|"So Sorry Benjamin"|
In discussing the democratic movements across the Arab world, Obama mentioned the new sanctions he slapped on Assad yesterday. “The Syrian people have shown their courage in demanding a transition to democracy,” Obama said, “and President Assad now has a choice: He can lead that transition or get out of the way. Obama also said that Qaddafi would soon be deposed of in the wake of NATO military action backed by the United States. “When Qaddafi leaves, or is forced from power, decades of provocation will come to an end and the transition to a democratic Libya can proceed,” he said. After witnessing more peaceful transitions in Egypt and Tunisia , and amid the ongoing violence in Libya, Obama attempted to scratch out a picture of where the Middle East must be headed, and the American role in such a transition. “The United States of America was founded on the belief that people should govern themselves,” the Obama said. “Now, we cannot hesitate to stand squarely on the side of those who are reaching for their rights, knowing that their success will bring about a world that is more peaceful, more stable, and more just.” Barack, do you really believe the all of the BS that you just said? Seriously, do you?
Israel's prime minister has soundly rejected a key aspect of President Barack Obama's policy speech, saying that a return to his country's 1967 borders would spell disaster for the Jewish state. Mr. President, what in the world were you thinking? Did you think that P.M. Netanyahu would just bow at the waist, like you did in Saudi Arabia and just surrender all of the area they have. Remember Mr. Obama, you may have good intentions, but the road to HELL is paved with good intentions. What I hope happened today Mr. Obama, is that you were misguided and you are unaware of the ramifications of what you did today, if that is so, correct the mistake.
The speech has made it to the halls of the Saudi Kingdom,
Article by The National Caryle Murphy
RIYADH // US President Barack Obama's speech elicited a mix of responses here in the oil-rich ally of Washington, but primarily one of relief that the US leader did not mention the kingdom directly when it came to the issue of political reforms. Asaad al Shamlan, assistant professor of political science at Riyadh's Institute of Diplomatic Studies, said: "I think it was a powerful speech … profound and clear. "Clearly it will define the parameters of US policy towards the region going forward," Mr Shamlan added. "It will not be received easily in many parts of the Arab world … because he's almost saying that the status quo in all Arab countries is unsustainable." Even though Mr Obama did not mention Saudi Arabia, Mr Shamlan said, "you can read between the lines". No doubt the toughest topic Mr Obama had to address, Mr Shamlan said, was Bahrain. By saying that the situation is unacceptable, he was making it clear that the US "is not backing the hardliners", Mr Shamlan said.
The US president knew, of course, that by addressing the government's repression of opposition on the island, "he is dealing not only with Bahrain but with the whole GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council] and these are the closest allies of the United States", he said. Abdullah al Askar, deputy head of the Shura Council's foreign relations committee, said "the Saudi people appreciate" that Mr Obama took note of the fact that "Iran is putting its fingers into the internal affairs of Bahrain." However, "people in the Gulf don't think that there is real opposition" in Bahrain that can dialogue with the government because the Bahraini opposition wants "to bring down the government and establish an Islamic republic" influenced by Iran. On the other hand, Mr Askar thought Mr Obama was too wishy-washy on Syria, saying he "was not taking a real stand with the leadership or with the people".Mr al Askar said that since the Syrian president, Bashar al Assad, had come to power several years ago, he had promised reforms, but done little on that score. Sociologist Khalid al Dakhil agreed that Mr Obama was not tough enough on Syria. "He knows that reform is almost impossible with this regime. It's incapable to make any political reform," he said. Mr Dakhil said he heard "the same old story" on the Arab-Israeli conflict from the US president. While Mr Obama professed empathy for ordinary people in Tunisia and Egypt, why doesn't he "care about ordinary people in Damascus and Ramallah?" Mr Dakhil said the speech left the impression that Mr Obama "was just trying to catch up with events in the region … I am really very disappointed". One Saudi political analyst who requested anonymity praised the speech for its political idealism but said it skirted a realistic assessment of the difficulties in the region. The source named two trouble spots as sectarian strife and ailing economies in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia where unemployment and corruption are endemic. Most of the US positions on specific countries mentioned in the speech are previously known, he said. The Saudi human rights activist Mohammed Al Qahtani thought the speech "eloquent", but questioned if the ideals professed "will be transferred into policy".
The Obama speech has stomped on many toes, one thing that was clearly defined by this speech was Obama's opinion of the State of Israel...it is quite plain.
Until Next Time..God Bless and May God Bless America.