as a starting point for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations was a refreshing breeze in the stale Israel-ruled room of recent American mideast diplomacy. That the comment came as such a shock to Bibi Netanyahu is an instructive indication of how far toward Israel the standard American policy line has drifted.
Good for Obama. It's about time a White House occupant offered something like a reality check to an Israeli regime that has careened out of control in its insatiable aggression and hunger for dominance.
My question -- and it's a question I've grown to hate because it has proven so endlessly justifiable -- is if Obama will, yet again, shift into chronic backpedaling mode once his sensibly provocative statement threatens to generate actual consequences. I have grown dog-tired of Obama's habit of blurting a truth and then just as quickly retreating from it. I told a friend a few days ago that I suspect Obama may suffer from a kind of political Tourette syndrome: he spits out an utterance or position, realizes he is not allowed to go there, and swiftly finds as safe a way as possible to withdraw the offending statement or stance.
Is there a demon inside President Obama devilishly channeling his Inner Truthteller? Or is it a medical issue? We may never know.