Friday, June 05, 2009

Last night, on the All Stars/updated

Krauthammer has a problem with Obama's moral equivalency.

Serr8d has the video.

In an article today, Krauthammer specifically addresses Obama's statements regarding Israel and Palestine, and his administration's "No Growth" policy toward Israel. Tidbit:

In his much-heralded "Muslim world" address in Cairo yesterday, Obama declared that the Palestinian people's "situation" is "intolerable." Indeed it is, the result of 60 years of Palestinian leadership that gave its people corruption, tyranny, religious intolerance and forced militarization; leadership that for three generations rejected every offer of independence and dignity, choosing destitution and despair rather than accept any settlement not accompanied by the extinction of Israel.

That's why Haj Amin al-Husseini chose war rather than a two-state solution in 1947. Why Yasser Arafat turned down a Palestinian state in 2000. And why Abbas rejected Olmert's even more generous December 2008 offer.

In the 16 years since the Oslo accords turned the West Bank and Gaza over to the Palestinians, their leaders built no roads, no courthouses, no hospitals, none of the fundamental state institutions that would relieve their people's suffering. Instead they poured everything into an infrastructure of war and terror, all the while depositing billions (from gullible Western donors) into their Swiss bank accounts.

Let's not forget the $900 MILLION Obama is sending to Gaza...


This piece from Legal Insurrection dovetails nicely with the Hammer video. He addresses, which Krauthammer did, the weak moral equivalence Obama makes between the rights of those women in the east and west. On the larger point, he addresses Obama overall style of argument:

You see, "some say" that Obama has a huge ego which necessitates that he create strawman arguments as part of his self-aggrandizing personality. "Some argue" that Obama uses false moral equivalencies and dichotomies because he has no real, substantive arguments.

H/t: the Other McCain.