Open Mic, Closed Minds

The whole world was watching, and listening. The leaders of the G20 nations gathered in Cannes, France, for another of those endless schmooze fests we now call summits, Presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy were caught on tape telling us what they really think of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Los Angeles Times reported: "I can't stand to see him anymore, he's a liar,'' Sarkozy told Obama, according to a French translation of the exchange. "You are fed up with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day,'' Obama replied. This embarrassing leak was the result of the two media savvy leaders' failure to note that their microphones were still on. We can't demand their resignations, but we should not let this gaffe pass without probing into its deeper significance. Sarkozy might have noted that France was, in an unfortunate way, perhaps the leading force behind the establishment of the modern State of Israel. Theodor Herzl was a correspondent for a Viennese...(Read Full Article)