Letters to the editor November 17
Obama’s ‘telling’ failure
Those who have asserted that President Obama has a bias against Israel have additional fuel to add to the fire in noting his reaction to French President Sarkozy’s unfortunate comment that Prime Minister Netanyahu is “a liar.”
Instead of repudiating the French president’s statement or standing up for Netanyahu in any way, the president said, “You are fed up with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day.”
When a colleague makes a derogatory comment about someone that is considered to be a friend and ally of the individual to whom the remark is addressed, one would expect that the listener would stand up for the friend. Mr. Obama’s response, though, can be seen as tacit agreement with the hostile sentiment.
Some of the most revealing comments an individual can make occur when he or she does not believe that they are being overheard or recorded.
The failure of our president to defend our only reliable and friendly Middle Eastern ally is telling and unfortunate, and will cause our leader to be regarded with healthy suspicion on matters pertaining to Israel.
Upper St. Clair