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(Al Jazeera)   "The reason for Netanyahu's retreat is the demonstration of unexpectedly strong pushback against Netanyahu's antics by President Barack Obama. And that could be the best news on the Iran nuclear issue in many years"   (aljazeera.com) divider line 16
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2012-10-05 08:51:23 AM  
9 votes:
It's not widely known, but in the first few months after he got Bo, President Obama was really struggling to deal with the fact that the dog was a chronic carpet wetter. He'd wet the carpet in the oval office, the hallway outside the oval office, Joe Biden's office, the press corps briefing room (he was particularly fond of wetting in there). Everywhere, basically. Obama was at the end of his rope, literally.He's got this farking dog, a dog he only got because he promised his daughters on a national stage in front of the entire country that he'd get it for them. He hates dogs, really; in his native culture, dogs are seen as vermin. A highly placed official at NSA tells the story of a late night meeting at the White House in the early spring where the topic was Mr. Obama wanting to explore "scenarios" by which Bo might be eliminated without causing undue suspicion...their working idea was that Bo would accompany Mr. Obama on a surprise visit to Afghanistan and then "accidentally" escape into the mountains, where he would presumably be captured by Taliban forces and eaten. But that plan was nixed when officials realized that, should the Taliban recognize Bo when they found him, it might become a politically embarrassing issue for the president.

The problem was solved when the Dog Whisperer was -- quietly -- brought in. He said to the president, "Look, I don't normally advocate any sort of violence against dogs. And that's not really what I'm going to advocate for you. But sometimes, a negative dissociation can be very effective. May I?" And he stepped over to the president's desk and took a copy of the daily briefing, which was sort of a big deal but Obama let that slide. And he rolled up the daily briefing into a tube and said, "The next time Bo wets, smack him on the nose and say NO. Always carry this rolled up paper with you, and every time he does it, smack him again and say NO. Be very firm. He'll be surprised at first, but he'll change his behavior. You may not realize it, but his wetting is deliberate. It's a power play. He's pushing boundaries, and you need to push back."

Well, Obama didn't think it would work. But he tried it the first time, and Bo looked surprised and whimpered and went running to Michelle. The second time, Bo barked. But -- and here's the really amazing part -- there wasn't a third time. The habit died there.

This all was, incidentally, very shortly before Obama's first meeting with Netanyahu. Draw whatever inferences you wish.
2012-10-05 08:49:10 AM  
5 votes:
If Israel wants military intervention to stop Iran, then Israel can do it itself.
2012-10-05 12:43:44 PM  
4 votes:
An American president who has shaken off the shackles of Israeli pressure? This may be the best reason yet to reelect Obama.
2012-10-05 12:21:26 PM  
4 votes:

HotWingConspiracy: They failed to leverage congress to get their red line. They're either being lazy about this or losing influence.


Bibi was leveraging Obama for the red line.

Congress, by and large the more common avenue here, was recently leveraged for the sanctions - over the objections of the white house.

For this recent event, recall -
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January 15, 2012
You have an Obama administration who, just recently, expended a chunk of political capital on releasing oil from the strategic oil reserves to drive down prices to help boost the economy. In come the AIPAC sanctions, and Obama pleads to ease the impact of the penalties to avoid driving up oil prices. He loses. Oil prices go up over the nonsense that occurs afterwards, negatively affecting the US economy. Bonus? China Gets Cheaper Iran Oil as U.S. Pays for Hormuz Patrols. A varied group of other people, with the run up to the Iraq war fresh on their minds, arent too happy with this and with the televison media coverage. One example of this is from Robert Baer and Engel on Matthews. Baer is one of the very respected experts in the area. Another is from U.S. defense leaders that are increasingly concerned that Israel is preparing to take military action against Iran, over U.S. objections, and have stepped up contingency planning to safeguard U.S. facilities in the region in case of a conflict (fark doesn't like WSJ links, just google that sentence).

JTA
J Street has a dependable cadre of 40-50 members of the U.S. House of Representatives ready to heed its voting recommendations. Congressional insiders say J Street's green light in December for Iran sanctions nudged the bill from the super majority that traditional lobbying by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee usually turns out to officially "overwhelming": 412-12. That sent the Obama administration a clear message to hurry it on up, the insiders say.

