Well, not exactly to Israel, specifically to ‘Bibi’ and his “thuggish partner” (Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman).
Basically, he reminded ‘Bibi’ to mind his own business and pay attention to his own backyard. I mean, Barack is so very busy now that he has another four years of hard work ahead of him and has many, many more important things to deal with!
Focus on Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, not on Bethlehem, Palestine, and focus on getting us out of quagmires (Afghanistan) not into them (Syria). No, my Israeli friends, it’s much worse than you think: You’re home alone.
Now why would such an elevated columnist as Thomas L. Friedman use such a lame reference to begin with? It refers to the 1990 movie where an 8-year old boy is actually the HERO because he deals so effectively with inadvertently being left behind by people who are supposed to know better.
Is he secretly rooting for ‘Bibi’ to become the world’s newest action figure? Does Tom have a screenplay in his back pocket that he’s dying to pitch?
And, lest we not fully comprehend:
I suppose we should all simply weep with gratitude that “our president” is not busy exploring the physical parameters (and multi-uses) of a Cuban cigar, but somehow Tom seems to have ejaculated his glee at cutting ‘Bibi’ loose so quickly.
In fact, he even chastises his Israeli ‘friends’ by saying that they should be so lucky if His President were to “take revenge on Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for the way he and Sheldon Adelson, his foolhardy financier, openly backed Mitt Romney.”
Yes, conservatives and libertarians remember that Ayn Rand illustrated the absolute worst punishment you could inflict on anyone is to say: “But I don’t think of you.”
But Thomas has spent so very much time and so many resources chewing the cud of U.S.-Middle Eastern relationships, it’s just hard to accept that it’s over. Finally over!
Perhaps “his president” will have time for a new golf buddy now that the liberals have so much time on their hands. (Tommy does play golf, doesn’t he?)