worry. conservatives take action. The most damaging thing we can do to Barack Obama at this time is become weak kneed and wobbly over what may or may not happen in the future. The easiest thing for Barack Obama to do is announce he will not seek a second term. No one is advocating blind support for offensive legislation. But at the same time as we are open and honest in our criticism, having faith and confidence goes a long way to building a national meme of strength behind a candidate. And the stronger a candidate, the less likely he can be knocked off.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-11-23 10:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Anything can happen

Charles Lemos already predicted the future re. Palin. I'm just skeptical about the ability of the American people as a whole to be deceived, again, in voting against their own best interests.

Dumbed-down politics seems the way to go in presidential elections and that would also apply to Obama's slogans in the last election, like "Yes we can!" Yes we can what?

Glad he made it nonetheless.

by MainStreet 2009-11-23 10:58AM | 0 recs
I wouldn't call it dumbed down

It's sloganeering, yes, but there's a simplistic brilliance in those three simple words.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-11-24 02:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Bush was far better handled

Her numbers have actually been turning up after this past week. I expect another couple weeks and its a trend a bit. She'll prob get to the mid to high 40's in approval.

by Jerome Armstrong 2009-11-23 04:18PM | 0 recs
What a game-changer!


by JJE 2009-11-23 07:21PM | 0 recs
Relax. It's nothing new

Sarah Palin's approval was at 40% in July according to ABC. It's ticked up (a barely statistically significant 3%) to 43% for obvious reasons.

Of course, how do you really have a job approval when you don't have a job? I approve of her being a quitter., and I hope she would do it more often.

So it's frightening that ~40% of respondents approve of her "job" "performance" (LOL), but I still don't subscribe to the Palin alarmism.

by NoFortunateSon 2009-11-24 02:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Sarah Palin dissects Obama's Middle East polic

Of course she lives in the Rapture-based world, she thinks you can "pray the gay away."  I don't know everybody, but I WANT MY LEADERS TO BE SMARTER THAN ME!  Dontya know, eh?

by thinkin bout canada 2009-11-23 09:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Sarah Palin

From Russia?

by Jerome Armstrong 2009-11-23 04:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Sarah Palin

Palin is a strong anti-Communist, I suspect. So why not from Russia. Is the cold war really over? This is great stuff for the Palin campaign.

by MainStreet 2009-11-23 05:01PM | 0 recs


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