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Published: Monday, May 23 2011 7:00 a.m. MDT

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Sanpete, UT

Oh yes, it was a great speech indeed. Besides the fact that Obama has completely destroyed and slapped all of our allies in the face, I think he's done well. He basically told Israel to put themselves in another holocaust and erase the borders so the Palestines and Muslims could come get them. Way to offend our one and only friend there Obama.

Most Truthful and Patriotic
Layton, UT

Dear TOO: Perhaps you should have listened to the speech, rather than the regurgitated reactions from the typical opponents?

Owasso, OK

Speech was most perfect?

Are you kidding? Your editorial ends with the following quote:

I guess there would be six million fewer Jews in the region.

Is this what you think should happen to the Jews? This president is most irresponsible for making a suggestion that would subject Israel to direct attack as if they are not already having problems from the PLO, Hamas and others who hate them. If you have any appreciation for the Old Testament you will see that things are unfolding just like they were prophecied to happen - everyone would turn against Israel. I guess Obama wants to be the one who wants to aid in fulfilling prophecy against the Lord's chosen people. It appears you want to as well.

BTW, the very ability to take on Osama Bin Laden was enabled because of the interrogation techniques that were used by the previous administration that this administration will now allow - guess who is taking credit for it...

Salt Lake City, Utah

Obama has already started backpedaling on his comment about Israel's 1967 borders. Who is he, and who is America to think we can dictate the return of land taken during a war. Perhaps China should give back land it took from Japan and Russia took from Finland in WWII.

Ray in St.Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, FL

It is such a joy to read objective opinion and well thought-out content. Thank you Mark Paredes and Deseret News.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Great Speech? Oh My!

Iran's finger prints are all over the uprising in Egypt and many other places in the region experiencing unrest including Yemen. If Iran and her surrogates control Egypt and Yemen, they control the narrow passages through which all shipments of oil from the Red Sea must pass. Same goes for the Persian Gulf. With Iran about to take control of OPEC, this does not bode well.

One cannot support what is happening in Egypt and denounce violence against Coptic Christians if it is understood what the Muslim Brotherhood is. We will see increasing violence, if not genocide against the Coptic people.

Obama's comments on Israel were based in pure ignorance.
Obama has no love of Israel and clearly favors her Islamic enemies. He must walk a fine line or risk a huge backlash from the American people and American Jews.

Obama has never delivered a great speech. He is gifted at reading from a teleprompter.

Syracuse, UT

We are funding the world bank and IMF both of which are corrupt vehicles for the redistribution to Americas wealth to third world dictators. All funding should be cut off immediately.

Bethlehem, Pa

I would bet that this commentary is generated by a paid political staffer affiliated with one of the Soros sponsored groups. It flies in the face of what I hear from anyone that I have talked to or heard from who did not hide behind a blogsite anonymously.

Bethlehem, Pa

The last paragraphs have me re-thinking my previous quote.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Mr. Obama has again shown the world that being elected to office does not include the knowledge of this world or of the people who live here. He has offended our nation with his arrogance, with his interference in the affairs of other countries, with his total ignorance of or respect for the Jews. Israel is a sovereign nation. That are capable of governing themselves without his nose stuck into their business. He, a college professor, has not done his homework on foreign affairs. He thinks that because he sits in the Oval Office that he is somehow qualified to pass judgment on the people of another nation.

Every time he makes a speech he shows his ignorance of the subject, of his office as OUR President, of the duties of that office, and, most regrettably, of the people to whom he speaks.

Did he have the "duty" to tell Israel to give their land to the people who have tried to destroy them since 1948? Has Mr. Obama any idea that the Palestinians want to annihilate every Jew? Does he care? Apparently not. He wants to "change" things without knowing what the problem is.

