Will Obama Break the Law for Israel’s Sake?

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by Grant F. Smith
Global Research, February 12, 2009
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Since entering office, President Barack Obama has promised sweeping changes in three aspects of governance: transparency, law enforcement, and stewardship of American tax dollars. For a public weary of law enforcement forever prosecuting street but never elite crime, Obama’s many statements about holding all individuals accountable under the law have been encouraging.

He also called for government-agency compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in a White House mandate for transparency. Obama swore any bailouts of financial institutions and industries will hereafter avoid secretly funneling taxpayer funds into bloated Wall Street bonuses, executive junkets, and private jets.

But does Obama intend to follow these rules himself? Probably not. Obama’s entire facade momentarily crumbled under a single withering question – “Do you know of any country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons?” – launched by veteran reporter Helen Thomas during the president’s first evening press conference on Feb. 9, 2008. Obama dodged the substance of the question:

“With respect to nuclear weapons, I don’t want to speculate. …”

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Clearly, if this quiet commercial and financial blockade were being waged by some powerful foreign entity against the United States, Americans would consider it a casus belli. But rather than slow or shut the operation down in preparation for promised attempts at U.S.-Iran diplomacy, Obama’s new Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner recently announced that Stuart Levey will continue to lead this financial blockade unit at Treasury. This particular clandestine operations component of Obama’s Middle East policy may soon spark a senseless military conflict with Iran, but perhaps that’s the plan.

Obama’s policy, if honestly verbalized, may be the following: As your president, I will continue to deceive you about Israeli nuclear weapons, so that my administration can violate the Symington Amendment and deliver unwarranted amounts of taxpayer dollars to Israel. My administration will negotiate in bad faith with Iran while clandestinely attacking it, in order to preserve Israeli nuclear hegemony in the Middle East.

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4 thoughts on “Will Obama Break the Law for Israel’s Sake?

  1. No doubt about it that Obama is going to face an uphill battle in his efforts to get Israel to see the light at the end of the tunnel. He will try and try, and he will be attacked by those who don’t think that anyone in the world should or has the right to criticize the untouchable Israel or anything it does – of course many of them work in the U.S. congress, whose allegiance to Israel and its powerful lobbyists is stronger than to America’s interests, as we all know. Time will show how successful Obama will be in his dealings with Israel, although to be honest, I’m not holding my breath ,as knowing how things work in Congress, not even Obama, in his capacity, will be able to pressure Israel into changing its intransigent, above-the-law ways.

  2. The array of problems facing the U.S. and its new administration is, historically, unprecedented in its quantitative and complex qualitative magnitudes. The Bush Administration has left this country in total disarray and utter chaos that require an extraordinary leader to handle and sort out. It’s by the grace of God that Obama has won this election, for it takes an extraordinary leader to steer us out of the cataclysmic quagmire caused by the previous, uniquely- incompetent administration. Imagine with me for a second if George W. Bush is still at the helm of this country, and how scary that scenario would be, as I can’t imagine the extent of worse disasters he would’ve lead the U.S. to. What really angers me is the attitude of the Republican Party and its rigid-dogma orientated congressmen, who have shown such extreme lack of care and concern to the suffering of the American people, and that partisanship is more important to them than any other consideration which is shameful and disturbing. They just weren’t able to nor had the courage to rise to the occasion and take a stand for America, and instead opted to do their best to play the usual selfish dogmatic role except two or three of them. At times like these when the country’s economic survival is at stake, their standing and its basis is tantamount to treason, for they have let the country down, and stuck to defunct, obsolete and rigid dogma that produced George Bush and Dick Cheney, and our revered congressmen still talk and act no differently than when their piece-of-work ex-president was still in office. President Obama, I have no doubt, will do his best to sort out this mess he inherited, and will act to rescue America from its true enemies, the internal and external ones – he knows them all too well, and he’s smart enough to handle them well, but he needs time and our support. I’m not embarrassed to be that obvious and vocal when I say loudly: Thank God for President Obama, for only God knows how badly needs him at these turbulent times.

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