Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Obama Slips at AIPAC: Supports America (first)
Barack Obama was doing great at kissing the Israel Lobby's butt speaking at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, so the pro-Israel media doesn't smash him down any more than it already has (repeat Rev. Wright 100,000 times).
But then he slipped and he said he's going to do what's best for America's interest. He controlled self and didn't mention registering AIPAC and its friends as foreign agents or creating a totally nuclear free middle east, including Israel.
The AIPAC candidate - Hillary Clinton, coincidentally technically defeated in her quest to extend the Clinton dynasty - picked up on that and made it the second paragraph of her speech that followed right after Obama's. (Or maybe she knows he's been rolling around in the political bed with "realists" who just love Mearsheimer and Walt?)
Just further justifying the fun graphic I put together after Obama made his "America first" statement. See my rocking video of last year's protest at the AIPAC conference that I helped organized. Photos of past years AIPAC protests here or interspersed here.
Update: William Hughes video from this year's smaller protest here(DC activists) and here (Rabbi Weiss of Jews Against Zionism).
Update: Looking at the actual transcript, Obama blabs about US-Israel "shared interests" a number of times before issuing this line which doesn't make it clear they are the same, as a good puppet would have done: "But as President of the United States, I would be willing to lead tough and principled diplomacy with the appropriate Iranian leader at a time and place of my choosing - if, and only if - it can advance the interests of the United States." If Obama wins it will be interesting to see how hard he fights the lobby.
Update: Here's a good Chris Hedges' article critical of Obama's speech, ending with "Barack Obama, when we need sane leadership the most, has proved feckless and weak. He, and the Democratic leadership, is as morally bankrupt as those preparing to ignite our funeral pyre in the Middle East.