by Noam Chomsky
Barack Obama is recognised to be a person of acute intelligence, a legal scholar, careful with his choice of words. He deserves to be taken seriously — both what he says, and what he omits.
Particularly significant is his first substantive statement on foreign affairs, on January 22, at the state department, when introducing George Mitchell who is to serve as his special envoy for Middle East peace.
On January 22, however, the one president was Barack Obama, so he could speak freely about these matters. Obama emphasised his commitment to a peaceful settlement: “It will be the policy of my administration to actively and aggressively seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as Israel and its Arab neighbours.”
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