Thursday, May 20, 2010

Congressmen urge Obama to take personal interest in China

How would you have felt if you, as an American, read these headlines:

Chinese American Lawmakers: Obama Gets It On China

Congressmen urge Obama to take personal interest in China

Chinese American lawmakers urge Obama to visit China

Obama meets with 37 Chinese American politicians for a 'group hug and group gripe' session

Any level-headed citizen would probably be asking himself why these Chinese Americans politicians are asking President Obama to take "personal interest" in a foreign state and why he had to discuss "his support for China and strategies to counter the perception that he is not pro-China." Well, the headlines listed above are real, just swap out China/Chinese with Israel/Jewish.

Here's a list of the 37 Jewish members in both houses of Congress that met with President Obama.

1. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
2. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)
3. Al Franken (D-Minn.)
4. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.)
5. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
6. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.)
7. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)
8. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)
9. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
10. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
11. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.)
12. John Adler (D-N.J.)
13. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.)
14. Howard Berman (D-Calif.)
15. Stephen Cohen (D-Tenn.)
16. Ted Deutch (D-FL)
17. Susan Davis (D-Calif.)
18. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)
19. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)
20. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
21. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.)
22. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
23. Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.)
24. Ron Klein (D-Fla.)
25. Sander Levin (D-Mich.)
26. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.)
27. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
28. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)
29. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.)
30. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
31. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.)
32. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
33. Brad Sherman (D-Calif)
34. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.)
35. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)
36. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)
37. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.)

Here are statements made by some of "our" elected officials after this meeting:

The President gets it,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens). “The President was reminded and conceded that there were missteps taken…There were communication problems in hitting the Israelis and then treating the Palestinians with kid gloves.

So telling the Israelis that they need to stop building on stolen land is considered "hitting the Israelis" and telling the Palestinians that they should not boycott the proxy talk regardless of Israel's decision on building on stolen land is "treating the Palestinians with kid gloves."

Rothman, an early backer of Obama's presidential candidacy, said the members thanked Obama for such initiatives, describing Obama as "the best president on U.S.-Israel military and intelligence cooperation in American history."

Can anyone else see the problem here? On one hand the Obama administration admonished the Israelis for daring to announce new building projects in occupied East Jerusalem - the administration appears to have a problem with the announcement itself but not with the act of building on stolen land, on the other hand, they are giving the Israelis $205 million dollars to help them deploy anti-missile defense system. Why would the Israelis act any differently from what they have been doing if after a public scolding we turn around and hand them cash?

It is always an honor to meet with the President of the United States, especially on an issue so vital to our national security. Israel has long been our best, and at times, only friend in the Middle East. Yet, the threats facing the Jewish state today are unprecedented. From the Iranian nuclear weapons program to the missiles in the hands of Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists, the United States must stand shoulder to shoulder with our ally, Israel. We must not be distracted by recent unfortunate disagreements. Rather, we must reaffirm the strength of our ties and understand that in a relationship between friends, as in family, there will be some disagreements. Through quiet dialogue, we will overcome differences and learn from each other, and, in turn, our nations will become stronger and our relationship deeper.

I look forward to an exchange of views with the President because I believe that helping to strengthen the U.S./Israel relationship is our common goal.

Once again, these Israel firsters are trying to conflate Israel's interests with ours. As separate sovereign nations, we DO NOT share the same interests. What is good for Israel is not always good for us. In fact, what appears to be good for Israel in the short term has never been good for us. So why do we have all these Jewish American politicians bamboozle us by telling us that strengthening the U.S./Israel relationship is our common goal?

"I do want to see the president step up and vocalize his support for Israel far more than he has. He just needs to do that," Berkley said.

Why does our president need to "step up and vocalize his support for Israel far more than he has?" The last time I checked, President Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America and not the leader of Israel. He is only accountable to Americans, not Israelis. Good citizens of Nevada's 1st congressional district did not elect Rep. Shelley Berkley to do the bidding for Israel. She was elected as a Congresswoman to serve Americans.

I have absolutely no problem with Jewish American politicians having affinity for Israel, just like recent immigrants to our great country may have cultural bonds with countries of their origins. What these Jewish American elected officials do as private citizens, whether it is financially or morally supporting Israel, is their own business. What really incensed me is when these politicians tell us that we share a common interests and face the same threats and therefore "the United States must stand shoulder to shoulder" with Israel. Israel, as a sovereign state, has its own policies. If it wishes to continue to illegally occupy land in contravention of international laws, it should be left to face the consequence of its own actions. Why are these Jewish politicians, in cohort with the Israelis, making us responsible for Israel's failed policies? Legitimate or not, the recurring basis cited by organizations that have attacked us is our undying and unwavering support of Israel. The fact that these politicians are serving the interests of a foreign state while putting the interests and lives of Americans at stake is reason enough try them for treason.

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