Friday, May 27, 2011

Krauthammer Has An Interesting Parsing

What Obama Did to Israel - Charles Krauthammer - National Review Online:
"For two and a half years, the Obama administration has refused to recognize and reaffirm these assurances. Then last week in his State Department speech, President Obama definitively trashed them. He declared that the Arab-Israeli conflict should indeed be resolved along “the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.”
Nothing new here, said Obama three days later. “By definition, it means that the parties themselves — Israelis and Palestinians — will negotiate a border that is different” from 1967.

It means nothing of the sort. “Mutually” means both parties have to agree. And if one side doesn’t? Then, by definition, you’re back to the 1967 line"

This has to be the stupidest parsing of what Obama said that I have seen in the last week. I know that Krauthammer is not a stupid person so I am led to the conclusion that he is simply lying.

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