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President Obama said in Cuba last week what he could not say in Palestine. American policy will not be trapped by history. We must escape the legacy of colonialism and racism. The US tried a policy of isolation for 50 years and it did not work. We have real differences in our political systems, but it is not for the US to impose its ways on another society.

The president wanted to say these things about Palestine too. In fact he tried seven years ago, when he threw himself into an effort to save the two-state solution and end apartheid in Palestine with his overtures to the Arab and Muslim world. The president failed in that effort, and so he has settled for the brilliant opening to Cuba.

Life is all about expectations, right? The president will have to be happy that he pulled off Cuba, after American supporters of Israel handed his head to him– something the Cuba lobby was incapable of doing.

I watched a lot of the Obama family’s visit to Cuba on television and was struck by the president’s pure elation. He didn’t abandon the baseball game last Tuesday because of the Brussels bombings– because he didn’t want to. He was happy at the ballfield doing the wave with his wife and daughters and Raul Castro and Derek Jeter and his friend Jim Crane, happy pronouncing his faith in the Cuban people. He didn’t want to be dragged into the quagmire of the Middle East and its European repercussions.

In fact, the president repeatedly asked for the Cuban audiences to “indulge” him as he discussed the Brussels bombings. Three times he used that word in his speeches and press conference. A bunch of Cubans need to indulge the president as he treats the most urgent crisis in the world! The president really respected the Cubans.

Did you notice that Obama praised the Cuban health care and education system as a reflection of a different definition of human rights from ours? “Personally” I agree with President Raul Castro, our president said.

President Castro I think has pointed out that, in his view, making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security in old age — that those things are human rights, as well.  I personally would not disagree with him.

Personally the president agrees with Cuban socialist human rights ideals. How long has this been true, and why didn’t we know it before?

Obama also scored the history of racism and colonization in both societies.

We both live in a new world, colonized by Europeans.  Cuba, like the United States, was built in part by slaves brought here from Africa.  Like the United States, the Cuban people can trace their heritage to both slaves and slave-owners…

For centuries, under colonial rule, and then during decades of American involvement, the toil of the Cuban people was often used to enrich others as opposed to the people who were doing the work…

I’m sure we both realize we have more work to do to promote equality in our own countries — to reduce discrimination based on race in our own countries.

The message: we’re not any better than you.

In fact, the U.S. might even be worse, the president seemed to admit:

We do have challenges with racial bias — in our communities, in our criminal justice system, in our society — the legacy of slavery and segregation.

The president was striking a great blow against exceptionalism. Which by the way is the philosophical prop to the U.S.-Israel special relationship.

But the most pertinent parallel to the Israel Palestine conflict were the president’s frequent references to history and policy failure. “I know the history, but I refuse to be trapped by it,” he declared.

[M]any people on both sides of this debate have asked:  Why now?…

There is one simple answer:  What the United States was doing was not working.  We have to have the courage to acknowledge that truth.  A policy of isolation designed for the Cold War made little sense in the 21st century.  The embargo was only hurting the Cuban people instead of helping them.  And I’ve always believed in what Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the fierce urgency of now” — we should not fear change, we should embrace it

Nearly fifty years of Israeli occupation hasn’t worked either. It has only brutalized two peoples and deprived one of them of all rights. And that failed policy has put the US reputation at risk around the world.

Obama wanted to turn the page on 50 years of Israel policy too. He believed in the fierce urgency of now for Palestinians enduring the “daily humiliations — large and small — that come with occupation.” But from the moment he began in 2009 he got pushback from the Israel lobby. “Jewish donors warn Obama on Israel,” was one Wall Street Journal headline. Hillary Clinton brought Dennis Ross, Israel’s lawyer, into the administration in 2009, and Ross told the president the Arabs didn’t care about Palestinian human rights. Then the Israeli prime minister campaigned for Obama’s opponent and still Obama couldn’t shun the rightwing racist leader; and he vetoed the resolution opposing settlements at the U.N. then brought in his original backer Penny Pritzker from Chicago to tell Jews he didn’t hate Israel, and he had Jeffrey Goldberg lay on hands, too. Then the president had to go to Israel after his reelection and say that the Jews had been connected to the land since the bible.

