[Also see update below.]
Oh, man, the Pre-President and his team weren’t satisfied with tweaking the Chinese dragon. He pulled their teeth by telling them to keep the drone, but it didn’t interfere with the White House or with the military retrieving the drone.
And his Transition Team had people’s hair catching on fire over at the Department of Energy.
Now, it’s gone up to where I’m sure the State Department is experiencing widespread tonsorial spontaneous combustion. Here’s the situation.
Trump, while on the campaign trail, made a strong promise about Israel. He said that the US would continue to veto UN resolutions regarding Israel. He said, why should people who live thousands of miles from the Mideast and have an axe to grind get to have a vote on something they know little to nothing about?
Hard to argue with that …
In any case, it appears that the Obama Administration wanted to make a statement on the way out the door. Egypt sponsored the 9,416th UN resolution saying that Israel was the devil incarnate. The vote was coming up soon. We can debate the merits of the resolution elsewhere. The point right now is this.
There were strong indications that the US was planning, for the very first time, to abstain from the vote instead of vetoing the resolution. Huge change in historical policy. Plus it seems totally wrong to me to do that on the way out the door, and leave Trump with the problem. Reports are that John Kerry had ginned up some impassioned speech on the matter all about principle and the like.
So … what does our new Negotiator-in-Chief do? He’s got his promise hanging out there. He’s not President yet. He knows that John Kerry isn’t taking his advice …
Well, he picks up the Trumpaphone, and he calls whoever the boss of Egypt is this week. He talks to the current Egyptomaximo, and he achieves an amazing outcome.
Egypt withdraws the resolution.
Wow. Pouf, the issue disappears. Nothing to vote on. John Kerry has to put his speech back in his pocket. The Administration is prevented from making a spiteful mistake.
And more than that, here’s the really important part. Trump has kept his campaign promise, both to his supporters, as well to as the Israelis. Since that is so uncommon among politicians, as an action it was hugely symbolic to both groups.
Freakin’ brilliant … he didn’t try to influence the vote like I might have fruitlessly attempted. He cancelled the vote entirely, and rendered Kerry impotent. Like I said, people’s hair at the State Department must be aflame …
Now, you can argue that we should only have one President at a time. And you can argue the other side, that the Donald’s success shows that we don’t have much of a President now. Or you can argue that Trump should take whatever actions he can now, since they will affect him much more than they will affect Obama.
I don’t argue any of those. I just enjoy watching the maestro playing his magical Trumpaphone. Ever since he used his Trumpaphone to materialize a Japanese billionaire who said he’d invest tens of billions in the US, I’ve believed his Trumpaphone to be magical. At least, my telephone sure can’t do that …
In any case, the Donald is not gonna change. New territory, dear friends. Fasten your seat belts.
A lovely sunlit late afternoon. My best wishes to each of you,
As Is My Custom: Let me politely request that everyone QUOTE THE EXACT WORDS THAT YOU ARE DISCUSSING. This lets us all understand just what you are referring to.
UPDATE: Here’s the next day’s news:
“But in a show of mounting frustration, a group of other countries on the 15-member Security Council — all of them relatively powerless temporary members with rotating two-year seats — snatched the resolution away from Egypt and put it up for a vote Friday afternoon.
It passed 14 votes in favor, with the United States abstaining.”
And as predicted, the US cravenly abstained from the vote.
Doesn’t matter for Trump, though, for three reasons. First, he’s kept his word to both his supporters and to Israel. Second, he did everything he could so he can walk away head held high. Third, it shows that this was just a thumb in the eye from Obama to Netanyahu.
Bear in mind that this resolution specifically said that Jews living in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem are declared to be criminals subject to arrest and conviction by the International Criminal Court … for the US to not veto this is a long-lived crime against humanity, and a final blot on Obama’s copybook. Shameful.