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GOP Senator Apologizes for McCain (Temper) Tantrum at Syrian Christian Leader Meeting
Judicial Watch ^ | February 05, 2014 | Judicial Watch

Posted on 02/06/2014 5:59:05 AM PST by xzins

Hell-bent on arming opposition forces in Syria—despite strong evidence that they’re run by Islamic terrorists—John McCain displayed behavior unbecoming of a United States Senator during a recent meeting with Syrian Christian leaders touring Capitol Hill.

The delegation of Syrian clergy came to Washington to raise awareness among lawmakers of the growing crisis among the region’s minority Christian community. Christians make up about 10% of the Syrian population and they are being targeted and ruthlessly murdered by radical elements of the rebel forces, according to the visiting church officials. They say the media and human rights groups in the west have been largely silent on the ordeal of the Christians in Syria.

A number of churches have been destroyed or burned, children were killed when rebels fired mortar rockets at an Armenian Christian school in Damascus and countless others have been abducted by Islamic fighters, the Syrian delegation reveals in a statement published by the research group, Westminster Institute, that brought them to Washington. Eleven nuns have also been abducted and are still in captivity and two bishops are still missing after getting kidnapped during a humanitarian mission.

But Senator McCain, an Arizona Republican, evidently doesn’t want to hear negative stories about the rebels he’s working to arm. So he stormed out of a closed-door meeting with the Syrian clergy officials last week. Held in the Senate Arms Services Committee meeting room, the reunion also included senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Graham is a Republican and the rest are Democrats.

McCain marched into the committee room yelling, according to a high-level source that attended the meeting, and quickly stormed out. “He was incredibly rude,” the source told Judicial Watch “because he didn’t think the Syrian church leaders should even be allowed in the room.” Following the shameful tantrum McCain reentered the room and sat briefly but refused to make eye contact with the participants, instead ignoring them by looking down at what appeared to be random papers.

The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCain’s disturbing outburst. “Graham actually apologized to the group for McCain’s behavior,” according to the source, who sat through the entire meeting. “It was truly unbelievable.”

Not really, for those familiar with McCain’s history on this matter. The veteran lawmaker is enamored with a controversial young “Syria expert,” Elizabeth O’Bagy, who has managed to convince him as well as the president and secretary of state that Syrian rebels are mostly moderate and not terrorists. While persuading the U.S. of this, O’Bagy concealed that she was a political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a group that advocates for Syria’s rebels from Washington D.C.

Before getting exposed by conservative media outlets, O’Bagy claimed to be an objective analyst at a Washington D.C. think-tank that studies military affairs when in fact she had a “reputation as the leading expert on the armed opposition in the Syrian revolution,” according to SETF. In September O’Bagy was abruptly fired from the think-tank for padding her resume and McCain graciously hired her. “Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year,” McCain said in a statement to the political news publication that broke the story in late September.

Besides the fact that a Syrian Islamist group is essentially steering U.S. policy, a number of domestic and international media outlets have confirmed that terrorists—mainly Al Qaeda—are running opposition forces in Syria. For instance the New York Times published a piece that reveals Islamist rebels—including the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned force—are running the show in Syria. “The Islamist character of the opposition reflects the main constituency of the rebellion,” the story says. “Nowhere in rebel-controlled Syria is there a secular fighting force to speak of.”

Incredibly, last month an international news agency reported that Congress secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as “moderate” Syrian rebel factions. The White House refused to comment on the back-door operation, but the story cites U.S. and European officials who say the weapons deliveries have been funded by the U.S. Congress, in votes behind closed doors, through the end of government fiscal year 2014.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: christians; dope; embarrassment; gope; idiot; madjohnmccain; mccain; syrian; syrianchristians; terrorism
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McCain Has A Temper Tantrum During Meeting With Syrian Christian Leaders After They Detail Atrocities Carried Out By His Islamic Rebel Allies…
1 posted on 02/06/2014 5:59:06 AM PST by xzins
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To: All

For whatever reason Mad John McCain wants to arm al Qaeda terrorists in Syria, and he insults Christian leaders who are in DC to report on the persecution and murders of Christians in Syria.

McCain truly is Insane.


2 posted on 02/06/2014 6:00:25 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

The scumbag really does see himself as some kind of royalty.


3 posted on 02/06/2014 6:01:31 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I agree.


4 posted on 02/06/2014 6:02:41 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: cripplecreek

John McCain is a product of the AZ electorate.


