Just after I completed Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream yesterday, I noted the author’s acknowledgment ofÂ Samantha Power as deserving of “special mention” for combing over each chapter as if it were hers. Â As I read that reference to theÂ 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. Â
(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.