No biblical BS in Cuba. Just the slave trade. Isn’t that biblical and historical enough for anyone?

The Cuba visit and the president’s pointed refusal to abort it for European problems is a hint of the president’s truest inclinations. He would rather be working in concert with people he respects than struggling against entitled opposition. He would rather be having fun. And he is a man of the left. He has heard the voices of Black Lives Matter and Bernie Sanders. He cares about racial justice.

Expect to see more of this Barack Obama after his emancipation, next January 20.

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  1. Bill in Maryland
    Bill in Maryland
    March 29, 2016, 1:19 pm

    Excellent points Phil. “Expect to see more of this Barack Obama after his emancipation, next January 20.” We heard more from Jimmy Carter on Israel/Palestine after his emancipation too.

  2. Citizen
    Citizen
    March 29, 2016, 1:21 pm

    Really? He still has to have big donors for his library and a reliable network for his post-POTUS writing and speeches. Why else would he not give a farewell speech including the plight of the Palestinian people?

    • Emory Riddle
      Emory Riddle
      March 29, 2016, 5:19 pm

      Yes.

      My suspicion is that Obama will be more like Bill Clinton post presidency, than Jimmy Carter.

      But the political winds are changing…so who knows.

      • Krauss
        Krauss
        March 30, 2016, 5:13 am

        He will stay silent on Jewish Apartheid. He needs those donors/connections after his presidency.

        He will likely talk more about BLM/police violence because the cops don’t have a lobby in the U.S. beside the WSJ editorial board, who have always hated Obama anyway.

        So, in other words, pick the low-hanging fruit, but he will continue to defend Jewish Apartheid.

  3. Boomer
    Boomer
    March 29, 2016, 5:00 pm

    I don’t understand the pass you give Obama on this. To me it seems that he said some nice words–enough to show that he knows what’s what and has a decent moral core–then quit making any effort, even in his second term, when he will never face another election. Instead, he went out of his way to say nice things about Israel and Zionism, while implying that critics of Israel are antisemitic. That’s a profile in cowardice, not courage. Even if one is clear- eyed about this failure, one can still believe that he was and is a far, far better president than any of the alternatives on offer, both in the elections he won and in the current election.

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      March 30, 2016, 5:16 am

      Agreed, but Phil has a history of making wildly optimistic predictions. He kept saying BDS would become an issue in the campaign; never happened.

      Obama was always a political creature that was created out of liberal Jewish donors’ domain. He literally described them, half-jokingly, as his “cabal”.

      He has told Axelrod that he considers himself the closest thing to the first Jewish president. I’ve said for a while now that Obama identifies closer to the Jews than to black people or white people. But it’s a specific Jewish community, the Remnick shoot-and-cry Zionists who are very liberal on domestic policy but turn into Israel stalwarts whenever someone non-Jewish criticizes Israel.

      That’s Obama’s background, that is his formation. Phil just skips past it.

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 30, 2016, 7:14 am

        || rugal_b: … Phil Weiss is a snake without principles or any sense of honor. … ||

        Is this an objective, “progressive Marxist belief in determinism in human behavior”-based assessment of him or just a subjective and highly-venomous one?

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        March 30, 2016, 7:34 am

        rugal: Phil is married to a white woman….
        ————

        OMG!!

        ————

        [he] gives all of his time and money to the white community, identifies as a white person, yet he feels he still get to enjoy the privilege of being the Jewish voice within the movement for justice in Palestine.

        Perhaps you, rugal, as an ex-white Jewish individual, now an honorary POC, a bold, visionary intellectual who has gracefully made the transition out of whiteness, perhaps you could give some tips to Phil, aka “the Jewish voice within the movement”, on how he could make a similar spiritual journey. It’s a fascinating subject, how the transition is made–maybe submit an article to MW– we need to hear from expert voices.

      • Donald
        Donald
        March 30, 2016, 8:39 am

        That’s stupid, rugalb. Krauss made a reasonable point about Phil– he is overly optimistic, especially when it comes to Obama. Your post was garbage.

