So, instead of a news article, let's just look at the speech. What particularly offends.
Thanks for posting the actual text. I'll tell you what offends.
A disappointing speech. A major, missed opportunity to chart a newly definitive, distinct course opposed to the diastrous policies of previous U.S. administrations. Instead we get:
Copious recitation of the Chosen People's experiences in Germany during the Third Reich, as though it justifies anything going on in the Middle East today; but nothing at all about the decades-long U.S. financing of oppression of the Palestinians, whose paltry resistance we always condemn as "terrorism". "Violence against civilians"--a phrase endlessly invoked when Arab renegades do the killing but never
when official Israeli policy does, and Israel does it by thousands
, with America's protection, approval, and financing. You see, we reject "the killing of innocent men, women and children"--unless Israel is doing the killing. Somehow we believe that this hypocrisy is invisible to the rest of the world.
Still more 9/11 justifications for the endless warfare practiced by the United States. Having, as always, cause and effect precisely reversed. "Make no mistake, we do not want to keep our troops in Afghanistan." LOL.... no, you're forcing us to, by hating us, because we keep killing you.
More fearmongering about the possibility of Iran getting a nuclear weapon, with the familiar refrains about proliferation. Iran
must live up to its responsibility under the Non-Proliferation Treaty; meanwhile Israel--with its hundreds of nuclear weapons on a hair trigger--isn't even required to sign the treaty
. Do U.S. leaders really believe this hypocrisy is invisible to the rest of the world, or is this propaganda intended for domestic audiences only?
And while the previous administration was bombing and invading nations which had never even threatened us, much less attacked us, North Korea was allowed to do exactly what we're so terrified Iran might do. Why? Well, North Korea's missiles might reach the U.S., but they cannot reach Israel. Whereas Iran's
missiles might reach Israel. Hence, our priorities. Indeed, America is not the "crude stereotype of a self-interested empire" -- if it were truly self-interested, it would act quite differently.
But Iran is to forget all of the acts against it by previous U.S. administrations (Bride's father: "Friends, this is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let's not argue about who killed who...") and we'll respond by pretending to be ignorant of the fact that Iran is now surrounded on all sides by nuclear-armed states of varying hostility: Pakistan and India to the East, Russia to the North, the U.S. (via its occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan) to the West and Northeast, and of course Israel further west. How dare Iran presume the right to defend itself in kind? How odd that only now have "we have reached a decisive point." Is the world supposed to be blind to this hypocrisy?
As always, meanwhile, the Palestinians are enjoined to renounce violence--every last one of them, down to the tiniest bottle rocket fired in frustration against their oppressors--while no such injunction is ever
applied to Israel. Even here today, Obama details famous examples of this and is correspondingly silent about the slaughter of hundreds of times as many Palestinians. If "violence is a dead end", why does the U.S. finance the violence perpetrated against them? And if Barack Obama really believes that the interests of black people were not taken more seriously after they took to the streets of America's cities in the 1960s, he needs to go back to school.
Finally, and most brazenly: "The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements." Do the people who lead America really think this blatant hypocrisy is invisible to the rest of the world? Each and every U.S. administration since Lyndon Johnson's has insisted (for attribution) that "the settlements must stop" while meanwhile these settlements have gobbled up every last square inch of desirable territory in the West Bank. We have not only accepted them, we have facilitated
them and we have financed
them. Who, honestly, is fooled by this? After 40 years, they haven't stopped, have they? Who is fooled? Please, stand up, be counted.
Barack Obama claims to "speak the truth as best I can." He'd do better to detail the constraints acting upon him. That
would be change.
Overall, despite a couple of trivial qualifications, the speech reads as though it could have been written by AIPAC operatives--and probably was.