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I honestly do not think this is true. With Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff, I truly believe that Obama only offers the illusion of change to the agitated and frustrated left.
Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
.This entire act is a contingency plan that Israel has been planning for 6 months, to be used prior to Jan. 20 IF Obama was elected. Since Obama has been elected, their intelligence has told them that it is probably that he would not support a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities. .
Calling the threat posed by Iran “grave,” Obama said that “as president I will never compromise when it comes to Israel’s security.” He pledged $30 billion in assistance to Israel over the next decade to “ensure that Israel can defend itself from any threat – from Gaza to Tehran.” To a standing ovation, he said, “I will do everything in my power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon – everything.”
he wouldnt have got "elected" if he didnt stand with israel. its kinda wierd and sad, but everybody knows that if you wish to succeed in politics the first thing you do is pronounce your solidarity with israel.
Yes, that may be, but I believe that Israel is convinced that as long as they strike before the inauguration, Bush will support them. I don't think Israel trusts Obama. Time will tell what happens.
One thing Emanuel is not, all agree, is the president-elect's conciliatory signal to the Jewish community after a campaign fraught with worries that Obama would tip toward even-handedness in dealing with the Middle East.
As a top aide on the 1992 presidential campaign at age 32, Emanuel sparred with then-Gov. Clinton over the campaign schedule, urging the candidate to focus heavily on fundraising, rather than campaigning in New Hampshire, former Clinton colleagues said. Clinton acquiesced, eschewing the New Hampshire trail for much of late 1991 in favor of feverish fundraisers. Emanuel's gambit paid off, with the money providing a crucial cushion as the negative attacks hit Clinton hard later on.
"It was that million dollars that really allowed the campaign to withstand the storm we had to ride out in New Hampshire" over Clinton's alleged relationship with Gennifer Flowers and the controversy over his draft during the Vietnam War, said Richard Mintz, a Washington public relations consultant, who worked with Emanuel on the campaign.
Emanuel's knowledge of the top donors in the country, his rapport with the heavily Jewish donor community and his sheer chutzpah made the difference, as Clinton amassed a then-unheard-of $72 million, said those involved with the campaign.
"He schmoozed many, many millions all over the country, including money from traditional Democratic Party givers, who are disproportionately Jewish, and new Democratic givers," said Steve Rabinowitz.
These days, however, Emanuel is not optimistic about the chance of a Palestinian state arising from the current ruin. "If you were to say up front, 'We're creating a state and then we're negotiating the details,'" he told CNBC last summer, "not only would you be rewarding terrorism, you would be rewarding all the corruption that goes with it."
Originally posted by airteck
I am happy to see Iran standing up in this situation. The people in Gaza need help and have for a long time. Even if it is for Iran to make a statement, the side effect of the people getting some much needed supplies is good.
Originally posted by lunarminer
So, why isn't there an outcry from the international community demanding that Egypt step up and take responsibility for its own people?
He has made several moves that indicate that what he said during the presidential campaign was just campaign rhetoric. I'm not sure where Obama will come down on this issue. He certainly doesn't have a track record on foreign affairs, and he has reversed his position on Iraq several times.
Lawrence Goldyn is quoted in the article regarding Obama’s stance on Homosexual Marriage "It's very hard to put a whole coalition together, and you have to figure out a way to negotiate and navigate where he is clearly supportive of gay rights, but he cannot come out up front and say that he's in favor of marriage, because the country, I don't think, may be ready for that in an election," he said. "And I don't have a problem with that."
Here you have a man who knows, likes and supports Obama, who, like me, believes he is a phony who will say things just to appease stupid voters. Goldyn apparently shares Obama's low opinion of ordinary people as dimwits and approves of Obama's cleverness in lying to the rubes. Superior folk like him know better.
Originally posted by LiquidMirage
Ohh how nice of iran to give Israel a brand new artificial reef for their scuba divers.
Mr. Amanadinnerjacket sure is a nice guy.
Originally posted by justgeneric
So any anti-Israeli thread is now anti-jew???? way to make an intelligent argument
Originally posted by ufoorbhunter
reply to post by Saf85
Iran is a third rate peasant state. It is trying top play with the powers that be, USA, Israel and USA. Iran is playing with fire, ask any Iraqi waht they think of Mohamed Al Sahaf and his big talk, also Saddam, where did it get them? Same with Mr Diner jacket, mother of battles, we are pounding them,etc. USA alone designed to fight China and Russia at same time, US, Israel and UK could take out Iran like a piece of piss in like 20 seconds and bye bye Persians for eternity. Iran could be Iraqified (to the power of ten) in no time at all.