      • March 30, 2016, 10:12 am

        ‘who has gracefully made the transition out of whiteness, perhaps you could give some tips to Phil ” – Sibiriak

        I know you meant this sarcastically, but you really can choose to transition out of whiteness once you’ve understood what does it means to be white. Whiteness is a social construct, a form of social conditioning, a deliberate form of psychological control devised by the Western European capitalist ruling class in the colonized land. There were no such thing as a white person in 1500’s Scotland or Finland or Spain.

        Here is a video and some literature to get you started in understanding the flawed concept of white identity.

        https://youtu.be/J3Xe1kX7Wsc

        Understanding Whiteness – http://www.ucalgary.ca/cared/whiteness

        WHY I OPPOSE WHITENESS – https://essaysbysamantha.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/why-i-oppose-whiteness-part-2/

      • March 30, 2016, 11:48 am

        “That’s stupid, rugalb. Krauss made a reasonable point about Phil– he is overly optimistic, especially when it comes to Obama. Your post was garbage.” – Donald

        Donald, Phil identifies as a white person and has pledged his loyalty to that group by marrying a white woman. So why is he intruding into the affairs of Israelis and Palestinians as if he is part of the in-group stakeholders? You can’t have your cake and eat it too, simple as that.

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        March 30, 2016, 12:18 pm

        I, RugalB, the non white version of Karl Lueger decide who is a Jew … or white … or a white Jew … or a Jewish white … a non white Jew … … a Jewish non white … a white white … non white white … white non white … non white non white … !

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        March 30, 2016, 12:40 pm

        Talkback,

        In Rugal’s case, I believe the correct term might be “de-whited white Jew“, but you’ll have to ask him, he’s the expert on racial labeling.

        And in regards to his ludicrous parody of progressivism, the always-lucid Tree pretty much nailed it:

        I’m quite sure that rugal b is a young white male.

        …and a troll with two purposes- create divisions between white and black supporters of Palestinian resistance (while at the same time promoting white Jewish support for Palestinian resistance as somehow more noble and sincere than non-Jewish white support)- and guilt non-Jewish whites into ignoring Palestine until every problem in the US is solved.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2016/03/as-trump-takes-on-the-neocons-kristol-likens-him-to-hitler/

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        March 30, 2016, 1:56 pm

        rugal_b: , Phil identifies as a white person and has pledged his loyalty to that group by marrying a white woman

        ——————–

        True. And I heard that the pledge was recited by Phil with great emotion during the marriage ceremony itself. “I pledge eternal loyalty to you, my beloved, and to the ever-glorious White People of whom you are the most splendid and radiant symbol…” Something like that. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 30, 2016, 3:46 pm

        “rugal: Phil is married to a white woman….”

        Nobody is perfect.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 30, 2016, 3:54 pm

        “I believe the correct term might be “de-whited white Jew”

        Or perhaps, a whited sepulchre?

        Pretty humorous, considering.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 30, 2016, 4:08 pm

        The music at the wedding was wonderful.

        And I’m sure any of us can find what we need to facilitate our “transition” from “whiteness” here.

        I’m sure you could work up something far, far more convincing than “rugal_b’s” act.

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        March 30, 2016, 11:50 pm

        rugal_b: Phil identifies as a white person and has pledged his loyalty to that group by marrying a white woman
        ———-

        Poor rugal!

        De-whited, but not de-tribaled.

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        March 30, 2016, 11:52 pm

        Mooser: The music at the wedding was wonderful.

        ———-

        That was truly hilarious!

      • March 31, 2016, 4:32 am

        @Sibiriak @Talback

        “…and a troll with two purposes- create divisions between white and black supporters of Palestinian resistance…”

        But there is an extreme division existing between white and black supporters of Palestinian resistance, and it is due to the vastly contrasting historical circumstances of each group leading up to the current status quo, not my “trolling”. Black people seek solidarity with Palestinians as a form of coalition building, to empower their collectives against the same oppressor, and help each other liberate each other. White people do it to feel good about themselves and engage in ideological games. Please read and introspect :

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/26/how-white-americans-can-fight-racism

        http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/kivel3.pdf

        http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/11-things-white-people-can-do-be-real-anti-racist-allies

        “while at the same time promoting white Jewish support for Palestinian resistance as somehow more noble and sincere than non-Jewish white support…”

        I won’t say its more noble, but it is far more effective as a pro-Palestinian strategy for (white) Jews themselves to renege against Zionist narrative and political rhetorics that exploits their silence and conformity in order to enact structural violence against the Palestinians. Jewish privilege is what Israel is peddling in order to gain support for its apartheid policies hence it only make sense for Jews to take that privilege and weaponize it against the regime as the ultimate form of rejection of Israel’s actions.

