February 26, 2015

Greta Van Susteren Roasts Rice, and the Obama Administration, Over Describing Netanyahu’s Upcoming Congressional Speech as ‘Destructive’

Wednesday night, Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren sharply criticized Susan Rice for her Tuesday comment about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s impending March 3 speech to Congress, namely that “On both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, but I think it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship.” To be clear, Rice is not freelancing. Wednesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that “what she said was entirely consistent with what the President said publicly before.”

This was too much for Van Susteren, who needed only 45 seconds of the 90-second clip which follows to rattle off a half-dozen examples of how the Obama administration’s conduct has been “destructive” to the U.S.-Israel relationship.

The administration is absurdly attempting to blame Netanyahu and the House GOP leadership for ruining what it wants America to believe would otherwise be an ideal situation.

Van Susteren called BS on that nonsense (HT to an emailer):

Transcript (bolds and numbered tags identifying instances of Obama adminstration destructiveness are mine):

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: You will not believe — well, maybe you will — what President Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, just said about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SUSAN RICE, WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR: On both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, but I think it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VAN SUSTEREN: Really? She thinks his speech is the problem, that his speech is the destructive to the relationship? Apparently, Susan Rice has a spotty memory, or a politically convenient one. Or maybe she is drinking something weird.

How could she possibly forget that her boss, President Obama, got caught on a hot mic trash-talking Prime Minister Netanyahu? Trash-talking? That’s destructive. [1] Or that President Obama skipped going to Paris after a terror attack on a Jewish deli? Destructive. [2] Or how about that Obama administration official who called Netanyahu a chicken you-know-what and a coward. Name calling? That’s destructive. [3]

And, of course, President Obama never disavowed those insults, nor apologized for his staffer. His silence? That’s destructive. [4] Or how about the former Obama campaign staffers in Israel right now working to defeat Netanyahu in his upcoming election. Destructive. [5] Or President Obama refusing to meet with Netanyahu next week? Destructive. [6]

Well, Susan Rice let us know who she thinks is destructive in this relationship. I will keep it a secret who I think might be delusional. And that’s my “Off the Record” comment tonight.

So there you have it — A half-dozen proven instances of behavior, actions or non-actions by the Obama administration clearly “destructive” to U.S.-Israel relations. Only Item [2], which was nonsensically excused as a scheduling and security problem, and Item [6], which the administration’s legions of media defenders have tried to justify as a natural response to alleged but actually nonexistent secretive Netanyahu-GOP behavior, have been widely recognized by the establishment press. There isn’t a chance in Hades that the press would have failed to report the other four items during a Republican or conservative administration.

The only thing that Van Susteren omitted was that a Democratic Party president attempting to marginalize Netanyahu and defeat him in Israeli elections is not a new thing. The Clinton administration’s electoral hit squad helped engineer Netanyahu’s electoral loss in 1999.

Currently, even as its apparatchiks attempt to take out Netanyahu, the Obama administration proclaims its allegiance to “noninterference” in foreign elections as a justification for not meeting Netanyahu. The hypocrisy is breathtaking, even for this bunch. The press’s failure to identify it as such is what makes them so confident they can continue to peddle it without consequence.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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  1. Susan Rice said not long ago that ISIS is not an existential threat to the US, either she is delusional or lying. Given the recent information that a certain Congressman aired, ISIS is targeting the US homeland. Now either Susan Rice has that information or she doesn’t. Either way she is a feckless incompetent like Obama OR she is deliberately understating the threat for political reasons to protect Obama in the dim hope that nothing comes of the threat because the FBI, CIA, NSA and a host of alphabet agencies are all desperately running around trying to foil terrorist plots prior to their enactment. If they can foil the plot, they can either smother the story or manage the narrative to their advantage. Any successful plots will be explained away by the MSM to an incredulous public.

    This regime is becoming quite dangerous to the welfare of the American people. I don’t know if we can hold on to Jan 21, 2017 without catastrophic consequences. It may be that Obama will have to be impeached and removed from office to move to a more saner leader.

    I hate to say it but the Village Idiot Biden when he runs his mouth without censoring it is looking more and more level headed in comparison to Obama. I think the VP realizes things are getting dangerously out of hand and has been credibly distancing himself from a failed POTUS and his immediate cadre of sycophant advisors engaged in liberal group think led by Valerie Jarrett.

    Comment by dscott — February 26, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

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