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We share your hope and your vision for the spread of democracy in the Middle East. I appreciate the fact that you reaffirmed once again now, and in our conversation, and in actual deed the commitment to Israel's security. We value your efforts to advance the peace process.
This is something that we want to have accomplished. Israel wants peace. I want peace. What we all want is a peace that will be genuine, that will hold, that will endure. And I think that the - we both agree that a peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality, and that the only peace that will endure is one that is based on reality, on unshakeable facts.
I think for there to be peace, the Palestinians will have to accept some basic realities. The first is that while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines - because these lines are indefensible; because they don't take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years.
Remember that, before 1967, Israel was all of nine miles wide. It was half the width of the Washington Beltway. And these were not the boundaries of peace; they were the boundaries of repeated wars, because the attack on Israel was so attractive.
So we can't go back to those indefensible lines, and we're going to have to have a long-term military presence along the Jordan. I discussed this with the President and I think that we understand that Israel has certain security requirements that will have to come into place in any deal that we make.
The second is - echoes something the President just said, and that is that Israel cannot negotiate with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas. Hamas, as the President said, is a terrorist organization committed to Israel's destruction. It's fired thousands of rockets on our cities, on our children. It's recently fired an anti-tank rocket at a yellow school bus, killing a 16-year-old boy. And Hamas has just attacked you, Mr. President, and the United States for ridding the world of bin Laden.
So Israel obviously cannot be asked to negotiate with a government that is backed by the Palestinian version of al Qaeda.
I think President Abbas has a simple choice. He has to decide if he negotiates or keeps his pact with Hamas, or makes peace with Israel. And I can only express what I said to you just now, that I hope he makes the choice, the right choice, in choosing peace with Israel.
The third reality is that the Palestinian refugee problem will have to be resolved in the context of a Palestinian state, but certainly not in the borders of Israel.
The Arab attack in 1948 on Israel resulted in two refugee problems - Palestinian refugee problem and Jewish refugees, roughly the same number, who were expelled from Arab lands. Now, tiny Israel absorbed the Jewish refugees, but the vast Arab world refused to absorb the Palestinian refugees. Now, 63 years later, the Palestinians come to us and they say to Israel, accept the grandchildren, really, and the great grandchildren of these refugees, thereby wiping out Israel's future as a Jewish state.
So it's not going to happen. Everybody knows it's not going to happen. And I think it's time to tell the Palestinians forthrightly it's not going to happen. The Palestinian refugee problem has to be resolved. It can be resolved, and it will be resolved if the Palestinians choose to do so in a Palestinian state. So that's a real possibility. But it's not going to be resolved within the Jewish state.
The President and I discussed all these issues and I think we may have differences here and there, but I think there's an overall direction that we wish to work together to pursue a real, genuine peace between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors; a peace that is defensible.
Mr. President, you're the - you're the leader of a great people, the American people. And I'm the leader of a much smaller people, the -
PRESIDENT OBAMA: A great people.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: It's a great people, too. It's the ancient nation of Israel. And, you know, we've been around for almost 4,000 years. We've experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We've gone through expulsions and pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions. But I can say that even at the dearth of - even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel.
And now it falls on my shoulders as the Prime Minister of Israel, at a time of extraordinary instability and uncertainty in the Middle East, to work with you to fashion a peace that will ensure Israel's security and will not jeopardize its survival. I take this responsibility with pride but with great humility, because, as I told you in our conversation, we don't have a lot of margin for error. And because, Mr. President, history will not give the Jewish people another chance.
So in the coming days and weeks and months, I intend to work with you to seek a peace that will address our security concerns, seek a genuine recognition that we wish from our Palestinian neighbors to give a better future for Israel and for the entire region.
And I thank you for the opportunity to exchange our views and to work together for this common end. Thank you, Mr. President.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Listening to the democ -rats during their 2008 convention should make us look back at the last 8 years just to make sure we are all living on the same universe. Even republicans cannot see the last years for what it really has been. I call the last 8 years "Restoration of the USA".
President Bush has spent a lot of the last 8 years cleaning up the mess created by the Clinton 8 years of shallow, characterless and woeful lack of leadership. Lets take a walk down memory lane.
War on Terror - Clinton 0 and Al Qaeda - 7
1993 - The first World Trade Center bombing
1995 - Attempted crashing of plane on White House
1995 - Oklahoma City bombing
1996 - Khobar Towers bombing - Saudi Arabia
1998 - U.S. Embassy bombings Kenya/Tanzania
2000 - USS Cole Bombing - Yemen
Clinton response - Little or NOTHING
War on Terror - President Bush years - 100 and Al Qaeda - 0
9/11/2001 - Attack on World Trade Center/Pentagon/
President Bush's response - War on terror on a world footing.
