Faced with a Middle East in turmoil, with age-old regimes collapsing from the inside due to socioeconomic and political pressures, what does Obama do? Encourage the dominoes to keep falling, as they teeter in places like Yemen and Iran?
Nah. That would require him to bust out of his intellectual paradigm, to hard a task for a mentally lazy man. Instead, with the world watching, Obama joins the few remaining hardline Arabs and Islamists in taking this moment to...blame Israel:
The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body "does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity," a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.
...the U.S. offer signaled a renewed willingness to seek a way out of the current impasse, even if it requires breaking with Israel and joining others in the council in sending a strong message to its key ally to stop its construction of new settlements. U.S. officials were not available for comment, but two Security Council diplomats confirmed the proposal.
The United States has, however, been isolated in the 15-nation council. Virtually all 14 other member states are prepared to support the Palestinian resolution, according to council diplomats. A U.N. Security Council resolution generally carries greater political and legal force than a statement from the council's president.
The U.S. concession comes as the Middle East is facing a massive wave of popular demonstrations that have brought down the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt and are posing a challenge to governments in Algeria, Bahrain, and Iran.
So let's show weakness when we most desperately need to show strength, and decide to "go along to get along" with erstwhile allies, as opposed to having the courage to stand alone on the lonely mountain of righteousness. This is called "smart diplomacy".
Or "feckless cowardice", which is a synonym in the liberal handbook.
Because this administration does not want to do what its predecessors did -- exercise the Security Council veto to shield Israel from one-sided resolutions seeking to isolate the Jewish state in the international community -- it instead has offered to join the pack of jackals that seek, at best, to extract concessions and impose a deal on Israel and, at worst, delegitimize Israel.
And not even the leader of the pack, mind you, but some beta male/female in the rear.
From a proud, rich and courageous nation to a poor one, racked with cowardice and opportunism.
And once again, Barack Obama as Homer Simpson...from "Moaning Lisa":
Bart: Gee Homer, it looks like you've got yourself a real problem on
Homer: You're right... Uhh... Bart! Vacuum this floor!
Bart: Hey Man! I didn't do anything wrong!
Homer: In times of trouble you've got to go with what you know. Now hop to it boy!