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Posted by aogThursday, 22 January 2009 at 17:42 TrackBack Ping URL

President Obama’s first official call to a head of state was to President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. I think the symbolism here, combined with Obama’s closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison and the “black sites” in Europe means that he plans on using Fatah as his outsourcing group for information extraction, rather than doing it in house. It is, after all, the Clinton style. Given that Fatah is currently engaging in some rather vigorous torture I think we can safely say that getting that Abbas getting first Obama call means that’s just fine with the current White House.

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Peter Burnet Friday, 23 January 2009 at 15:51

Here we go. Probably the biggest mess Dem Presidents have made of foreign policy is not so much to choose the wrong geopolitical strategies, but rather to abjure their friends and dependable allies (too boring), assume they will always be such and “reach out” to their adversaries, often with a messianic belief they have some magic touch that will bring them into the fold of happy campers. Think Roosevelt sucking up to Stalin at Churchill’s expenses, Carter shopping the Shah, etc. It isn’t so much that they weaken the West militarily, but rather that they demoralize it and leave everybody lurching in the dark.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 23 January 2009 at 20:58

Sadly, not unique to Obama. I just think about how Senator McCain treated his allies vs. enemies, leaping to the defense of Obama far more strongly and readily than Palin. Or even former President Bush, who would never say a nasty word about his political opponents but was fine slinging mud through surrogates at his fellow party members.

Harry Eagar Sunday, 25 January 2009 at 18:39

No, I think you’re wrong. Remember, Rice wants to do a deal with the Palestinians, and apparently is prepared to throw Israel under the bus to get it.

This was a signal that Fatah can have whatever it wants, within unreason.

As you know, Peter, god is on the side of the big battalions. Whatever Roosevelt said or thought or did about Stalin, had no effect anywhere. Nor did any of Churchill’s maneuvering. Stalin was free to do as he liked, with the only constraint that his country was tired and could not easily have been carried on into another big war. But a defensive standstill was comparatively easy.

Annoying Old Guy Sunday, 01 February 2009 at 15:05

I rest my case.

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