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Monday, April 11, 2005

Strange Bedfellows

It's the strangest thing. During the lead-up to the election, everyone in the anti-Bush camp was issuing panicked warnings that a vote for Bush was a vote against peace in the Middle East. Most of them vehemently disagreed with those in the pro-Bush camp who were claiming that Bush was the best friend Israel ever had. Now that Bush, against their expectations, actually seems to be forging ahead on the (long) road to peace, one would expect that the aforementioned Dems would be pleasantly surprised, maybe sheepish, or at least waiting watchfully to see what happens.

Instead, they are crowing about the fact that Bush is actually doing things they were hoping to elect Kerry to do. They are taunting the GOP'ers about the $250 million that the administration has given to the PA. They are all up in arms because Bush is making conciliatory gestures to Abbas. Every step that Bush takes toward peace is met by more bitterness and I-told-you so's from the anti-Bushies, to the point that they sound virtually indistinguishable from the most rabid Kachniks. Guys, aren't you getting what you want? Instead, you sound like...well, you sound like the right wingers sounded during the Clinton years. Is it so important to stick it to the Bushies that you have to start sounding just like them?

Face facts, Bush is not as bad as you thought. And like it or not, it looks like he may actually be accomplishing more than your your hero, the great William Jefferson Clinton.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said!! Ive been bothered by this for a while. Why cant my friends just shut up and be happy with the way things are going?

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

because bush is a fraud who cares only about his precious oil.

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you tell us how you really feel, anonymous#2! I, for one find a lot of merit in what OrthoMom has to say. Though I dislike Bush and did not vote for him, I am willing to see how this process plays out.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Noam S said...

On the other hand, there are those of us who were tempted to vote for Bush because of his pro-Israel credentials, especially in comparison to tepid Kerry credentials. Now, we are saddened and alarmed that he is trying to stop Sharon from adding to the "settlements" around Jerusalem. Looks like he is not as good for Israel as advertised. Makes my choice of Kerry a bit more palatable.
Most second term presidents wind up being more pro-Arab than during their first term, maybe because the dont fear the "Jewish lobby" anymore, as they have no more elections in the future?

12:16 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Are you therefore recommending never voting a sitting president into a second term? Is that going to become the Jewish strategy?

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

It is quite simple. We have owned up to the mistakes of the past. Clinton made a mistake.
What we cannot comprehend is how we are allowing ourselves to not learn from history and let Israels "best friend" make the smae bloody mistakes all over again.
If you dont learn from history you are doomed to repeat it.
There is NO REASON to logically reasonably expect that there should not be a waiver and that the 350 million in PA aidbe tied to the basic condition that the abide by their road map promises ESPECIALLY George W. Newkeelar has such harsh words for Sharon and his dedication to the road map.

Oh and dilber - "tepid"??? are you for real? Have you seen his 100% pro israel 20 year record?

5:12 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

TTC: Just for arguments sake,do you really think Kerry would be doing things any differently? If so, how?

5:19 PM  
Blogger Noam S said...

mom- If you are a one issue Israel voter, you are more likely to be disappointed with the second term results than with the first. That doesn't make the challenger a better choice, but it is something to consider.

TTC- I voted for Kerry, doesn't that say enough for you? I was and still am not sure about the depth of his support for Israel, but I was/am certainly willing to give him a chance, especially given the alternative. I am sorry Kerry did not win, although I am not totally convinced he was a tremendous ohev Israel.


5:22 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

I was unfortunately sour on both candidates, to the point that which one I voted for is almost irrelevant. I AM willing, however to give this round of negotiations a chance. I just don't feel that the bitterness is doing anyone any good.

5:28 PM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

why is that always the darn response???
News Flash: John Kerry is not president. Bill Clinton is not President. Al Gore is not President. Howard Dean is not President. Jimmy Carter is not President.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Satan is!

6:32 PM  

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