President Obama’s speech on the Middle East last week was nothing really new. He chastised the usual culprits for suppressing human rights in their countries and assured us all that the United States government would remain vigilant in its pursuit of truth, justice, and the American way when it comes to supporting the oppressed in the Middle East. Oh, he did shock Israel and her proponents by mandating that any peace talks between her and the Palestinians must begin with an acceptance by both sides of the borders as they existed in 1967. This proposition of course has Israel losing territory before it has even started to negotiate. One question is, will this really result in successful peace talks this time around?
Of course the bigger question for Americans is, where does Obama get the authority to issue any mandates with respect to Middle East peace negotiations? The simple answer is he has no authority in that area. He is the president of our country chosen to protect our rights, defend our Constitution, and enforce our laws. The issue of Middle East peace is between Middle Easterners and that is who should decide the matter if there is to be any long lasting peace in the region.
But I read the president’s speech anyway. In fact, at some point as I was reading the usual implied dribble about how America would solve all of the world’s problems, I dozed off into a glorious daydream. Here is the speech Obama gave in that splendid fantasy:
“My fellow Americans, I come to you tonight to mark a new beginning for American foreign policy. Israel, the Palestinians, and the other Middle Eastern nations are going to have to solve their own problems. America is done ruling the world. We have enough problems of our own that need our attention and as a nation we have learned for way too long that when we meddle in the affairs of other nations instead of pursuing a foreign policy of friendship, trade and exchange, things normally turn our poorly for us.