by Ami Isseroff
Those supporters of
The Obama administration has not done much different from the Bush administration. The Bush administration insisted
Thus far, the "Obama pressure on
There are good signs: Obama had a Passover Seder for family and friends, the first ever in the White House, though that didn't prevent some wingnuts from insisting he is a Muslim. More important, the United States pulled out of the Durban II conference and stayed out, and the appointment of the "Israel lobby" crusader, Charles Freeman, himself president of an Arab lobby group, as the head of the National Intelligence Council, was blocked.
There are bad signs: The
"I think that these suicide bombings ... are unfortunately, in a tragic way, a signal that the rejectionists fear that
That's one view. A more realistic view is that the
Even worse, perhaps, is the fact that the administration seems to be so clueless that significant processes fall under the radar, as happened in the Bush administration. In
"The people of
What sort of geopolitical genius thinks that sort of appeal would have any affect on Hassan Nasrallah, Bashar Assad or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Disarming the Hezbollah in accordance with relevant UN resolutions would be more to the point.
Beyond these auguries, there is no real news yet, because the Obama administration has not yet gotten its act together. The campaign slogans about change didn't have much detailed thought behind them. If one says "Let's engage
Many, many government positions are as yet unfilled, and many "policy statements" as yet are nothing more than empty slogans that may have to be abandoned on second thought. Barry Rubin is right to point out that Obama's
To an extent, it is fair to say that foreign policy of any
The other half of the picture, of course, is the Netanyahu administration and the
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