bending over to give evil an opening (obama @ AIPAC)

Uh-oh. Barack Obama has just chalked up a big strike against himself as far as I’m concerned.

Illinois Senator and presidential hopeful Barack Obama made his obligatory speech to one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) . I say “obligatory” because all politicians (of any political stripe) hoping to gain favor in Washington has to assure this group that they are sufficiently behind anything the Israeli government does, and Obama said everything he was supposed to say.

The problem with this is not that AIPAC requires the complete obedience of American politicians to the whims of the Israeli government, but that they require complete obedience to the most reactionary, right-wing forces operating in Israel, namely the Likud party. Any questioning of Israel’s policies by American officials is risky, as former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney can attest to.

I had hoped the Obama would have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the pressure that groups like AIPAC apply to America’s officials, but alas, he is turning out to be just as weak-kneed as all the other politicians who fear political retribution more than the moral certainty of standing up for what is right. Obama has greatly damaged his right to claim any connection to progressive ideas and intentions. What a shame.


~ by free71 on March 6, 2007.

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