        “and guilt non-Jewish whites into ignoring Palestine until every problem in the US is solved.”

        Not exactly. I am merely reiterating the most common request by social justice activists towards white allies. Use your privilege to dismantle the oppressive institutions from the inside. These institutions’ power to oppress is derived directly through your compliance and they are overwhelmingly based in the US, not Israel. Read this quote by Professor Brittany Cooper of Rutgers :

        – “White people should recognize that the best way to be good allies is to go work among their own people (white people) to create more allies. Too frequently, white allies think we are asking them to come into our communities to affirm our account of racist acts and structures. What we are really asking is for them to 1) affirm that account boldly among other white people; and 2) use their privilege to confront racial injustices when they see them happening, whether in the grocery store or the boardroom.” – http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/11-things-white-people-can-do-be-real-anti-racist-allies

      • annie
        annie
        March 31, 2016, 6:22 am

        you are such a racist idiot rugal. do you even read your own friggin links? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/26/how-white-americans-can-fight-racism

        the disparity in realities does not mean Jones wants to exclude white people from participating in rallies and civil action, quite the contrary. Jones wants more, not less.

        “What I need is for people to come and work with us in the trenches and be there alongside us. It’s not about being on the outside and saying ‘yes, I support you!’ It’s about ‘not only do I support you, but I am here with you, I am rolling up my sleeves. What do I need to do?’”

        …..“You can stay white and be for racial justice and against racism,” she said.

        You can stay white and be for racial justice? not according to rugal.

        there is an extreme division existing between white and black supporters of Palestinian resistance

        no, there isn’t — nor should there be no matter how much you’d like to make it so. none of your links even address palestine or palestinians. yet this is a palestinian led movement — maybe you are not aware of that? your distain for white people in this movement, in general, is quite clear and disgusting.

        “while at the same time promoting white Jewish support for Palestinian resistance as somehow more noble and sincere than non-Jewish white support…”

        I won’t say its more noble, but [but you will]

        bla bla bla… what you will say does not even address “non-Jewish white support”– does it? why are you privileging white jewish pro palestinian activism over and above white non jewish pro palestinian activism? because you’re a racist dolt.

        Use your privilege to dismantle the oppressive institutions from the inside…..Read this quote by Professor Brittany Cooper of Rutgers

        which mentions palestine and pro palestinian activism not once. again, this is a palestinian led movement. Professor Brittany Cooper’s essay on 11 Things White People Can Do to Be Real Anti-Racist Allies pertains to (in her own words) “a national spotlight on long-standing racial inequities that sit at the very center of everyday American life and culture.” yes, they do. but a non jewish white people doesn’t “dismantle oppressive” zionist institutions “from the inside” because we are not jewish. we will always be outsiders in those institutions no matter how many non jews support zionism.

      • Sibiriak
        Sibiriak
        March 31, 2016, 6:50 am

        Annie Robbins : you are such a racist idiot rugal.
        ————-

        Wow. Annie’s back! Like a brisk, invigorating San Francisco breeze!

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 31, 2016, 5:53 pm

        “you are such a racist idiot rugal.”

        That’s what he wants. He wants you to think that a “social justice advocate” who “champions POC” talks like, thinks like, a “rugal_b”.

        And even his links, his own links refute the possibility he is any kind of a “social justice advocate”

        But here’s a point: Who the hell is he? He never says. By now, he’s told us all, several times, who we are. When is it his turn?
        He’s a phony, doing a bad right-wing parody of a social justice advocate.

        That’s gotta be it, the possibility he’s for real is too scary.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        March 31, 2016, 6:33 pm

        “has pledged his loyalty to that group by marrying…”

        Cest la vie said the old folks. It goes to show you never can tell!