5 posted on 02/06/2014 6:03:28 AM PST by 556x45
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To: All

John McCain needs to be retired...............


6 posted on 02/06/2014 6:04:33 AM PST by Boonie
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To: xzins
I am starting to think McCain has gone round the bend,
Maybe he really is In the same position as poor old Captain Queeg.
7 posted on 02/06/2014 6:05:27 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: xzins

It is my belief that a similar tantrum led to poor judgement that got him shot down and imprisoned.


8 posted on 02/06/2014 6:06:31 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: xzins

What horrible behavior, he must be in the throes of full blown dementia


9 posted on 02/06/2014 6:09:24 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: xzins

Shame on you, AZ voters, for sending this unhinged blabber-mouth to represent you in the Senate. And he had the gall to call our brilliant senator, Ted Cruz, a “wacko bird” for opposing the greatest fiasco of our age, ObamaCare. McCain is a disgrace.


10 posted on 02/06/2014 6:10:29 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: xzins

McShamey is such an embarrassment.


11 posted on 02/06/2014 6:10:48 AM PST by Nifster
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To: xzins
“Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year,” McCain said in a statement to the political news publication that broke the story in late September.

Translation: "She tells me what I want to hear and has been there to invent data to back-up any irrational, knee-jerk position I may take on a particular issue."

12 posted on 02/06/2014 6:13:07 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: xzins
Following the shameful tantrum McCain reentered the room and sat briefly but refused to make eye contact with the participants, instead ignoring them by looking down at what appeared to be random papers.

how immature...

13 posted on 02/06/2014 6:14:35 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: xzins
I've stated this on other threads:

McCain's family by this point should've had McCain locked up in some lala land where he can do no more harm. I would also like to add that it's disgraceful that DC pols, both political parties, are using him for political gain rather than stop the destruction to humanity he is causing.

I'm waiting for the Senate and HOR to censure him....(sarcasm)

14 posted on 02/06/2014 6:14:38 AM PST by grania
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To: yldstrk
What horrible behavior, he must be in the throes of full blown dementia

Or he always has been a jerk

15 posted on 02/06/2014 6:15:00 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

This is not the kind of person who should be in any position of such importance. This sounds more than insane, more like evil possession. Just saying.


16 posted on 02/06/2014 6:21:24 AM PST by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: Tupelo
Good analogy.
17 posted on 02/06/2014 6:22:09 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: xzins

McStain obviously has mental issues arising from likely senile dementia. He should be recalled. I don’t think the guy is mentally competent anymore.


18 posted on 02/06/2014 6:25:54 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

He’s not one who calmed with age is he?

No wise elder with this one. The classic bitter old man.


19 posted on 02/06/2014 6:28:48 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
The outburst was so embarrassing that Senator Graham, also an advocate of U.S. military intervention in Syria, apologized for McCain’s disturbing outburst. “Graham actually apologized to the group for McCain’s behavior,” according to the source, who sat through the entire meeting. “It was truly unbelievable.”

Not really. The wife usually has the job of apologizing for the loutish behavior of her husband.
20 posted on 02/06/2014 6:28:50 AM PST by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: xzins

The man should be removed from office. He can’t tell enemy from friend.

Both at home and abroad.


21 posted on 02/06/2014 6:32:34 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: 556x45
John McCain is a walking, talking, all most alive poster boy for repealing the 17th Amendment.
Even better repealing every amendment passed in the 20th Century.
22 posted on 02/06/2014 6:38:05 AM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: yldstrk
"What horrible behavior, he must be in the throes of full blown dementia"

No, McCain has always been known for his nasty temper. He's not some doddering old guy who isn't responsible for his actions. He's just a venomous, mean SOB.

23 posted on 02/06/2014 6:41:11 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: xzins

Time for the old bastard to go to Hospice ...


24 posted on 02/06/2014 6:43:34 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: xzins
Not a good career move to be a friend of McCain


25 posted on 02/06/2014 6:48:52 AM PST by McGruff (I'm a Conservative. Not necessarily a Republican.)
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To: xzins

It’s a wonder the others didn’t storm out behind McPain so he could lead them to the nearest TV camera. People in AZ must be truly insane.


26 posted on 02/06/2014 6:51:23 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: Dahoser

The whole thing may have been pre-arranged so that Lovable Lindsey could look “reasonable” for his uninformed SC constituents.