Taken out Taliban - installed democratic government in Afghanistan
Taken out Saddam and Sons.- Installed a democratic government in Iraq
Killed or captured countless Al Qaeda.
Clinton Vs Osama Bin Laden
Osama bin laden was out in the out in the open. And masterminded the 9/11.
President Bush Vs Osama Bin Laden
Bin Laden has been hiding in a cave. Sending pathetic messages to show the world he is alive.
- Corporate scandals - Clinton years - These companies were high on the hog
- Corporate scandals - President Bush years - Above companies exposed and sued
- High Tech Bubble - Clinton years - NASDAQ - was at 5,132 Mar 2000 and fell to 56% to 2912 Jan 2001
A total of 8 trillion dollars of wealth was lost in the crash of 2000!!!
This huge crash created a huge increase in jobless rate dropped from 4.0 to 5.0 that is a loss of over 2 million jobs and then came 9/11 when because of the un-serious Justice Dept. of Clinton the 20 terrorists trained and were able to hit the USA. We know Clinton was busy with stuff under his desk so he was really concentrating on that stuff.
President Bush - cleaned up this crash and there has been steady growth of NASDAQ and even though there are ups and downs there is a sanity in the high tech world. IPOs are based on real companies that are actually doing some thing unlike the Clinton years where easy money IPOs was cheating the public.
The build up of the housing bubble- Clinton years - Freddie Mac and Fannie may were encouraged, nay, forced to give loans to those who could not afford it. And to make sure that the lobby money from Freddie and Fannie went to democrats Clinton sent his own White House Budget Director Franklin Raines to run Fannie and collected $50 million. Jamie Gorelick -- Clinton Justice Department official -- worked for Fannie and took home $26 million. Big Democrat Jim Johnson, recently on Obama's VP search committee, has hauled in millions from his Fannie Mae CEO job.
President Bush - housing bubble burst - has to deal with this mis-management and he has been asking Congress to reform these mortgage giants and got NOTHING from them. This do-nothing congress has more than 200 investigations into President Bush and his admin., none of which have yielded a spot on this great President. They had hearings for hours on end on baseball!! I am not kidding - baseball and zero pm the mortgage crisis. So one more thing for President Bush to clean up.
Oil for food and Saddam Hussein - Clinton years - Saddam was making hay while the Clinton admin. Was turning a blind eye because of the unhealthy relationship that the Clinton admin had with Kofi Annan. And now we know that Marc Rich, the billionaire financier who was awarded a “midnight pardon” in one of President Clinton’s last acts in office, is “a central figure” in the U.N. Oil-for-Food corruption scandal:
President Bush cleaned up the Oil for Food scandal and Saddam was hung his misdeeds.
Kyoto Protocol – Clinton Signed it even though he knew the congress would never pass it. And Kyoto would have been the worst treaty for America. But because of his lack of
Kyoto Protocol – President Bush not only rejected the Kyoto Treaty much to the disgust of the Europeans and hate-USA crowd. Now almost everyone agrees it was best for US of A.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here is an article (not about Obama, but of President Bush!) which lays out a little about the greatest President
Perhaps his stellar character and personal faith in Jesus Christ is offensive to people. They like to look down on the
I think this article is a good read.
Sept. 11 shaped some of Bush legacy
By: Hugh Hewitt
January 6, 2009 10:42 AM EST
President George W. Bush departs with low approval ratings. Appraisals of presidents sometimes change over time, and sometimes they don’t. Harry Truman was deeply unpopular in his time but is now revered. James Buchanan let the country slide toward civil war and is still considered our worst president. How will Bush’s legacy fare? Politico asked the experts to consider his place in history.
George W. Bush, like Harry Truman, was president when an unexpected attack inflicted a terrible defeat on the
Bush quickly rallied the country’s confidence at Yankee Stadium, spoke to its sorrows at the National Cathedral and announced its firm resolve to the world in his address to the Congress. He then directed the takedown of the Taliban and, with it, the support structure and command-and-control capabilities of Al Qaeda, which began the complete overhaul of the national security apparatus of the
This reorientation of
The change from Cold War to no war to the long war ahead is far from complete. “You only get eight years,” Vice President Dick Cheney coolly remarked, conveying that part of a presidential legacy is a mature understanding that you cannot play to win just the matches in which you are captain.
