Sarkozy Insults Our Intelligence

So French President Nicolas Sarkozy has claimed that his remarks made to US President Barack Obama – calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “liar” in what he thought was a private conversation – were “taken out of context.”

Yeah, right.

Here are some previous Sarkozy excuses.


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  • soloman4israel

    i’m not surprised that those comments would be true
    and can imagine both men saying them. bibi can run circled round them both in his sleep.
    and the french know plenty about destorting the truith
    and obama should be ashamed of him-self but i have never thought of him as a true friend of israel
    rather as an estate agent for the enemy.
    sorry jim.

    • Jim from Iowa

      You are certainly not alone in your impression of Obama. If he wins re-election, I would hope a high priority of his second term would be to at least visit Israel and make a concerted effort to mend fences with Israelis. I really don’t like how the Republicans are making Israel a partisan issue. This is not a good thing for Israel at all.

      • Shy Guy

        If he wins re-election, I would hope a high priority of his second term would be to at least visit Israel and make a concerted effort to mend fences with Israelis.

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        • Jim from Iowa

          I loved it when he sang the song in a turkey costume on SNL all those years ago.

      • ziontruth

        Obama in his second term, free of re-election considerations, would appease the Muslims on the Jewish State’s expense to such a degree as to make Neville Chamberlain look like a war-hawk in comparison.

        “…and make a concerted effort to mend fences with Israelis.”

        You’re so untypical of left-wingers to even suggest mending fences with Israelis. Most on the Left—and I believe Obama too is of that idea—think “pipsqueak Israel” can be comfortably thrown under the bus for the sake of mending fences with the Muslims.

        “I really don’t like how the Republicans are making Israel a partisan issue. This is not a good thing for Israel at all.”

        Appeasement of the Muslims on the Jewish State’s expense is not good for Israel. It is immaterial whether it is the Republicans or the Democrats who wish to do that. However, right now the voices for appeasing Islam on Israel’s expense predominate among the Democrats and not the Republicans.

      • copyleft

        I,for one, would much rather hope for the day when Obama visits Israel in the capacity of UN’s Goodwill Ambassador promoting “World Peace” (or some such mindless hogwash) soon after 2012.

      • z303

        It’s not good for Israel to make it politically difficult (I wish!) for a President to threaten us (as Panetta just did)? Come to think of it, I was just reading that Globes (a business paper I can’t stand, BTW) suggested that the tipping point in the housing crisis was that useless freeze that Obama forced down our throats.

      • z303

        Please no! When Carter visited, my folks were on the way to Israel and the plane was turned back to Greece. And the traffic! Who needs it? Just tell him the Middle East disappeared and he can leave us alone.

    • z303

      To be fair, that picture is way out of context. When you see the whole thing, Obama is just helping her. Don’t know about Sarkozy, althoguh I wouldn’t blame him.

      Of course, regarding Israel, the last thing we want is Obama’s “help”. He just had Panetta threaten us. He makes Ron Paul look pro-Israel.

      • Jim from Iowa

        Unlike everyone else in the 2012 presidential race, Ron Paul is the only one who believes the things he says and will act on those convictions. We at least have the hope that the others (including Obama) can be talked to like a reasonable adult and that he/she will act based on how the world actually works. Obama at least cares about the support from people who care about Israel. Ron Paul doesn’t.

        • ziontruth

          “Unlike everyone else in the 2012 presidential race, Ron Paul is the only one who believes the things he says and will act on those convictions.”

          No, I don’t think Ron Paul is sincere either, with regard to his foreign policy statements. I have no problem with the idea of Israel being weaned off of U.S. aid (one less club for the Jewish State to be beaten with), but I’m not at all sure that’s all he wants to do. Given his DailyKos-like statements to the effect that the U.S. is to blame for all Islamic imperialist aggression directed at it (“9/11 was blowback,” to use his terminology), it’s reasonable to think he can be equally DailyKos-like in wishing to appease the Muslims on the expense of the tiny, land-poor Jewish State.

          “Obama at least cares about the support from people who care about Israel.”

          On his first term, maybe. I’m not betting on the situation staying the same on a second term—presidents no longer bound by re-election considerations tend to show their true selves.

          • Jim from Iowa

            Let me be clear. I do not want Ron Paul to be our next president. But where you see Muslim appeasement, I see a naive, but principled “hands off” isolationist approach to world affairs. I doubt that existing commitments we have with Israel, Europe, Japan and South Korea would mean all that much to an ideologue like Ron Paul. I guess that’s why the kids love him–his approach is simple and straightforward and unaffected by the complications of the real world.

            • ziontruth

              “Let me be clear. I do not want Ron Paul to be our next president.”

              My misgivings about Ron Paul are as far as foreign policy is concerned. I think he’d make a good Secretary of Treasury, but that’s my economic opinion talking—I’m for free market capitalism with the one and only reservation of protectionism, and that’s Paul’s stance too.

              It’s a characteristic of Israeli Jews that they are capable of harboring totally disparate opinions about economics and foreign policy. That’s how you got the J14 social protests in Israel, which baffled both left- and right-wing American observers because they were demonstrations for the welfare state but made absolutely no mention of the issue of the Jewish–Arab Conflict.

              “But where you see Muslim appeasement, I see a naive, but principled ‘hands off’ isolationist approach to world affairs.”

              I don’t see how isolationism is compatible with pressuring Israel to lay off construction in Judea and Samaria. Isolationism means you disentangle your foreign policy, among others by means of cutting aid to all parties involved, and let those parties duke it out however they wish while you take care of your problems at home. Both the Iraq invasion and occupation and the pressure on Israel to make a “peace agreement” are in violation of the principle of isolationism.

              I’m all for the idea, voiced by a lot of Americans, that the U.S. is tired of being the world’s cop. You want to take a rest, you have the right to that. But, whether it’s Bush, Obama or Paul in the White House, I don’t see that idea being translated into comprehensive reality any time soon.

              • Jim from Iowa

                Now I know why I find Israeli politics so confusing. It’s because of people like you. Ron Paul doesn’t care if you build settlements on the West Bank. Ron Paul doesn’t care if you move your capital to a unified Jerusalem. Ron Paul doesn’t care if you annex the West Bank. Ron Paul doesn’t care if Hamas and Hezbollah launch rockets on Israeli population centers. Ron Paul doesn’t care if Iran gets the nuclear bomb and launches a nuclear attack on Tel Aviv. He’ll be busy trying to be the President of a country with a 21st Century multi-trillion dollar economy without a central banking structure like at the beginning of our republic in the 18th century. You don’t have to be crazy to vote for Ron Paul, but it would help.

                • ziontruth

                  “Ron Paul doesn’t care…”

                  I’m not sure he doesn’t care about those things. Not sure at all. As I said, if he’s such an imbecile as to believe 9/11 was blowback rather than Islamic imperialist aggression, then he’s got the right mindset needed for trying to “fix relations with the Muslim world” on the Jewish State’s expense.

                  I don’t trust him on foreign policy one tiny bit.

                  “He’ll be busy trying to be the President of a country with a 21st Century multi-trillion dollar economy without a central banking structure…”

                  We’ll have to agree to disagree on that one, because I for one am no expert on economics, you may not be either, and in fact even experts on economics have as much idea as to the best economic policy as we non-experts do.

  • http://www.howitoo.com Isaac

    Sarkozy is a fake. I truly doubt that he even respect Israel. It seems like most countries are anti anything Jewish! Forget them

  • MyJewishSoul

    I don’t know who this guy, Aussie Dave, is, but I am now a huge fan.

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