Sunday, January 4, 2009

Note on Gaza

Anything I might say about this now you could probably find stated with more authority elsewhere. I do have an opinion about Obama's silence, for which he has been criticized in some quarters: the silence is correct. Any statements by him now would be counterproductive, regardless of what he said. If he said something even slightly different from the Bush administration line, he would be criticized for undercutting official U.S. policy. And if he parroted the line, that would be pointless, especially since he may not agree with its every nuance. So silence for him is the best option. But Obama is on record on Hamas in his speech last June to AIPAC, which anyone I'm sure can find online.

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