The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller

Rewarding political favor

President Obama has now transformed the United States into an official “state sponsor of terrorism” a designation, that when applied to other countries, means no aid, no trade, you are now an adversary of the U.S. and her allies. It remains unclear how Obama’s actions will affect our ability to trade with ourselves as a nation.

On June 9, President Obama announced a $400 Million aid package to the West Bank and Gaza, which are currently two separate entities; the West Bank under the control of Mahmoud Abbas, a moderate by radical Islamic standards, and Gaza, which is run by the democratically-elected Islamic Resistance Movement, better known as the terrorist group, Hamas.

When announcing this “aid package” to Gaza, Obama must have held his breath, hoping that Abbas’s physical presence at the White House would somehow confer – in the media’s mind – a smidgen of Abbas’s moderation on the radical terrorist group Hamas. A clear, and bold attempt to avoid scrutiny while handing over Americans’ money directly to a terrorist organization that has murdered American citizens.

Whatever else you can say about Obama, at least he never forgets his friends. Thanks to the investigative work of Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, we know that in 2007, Obama’s campaign received over $30,000 in illegal donations from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Curious is the timing of Obama’s announcement. Israel had just taken action against ships attempting to break its blockade of Gaza, put into place specifically to stop the flow of weapons and war supplies that Hamas uses to attack Israel and its citizens. None of Obama’s supposedly “cool, detached, and deliberate” decision-making prowess was in evidence, as he rushed to join the rest of the Islamic world in condemning Israel for taking action to defend itself against terrorists. Terrorists who have not only killed Americans and Israelis, but who have explicitly declared their intention to drive the Jews right into the Mediterranean Sea.

The United States has, since 2001, listed Hamas as a “Specifically Designated Global Terrorist.” In the world community – or what passes for it – this is supposed to mean that the penalties for providing support to a SDGT are harsh.

Even the New York Times, which is, as a rule, sympathetic to terrorists, declared that, “the details of how the aid would be used in Gaza remained unclear. Nor was it immediately clear how Mr. Abbas, who has authority in the West Bank but not in Gaza, a would be able to administer it.”

But, according to the Times, “White House officials said the money would be spent on housing, schools, efforts to provide access to drinking water and other health and infrastructure projects.” Of course, with Americans providing all of their financial needs it frees up Hamas’s other money to buy weapons, and also affords them the more sophisticated means by which to smuggle them into the strip; no more raggedy flotilla’s for these terrorists!

Further obscuring American loyalty to her allies, Obama also used the Abbas visit to attack Israel’s blockade, declaring, “there should be some ways of focusing narrowly on arms shipments rather than focusing in a blanket way on stopping everything and then, in a piecemeal way, allowing things into Gaza.”

Even Obama himself acknowledges that supplies still get to the Gazans, but that Israel just searches the incoming vessels to insure that the cargo isn’t going to be used to kill people. Apparently, Obama thinks there is some other magical way to find the weapons among the “humanitarian supplies,” rather than meticulously searching through them. Here’s a novel thought; how about you get no supplies at all until you stop smuggling weapons and murdering innocent civilians?