Barack and Bibi, Every Day
Does it matter that a private conversation between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama in October turned into a Two-Minute Hate directed not at Emmanuel Goldstein, Big Brother’s chosen scapegoat in George Orwell’s 1984, but at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? Sarkozy said he despised Netanyahu, whom he called a “liar.” The American president trumped the French president by complaining he had to deal with Netanyahu “every day.”
It shouldn’t matter, not at all. It would be nice if world leaders got along, the way it would be nice if we all got along, but they’re human beings just like anyone else, and they should be given the latitude to dislike whomever they choose. I suspect if you got Bibi Netanyahu on an open mic, he wouldn’t speak so kindly of Barack Obama either, and even Bibi’s admirers would have to concede Netanyahu has a unique capacity for alienating people who work with him and around him.
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John Podhoretz is editor of COMMENTARY.