President-elect Barack Obama has voiced sympathy for Israel's predicament. During his visit to Israel last summer, he held a news conference in Sderot, the southern town that has borne the brunt of the Gaza rocket attacks, saying he does not "think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens."Yeah but that was when he was running for election and meeting with AIPAC and all. What does the President elect say now to show that he "gets it"?
"If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that," Obama said at the time. "And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing."
Yesterday, Obama's transition team was more cautious, adhering to its policy of not commenting on foreign developments because there should be "one president at a time." Brooke Anderson, Obama's national security spokeswoman, said only that Obama "is closely monitoring global events, including the situation in Gaza."That's the paragraph immediately following the two quoted by Gene. Now it's a curious response to say that stuff about there being only "one president at a time" because he could have voiced complete agreement with Bush and there still would have only been one presidential position. It's almost like he wants people to think that he might not "get it" the way Gene implies at all.
By the way, I seem to remember a lot of support for the slaughter in Lebanon on the Engage site back in summer 2006. Well they're completely silent on this Gaza business except one of their regulars, the former anti-zionist, Ben Cohen, has a hasbara piece in...wait for it....yes, it's Harry's Place.