27 posted on 02/06/2014 6:52:34 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: Theodore R.

I can’t imagine that even Linda wants to remind folks in conservative SCarolina that this McCain guy who supports terrorists murdering Christians in Syria is his best buddy.


28 posted on 02/06/2014 6:55:51 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

We know SC people are uninformed, or otherwise Lindsey would be running last in their field of Senate candidates.


29 posted on 02/06/2014 6:58:48 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: CatherineofAragon
He's just a venomous, mean SOB

I read somewhere that even Nancy Davis Reagan hold McPain in low esteem at least off the record. But not as low as she holds Oliver North

30 posted on 02/06/2014 7:00:14 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: xzins
the reunion also included senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Graham is a Republican and the rest are Democrats.

Judicial Watch really needs to fact-check its stories to avoid obvious errors like this . . .

31 posted on 02/06/2014 7:02:08 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: xzins
McCain has been so enamored by O'Bagy that he'll not be enlightened by the facts.

That this situation is deadly for Syrian Christians, who have been protected by Assad, will be slaughtered by the "Islamic Moderate" rebels seems not to concern McCain.

He should never be in a position of leadership much less in a position that means life or death for Christians being protected by Assad,

32 posted on 02/06/2014 7:03:43 AM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: xzins
The post that unfortunately is never obsolete.....

Oh McCain.....You've done it again!!!

33 posted on 02/06/2014 7:08:35 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Uzbeks drank my battery fluid!!)
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To: xzins

Is there a way for a citizen from Arizona to request test be done on McCain to see if he’s stable?

We talk about Obama being thin skinned. maccain is right up there with him. Neither have ever made a mistake.


34 posted on 02/06/2014 7:31:59 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: xzins

McCain needs to retire. We’ll probably find out later he’s banging O’Bagy.


35 posted on 02/06/2014 7:32:39 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: zerosix

McCain is one of those atheists who hate Christians. It’s just that simple.

From now on I’m calling him “Big Fatty Face” like in the commercial.


36 posted on 02/06/2014 7:36:32 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
"Judicial Watch needs to fact-check its stories to avoid obvious errors like this"

What are the errors?

The statement "Graham is a republican and the rest are Democrats" could be more accurate and say "Graham is a NeoCon Republican and the rest are Liberal Interventionist Democrats". Saying it that way, the statement identifies which political party each is in as well as which foreign policy they subscribe to.

The issue, arming the Syrian rebels, is not about political parties, it is about foreign policy doctrine.
What do the NeoCons(R) think?
What do the Liberal Interventionists(D) think?
What so the Realists(R & D) think?
What do the Isolationists(R) think?
What do the Antiwar Pacifists(D) think.

In the spring of 2013 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took a vote on whether or not to arm the Syrian Rebels. The committee voted 15 to 3 to arm the rebels. 15 republicans and democrats voted to arm the rebels and 3 republicans and democrats(2 dems plus 1 pub) voted against arming the rebels.

The committee vote was along doctrinal lines, not political party lines. The NeoCons, Realists, and Liberal Interventionists on the committee voted to arm the rebels. The Antiwar Pacifists and Isolationists on the committee voted against arming the rebels.

37 posted on 02/06/2014 7:44:23 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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To: xzins

The people of the state of Arizona need to apologize for that it is THEIR fault.


38 posted on 02/06/2014 7:47:15 AM PST by thorvaldr
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To: xzins

There are no good guys fighting on either side of the Syrian conflict, but we are definitely funding the bad guys, which is insanity.


39 posted on 02/06/2014 7:47:40 AM PST by lurk
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To: outinyellowdogcountry

I wonder how bad a choice over him Obama truly was. Seems to me they were running neck and neck for worse selection for president in recorded US history.


40 posted on 02/06/2014 7:52:44 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Dahoser

“Not really. The wife usually has the job of apologizing for the loutish behavior of her husband.”
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Sometimes it’s the other way around.


41 posted on 02/06/2014 8:16:57 AM PST by RipSawyer (The TREE currently falling on you actually IS worse than a Bush.)
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To: Ben Ficklin
The issue, arming the Syrian rebels, is not about political parties, it is about foreign policy doctrine. What do the NeoCons(R) think? What do the Liberal Interventionists(D) think? What so the Realists(R & D) think? What do the Isolationists(R) think? What do the Antiwar Pacifists(D) think.

