Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Obama's creative backtracking gets more offensive by the minute

Through Weazel Zippers:Adviser denies Obama showed naivete on Jerusalem

Obama's advisers probably think we're stupid. I guess they are used to that on the left, since so many still believe there was a vast right wing conspiracy to stain a chubby intern dress with seamen...

Obama said:
Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided

But then he was told that:
The comment angered Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, as the capital of a future state. "He has closed all doors to peace," Saeb Erekat, an aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said after the June 4 speech.

So now his adviser says for him:
Daniel Kurtzer, who advises Obama on the Middle East, said Tuesday at the Israel Policy Forum that Obama's comment stemmed from "a picture in his mind of Jerusalem before 1967 with barbed wires and minefields and demilitarized zones."

"So he used a word to represent what he did not want to see again, and then realized afterwards that that word is a code word in the Middle East," Kurtzer said.

Such stunning creativity... a picture in his mind. And to put a nice hat on this muddy puddle we get this gem:
Kurtzer said it was unfortunate that so much time was being spent dwelling on one word of a 30-minute speech, "but it does not indicate any kind of naivete about foreign affairs."

Of course not. You have to be the dumbest and most naive person alive not to understand what is said here. He knows nothing about Israel and thought it would win him some points to be ultra-pro-Israeli. Then he figured his base is actually on the other side and is trying to distance himself from the debate by placing sock puppets to talk for him. But what emerges from this flip-flop is that Obama is actually in favor of dividing Jerusalem and would rather the Jews and Arabs not bother him with that question while he is campaigning.

As a side not, not a bad piece of journalism from Reuters here...

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