View Full Version : Obama's visit to the Middle East

06-02-2009, 09:52 AM
Interview at BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8078217.stm)

06-02-2009, 11:07 AM
Going back home this early in his presidency?

I kid

Doc Fluty
06-03-2009, 07:52 PM
^^^ lol

06-04-2009, 08:39 AM
The speech in Cairo:

http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2009/06/04/HP/R/19357/Pres+Obama+Speaks+to+the+Muslim+World+From+Cairo.a spx

06-04-2009, 09:16 PM
It's funny...the Isralis took Obama's speech better than the GOP did:

Irael's reaction:


The government of Israel expressed "hope that this important speech in Cairo will indeed lead to a new period of reconciliation between the Arab and Muslim world and Israel."

"We share President Obama's hope that the American effort heralds the beginning of a new era that will bring about an end to the conflict and lead to Arab recognition of Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, living in peace and security in the Middle East," it said.

"Israel is committed to peace and will make every effort to expand the circle of peace while protecting its interests, especially its national security." Watch all of Obama's speech

Israeli President Shimon Peres welcomed the address, calling Obama's words wise and courageous and saying the president "called for hard work on the part of all the sides involved with the advance of the peace process in the Middle East."

"The concept of peace was born in the Middle East and constitutes the cornerstone of all three monotheistic faiths -- Christian, Jewish and Muslim -- and it is incumbent on the people of Abraham to unite to meet the challenge and together realize the vision of a sustainable peace in the Middle East," he said.


GOP's reaction:


House Minority Leader John Boehner blasted Obama's approach to the Israeli-Palestinian question.

"He seemed to ... place equal blame on the Israelis and the Palestinians. I have concerns about this," the Ohio Republican said. "The Israelis have the right to defend themselves."

Boehner's Republican colleague, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, added that "there was a sense in here of a moral equivalency between those who are driving for a Palestinian state and the state of Israel."

Pence said the president should not be asking Israel to make another concession, but instead, "call on the Palestinians and their supporters across the Arab world to begin to see real concessions within the Palestinian movement. ... a real effort to defang Hamas, to disarm terrorists."

06-04-2009, 10:53 PM
As if the GOP would say anything good about any speech he gave in this instance...

Anyway, I have to say that I was pretty happy with his choice of words that we'd support any elected government that is looking for peace. Simply having an elected government isn't good enough.

06-04-2009, 11:53 PM
I thought it was an okay speech. Hopefully Obama can parlay his overseas popularity into progress on the foreign policy front.

06-04-2009, 11:58 PM
Yeah, I appreciated the fact that he pushed that line in Egypt, when a lot of people felt he might shy away from it out of fear of angering the Egyptian government. I also just like that it's real talk. It's honest. I think the respect he'll earn from that will ultimately go a long way. Like basically, "Look, yeah, it's wrong for Americans to wrongly stereotype Muslims negatively, but let's be real here, a lot of you guys do the same thing about Americans, and that's not cool either." I think the tone is right - speaking as equals rather than condescending, being honest about some of our shortcomings but not being shy about pointing out some of theirs. I think a lot of people might have underestimated just how damaging the "axis of evil"-styled rhetoric could really be, as it really alienated the very people who the U.S. should be trying to reach - the reasonable, moderate Muslim world that doesn't view the world in strictly black/white/good/evil terms, but also doesn't appreciate being painted in those terms, either.

06-04-2009, 11:59 PM
"that line" in my post above was in reference to Ari's post about supporting any elected government looking for peace, jic that wasn't clear.