Paul Ryan: Obama’s Israel approach ‘bordering on contempt’

September 14, 2012

In his speech to the Values Voters Summit in Washington this morning, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is expected to describe the Obama administration as offending U.S. allies, ignoring evil, disdaining private enterprise and insulting the religious. 

In particular, Ryan will argue that Obama treats Israel, "our best ally" in the Middle East, "with indifference bordering on contempt." 

In a fundraiser earlier this morning, Romney told New Yorkers that "the president's decision not to meet with Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu was an extraordinary confusing and troubling decision." The White House disputes this interpretation, saying that Obama and the Israeli prime minister were simply not going to be in the same city at the same time.

The full excerpts from the advance text for the Values Voters Summer are below.Look across that region today, and what do we see? The slaughter of brave dissidents in Syria. Mobs storming American embassies and consulates. Iran four years closer to gaining a nuclear weapon. Israel, our best ally in the region, treated with indifference bordering on contempt by the Obama administration.  Amid all these threats and dangers, what we do not see is steady, consistent American leadership. In the days ahead, and in the years ahead, American foreign policy needs moral clarity and firmness of purpose.  Only by the confident exercise of American influence are evil and violence overcome.  That is how we keep problems abroad from becoming crises. That is what keeps the peace.  And that is what we will have in a Romney-Ryan administration…

The President is given to lectures on all that we owe to government, as if anyone who opposes his reckless expansion of federal power is guilty of ingratitude and rank individualism. He treats private enterprise as little more than a revenue source for government.  He views government as the redistributor and allocator of opportunity. Well, the results are in for that, too.  Here we are, after four years of economic stewardship under these self-proclaimed advocates of the poor, and what do they have to show for it? More people in poverty, and less upward mobility wherever you look.  After four years of dividing people up with the bogus rhetoric of class warfare, just about every segment of society is worse off…
In the President’s telling, government is a big, benevolent presence – gently guiding our steps at every turn.  In reality, when government enters the picture, private institutions are so often brushed aside with suspicion or even contempt. This is what happened to the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities this past January, when the new mandates of Obamacare started coming.  Never mind your own conscience, they were basically told, from now on you’re going to do things the government’s way. Ladies and gentlemen, you would be hard pressed to find another group in America that does more to serve the health of women and their babies than the Catholic Church and Catholic Charities.  And now, suddenly, we have Obamacare bureaucrats presuming to dictate how they will do it.  As Governor Romney has said, this mandate is not a threat and insult to one religious group – it is a threat and insult to every religious group. He and I are honored to stand with you – people of faith and concerned citizens – in defense of religious liberty.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · September 14, 2012