Abe, don’t get me wrong: Obama’s lack of attendance is perfectly consistent with his entire worldview and Not-Bush foreign policy. If George W. Bush, not to mention Ronald Reagan, supported defeating evil empires then, by gosh, it’s not something that interests Obama. (One suspects that if Bush had come up with a fix for global warming, we’d soon hear from the Obami that the whole climate thing is a hoax by people who don’t believe in real science.)
And that brings us to other attendings, the J Street confab for one. No, thank goodness, Obama isn’t going to that three-ring circus, even the cleaned-up version that’s trying to eliminate the crazier elements. But James Jones is going. Many are trying to counsel him not to, just as some have their fingers crossed that Obama will venture to the Berlin Wall reunion. (If they promised a crowd of several hundred thousand, would it make a difference? Nah!) But again, folks are missing the point. The Obami adore the J Street crowd. It’s the cover they need. The shills for do-nothing-ism on Iran and for one-sided bashing of Israel are much in demand in the White House these days.
So if clarity is important in politics, then it is, in a sense, a blessing that the Obami speak with their feet. Go or not go! Let the chips fall where they may.