Bush led the world to remove one of its most dangerous (and, thanks to Oil-for-Food, corrupting) dictators, devised a joint containment strategy of the despot of the Far East and completely but quietly disarmed Muammar Khaddafi of his massive stocks of weapons of mass destruction and his A.Q. Khan-supplied nuclear technology in the aftermath of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
Our alliance with
Bush’s much criticized communications strategy — I am one of the most frequent critics here — pushed key themes again and again. A relentless, though often ineloquent, focus on the evildoers has left no one in doubt about the central challenge of our time, and the Bush Doctrine is one of only three options in dealing with the combination of Islamist fanaticism and operational ability to deliver massive blows to our homeland.
The alternatives — fecklessness and appeasement (eloquent or not, it doesn’t matter) — may return to
Removal of the threat can be by force of arms, as with
The complete overhaul of the strategic posture of the
Bush’s grand achievement on the domestic side was the most recent turn of a triple play of tax cuts — John F. Kennedy’s, Ronald Reagan’s and his own — all of which prove the incredible economic wisdom of allowing people to keep more of the money they make. It is unfortunately a lesson that is as quickly unlearned as it is productive when relearned. We are watching its unlearning now. Someone down the road will make it four for four.
The long run of economic growth that ended with the subprime crisis was the product of low marginal tax rates. The bubbles that burst did not destroy that truth any more than their explosions undermined the wisdom of free trade, for which Bush was a tireless campaigner. The appointments of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito will play out over decades and cannot possibly be evaluated now.
The other part of Bush’s central legacy will be the example of the correct temperament of a commander in chief in wartime. Though relentlessly attacked by a domestic left wing deranged by fear or hate, Bush refused the temptation to return in kind the abuse he received. The campaign of 2004 was tough, but there was nothing in it or in Bush’s administration remotely approaching the scale of dirty tricks that marked many episodes in the years from Kennedy through Bill Clinton regarding the treatment of political enemies. Bush’s reserve when it came to political hardball is a standard of crucial significance for the long war ahead.
The Plame affair was a burlesque from start to finish, signifying nothing except the crazed nature of the president’s opponents. Like the charges of “Bush lied, people died” and of Bush-led massive assaults on civil liberties, historians will mock such absurd indictments.
Throughout this political hysteria, Bush stayed calm and governed with an eye toward protecting the whole country, which he did. Whether competent state and local authorities might have prevented the Hurricane Katrina chaos we will never know, but it won’t be more than a relatively small chapter in the histories written about Bush. His refusal to snarl back will be part of that chapter and part of a much larger theme about dignity and grace in the exercise of power.
Estimable temperament has marked Bush’s management of the war, as well — mistakes and all. Like
Bush’s greatest failing was a surprising one given his skill as a politician. Combined with his two wins as governor and his transformation of
No doubt the Internet dervishes will pepper this and other assessments of Bush with their standard displays of anonymous ferocity. There are a lot of 14-year-olds with Internet connections. But when the Jon Meacham of 150 years from now goes about his task with Bush, that historian will have as much material and more, as did the author of “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.” And the verdict will be nearly the same: Here was an extraordinary and controversial man who accomplished a great deal, lost many battles, stood by his friends sometimes too long and could be stubborn beyond political calculation but who accomplished his most urgent task of protecting the union against its many enemies. The successful completion of that task is what all great presidents have in common.
Bush’s great legacy is the peaceful transition of power in an age of terror, a legacy made possible by his courage and his resolve to take the battle to our enemies, confront and defeat them wherever they could be found, contain them when they could not be attacked, and demand of the world a seriousness about the threat that remains real and deadly in its intentions. He has modeled how to act as president in this new media age of virulent venom at home and of fanatical violence and hatred abroad — with detachment toward the former and courage toward the latter.
Count me among the 30 percent, which will soon be 40 percent — and then more than 50 percent much sooner than most of the chattering class can conceive. Bush is deeply loved and respected in places as diverse as remote villages in Africa and booming tech centers in
But his greatest admirers will be Americans, and perhaps Afghans, Iraqis, Israelis, Indians and Africans a century or more from now who read about his record and resolve in so many efforts will marvel at his restraint and credit his faith and his family for a remarkable service to freedom.
Hugh Hewitt is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and executive editor of Townhall.com. His most recent book is “The War Against the West.” His new book, “GOP 5.0: Republican Renewal Under Obama,” will be released this month.
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