mercredi, juin 01, 2011

Just for show ?

I admit. I was one of those enamoured, inspired and taken up by the charms of Barack Obama ever since his voice - compelling and sure, took on the world and promised change. I still am.

But last week, when President Obama spoke at the AIPAC Conference, I listened to his whole speech patiently while he stressed the US unbreakable support for Israel. My heart slowly crushed. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbyists sought :

1 - Billions in aid to Israel for fiscal year 2012 as well as ask for support for the overall foreign aid budget.[No wonder some in Joplin are still upset with the aid they receive...]

2 - To pass new legislation that imposes tough new sanctions on Iran. The bill, the Iran Threat Reduction Act, will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons - yes,this reaffirms THE THREAT].

3 - Called on the Obama administration to oppose a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood as well as threaten a major change in U.S. relations with the Palestinian Authority, including a suspension of U.S. aid, if it includes unreformed Hamas members in its government.

And the President gave them what they wanted to hear. And to the rest of us he gave a piecemeal offering - that real peace can only come from sincere peace engagement with the whole Arab nations etc etc etc...

And what happens today?

An Israeli firm, Ofer Brothers Group [and its Singapore based subsidiary - is this any surprise, sorrylah...] is accused of trade with Iran.

Marah big brother...

But is it just for show ?

In any case, the highly charismatic and handsome Mr Obama is back on track and hugely predicted to win in 2012.

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Mr Obama rises to the occasion, yet again

It was a tough day for the President at the United States. Unemployment at 9.1%? That's serious. An alarming 0.9 person out of 100 out of work. And yet, as I watched Mr Obama deliver his speech on the success of Chrysler or rather the automobile industry, I felt my admiration for his command for the rhetoric grow.

7 commentaires:

Sherry Blue Sky a dit…

Sigh - the difficulty of politics is that The System is such a powerful machine that I suspect it winds up running the President more than the President ever gets to actually run anything. Argh. (gnashing of teeth!)

Al-Manar a dit…

On 6.11.08 when Ohbama was being hailed from pole to pole and from the sky down to earth Pakcik felt obliged to give a short tribute. In it I left this question:

"Would he dare to say that he would help the blacks and the blues (and the people of Desmond Tutu”?"

Coming to think of it, the line sounds ruthmic somehow!

Cat-from-Sydney a dit…

Aunty Ninot,
Phew! Thank God I'm a cat. We don't indulge in the politics of humans. purrr....meow!

ninotaziz a dit…

Dear Sherry,
How well put! Argh!

Dear Pakcik,
So you do love the rhythm of poetry...

My dearest Cat from Sydney,
How blessed you are.

Uncle Lee a dit…

Hi Ninotaziz, I guess I can never understand politics, but as far as I know, it always involves, 'you scratch my back, I scratch yours'.
And there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Right now I'm keeping an eye on Sarah Palin...Should be interesting to see if she throws her hat into the ring.
You have a nice day, and keep a song in your heart.
Best regards.
Lee.

ninotaziz a dit…

Dear Uncle Lee,
Great to see you here. I was just thinking of Sarah Palin too. McCain must be scratching his head to figure it out.

But no, I can't think of a world helmed by ...well, ex-beauty queen, ex cover girl, ex governer.

I'd prefer scratching Obama anyday.

I love the song in your heart.

ninotaziz a dit…

That came out all wrong. I meant I'd rather have Obama scratching anyday.

You know what I mean.

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