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Missile Defense Contradiction

Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Congress, Contradiction, Israel, Missile Defense, President Bush, President Obama | 0 comments

I just want to be certain of the U.S. Congress and President’s position on missile defense.  They seem to believe that such a defense system is unworkable, destabilizing and too expensive.  Thus,we were more than willing to give up George W’s hard won defense system in exchange for a mutual reduction in nuclear arms with Russia.

On the other hand, missile defense is entirely workable and cost effective for Israel.  So we are willing to give them $205 million to develop a shield for them.  How is such logic reconciled?

Israel, as well as the U.S., is entitled to develop whatever defense system is necessary to prevent or deter hostile action in a dangerous world.  Why are we in the U.S. depriving ourselves from a workable technology that can save lives?  Because of cost?  That has never stopped Congress before.  Because of some idealistic and academic notion of collective security trumping any need for self reliance?  Maybe.  Or is it also because of some complex problem solving response influenced by a latent socialistic ideal or communist romanticism taught by educators at elite universities when our world leaders were more susceptible to academic persuasion?

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The Eyes of the World

Posted by on Sep 24, 2009 in Foreing Policy, Israel, President Obama | 0 comments

It seems it has been a rough week for President Obama.  Although he is battling mightily for health care reform, he still has a long way to go to build consensus.  On the foreign policy front, he is having even more difficulty.  His inability to create consensus of any sort in the Israeli – Palestinian issue is most troubling.  For he willingly entered as a moderator of sorts in the peace process, but was soundly rebuffed by Netanyahu.

Obama’s call for a jewish settlement freeze went nowhere.  This creates issues not only for the ultimate prospects of peace in the region, but signals the world that the U.S. President is incapable of reversing any decision of “No.”  I found the following article in the Jerusalem Post that more specifically describes the problem.

Debating issues with students and faculty as a law professor does not really help one develop the negotiation skills essential to a world leader. Let’s hope somehow President Obama learns to negotiate the tough issues with better success.

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