posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 09:27 PM
Wow... I'll call it historic alright. He just about pissed everyone off in some way while missing some very big issues. Over simplified and almost
dumbed down to a child's level for a very complex set of issues while almost dictating what they ..both... need to be doing. Talking down to both
sides, as I saw it.
I've found Obama's speaking style and general ...impact on the audience to be distracting. I'd really recommend people read the complete transcript
as I just did. It probably comes across a lot clearer that way. I thought the reference to 'non-secular' to describe the recent power changes in the
region to be an interesting choice of words.
I also thought it interesting he highlighted that 100 businesses in the West Bank have 50% Israeli funding. At least I'll bet that's how many over
there view it. Ouch.... I'm thinking that isn't something they hang in the store window as an advertisement.
The side swipe at Netanyahu for how some don't agree with the premise for peace (well, the reference isn't hard to figure for who, anyway) was a bit
low class and quite foolish. He hasn't learned a thing. Not one thing. The Supreme Court is basically his enemy to the day he leaves Office, in large
part, due to his humiliating them with snarky comments at a State of the Union Speech at the start of his Presidency. At least that's how I've read
it. This will cost him quite a bit more than that has, I'm thinking.
Really....... Yikes.... I got the feeling of condescension to both Arab and Israeli alike. The Arabs were chastised for being terrorists, attacking
Israel and nearby nations, using Israel as a simple distraction to appease domestic issues. (OUCH! ) I'm thinking the Arabs won't have been real
impressed with that observation of the situation.
Finally.. in my view, he was an idiot on how he addressed the Settler issue. Particularly saying the Settlers attack the Palestinians with impunity.
Well.... First, they attack each other like the wild west out there from how I've read a good number of stories on it. Second but MOST importantly,
the Israeli Government doesn't have COMPLETE control over the Settlers. Operation Price Tag
is all about
the Settlers fighting the IDF themselves and it's grown hard since the forced settlement evictions from Gaza. It makes for a whole THIRD element that
the President didn't just ignore, but misrepresented by what he did say.
That's the bunny's take after reading the full transcript. Overall? (not having read more coverage yet) I predict this is not taken well by a great
many and variety of sources.