Wexler Still Vouching for Obama
4:16 PM, Jun 4, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
Rep. Robert Wexler, one of Obama's most important and visible surrogates during the campaign on the issue of Israel, offers Greg Sargent his take on the president's speech:
Wexler seems giddy at the prospect of a president who refuses to offer private support for Israel in a potential confrontation with Hamas or Hezbollah or Iran. Of course, President Bush offered such support publicly. By refusing to endorse Security Council resolutions calling for an immediate cease-fire, our last president was twice willing to provide the Israelis with much needed cover in a time of war. If Obama's words mean what Wexler thinks they mean -- and I think they do -- then we can expect the Obama administration to publicly and privately rebuke the Israelis in the event of a confrontation with the Iranians or their proxies. Whether that prospect will make Wexler's constituents quite so giddy remains to be seen.