'Peace is possible,' Obama insists in Middle East

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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    March 26, 2013 9:21 a.m.

    @ Interloper....

    "Miniscule" or not, it is money that our clueless elected officials are:

    A) literally taking out of OUR pockets and giving to other countries
    B) those countries either hate us overtly or are giving aid under the table to terrorists who DO hate America


  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    March 25, 2013 1:20 p.m.

    Obama is an absolute fool.

    And that IS putting it nicely....

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    March 25, 2013 2:43 a.m.

    President Obama is not responsible for a peace accord being reached by the Israelis and the Palestinians. Only the parties to the conflict can reach an accord. He is doing what he can: Urge the parties to trust each other enough to negotiate.

    Obama visited Israel before he became president, so this is his second trip in five years. Some American presidents never visit Israel at all. Or like George W. Bush, they visit at the end of their terms.

    As for American foreign aid, it is minuscule, and used mainly for strategic purposes. The notion the U.S. showers money on other countries is false.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 22, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    When ever a liberal President wants peace in the middle-east,--it cost us a ton of money.

    We are paying Egypt about two billion per year to not attack Israel,--negociated by Jimmy Carter.

    Other mid-east countries are being paid for the same kind of thing.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 22, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    Ok liberals, answer this simple question. If Obama was going there to promote peace, why did he go and do a speech with a large radical student group instead of going to the Israeli parliment?

  • Rick2009 MESA, AZ
    March 22, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    For claiming to be a Christian he doesn't seem to know or understand the scriptures. Maybe he hasn't read about Jerusalem being under siege and oh yeah the little thing called Armageddon.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 22, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    This President just wanted to get this trip off his platter so he can say he went there. Remember, Norway, the highest peace country gave him an award before the ink even got dry on his first day as President. They just knew all the peace making capability that he had in his DNA. Normally, government wants results and performance but the Nobel people and his sponsors that wrote up his award papers gave him the results before performance. He has kept peace in the United States of America with the Obamacare and not signing approved budgets during his timeframe. Peace for people that are being furloughed may not happen. Autoworkers got peace when he gave them bailouts as with the Banks. Peace usually comes with a price and he didn't pay the price in 2009 or actually in 2008 when this award package was submitted.

    John Kerry wasn't there with the President showing the collective bargaining power and chips that the United States of America could show to the country we have snubbed before.

    We have a lot to look forward to in the next 3 years and 9 months with our international legacy at stake.

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    March 22, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    Sure, peace is possible, just not probable. These people have been fighting each other for thousands of years. Offering a few platitudes with no substance in one mouthful of words isn't going to go very far. "As a Nobel laureate, I want you people to get together and work a out a peace plan. I have no idea how you're going to do it or what you'll even talk about but I want you to do it anyway." That will go over like the proverbial lead balloon. What is the purpose of this trip if it offers no new hope or solutions? Oh, yeah. It was the "lavish dinner" and some tourist attractions. Well-worth our taxes and appropriate for a Peace Prize winner.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 22, 2013 7:57 a.m.

    For those of us that served in the military for our country, the Constitution of the United States of America is what we were called to serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States of America. If that makes me a conservative, then that is part of the DNA that my ancestors gave me when they came to the Massachusetts in the 1600s. Great be they. I know some of my other ancestors passed through the great point of debarkation in New York and moved west for the excitement of new opportunities in our great country. Our country wasn't just founded it was planned to be a place and an abode of freedom. I would picture freedom goes with the DNA of those ancestors. You have to stand up for your rights or the ones who want to take away freedoms will do it, overtly and covertly. People believe that if you give everyone entitlements that will give them freedom. However, entitlements give a potential for bondage as some people didn't have to work for the entitlements they received from others. Freedom isn't handed on platters, it comes from sacrifice for others and country.

  • George New York, NY
    March 21, 2013 9:45 p.m.

    So we have JWB using the conservative talking point complaining that it took so long for Obama to go to Israel and we have worf using the talking point complaining that he is there. you got to love the messages coming out of the conservative camp.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 21, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    Why is Obama in the middle-east? What's he accomplishing? What's the goal? This is embarrassing.

    Can't believe the words coming out of his mouth.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    March 21, 2013 6:51 p.m.


    Rand Paul offered an amendment to halt the sale of tanks and F-16s to Egypt and the Senate overwhelmingly voted against his amendment 79-19. Additionally, AIPAC, a pro-Israel organization was against Paul's amendment. AIPAC believes it is important to try and retain good relations with Egypt.

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    March 21, 2013 5:21 p.m.

    mmm.. sounds like the Nobel Peace Pipe is full of wacky tobacky again. As if the first time Barry was gifted a prize, is he trying for another now? He's becoming unpopular in America again rather quickly, so he's trying the world tour again huh? Hopefully this won't be another apology tour.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    March 21, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Hey Happy Valley Derelict -

    " ....Republicans are more interested in handing $2 billion a year over to Israel to be our (pretend) friends..... "

    How about Obama rewarding $250 Million plus gifting 200 Abrams Tanks and 16 F-16's over to (our pretend friends) the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt so they can wipe Israel off the map?

    How's that for a "fox talking point"??

    Obama lives in cumbaya la la land. He believes he can sweet talk the Palestinians into loving the Jews. The Arabs are laughing at him.

  • m.g. scott LAYTON, UT
    March 21, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    Title of the article is "Obama is not giving up on Mideast peace." Maybe he will learn, as many of us have, that history has already given up on Mideast peace.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 21, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    Israel didn't just happen and it took the atrocities of the German WWII to bring out the fact that 6 million people had been murdered, not just killed. The United States of America didn't happily embrace the potential refugees attempting to come to the United States. We didn't join into the German WWII until Japan attacked us, sort of like 9/11/2001. We didn't go out and pay Osama Bin Laden to attack the United States of America so we could join with our allies to go into Afghanistan and then Iraq. The United States of America as they have done since WWII be around the world in Europe and Asia with military men and women defending our homeland from afar so as to keep war from our coasts and territory.

    Wars are not always selected for timing and opportunity. You don't get peace by not defending our country, you get it by a defense against all forms of attack, physical, economic and now cyber-space, etc. You have allies to spread the philosophy we have through deeds and thoughts not by winning something for nothing, such as a peace prize handed on a golden platter.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 21, 2013 9:02 a.m.

    Obama did not speak peace at Cairo University. He has clearly "taken sides," favoring Muslims.
    His theological affirmative action plan is catching up with him.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 21, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Wow JWB! could you have squeezed more irrelevant fox talking points into one comment?
    Sorry, Obama hasn't started any new wars for the military industrial/oil profiteering groups.

    Thanks, Obama for suggesting peace. How offensive!
    Republicans are more interested in handing $2 billion a year over to Israel to be our (pretend) friends.
    Paying someone to be your friend? Isn't that one of the oldest professions?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    March 21, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    President Obama is about 5 years too late going to Israel, a country that should have been a priority and not going to get his Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing about peace. The Nobel committee should have told him he could get a real peace prize if he went to Israel and the mid-east to work out a peace agreement that lasts and then he could get a Peace Prize. The President didn't want to do anything with Israel and that is vital to the Peace of the world, which may never happen in this life. The President didn't win peace in Benghazi for our Ambassador. The Solyndra's of the world are still glad to take our money without any attachments to paybacks. The unions, automobile companies, bankers and insurance companies, etc. are glad to take our money, for what? The defense companies that actually produce something are being cutback along with the federal employees as they were given a price-range to work and then the carpet pulled out from under those people. The President offered change in his campaign and so he gave 50 percent, which is close to 47%. Hope for more entitlements?