NPR Dec 2011
The powerful pro-Israel lobby and a leading Jewish advocacy group on Wednesday endorsed tough sanctions on Iran's Central Bank as Congress wrestles with an Obama administration plea to ease the impact of the penalties to avoid driving up oil prices.

In a letter to lawmakers, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said the sanctions would contribute to the U.S. effort to pressure Tehran economically and could dissuade Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. Separately, the American Jewish Committee wrote to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta backing the penalties that would target foreign financial institutions that do business with the Central Bank.

Last week, the Senate voted 100-0 for an amendment by Sens. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., to add the sanctions to a broad defense bill. House and Senate negotiators are meeting this week to try to iron out the differences between their respective bills and produce a final version of the legislation for President Barack Obama's signature.


NJ Jewish News
Menendez said their opposition undermined a compromise he struck with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on legislation that was eventually passed in the Senate by a vote of 100-0.

The White House countered that the Kirk-Menendez amendment could actually help the Iranian economy if foreign banks resisted American unilateral efforts.

This week Menendez stood by his approach on sanctions, which he developed in consultation with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

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2012-10-05 12:32:51 PM  
3 votes:
Waddyaknow. Someone told the loud-mouthed war monger to shut up or lose his billions in US aid and he shut up.

Will someone please file this technique away for use by all future US Presidents? It's a lot cheaper than sending thousands of our military to be slaughtered in wars we should be fighting.
2012-10-05 12:07:25 PM  
3 votes:
"So listen here, Benji. It looks like we're going to be able to get what we want just fine without bombing them. The economic warfare is working and will collapse them just fine with none of the direct messy consequences. We don't really give a fark about the nukes they don't have and aren't building, and they'll stop selling oil for currencies other than dollars just like all our other good little middle eastern vassal states. Take a hike; it's not like they were ever actually a real threat, anyway."
2012-10-05 01:23:02 PM  
2 votes:

Antimatter: Is Israel wants a war, let them deal with it themselves.


That's basically been the Obama/Clinton policy towards Israel since he took office. (Credit where it's due: Bush started treating them that way shortly before he left office).
2012-10-05 12:10:29 PM  
2 votes:

HotWingConspiracy: This is a pretty do or die election for that lobby. An Obama win reveals huge limits to their power.


Theres still congress and money.
2012-10-05 10:31:59 AM  
2 votes:
2012-10-05 01:12:19 PM  
1 votes:

Seabon: An American president who has shaken off the shackles of Israeli pressure? This may be the best reason yet to reelect Obama.


Agreed.
2012-10-05 12:58:28 PM  
1 votes:
Remember folks, a Vote for Mitt Romney is a vote to ensure that thousands of young Americans die in Iran. When you vote, picture their flag draped coffins. Voter for Romney with the clear knowledge that their blood is on your hands.
2012-10-05 12:43:10 PM  
1 votes:

Aarontology: If Israel wants military intervention to stop Iran, then Israel can do it itself.


Israel can't do it themselves. There are too many targets spread over to wide an area. Iran would also target ships in the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation. That would cut off a good chunk of the worlds oil which would pressure Israel. Iran also has surrogates in southern Lebanon which could directly attack Israel. Israel would have been farked if they attacked Iran unilaterally and Obama knew it.
2012-10-05 12:26:00 PM  
1 votes:
And I am sure this will all be reported thusly by Wolf Blitzer and his treacherous ilk.
2012-10-05 11:52:17 AM  
1 votes:

Pocket Ninja: This all was, incidentally, very shortly before Obama's first meeting with Netanyahu. Draw whatever inferences you wish.


Good shiat.
2012-10-05 11:28:03 AM  
1 votes:
Pocket Ninja:


I liked where that was going.
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2012-10-05 09:38:36 AM  
1 votes:

hillbillypharmacist: Yeah Obama might do okay with the Middle East, but what does it say about the true fibre of this man when he couldn't even beat Mitt Romney in a debate?


He can beat him in an election.
 
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