I had to read this statement by WH spokesman Tommy Vietor twice, just to make sure he really said it.
"... the US government has had long-standing differences with multiple Israeli governments..."
What can you do but laugh, albeit nervously? It sounds so ridiculous, so foreign. So let's stay with that theme and followup with comments by Barry Rubin, as he has the good sense to start with a joke.
Thinking about the Obama administration's foreign policy makes me keep coming back to the following joke:
Three men are on a small plane, the pilot, a very important person (various names are used when people tell this joke), and a young hiker. The plane's motor goes out and it is going to crash. The pilot tells the two passengers: Sorry but we only have one extra parachute.
The celebrity sneers, "I should get it because I'm the smartest person in the world." He grabs a pack and jumps out of the plane.
"Sorry, son," says the pilot. "We don't have any more parachutes.
"Oh, yes we do," answers the teenager, "the smartest man in the world just jumped out of the plane with my backpack."
If I were a cartoonist illustrating the joke in this case, I'd show a smug Obama jumping out of the plane with the backpack labeled, "
national interests." U.S.
I certainly can't draw and I couldn't find anything like that, but this one does have an airplane in it :)