Tonight, I’m up late keeping tabs on a huge storm system moving through the Midwest. I have friends there, including Mark and Kevin, who just heaved a sigh of relief as the storm passed, but others are still having a sleepless night. Keep those folks in your prayers and send whatever support you can; the victims of Joplin are still shell-shocked with more than 120 confirmed dead and somewhere around 1500 still missing.
While I keep tabs on the weather, I’m also going over Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress – and I found myself doing fist-pumps so many times I lost count. Yesterday, one of my friends posted a side-by-side picture of Bibi (the nickname Netanyahu is commonly known by) and Obama, both when they were young men in the 1970’s. Bibi was an IDF operative of an elite special forces unit called Sayaret Matkal; Barry O was a pot-smoking college kid with a ‘fro. Somehow, even though I’m a lesbian, the sight of Bibi in uniform is a hell of a lot more appealing.
That photo tells me who has more life experience. An education is fantastic, but without a little actual life under your belt, that education is meaningless (and believe me, I’ve met a few people whose education was as worthless as the paper their degrees were printed on). Bibi is very well educated – he studied architecture at MIT and political science at Harvard – but he has never used that education as his crutch. He had decades of executive experience before he took on the mantle of Israeli Prime Minister. He is no token; he is a proven leader, one who is engaged in events and can get through an entire hour-long speech without a teleprompter.
Have I ever explained why I call our current President the Big O? It’s because of how female “journalists” (as they call themselves) reacted around him during the campaign. It was unreal. One shook his hand and squealed, “he TOUCHED me!” I kept waiting for the media cronies traveling with him to start slipping him their hotel room keys and throwing their underwear at him. What has he done? Well, he too went to Harvard. He has a law degree and was a practicing lawyer before running for Senate. He used pot and cocaine when he was in high school and college. He’s never been in the military, never been a supervisor in any job role, never run a company – he’s never even seen a payroll ledger. Somehow, America thought he was still good enough to be elected as our supreme leader. Since taking on the job, he has violated our rights in ways that few ever have (and don’t start with me on the PATRIOT Act…nothing in that bill gives the government the right to wiretap US citizens, and I have it on some pretty damn good authority that all US intel agents have been threatened with time in the stockade if they’re caught doing that. Think it does give them that power? Quote the passage from the bill itself in the comments!).
I was tired of the Big O’s lack of testicular fortitude before the election even began. The only thing he has the balls to do is bully American citizens and media outlets who besmirch the name of his wife without meaning to. The man can’t even pronounce the name of one of the most respected positions in the US Navy (say it with me now: CORE-men), and, in fact, first mangled it while giving a speech in Annapolis in front of a bevy of sailors. He can’t give any speech at all without a teleprompter. I’m amazed that he managed to salute correctly.
There are other differences, some brought sharply into focus during Bibi’s speech. When a Code Pink moonbat interrupted his speech with her harpy-shrieking heckling (amazingly, it was a Jewish American who did it, and she idiotically screeched, “stop Israeli war crimes! Rights for Palestinians!” I wonder if she realizes they have ALWAYS wanted her dead…), Netanyahu was perfectly calm. He took a sip of his water, waited for her to be escorted out, then pointed out that we’re lucky to be allowed to do such protests: “You know I take it as a badge of honor, and so should you, that in our free societies that you can have protest. You can’t have these protest in the farcical parliaments in Tehran or in Tripoli. This is real democracy.”
(On a side note, the protester is pushing the lie that she was beaten by members of AIPAC, which a pro-Palestinian website is parroting – she was detained and escorted out by Capitol police because such outbursts are forbidden inside the chamber. Note that she was sure to cover herself with her protest banner before the picture was snapped, and she managed to spew an additional lie that Gaza is “starving” – I’ll have more on that later. Ha’aretz is saying that we’ll apparently buy anything and are pointing out that Netanyahu once vowed to destroy the Oslo Accords – this is despite the fact that he has openly admitted it was difficult for him to say “I am willing to accept a Palestinian state.”)
The fact is that Bibi is a leader. The Big O? He doesn’t respect people’s right to protest. He mocks protesters who disagree with his policies and actions (or lack thereof), and the media crows about it. A true leader would gracefully acknowledge the disagreement. When did we ever see Bush making fun of protesters so publicly? Um, let me see…NEVER.
My favorite lines from Bibi’s speech today?
“In a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted, Israel stands out. It is different.”
“Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel’s Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one-half of one-percent are truly free, and they’re all citizens of Israel!”
“This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East. Israel is what is right about the Middle East.”
(On Iran’s holocaust denial and call for Israel’s destruction) “Leaders who spew such venom, should be banned from every respectable forum on the planet. But there is something that makes the outrage even greater: The lack of outrage.”
“We are a nation that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust. When we say never again, we mean never again. Israel always reserves the right to defend itself.”
“You see, our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. This is what this conflict is about. In 1947, the United Nations voted to partition the land into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews said yes. The Palestinians said no.”
“So it is therefore absolutely vital for Israel’s security that a Palestinian state be fully demilitarized.”
“The Palestinian attempt to impose a settlement through the United Nations will not bring peace.”
“And Hamas is not a partner for peace. Hamas remains committed to Israel’s destruction and to terrorism. They have a charter. That charter not only calls for the obliteration of Israel, but says ‘kill the Jews wherever you find them’.”
“But Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of Al Qaeda.”
That last one? That’s why I love Bibi. I think we need to find a former green beret or SEAL to run for the Republican nomination. Marcus Luttrell? Think we can talk you into running for office?