Salt Lake City, UT

Thank you Mr. Paredes for your insightful and balanced piece. How refreshing it is to read a well written article that goes beyond partisan politics to recognize the very positive accomplishments by our President. We must continue to acknowledge the productive outcomes by leaders from all polical parties in part to promote civility and team work. We don't need more division is this great country we need more cooperation, compromise and mutual appreciation. How sad that some folks can't recognize good accomplishments by someone outside of their own political persuasion. Such narrow mindedness will only perpetuate diviseiveness and stalemate in our republic.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Obama gives lots of speeches. Perhaps some of them are even "perfect speeches."

However, Obama's actions are alarmingly frequently totally misaligned with the beautiful words in his mellifluous speeches.

Looking at Obama's action, not just the speeches, it is clear that he has been systematically alienating all of our traditional allies, and coddling (if not actually aiding) our real and perceived enemies.

Israel had best take whatever actions are in their own self interest, and not depend on promises, pleas, plans or projections made by Obama.

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

"A one-size-fits-all approach to protests and uprisings is most unwise."

One-size-fits-all? Is that sort of like having principles? So, let me get this straight. If you are in Iraq or Afghanistan, we will use force to promote regime change, but only after supporting Sadaam Hussein and the Taliban at one time or another. If you are in Libya, we will help you with cruise missles but no ground troops. If you are in Egypt we will give the military a billion dollars a year even while it supported Mubarak. If you are in Syria, we support you, sorry about all the people killed. If you are in Cote D'ivoire, sorry, good luck. What would be so 'unwise' about a consistent and clear position from the United States? How about we don't meddle in the internal affairs of a sovereign country, period?

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

The hypocrisy of the anti-Obama camp here just beggars the imagination. With one side of the mouth they scream about complying with the law and Constitution, but from the other side they attack Obama for upholding the rule of international law. The Israelis STOLE land that didn't belong to them in 1967. This is called robbery by violence and is an unquestioned historical fact. But then conservatives attack Obama for upholding the rule of law. So which is it? Do you "conservatives" believe in the rule of law or do you just hate Obama regardless of what he says or does?

Richard Saunders
Provo, UT

@Turtle"the very ability to take on Osama Bin Laden was enabled because of the interrogation techniques that were used by the previous administration that this administration will now allow - guess who is taking credit for it... "

Please provide evidence of this. As I understand it, the info that led to the death of Bin Laden came from his courier, not those who were tortured. Call it 'enhanced interrogation' if it softens the blow to your conscience

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Obama got elected because he gives good speeches, that's it. No experience, no relationships in Washington when he got elected. That's why after declaring change, he put all the old politicians back in office; Clinton, etc...

Same stuff, different day. USA needs a change, we need a leader who won't kiss butt of the Mid-Eastern region, who understands business.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Iron Guy:

The six day war was started by Syria, not Israel. Syria declared they would wipe them off the map. Syria lost that war, a war they started. Do your homework next time. Good Grief dude!

Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT

Republicans just can not accept a black, liberal Democrat. If Obama was white, conservative Republican, he would be perfect for this party. Pity that the GOP just can not seem to get what they want.

Mapleton, UT

Only from the Obama controlled media could such an editorial be written. This president apologizes for the US every where he goes. Does a speech in Egypt for the muslims and now throws Israel under the bus! Why would he have to go out and explain his speech if it was perfect? Why is he now saying that his comments were misunderstood if the speech was so 'perfect'? Just as Allen West said, "I just can't stand this guy".

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

re: Irony Guy | 10:00 a.m. May 23, 2011

The United States "stole" land from Mexico and from the native Americans. Are you ready to give it back? Bountiful is part of the land taken from Mexico. If it's good for Israel, it's good for you. Better pack up and be ready to move out.

The Alsace region of France has been passed between France and Germany depending on the century and the winner of the last war. Are you going to give it to Germany or to France?

Check your maps and your history. How much of the world needs to be re-aligned if we apply Mr. Obama's "doctrine" to every nation on earth?

If he is somehow expected to supplant our Constitution with International Law, then he had better call in the tribal leaders and start discussions on how they want to repossess most of the lands of the United States.

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