"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, March 9, 2012

Two Stories, One Story II

Here are two more stories that tell one complete story.

The first is this story about Obama's lobbying efforts to kill the Keystone XL oil pipeline, that would create thousands of good American jobs and increase our energy supply with oil from a friendly nation, Canada:

President Barack Obama is intervening in a Senate fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline and personally lobbying Democrats to reject an amendment calling for its construction, according to several sources familiar with the talks.

The White House lobbying effort, including phone calls from the president to Democrats, signals that the vote could be close when it heads to the floor Thursday. The president is trying to defeat an amendment that would give election-year fodder to his Republican critics who have accused him of blocking a job-creating energy project at a time of high gas prices.

The second is this story about Obama's meeting with Bibi Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, in which Obama apparently offered Netanyahu what amounts to a bribe to push Israel's possible attack against Iran's nuclear facilities past the November elections:

The US offered to give Israel advanced weaponry -- including bunker-busting bombs and refueling planes -- in exchange for Israel's agreement not to attack Iranian nuclear sites, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Thursday.

President Obama reportedly made the offer during Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to Washington this week.

Under the proposed deal, Israel would not attack Iran until 2013, after US elections in November this year. The newspaper cited unnamed Western diplomatic and intelligence sources.

Netanyahu said Monday that sanctions against Iran had not worked, adding that "none of us can afford to wait much longer" in taking action against Iran's controversial nuclear program.

What's the unifying narrative?   Everything is about Obama's re-election.   Jobs don't matter.   Energy independence doesn't matter.   The existential security of a beleaguered ally, Israel, doesn't matter.   The nuclear ambitions of our sworn enemy, Iran, don't matter.   Nothing matters except giving this guy four more years to transform America into a quasi-socialist, crony-capitalist, racially-divided shell of its former greatness.  

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