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Just Words, Mr. President

By Ken Blackwell · Mar. 7, 2012

Just words? Just words? Don’t tell me words don’t matter,” said Barack Obama in 2008. He was responding to criticisms from the Hillary Clinton campaign that he had never done anything but deliver speeches.

Mr. Obama then recited the lines from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. He followed it by offering “All Men are Created Equal,” from the Declaration of Independence. And he closed with “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

All those hallowed words were followed up by actions. Dr. King went from the National Mall to “Bloody Sunday” at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965. Many of the Founding Fathers who signed that Declaration in 1776 would actually risk “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, when he spoke on Inauguration Day, March 4, 1933, of our only fear being fear itself had just come away from an assassination attempt. Riding next to him in his open car was Mayor Cermak, who was killed. As our president for twelve years, Mr. Roosevelt would sail to summit conferences and fly to meetings of the Big Three, all the while risking being killed by the Nazis.

What actions have preceded President Obama’s assuring words to Israel on Iran? This president came to office pledging to the Iranian mullahs “an open hand, not a clenched fist.” They spat on his open hand. When the people of Iran rose up following obviously rigged elections in June, 2009, Mr. Obama declined to offer any support for the Green Revolution in the streets. Instead, green turned to red – the red bloodstains on the cobblestones as the mullahs' hired guns shot down pro-democracy demonstrators.

Mr. Obama has allowed Ahmadinejad, Iran’s putative head of state, to come to America to address the UN General Assembly and to deliver his rants against his neighbor, Israel. Ahmadinejad was further allowed to disport himself at Columbia University. All the while, Ahmadinejad had two American hikers locked up on trumped up charges.

The Obama administration betrayed our new allies in Eastern Europe – Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic – by ditching our anti-ballistic missile plans. For what purpose?

To gain Russia’s cooperation in dealing with Iran. Did we get it? Actually, no. Russia is busily pulling the teeth of UN resolutions dealing with Iran and Iran’s puppet state, Syria.

Re-set anyone?

Now, President Obama assures Israel he “has their back.” Well, thanks to President Obama, Israel’s back is to the wall. Hamas, Hezbollah, and some new regional players are also at Israel’s back. It’s getting a bit crowded back there.

No one can doubt President Obama’s sincerity. He believes what he says when he says it.

They’re not just words.

He offered brave words early in his administration when he signaled a major change in U.S. foreign policy. No longer would the United States stand accused in the dock of world opinion. Under President Obama, we were at last joining an enlightened humanity.

With a great, left-handed flourish, the just-inaugurated President Barack Obama signed his Executive Order. In keeping with his campaign promise, made over and over again:  Guantánamo Bay would close in one year.

What was that number? Executive Order Zero. Not only is Gitmo still open, but the most liberal Democratic Congress since Lyndon B. Johnson decreed in the waning days of 2010 that Gitmo shall remain open. (It’s the only good thing the 111th Congress did.)

So, are Mr. Obama’s words of assurance to Israel something substantial? Or are they, in Hillary’s words, just words?

If I had the responsibility for the life of the Jewish people and the survival of the State of Israel, I think I would look for something more solid on which to plan my own actions.

We shall see. Charles Krauthammer memorably said Israel was founded to prevent a second Holocaust, not to invite one. Israelis should remember that the Jewish people suffered a Holocaust because they trusted too much in the kindness of strangers.

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9 Comments

Holmes Simons said:

"No one can doubt President Obama's sincerity. He believes what he says when he says it."Mr. Blackwell, please say that you do not believe what this sentence clearly states.I am beyond incredulous that anyone purporting to be a “conservative” journalist could possibly believe that Obama is, or ever has been, sincere about anything other than his stated goal of transformation of America into a socialist pseudo-society controlled by a bunch of anti-American radicals.Have you not been paying attention to his words and behavior for the past three years? Have you been threatened?What is wrong with you people?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

I believe the opposite of whatever chaiman Obamao prevaricates. His actions prove that what he intends is the opposite of what he says. He has enabled the enemies of Israel, and worked against them from the beginning. Israel would be wise to keep any self defense plans to themselves, if Obama finds out anything, then so too does Islam.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Richard Ryan said:

I have to come to Ken Blackwell`s defense on this. Being a pathological narcissist, Obama actually does believe what he is saying at any given time. It`s a mental disorder which prevents him from ever thinking he can actually be wrong about anything he says at any given moment in time. It has always been that way with the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and countless other tyrants over the years.Richard RyanLamar,Missouri - Birthplace of Harry S Truman

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

JAC in Texas said:

@Richard Ryan:I, too, have to agree with you and back up Ken Blackwell on this. Obozo thinks the rest of us are drooling idiots when we can't agree with his superior intellect.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Dioneikes in Colorado said:

"Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty. I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt." - Patrick Henry, Elliot’s Debates 3:59, 1788. Yes Ocommie believes his own brand of BS, problem is that most of the rest of us don't! Israel shouldn't believe it either, it is just more rhetoric to get the Jewish American vote. Obama is the definitive picture of what was said about Politicians by a famous tyrant. "A politician is a consummate actor"- Nero

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Holmes Simons said:

@Richard & JAC:Really, guys? You don't think Obama knows that he is a fraud? You think he does not know the truths of his past? You think he believes he created or saved 3 million jobs, or that every executive order he issues is constitutional?I agree that he sincerely believes that his clueless followers believe what he says, but, when it comes to facts, I do not believe that he has the capacity to be sincere. If he is as mentally ill as you assume, we are in for big and bigger troubles.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM

pete said:

>"Israelis should remember that the Jewish people suffered a Holocaust because they trusted too much in the kindness of strangers."<They should also remember that no US presiden speaks for ALL of us!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Terry Webb said:

I'm old enough to remember Clinton's glib lies and speaking the sincere "truth of the moment". At least he could delude himself into, at the moment, believing the pablum he was spewing. He was an expert in saying what the public wanted to hear, and then operating under political realities. Pragmatism at its best.This present abomination (no pun intended) is a consummate liar who CANNOT be trusted by anyone, under any circumstances, and at any time. When he is looking his most sincere and is at his ultimate glibness, he is LYING. When he trips over his tongue (uh, uh ...) he is searching his mental index for the appropriate lie.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

JAC in Texas said:

@Holmes Simons:I wasn't exactly clear in my post, but I do think Obozo suffers from a mental disorder in that he believes the crap he puts out up to the point that he believes he is superior and the rest of us are idiots for not agreeing with him. On the other hand, he does exactly what he said he would do, but not enough people listened and still don't. I do believe he is deliberately trying to take down the country, and too many people are letting him do it.

Friday, March 9, 2012 at 6:01 PM