What we are seeing is the Hillary administration in a hurry. These were the plans that have now been scuttled and there must be more they will find difficult to wedge but will do so if they can. These people are insufferable, but at least they are about to vacate the presidency. Meanwhile, however:
Kerry Rebukes Israel, Calling Settlements a Threat to Peace
KERRY: ‘ISRAEL CAN EITHER BE JEWISH OR DEMOCRATIC’…
UN ABSTENTION REFLECTED ‘OUR VALUES’…
Inside coming battle between USA and UN…
MAG: ACHIEVED NOTHING EXCEPT DAMAGED RELATIONS…
From the last of these:
In the Obama administration’s waning days, global challenges to American interests abound. In Syria, which will be a bloody stain on the reputations of Barack Obama and John Kerry, the killing continues. The effort to free Mosul from ISIS is slowing. The rise of Iranian influence in the Gulf and the Levant, of China in Asia and the western Pacific, and of Putin’s Russia in both Europe and the Middle East, all continue. One might have thought any of these could be the subject of a final address by the president or the secretary of state.
But one would have been wrong. John Kerry delivered what is probably the last major speech of the Obama administration Wednesday, and its subject was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and especially the growth of Israeli settlements. So the Obama administration ends where it began: obsessed with Israelis and Palestinians as if their struggle were the key to peace in the entire region, and with construction of homes in settlements and in Jerusalem as if it were the major roadblock to a peace agreement.
Lasting damage, but some relief is on the way:
Bibi punches back
Trump urges Israel to ‘stay strong’…
You would like to think everyone agrees on this, but : this is a very sobering article in which we find:
From the Daily Mail:
President Obama’s job approval rating is a healthy 58 per cent as he begins his glide path out of office, but that number hides a partisan split among Americans that’s wider than any outgoing president has seen since at least the 1960s.
During a November 17 press conference in Germany, Obama claimed that ‘based on current surveys of public opinion in the United States, it turns out that the majority of Americans think I’ve done a pretty good job.’
But that assessment hides a deep divide: While 88 per cent of Democrats told Pew Research Center pollsters that they have a favorable view of Obama’s work in the Oval Office, just 15 per cent of Republicans agree.
That gap – 73 per cent – is far larger than what Gallup polls recorded at the end of the Reagan and Clinton administrations, and as both George Bushes prepared to leave the White House.
Obama’s average approval rating across all eight years of his presidency also shows the largest partisan breach measured since opinion surveys began separating data by political party affiliation during the Eisenhower administration.
The 73-point party gap is the largest ever measured since pollsters started recording approval ratings during the Eisenhower years. There is such a huge gap between the left and the right now, it is staggering and frankly, frightening. When you see such a disparity between political entities within a country, it usually means you are on the cusp of a civil revolt of some sort. I’m hoping and praying that President-elect Donald Trump can fix enough of the damage to stop that from happening here. The communists have been successful in tearing us apart and causing upheaval and chaos. Thank God Hillary Clinton did not get elected… she would have finished us off, I have no doubt of that.
But whether Hillary is president or not, these people have little apparent ability to change their minds or learn from experience, and they are not going anywhere.