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May 26, 2011

Our 'Pro-Palestinian-in-Chief'

Topics: Israel, Middle East News and Perspectives, Political News and commentaries

Understanding that Obama does indeed have pro-Palestinian sentiments is the best way to make sense of the president's recent tilt away from Israel, and Stanley Kurtz helps to make clear that Obama's hard-Left tilt is not only real, his obvious pro-Palestinian ties and sentiments have existed for a very long time:

[...] What Obama doesn't tell us, but what I reveal in Radical-in-Chief, my political biography of the president, is that he was a convinced Marxist during his college years. More important, once Obama graduated and entered the world of community organizing, he absorbed the sophisticated and intentionally stealthy socialism of his mentors. Obama's socialist mentors strongly supported what they saw as the "liberation struggles" carried on by rebels against American "oppression" throughout the world. So Obama's continuous radical political history strongly suggests that his early support for Palestine's "liberation struggle" grew out of authentic political conviction, not pandering.

Although Obama has long withheld his college transcripts from the public, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2008 that Obama took a course from Edward Said sometime during his final two undergraduate years at Columbia University. This was just around the time Obama's ties to organized socialism were deepening, and certainly suggests a sincere interest in Said's radical views. As Martin Kramer points out, in his superb 2008 review of Obama's Palestinian ties, Said had just then published his book The Question of Palestine, definitively setting the terms of the academic Left's stance on the issue for decades to come.

After Obama finished his initial community-organizing stint in Chicago and graduated from Harvard Law School, he settled down to a teaching job at the University of Chicago around 1992, and went about laying the foundations of a political career. Sometime not long after his arrival at the University of Chicago, Obama connected with Rashid Khalidi.

To say the least, Rashid Khalidi is a controversial fellow. To begin with, although Khalidi denies it, Martin Kramer has unearthed powerful evidence suggesting that Khalidi was at one time an official spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization....

[...] The record is clear. Obama's heritage, his largely hidden history of leftist radicalism, and his close friendship with Rashid Khalidi, all bespeak sincerity, as Obama's other Palestinian associates agree. This is not to mention Reverend Wright -- whose rabidly anti-Israel sentiments, I show in Radical-in-Chief, Obama had to know about -- or Obama's longtime foreign-policy adviser Samantha Power, who once apparently recommended imposing a two-state solution on Israel through American military action. Decades of intimate alliances in a hard-Left world are a great deal harder to fake than a few years of speeches at AIPAC conferences.
Take the time to read the whole thing.

Kurtz goes on to note that the real Obama is the first Obama, and depending on how the next presidential election turns out, we're going to meet him again in 2013. So, needless to say, both the U.S. and Israel had better pray that U.S. voters aren't so naive and uninformed ('stupidly'?) as to repeat the mistake of November '08'.

Posted by Richard at May 26, 2011 2:16 PM



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