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Really, Liz Cheney?

I haven't talked much at all about the clash between Israel and the Gaza flotilla that happened last week, largely because I'm grossly uninformed. But, this statement from Liz Cheney really got my hackles up:
Yesterday, President Obama said the Israeli action to stop the flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip was “tragic.” What is truly tragic is that President Obama is perpetuating Israel’s enemies’ version of events. The Israeli government has imposed a blockade around Gaza because Hamas remains committed to Israel’s destruction, refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist and using territory under their control to launch attacks against Israeli civilians. The Israeli blockade of Gaza, in order to prevent the re-arming of Hamas, is in full compliance with international law. Had the Turkish flotilla truly been interested in providing humanitarian aid to Gaza, they would have accepted the Israeli offer to off-load their supplies peacefully at the Israeli port of Haifa for transport into Gaza.
So, what's the big deal, right?

Here's my problem with Cheney and the Keep America Safe PAC: they are essentially saying that loss of life is okay as long as it's not an Israeli or an American life that is lost. If you read the transcript, when President Obama used the word "tragic", he was clearly referring to the overall loss of life, not the 'Israeli action to stop the flotilla'. This is yet another example of someone who is criticizing the President for no good reason.

Look elsewhere in this whole ordeal; Obama has spoken about Israel's right to defend itself numerous times, rarely criticized any Israeli actions, and has not taken a clear stand on whether the administration wants meaningful international involvement in the probe of the whole affair. If you ask me, there's not much for conservatives to criticize there.

And yet, here is Liz Cheney, trying to find something -- anything -- about which she can criticize Barack Obama. Trying, perhaps, to please daddy a little too much.

All too often I hear people -- generally on the more progressive side of the aisle -- throwing around phrases like "Obama Derangement Syndrome" (ODS). And, while I think that this is a real affliction that some possess (see: The Birthers), someone like Liz Cheney is presumably smarter than that. Key word: presumably.

The way that I see it (and I'm sure many, many others as well), there are plenty of reasons to criticize this president and his administration: two wars with no foreseeable end in sight, health care, the economy, lack of transparency, etcetera, etcetera...

But not for Liz Cheney. She decides to take a different tack:
President Obama is contributing to the isolation of Israel, and sending a clear signal to the Turkish-Syrian-Iranian axis that their methods for ostracizing Israel will succeed, and will be met by no resistance from America. There is no middle ground here. Either the United States stands with the people of Israel in the war against radical Islamic terrorism or we are providing encouragement to Israel’s enemies—and our own. Keep America Safe calls on President Obama to reverse his present course and support the state of Israel immediately and unequivocally.
Really? The way that I see it, this attack is simply "either you're with us, or you're against us" dressed up in Jewish clothing. How is the President not supporting Israel? Honestly?

Why would someone who has so much political fodder from which to choose, go with such a flimsy -- and frankly asinine criticism?

Only one reason comes to mind: in this instance, Liz Cheney and the Keep America Safe folks are acting like media whores. Period. This may sound a bit rash -- hell, even I think it does -- but think critically about what they are doing...

The hot story last week, that pertained to foreign policy and security at least, was the skirmish between Israel and the Free Gaza Flotilla. What better time to get your pro-Israel message out to the media? None. What better time to baselessly attack the President as being unfriendly to Israel? None.

What real criticism of the President is there in this situation? None.