February 11, 2011

Remember Rashid Khalidi, Obama & the Missing Tape at LATimes?: Rashid Khalidi Thoughts on Egypt

obam_khalidi_la times.jpg

First, breaking news stating Mubarak stepped down as President of Egypt, Armed Forces of the High Council will lead the nation. Hmmm, what's next?

Now, regarding my headline: Obama & Khalidi go way back. During the presidential elections LA Times refused to release transcripts of a going away party for anti-Semite, ex-PLO mouthpiece 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.
Today Khalidi has an article at Salon
........For all the recent talk about supporting Egyptian democracy, what is ultimately vital to American policymakers is Egypt’s geopolitical alignment with the United States and its acquiescence in Israel’s regional hegemony -- a policy Mubarak, and under him Suleiman, have long facilitated. These core interests could well be affected by a fully democratic Egypt that sought to play a role commensurate with its size and history in regional politics and that represented faithfully the wishes of its people (as the current democratic Turkish government does).

A democratic Egypt might challenge American support of Israel's Middle Eastern nuclear monopoly, refuse to collude in Israel's illegal and immoral siege of Gaza, actively back a genuine inter-Palestinian reconciliation, or otherwise assert its independence from American and Israeli policies. It might do so even while respecting the letter of the (highly unequal) peace treaty with Israel and existing accords with the U.S. Given the blinders worn by American policymakers, such an Egypt would be a policy headache in Washington on the level of that caused by all three major regional powers, Israel, Turkey and Iran.

Khalidi has friends in high places ... still.

Obama's Terror Supporting Friend To Challenge Israeli Blockade
Flashback: Allies Of Palestinians See A Friend In Barack Obama
Rashid Khalidi archives

By Stable Hand at 11:35 AM | Comments |