Unfortunately, when it comes to foreign policy, our choices seem to have narrowed down to neocons (GW Bush, McCain) vs. liberal interventionists (Obama, Clinton). We haven't had a realist candidate on the ballot since Reagan or an "isolationist" since Robert Taft ran for President. And the Democrats haven't run a "pacifist" since McGovern.

42 posted on 02/06/2014 8:21:25 AM PST by ek_hornbeck
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To: xzins
Everything I've seen of McCain from his 2000 campaign on suggests that his way of dealing with information and facts that clash with his prejudices and worldview is to throw a tantrum.

Stories of Al Nusra's acts of terrorism and persecution of Christians don't square with McCain's view of them as heroic freedom fighters, so his senile, quasi-demented brain copes with the information in the best way that it can: by blocking it out.

He threw similar hissy fits when confronted with facts about crime and poverty along the AZ/Mexico border when lawmakers in his own state opposed his push for amnesty.

43 posted on 02/06/2014 8:24:54 AM PST by ek_hornbeck
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I understand that he has his warts, but the Republican voters in Arizona, as demonstrated by their votes, love him, warts and all.


44 posted on 02/06/2014 8:27:56 AM PST by sport
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I understand that he has his warts, but the Republican voters in Arizona, as demonstrated by their votes, love him, warts and all.

You can say the same about any hack politician who gets re-elected. Nothing helps more than being an entrenched incumbent. It worked for Obama in 2012, didn't it?

45 posted on 02/06/2014 8:33:04 AM PST by ek_hornbeck
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To: xzins
McCain is INSANE and people are afraid to admit it.

He also can't tolerate someone disagreeing with him and he will come at them with a VENGEANCE!!!

46 posted on 02/06/2014 8:45:58 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Theodore R.

oooohhhhhhh....you could be right!!! Making Linda look reasonable......hmmmmmm.


47 posted on 02/06/2014 8:47:59 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ek_hornbeck
The problem is not neocons vs liberal interventionists. It is the coalition between neocons and the liberal interventionists.

You can make the broad generalization that under Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and GHW Bush that the Realists had the upper hand but under Clinton the liberal interventionists rose to power and under GW Bush the neocons rose to power.

In 2008 McCain campaigned on a NeoCon foreign policy and Obama campaigned on realist foreign policy. In 2012 Romney went to great lengths to try to project that Realists and NeoCons would have a place in his admiministration, but towards the end of the campaign it became obvious that the NeoCons would be in charge if Romney won.

Bill Clinton retained General Powell(realist) as joint chief, but he resigned because he strongly disagreed with the liberal interventionist Albright. General Powell also resigned under GHW Bush because he strongly disagreed with NeoCon Cheney.

48 posted on 02/06/2014 9:03:50 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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I agree, there really isn't that much difference in foreign policy between liberal interventionists like Clinton and neoconservatives like McCain. The only difference I can see is that the liberals emphasize the "humanitarian" aspects of their agendas more, but there's plenty of overlap here as well.

Obama campaigned in 2008 as a Brzezinsky style realist but governed more or less like a liberal interventionist. George W. Bush promised a realist foreign policy as candidate in 2000 but governed like a neocon.

49 posted on 02/06/2014 9:13:40 AM PST by ek_hornbeck
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"liberals emphasize the humanitarian"

The liberal interventionists and neocons are called Idealists, sometimes Wilsonian Idealists and their idealism manifests as humanitarianism, nation building, and spreading democracy. So it is really the Idealists versus the Realists.

As for Obama, he did follow the realists in 2009 and 2010, but when he began his campaign for re-election in 2011 he shifted to the liberal interventionists. He didn't want to get Carterized. And after his re-election he is back to realist.

For example: He hired George Mitchell(realist) as special envoy to push on Israel regarding the Palestinians. And when Obama began his re-election campaign in 2011, he got rid of Mitchell and stopped pushing on Israel, but not totally. Obama appointed Dan Shapiro(realist) as ambassador to work around Bibi. Then, after re-election, he put Kerry(realist) in as SoS who is pushing very hard on Israel.

That was probably a mistake. It doesn't make any difference how hard Kerry or anybody else pushes on Israel, Israel ain't gonna make a deal with the Palestinians.

By moving Kerry from chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to SoS, Obama lost control of the committee. Liberal Interventionist dem Menendez now controls the committee and Realist republican Corker is very weak.

50 posted on 02/06/2014 9:56:35 AM PST by Ben Ficklin
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