March 09, 2009

Flashback: Allies Of Palestinians See A Friend In Barack Obama

During the presidential elections LA Times refused to release transcripts of a going away party for anti-Semite, ex-PLO member Rashid Khalidi. Then Senator Obama paid a special tribute to his friend Khalidi.

A special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi's wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.
Fast forward to March 5, 2009.
MEI [Middle East Institute] is honored to host Rashid Khalidi , to discuss his new book, Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Hegemony in the Middle East.

In his new book, Rashid Khalidi dissects the crucial dynamics of power in the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union as it played out in the Middle East, compellingly arguing that the intense rivalry between the U.S. and the USSR in the region set the stage for the tragic conflicts that have followed in its long wake.

Understanding the powerful and lingering aftereffects of the Cold War requires going back in time and reassessing that conflict. The perceived Soviet threat was the pretext for the establishment of U.S. military bases and for the development of a vastly enhanced American international intelligence network, for example.

The strategies the United States adopted in the Cold War have, in fact, led directly to its prevailing policies and to the “hot” wars it is waging in the Middle East today. Khalidi argues that, without a critical analysis of the legacy of the Cold War in the current political climate of the Middle East, the cycle will continue onward, without hope of a lasting peace.

Hillary Clinton recently gave Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov. a wrongly translated reset button. Besides the ineptness of those who translated "reset" wrong, the button was meant to symbolize US re-settng relations with Russia. Could this relate to what Obama learned from Khalidi? Maybe, maybe not, it is still very interesting to say the least.

Another possible Khalidi thought process in Obama's head - Anti- Semite and America bashing Chas Freeman nominated by Obama to head National Intelligence Council.

Again, maybe, maybe not.

By Stable Hand at 04:28 PM | Comments |