Bibi, Barack and Tom

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Reading a Tom Friedman column on Bibi and Barack is to take a step into a virtual reality show, where the director, Tom Friedman, says there will be no connection to any real facts or any real history. Rather, the director, Tom Friedman, will superimpose a virtual reality of wishful thinking and pet prejudices that will serve as a new substitute reality.

In the new Tom-Friedman-directed reality, the Arabs are surging towards peace and democracy in a Barack-Obama-driven world. Arab oil prices are stable and low out of gratitude to Sheriff Barack, who drilled Osama bin Laden, and is about to  drill for oil off-shore, perhaps in one Gulf (Mexican) or the other (Persian). And, yes, he is also about to “drill” Bibi Netanyahu, the villain who has come to town.

Tom the Director has the tough and decisive sheriff read a few lines to the world’s new outlaw—Bibi Netanyahu: “Yo, Bibi, you better get out of them there West Bank settlements by sunset, or you’re gonna be pushing up daisies, pilgrim.”

According to Tom the Director’s script: Bibi, the black-hatted villain surrenders and leaves or gets shot down at high noon on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Arabs in the audience cheer and everyone rolls in oil and a surging economy.

Yup. You-betcha.  That’s Tom’s World—flat and wishful.  Barack Obama is John Wayne as the Sheriff. Tom Friedman is director John Ford, and Benjamin Netanyahu is the evil and villainous rancher-rustler-“dirty Injun” who gets “run off the reservation.”

As a virtual reality show this only nets a small audience, because most of us recall where this kind of script has gone before. But Director-Screen Writer Tom Friedman has apparently not learned or perhaps forgotten the plot line from the real world.

In the real world, Sheriff Barack Obama’s attempt in 2009-2010 to impose terms on Israel caused the worst set-back in 20 years of Arab-Israeli negotiations. Obama demanded and got an Israeli settlement freeze that goaded the “moderate” PLO “leadership” of Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Marshal Abu-Mazen in some scripts) to refuse even to talk to Israel about anything. This was quite an achievement for Sheriff Barack and Director Tom. Let’s remember that other sheriffs have also had their own virtual scripts, too. Deputy Sheriff Condoleezza Rice demanded that Israel allow Hamas to take over Gaza in the 2006 “elections,” and this led to a new terror state in Gaza. But Deputy Condi cannot equal Sheriff Barack.

Sheriff Barack also tried to talk sweet to the Islamist government of Turkey, the ayatollahs of Iran and what Deputy Hillary called the “reformers” of Syria. We have all seen the success of that virtual reality script.  Sheriff Barack made his first foreign speech in Turkey that was once the hope of a truly modernized Muslim community. Now, it has returned to the dark side of  Islamism. Sheriff Barack even sent an ambassador to Syria where they tried to build a nuclear reactor with the help of Iran and North Korea. Iran is continuing its own nuclear weapons program.

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  • Lady_Dr

    Thanks for the great article. The reality is that all lefties live in an unreal (or even surreal) world. There was a brief moment when Bush could have closed down the New York Times (for disclosing secrets, it was in fact treason) but failed to do it. Too bad. I'd like to see Tommy without a job and now that his wife's family fortunes have declined maybe he will have to leave the elite bubble he has lived in and get a dose of reality.

  • GKC

    I'd like to read the forthcoming book.

  • Yoram Getzler

    I find very little in common between Tom Friedman's “Bibi and Bark” NYTimes op-ed and your criticism.
    Nowhere in Mr. Friedmans 900 word article is there any reference to “the Arabs are surging towards peace”. On the subject of oil prices Friedman actually warns of the high probability that they will rise and points out the obvious; we have failed to take steps to secure our (America & Israel) energy supplies. Is there anything in accurate about that.
    I can understand that Mr. Friedman's ideas may bring you to feel uncomfortable, but that is not the same as insinuating that he is lying and is anti-Israel. Few people are happy about the current reality in the Middle-East. But being insightful is not the same as being anti. Sometimes the King is naked.
    As far as demanding threateningly that Netanyahu's government take steps for Israeli withdrawal from Judea & Samarai, he begin by stating clearly “…It may not be possible.”
    Mr. Widlanski goes on to observe that “Netanyahu has not spent his time in office using Israel’s creativity to find ways to do such a deal. He has spent his time trying to avoid such a deal” Is this not true? Have we seen Netanyahu stretching his mind to achieve a withdrawal without harming Israel's security? If so, an example please.
    In point of fact while Mr. Widlanski totally discredits himself, he also calls into question the seriousness, truthfulness and maturity of you publication.
    Yoram Getzler
    Moshav Amanadav, Jerusalem

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