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Submitted by Paul (United States), Sep 9, 2012 at 11:52

Really, there is no need to resort to Manchurian Candidate or foreign birth theories or race to explain Obama's policy positions whether explicit or otherwise. He is a garden variety cultural leftist and an economic centrist; the product of a standard contemporary American university and secondary school experience to which as a young man he paid more than the usual degree of serious attention. That his mother was an American anthropologist explains his intellectual and moral mindset better than that his father was a Kenyan economist. Whatever good perspective he has, and he does have some, probably was put there by his Eurocentrist (I mean that in a good way) and sensible middle class grandmother.

The Jews helped found Western Civilization; they and Israel are true to that and to their special heritage but the cultural left is uncomfortable with any of that. And that explains why Obama is unreliable as respects Israel. We could ask why the cultural left cuts slack for Islam and Islamic Civilization that it does not cut for the West and its Judeo-Christian heritage; for that consult Rousseau and his latest derivatives.


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Ironic that Obama in office will continue to push Israel to the right [58 words]stanley bNov 10, 2012 17:36200466
Sadly, we know what President Obama will do, if re-elected. [30 words]Phil GreendOct 28, 2012 00:04200119
It May Get Worse [66 words]Barry BlackSep 24, 2012 14:25199073
2Irrelevant remarks [232 words]Charles LandesmanSep 10, 2012 16:43198493
1Good to remember [196 words]Al SheeberSep 7, 2012 01:16198422
1SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS REMAIN PRO-ISRAEL [186 words]LAWRENCE WINANSSep 6, 2012 22:53198420
1NO ONE HAS STATED THEIR TRUE FEELINGS REGARDING ISRAEL!!! [50 words]Ted KrautSep 6, 2012 16:33198413
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Some thoughts on Prediction [120 words]Eli ModiinSep 9, 2012 15:37198399
1Maybe one day, in the very distant future [198 words]stanley bSep 9, 2012 18:39198399
2Israel, Obama and US Elections [342 words]AlexSep 5, 2012 18:28198376
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2I say that you are getting 'truth' from someone's Blog [976 words]saraSep 5, 2012 18:01198364
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1Good points but still one-sided [892 words]saraSep 5, 2012 17:45198358
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1Americans have a clear choice on election day ! [68 words]Phil GreendSep 4, 2012 23:54198351
1The November 2012 election [165 words]Lujack SkylarkSep 4, 2012 23:23198349
4Any Jew voting for Obama is ... a useful idiot. [124 words]NuritGSep 4, 2012 21:44198344
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2HOW DISPIRITING! [444 words]john w mcginleySep 4, 2012 16:03198326
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Between A Rock and a Hard Place [210 words]Barry BlackSep 4, 2012 15:02198323
2Quite a wild extrapolation, no? [249 words]saraSep 4, 2012 17:45198323
Satire? [92 words]Barry BlackSep 4, 2012 18:58198323
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2The clarity vis a vis Doctrines and Policy [58 words]Michael Hanni MorcosSep 4, 2012 10:39198317
Difficult choice [114 words]C. FriedmanSep 4, 2012 09:46198316
1Difficult to fathom [91 words]saraSep 4, 2012 17:52198316
Why do I continue to be shocked? [531 words]DEBORAH THE JUDGESep 4, 2012 22:44198316
Freedom of Choice is Always Difficult - To Get It Right! [470 words]M. ToveySep 5, 2012 19:23198316
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6Obama has a balanced view: he hates Jews as much as he hates Israel [353 words]Dr. Ron PollandSep 4, 2012 23:56198314
2Really? [100 words]DEBORAH THE JUDGESep 5, 2012 11:01198314
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One consideration [73 words]DEBORAH THE JUDGESep 5, 2012 23:22198314
8Did Obama throw Israel under the bus? [152 words]G MarcusSep 4, 2012 09:05198313

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