      • gamal
        gamal
        March 31, 2016, 9:54 pm

        Phil married a white woman, well so did I, so did my father….you want a quiet life….

        this a Shuwa Arab Bride, I know my limitations….white women are so nice and forgiving (except in Ireland and except my mother)

        https://youtu.be/Vvu2aiRV8Pg

  4. JWalters
    JWalters
    March 29, 2016, 7:58 pm

    Interesting article. I think you’re right that Obama’s remarks in Cuba and Cairo are revealing about his fundamental values and thinking. And these do not align with Israel’s glaring bigotry and war-mongering.

    It all illustrates vividly the power of Big Money to squelch speech in America. And that power is especially exercised to squelch speech about Israel. They have already demonstrated their ability to slander and marginalize Obama, even without his telling the full truth about Israel. Here’s a prescient commentary on the forces Obama faced early in his administration.
    http://whowhatwhy.org/2010/03/10/what-obama-is-up-against/

    It seems to me Obama sees reality pretty clearly, and sees the changes coming. Slavery wasn’t abolished overnight. He’s playing a long game.

    • Donald
      Donald
      March 29, 2016, 10:38 pm

      There is zero evidence Obama is playing a long game. He is temperamentally a centrist and there was never any serious reason to think he was the great progressive hero that many people ( including Phil) wanted to believe in back in 2008 and for years after.

      You could read his speeches and tell he wasn’t anything more than a centrist- liberal and that by American standards, where the definition of liberalism has been drifting right wards for decades until the Occupy WallStreet movement brought inequality to the forefront.

      And anyway, who cares? What possible good does it do children in Gaza or Yemen if they are blown up by American made weapons by our noble allies the Israelis and the Saudis? It must be a great comfort knowing Obama is their imaginary secret friend.

      • JWalters
        JWalters
        March 30, 2016, 6:03 am

        Obama went to Israel, spoke to an audience of college students, and told them Palestinians are “just like you”. That strikes directly at the Zionist core assumption that Jews are superior to Muslims, which is the only justification that entitles them to steal Muslims’ homes and land. He was talking to the future leaders of Israel probably because it would be fruitless to talk to the current leaders.

        He stood up to fierce war-mongering efforts and influence from Netanyahu and the neocons against the international peace agreement with Iran, and succeeded. This changes the context of Israel’s attempts to swindle America into another war.

        He never stopped identifying the “settlements”, Israel’s core injustice against the Palestinians, as a central problem in Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians.

        He did these during a time when the Zionist forces have controlled the entire U.S. establishment media, including its progressive fringe, and almost the entire political establishment, thus being capable of character assassinating anyone who would dare to discuss Israel’s crimes, including a U.S. president. This was also a time when the financial forces have been trying to block him at every turn, fanning the flames of racism to do so (only slightly more subtly than Trump).

        It seems to me that to truly understand the forces arrayed against him one has to delve deeply into the biggest crimes of the 20th and 21st centuries. Some awareness of these forces came to the surface in the 1960’s, but it was tamped down by the financial powers. Today those powers have overplayed their greed, and that awareness has returned, but with far greater breadth and depth than in the 60’s. The Sanders and Trump campaigns may be the rumblings of a volcano of truth getting ready to erupt. Mighty men may be swept away, and democracy may take a quantum step toward fulfilling its promise of a sane society.

      • Boomer
        Boomer
        March 31, 2016, 11:27 am

        Donald, You are right to focus on the plight of Palestinians and others. So much of the discussion in the U.S. seems to focus on intra-Jewish perspectives. The range of concern among the media and political elites seems to be bounded by what is acceptable to liberal Zionists and hard-right Zionists. With that in mind, I have to wonder just what Obama’s game is, whether short or long.

        Earlier this month, Mark Landler reported in the NYT about rumors that the President might make some initiative regarding Israel before he leaves office.

        ““Obama and Kerry are looking at the very real likelihood that the two-state solution could die on their watch,” said Martin S. Indyk, who served as the special envoy for Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations under Mr. Kerry in 2013 and 2014. “Having tried everything else, I think they feel a responsibility, above all to Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, to preserve the principles of a two-state solution.”

