CNN, in a move guaranteed to strike absolute terror into anyone old enough to remember the Carter Administration fiasco; announces that President Obama appears to be dedicated to actually becoming Jimmy Carter — at least in the Foreign Policy area:
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama will host meetings Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the White House announced Saturday.
Israel has ignored President Obama’s calls to freeze construction of settlements.
The meetings come as hopes for renewed Israeli-Palestinian talks have dimmed despite diplomatic efforts of former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, the U.S. envoy for the Middle East, who capped off last week’s visit to the region with a second round of talks with both sides.
The meetings, set for the sidelines of next week’s U.N. General Assembly session in New York, are “another sign of the president’s deep commitment to comprehensive peace that he wants to personally engage at this juncture,” Mitchell said in the White House statement.
Obama will talk with each leader separately before all three meet together, the White House said.
Mitchell failed to get a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of next week’s U.N. General Assembly session in New York, according to an Israeli government official Friday, who declined to be named because of the sensitive nature of the talks.
Mitchell had been working to broker a last-minute deal before the start of the Jewish New Year, which began at sundown Friday, and the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday this weekend. One of the sticking points has been the issue of an Israeli settlement freeze.
- George Mitchell, a vaguely ineffective former Senator from Maine, has failed to get any agreements prior to the UN meeting this week.
- Israel isn’t about to be bullied on the issue of Settlements.
- Neither Israel nor Palestinian Authority leaders have even agreed to meet, period.
- Therefore, President Narcissist will have the meetings anyway and try to force something through anyway.
What the hell is it with American Presidents and the Middle East anyway? Only Carter had anything like success there, and only because he threatened and coerced Sadat and Begin into an agreement.
That the road you really want to go down, Barry?