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May 13, 2010

Karzai Gets The Red Carpet But Netanyahu Got The Shaft

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Apparently I'm not the only one that's a bit slack-jawed over Obama giving a despot the red carpet treatment when he wouldn't even have dinner with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, our closest and longest ally in the Middle East, back in March - when he did his best to treat Netanyahu like a third shoe.

Ed Carson writes at IBD:

He stuffed the ballot box, his brother is a powerful warlord with reputed drug ties and when pressed on his government's rampant corruption, he reportedly threatened to join the Taliban. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai is getting the royal treatment from President Obama in his U.S. visit.
This week Karzai is receiving the same diplomatic rollout he enjoyed during the Bush administration, when he was considered one of the country's key allies: a one-on-one meeting with the president, a sit-down with the secretaries of state and defense, a joint news conference and a dinner with the president and vice president.
This is understandable. President Obama has doubled down on U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Karzai, for all his flaws, is the leader of a key strategic ally vs. militant Islam. Not every White House guest is a saint.

But the red carpet for Karzai stands in stark contrast to Obama's open disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March. When Netanyahu came calling, Obama immediately made a series of demands, including a freeze on Jewish housing in the eastern half of Jerusalem. The visit did not go well, as the U.K.'s Telegraph recounted:

Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family
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This kind of behavior is what we've learned to expect from Barack Obama, who seems to make it a practice to treat our enemies (and those like Karzai who are nothing more than convenient opportunists and despots) like closest friends, and our very closest friends like enemies. However, in the case of Obama's extraordinary snub to Netanyahu, it was bad enough for The Daily Telegraph to write that America has a president who is out to deliberately ruin the relationship between perhaps our most vital and trusted ally in the world.

As Rick Moran aptly notes over at American Thinker, given that Obama has already virtually destroyed the "special relationship" the US has had with Great Britain for more than 100 years and the pattern of behavior of this administration as they treat our allies in this way while speaking kindly, and gently to Iran, Venezuela, Syria and other leftist thugs in the world, abandoning the promotion of democracy and human rights - the question asks itself; will we have any allies left by the time Obama leaves office?

Posted by Richard at May 13, 2010 10:21 AM

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