Barack Obama might be crazy. Seriously. Yesterday, during his visit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, President Obama said:
“If we get an agreement then, it will be very clear what the nature of that agreement is: there will be a sovereign Palestinian state, a sovereign Jewish state of Israel and those two states, I think, will be able to deal with each other the same way all states do [HUH??]. I mean, you know, the United States and Canada has [sic] arguments once in a while, but they’re not the nature of arguments that can’t be solved diplomatically.”
The leader of the free world, ladies and gentlemen!
The last time the U.S. and Canada exchanged fire was during the War of 1812—and Canada was a British colony; the last time for Palestine and Israel was in the past few days. Aside from this, Canada and the U.S. are both peace-seeking, have a common heritage, don’t question each other’s right to exist, have vast territories, and neither of us is surrounded by countries bent on our destruction.
If he can make a statement like this, clearly, Obama fails to understand the situation in the Middle East. By oversimplifying it, he hurts his—and America’s—credibility with Israelis, Palestinians, and the rest of the region.
Would it be great if Israel and Palestine had a U.S.-Canada relationship? Of course. Could it ever happen? Nope.
And, there’s the fundamental problem with Obama and the Left. In making their policies, they rarely acknowledge what is; instead, they wish for a utopian what-could-be and decry the wisdom of “cynics.” As Thomas Sowell said, “Wishful thinking is not idealism. It is self-indulgence at best and self-exaltation at worst. In either case, it is usually at the expense of others.”