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No Mention of Israel in Obama’s Audacity of Hope

Just after I completed Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream yesterday, I noted the author’s acknowledgment of Samantha Power as deserving of “special mention” for combing over each chapter as if it were hers.  As I read that reference to the anti-Israel academic, I recalled that Obama had not once mentioned the Jewish State in the book.

So, I checked the index which confirmed my recollection. No listing for Israel. And this in a book with a 54-page chapter, “The World Beyond Our Borders.” In that chapter, Obama offers a brief diplomatic history of the United States going back to the World War II (and gives very short shrift to Ronald Reagan’s role in winning the Cold War). He doesn’t mention the founding of the Jewish State or its role as a bulwark of democracy in a region of tyranny.  

(For that matter, he doesn’t mention France nor that nation’s former president Jacques Chirac and his government’s role in sowing anti-American sentiment in the run-up to the liberation of Iraq.)

Let’s see, he all but ignores those nations which owe their freedom and democracy to American force of arms. And doesn’t even mention one of our strongest allies in the Middle East.

In his defense, he could say that he offers only one chapter on foreign policy. But, leaving out Israel while acknowledging an anti-Israel academic (since dismissed from his campaign) is a pretty striking omission. And one which supporters of Israel should bear in mind when considering how to vote this November.



  1. What’s his latest flip-flop on Jerusalem?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 21, 2008 @ 4:43 am - September 21, 2008

  2. BTW, we’re supposed to be “self-loathing”, but an anti-Semite Jew like George Soros is the greatest thing since sliced bread?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — September 21, 2008 @ 6:22 am - September 21, 2008

  3. Well, if he did mention Israel, he would have probably been just making a “bad word choice.”

    Comment by Mitchell Blatt — September 21, 2008 @ 10:34 am - September 21, 2008

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    Pingback by Commentary » Blog Archive » Flotsam and Jetsam — September 21, 2008 @ 10:55 am - September 21, 2008

  5. I knew it – Barry is the candidate of Imagination, too:

    Imagine there no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion, too

    Comment by Jeremayakovka — September 21, 2008 @ 11:16 am - September 21, 2008

    Obama supporters are foolish to think that he will never betray them.
    Obama was a close friend of Pastor Wright for TWENTY YEARS.
    Obama threw Wright under the bus for personal ambition.
    McCain would not betray his country even after 5 years of torture.
    You can put lipstick on a traitor, but he’s still a traitor.

    Comment by Gina — September 21, 2008 @ 1:07 pm - September 21, 2008

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  8. Tancredo Proposes Anti-Sharia Measure in Wake of U.K. Certification of Islamic Courts

    “Jihad Prevention Act” would deny U.S. visas to advocates of ‘Sharia’ law, expel Islamists already here

    ( WASHINGTON, DC ) – Amid disturbing revelations that the verdicts of Islamic Sharia courts are now legally binding in civil cases in the United Kingdom, U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-Littleton) moved quickly today to introduce legislation designed to protect the United States from a similar fate.

    According to recent news reports, a new network of Sharia courts in a half-dozen major cities in the U.K. have been empowered under British law to adjudicate a wide variety of legal cases ranging from divorces and financial disputes to those involving domestic violence.

    “This is a case where truth is truly stranger than fiction,” said Tancredo. “Today the British people are learning a hard lesson about the consequences of massive, unrestricted immigration.”

    Sharia law, favored by Muslim extremists around the world, often calls for brutal punishment – such as the stoning of women who are accused of adultery or have children out of wedlock, cutting off the hands of petty thieves and lashings for the casual consumption of alcohol. Under Sharia law, a woman is often required to provide numerous witnesses to prove rape allegations against an assailant – a near impossible task.

    “When you have an immigration policy that allows for the importation of millions of radical Muslims, you are also importing their radical ideology – an ideology that is fundamentally hostile to the foundations of western democracy – such as gender equality, pluralism, and individual liberty,” said Tancredo. “The best way to safeguard America against the importation of the destructive effects of this poisonous ideology is to prevent its purveyors from coming here in the first place.”

    Tancredo’s bill, dubbed the “Jihad Prevention Act,” would bar the entry of foreign nationals who advocate Sharia law. In addition, the legislation would make the advocacy of Sharia law by radical Muslims already in the United States a deportable offense.

    Tancredo pointed to the results of a recent poll conducted by the Centre for Social Cohesion as evidence that the U.S. should act to prevent the situation in Great Britain from replicating itself here in the United States. The poll found that some 40 percent of Muslim students in the United Kingdom support the introduction of Sharia law there, and 33 percent support the imposition of an Islamic Sharia-based government worldwide.

    “We need to send a clear message that the only law we recognize here in America is the U.S. Constitution and the laws passed by our democratically elected representatives,” concluded Tancredo. “If you aren’t comfortable with that concept, you aren’t welcome in the United States.”

    Comment by Vince P — September 21, 2008 @ 8:37 pm - September 21, 2008

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