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Published: Friday, March 9 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Esquire
Springville, UT

This is a difficult issue and the President is handling it in a mature, rational way. Now if we can get Romney and the Republicans to do the same. The drumbeat for another war should send the American voter a warning sign.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

After BO basically blames Israel for the conflict and tells them they need to retreat to the indefensible 1967 borders, snubs their leaders and cozies up to their enemies, Freidman says BO is the most pro-Israeli president? Really? One speech before a Jewish convention does NOT undo the damage BO has done to the Israeli cause.

The Politics of Listening
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Let this debate begin.

What about omens having to do with Sycamore and Erez Trees, proclamations of judgment by people in power, and the "second shaking" of America - its economic collapse. Isaiah 9:10.

The only question I have when it comes to President Obama and Israel is whether he is the most pro-Israel president in history or just one of the most.

Why? Because the question of whether Israel has the need and the right to pre-emptively attack Iran as it develops a nuclear potential is one of the most hotly contested issues on the world stage today. It is also an issue fraught with danger for Israel and American Jews, neither of whom want to be accused of dragging America into a war, especially one that could weaken an already frail world economy.

I'm ready.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

So "Lost" no one except yourself is going to lose any sleep pondering whether Obama is going to be crowned the "most" Pro Israeli Prsident. What is important is that he is pursuing a policy that not only includes the safety of Israel but the saftey of the rest of the world. He is giving Russia etc. a reason to change it's policy.

Imagine how great it is to have a President who's first instinct isn't to start a world war yet who has a resume in the region that says..if I tell you I'm going to do it, I will do it.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

This has got to be the dumbest and most ridiculous stories this year. Obama pro Israel? I don't think so! Demanding Israel return to the "indefensible 1967 borders? Snubbing the prime minister time and time again? Are these the actions of a pro Israel president? And as far as Iran goes, does ANYONE really think Obama who consistently leads from behind has ANY intention of knocking out Iran's nuclear bunkers by force? This is the same president who wouldn't even pay lip service to the Iranian people who were protesting in the streets and crying for our support 2 years ago. This is the same president who likes to stand and watch and then send his defense secretary out to proclaim that the US must seek UN approval before ANY military campaign is started. Yes approval of the UN. Since when has the US EVER had to bow before the UN to get some sort of PHONY legal authorial? NEVER! Geez, we need a Ronald Reagan about now who not only understands a real threat but also has the backbone and resolve to act. By the way, OBama has already announced he intends on dismantling our nuclear arsenal. Go figure.

Nate
Pleasant Grove, UT

Obama has arrived late at the party. He had a chance to take decisive action during Iran's democratic uprising in 2009, and blew it. Now, in an election year, he's finally saying what everyone else knew all along.

Thomas Friedman is okay with Obama standing up to Iran, as long as it can be framed as defense of globalism, instead of defense of Israel. Why does anyone listen to a word Friedman says?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Pragmatist,
You are perfectly fine being fed lies as long as they support your boy? Evil prevails when good men do nothing. I will continue to protest lies.

He has been giving Russia reason and opportunity to change their policy while groveling before them for 3 years. How long does he give them? Until after the mullahs have nuked Israel and us?

Requiring indefensible borders secures IsraelÂs safety? Really?

He has a resume that says if he says he will do something he will do it? Since when? HeÂs said for a couple years all options are on the table. Maybe they are, but being on the table and being used are two different things.

BO does what he says? Really!?!?!?!?!?!
Then why is Gitmo still open?
Why have health care costs not declined by $2500 per family?
Why does he have former lobbyists in his administration?
Why is legislation not posted on the web for 48 hours before passage?
Why did the unemployment rate exceed 8 percent (for the longest period since the great depression)?
Why has the deficit tripled rather than been cut in half?
etc ad infinitum

BigRich
Orem, UT

This is one of the biggest drinks of Kool-Aid I have ever seen. O'bama's policies are vague, reactionary, lack vision and continue to display a lack of understanding of the mideast people and culture. We are as close to the blind leading the blind in our foreign policy as we can get.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Obama framed Israel-Iran conflict in a way that removes politics. The Obama administration has told Palestinian leaders to expect little help with their statehood bid during the U.S. presidential campaign. According to Pentagon directives, military personnel in uniform can't sponsor a political club participate in any TV or radio program or group discussion that advocates for or against a political party, candidate or cause or speak at any event promoting a political movement. Commissioned officers also may not use contemptuous words against senior officials, including the defense secretary or the president. The Pentagon policy is necessary in preventing political and religious debates that could divide a unit and disrupt the strong working relationship that is needed to carry out missions. There are plenty of examples in the world of militaries heavily involved in influencing political events that have shown that is not conducive to civilian rule of law. I see by these postings today no one has served in the Military and knows this.

Ajax
Mapleton, UT

Commentary on the Friedman article (like so much on politics or religion) always reminds me of the adage that people mostly believe what they want to believe and find what they look for.
Such commentary is every bit as revealing of the reader as of the writer.

Having said that, I personally greatly appreciate President Obama's perspective in a very difficult situation, an opinion that is at least unfettered by ideology.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

Keep it up DC, and you are providing a path for a clear schilacking of the republican nominee in November. Six months ago the Presidents re-election was doubtful,now...with attitudes like yours (a mirror of Romneys)..his re-election is not only possible but probable, and you opened the door for a big, big democratic win. Your attitudes just don't reflect reality. Your obsession with Gitmo, 8% unemployment rate, and support for a weak ineffectual public uprising are absolutely meaningless..meaningless.

BobP
Port Alice, B.C.

Obama will happily throw Israel under a bus to win the election. He will lose both.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

DC..Evil prevails when good men do nothing. I will continue to protest lies. Protest..sounds to me like you are warmongerring, and that is being a good man? By the way what proof is there that Iran has weponized their nuclear program, or are just going to George Bush it?

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

I have to agree with Thomas Friedman, Obama's approach with Iran is nuanced and careful. By contrast, Romney's is like trying to use a shovel for surgery. That is why I also must agree with Thomas Sowell, that Newt Gingrich is the only GoP candidate with the ability to debate Obama successfully.

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