"If the Obama administration had wanted to do what is right, and not what would spare it the slings and arrows of its domestic critics, it should not have rebuffed the Palestinians for appealing to the UN. The U.S. did the right thing in 1947. Why not have done it in 2011?" – John Judis, TNR. Ackerman applauds. It is, I presume, a rhetorical question.