        The concerns described in the article seemed to be all about Israel, not the Palestinians. At this point, I have to wonder whether a “two state solution” would really be a benefit for the Palestinians. It seems that, as Israel has continued to confiscate their lands, the Palestinians have been squeezed into reservations on the West Bank and in Gaza that don’t resemble a “state.”

        Until now, I have been agnostic about whether a two-state solution or a one-state solution would be preferable, but at this point I fear that any proposal from this Administration would amount to endorsing Bantustans for Palestinians, all for the benefit of preserving a “Jewish and democratic” Israel.

        I know that Philip long ago concluded that a “one state solution” was the better choice, given realities on the ground. He has been there and knows those realities far better than I. In light of that, and in light of Obama’s track record, I must say that I am not sure whether any further initiatives from Obama will be helpful to the Palestinians. I don’t see much evidence that they matter much to him, or to the ruling elites of the U.S. There was a time when I would have welcomed more action from him, but now I fear it may be a poison pill.

        I wonder what others think.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/09/world/middleeast/obama-seeks-a-way-to-save-israeli-palestinian-gains.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=2

        PS: I think I misplaced this reply to Donald, but I’m not sure that I can correct it. It doesn’t really matter, since I’m equally interested in the thoughts of JWalters and others too.

      • eljay
        eljay
        March 31, 2016, 11:41 am

        … “Obama and Kerry are looking at the very real likelihood that the two-state solution could die on their watch,” said Martin S. Indyk, who served as the special envoy for Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations under Mr. Kerry in 2013 and 2014. “Having tried everything else, I think they feel a responsibility, above all to Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, to preserve the principles of a two-state solution.” …

        Given the donkey-fellating, “no light between”, “unbreakable/unshakeable bond” the U.S. has with Israel – backed by financial, economic, military and political support plus a well-worn UN veto – the suggestion that Kerry and Obama “tried everything else” to achieve a just and moral solution to the I-P issue is a really bad joke.

        So what’s next for Kerry and Obama, who have shown themselves to be Zio-supremacists who support Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine ? Why, they’re going to “feel a responsibility, above all to Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state … ”

        Surprise, surprise.

      • Boomer
        Boomer
        March 31, 2016, 3:17 pm

        ejay, your edit is probably (sadly) correct: “feel a responsibility, above all to Israel’s future as a Jewish * * * state … ”

        No mention of responsibility to Palestinians, or to the citizens of the United States, for that matter. It seems to me that America’s interests in the region and the world have been, and continue to be adversely affected by our enabling the oppression and dispossession of the Palestinians. Quite apart from humanitarian concerns for the Palestinians (which are real, or should be), I think American public officials should “above all,” feel a responsibility to America.

  5. Donald
    Donald
    March 29, 2016, 10:52 pm

    Obama never said anything worth listening to on Palestine. He supported Israel in the 2006 Lebanon War. The Sanders speech on this subject wasn’t perfect, but it was vastly more honest than anything Obama has ever said or could say, given his own record supporting Israel in Gaza, the Saudis in Yemen, or his drone strikes.

  6. Kay24
    Kay24
    March 30, 2016, 5:26 am

    Part of Obama’s problem is that he has to be loyal to the party too. Unfortunately, many Democrats are recipients of zionist campaign donations, and need AIPAC support to win elections. If Obama really felt that strongly for the Palestinians and wanted justice for them, he would have not repeatedly given the apartheid nation more aid, handed them more ammunition to kill more civilians, and keep repeating the lame mantra that Israel has the right to defend itself. I have never heard him say the same for the Palestinians and like Ban Ki-Moon say that people who live under military occupation have the right to protest too. Never.

    Obama has been a HUGE disappointment.

  7. eljay
    eljay
    March 30, 2016, 8:04 am

    … The president wanted to say these things about Palestine too. In fact he tried seven years ago, when he threw himself into an effort to save the two-state solution and end apartheid in Palestine with his overtures to the Arab and Muslim world. …

    His “overtures” were a lot of sweet-sounding phrases that, not surprisingly, amounted to nothing. It was a pretty weak “throw”.

  8. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther
    March 30, 2016, 12:11 pm

    Yeah he showed the Cubans so much respect, so much that he met with US funded “opposition” groups in the newly opened consulate. Dream on Phil.

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