Following Israel's raid on a Palestinian aid flotilla that resulted in nine deaths, the right-wing media has strained to find ways to blame President Obama for the incident from criticizing his foreign policy to attempting to link him to the Gaza flotilla through Bill Ayers and Jodie Evans.
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Right-wing media strain to blame Obama for flotilla incident
Goodwin: "The president's appeasement policies helped to create the incident." In a June 2 New York Post article, Michael Goodwin claimed "In the aftermath of the Gaza flotilla fiasco, the air is thick with nonsense. Chief among the instant myths is that Israel has created a dilemma for President Obama. Actually, it's the other way around. The president's appeasement policies helped to create the incident." Goodwin further claimed:
Weakness always begets aggression, and, like clockwork, Obama's repeated signals that he is weakening America's commitment to Israel are emboldening the Jewish state's enemies.From Syria to Iran to Lebanon, from Hezbollah to Hamas and the PLO, the wolves smell blood and are trying to gauge whether they can get close enough for the kill.
And whether the United States will stop them. That they even dare hope we won't reflects the danger of Obama's demented decisions
Kilmeade suggests Obama could have prevented the incident by "calling 1-800-Turkey." On the June 2 broadcast of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade said "the question, of course, is could the administration have headed off this confrontation by calling up 1-800-Turkey, you're my ally, do me a favor don't send your flotilla over here, it'll be nothing but trouble because the Israelis are not letting -- not going to let you in, there's a confrontation that's going to happen." At the end of the segment, co-host Steve Doocy read from Michael Goodwin's New York Post column.
Beck uses Bill Ayers and Code Pink's Jodie Evans to suggest that the Obama administration is connected to the Gaza flotilla incident. From the June 1 edition of the Glenn Beck Program:
BECK: The alert now is that Jodie Evans from Code Pink was over in Egypt to deliver humanitarian aid to Hamas-run Gaza, to mark the one-year anniversary of Israel's response, blah, blah, blah. Also, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, both former terrorists with Weather Underground, also joined her in Cairo. They are connected to the Free Gaza Movement, which is the movement that the ship is involved with.
Hoft: "Obama's close family friends...are top activists with the Gaza flotilla group." In a May 31 Gateway Pundit post, Jim Hoft called "terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn" terrorists and "Barack Obama's close family friends." Hoft claimed that Ayers, Dohrn, and "Jodie Evans from Code Pink are top activists with the Gaza flotilla group that attacked the IDF today."
Savage: "As far as I know, it was Obama's administration that told them how to do this attack" in order to set up Israeli commandos in flotilla raid. On the June 1 edition of The Savage Nation, host Michael Savage claimed "as far as I know, it was Obama's administration that told [Israel] how to do this attack. It was probably one of America's peace loving generals. Who knows which one of them did it?" Later in the show, Savage said:
There are websites that are alleging that this was orchestrated not so much by Turkey but by the United States from Chicago by Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn and American leftists who are members of the Free Gaza group. And he claims, I believe on WorldNetDaily, they're claiming that it was done by them, I don't doubt it. In fact, I don't doubt that it was someone in the Obama administration advising or controlling the Israeli military like puppets.