There is a big meeting going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue today. It seems that Israeli and Palestinian leaders are meeting with BO, in what will probably amount to little more than a photo-op. Despite BO and his crew originally trumpeting their determination to broker a lasting peace in the middle east, it looks as if reality has bitten the Mouth in Chief in the rear end. (again)
So now, in an attempt to massage the media message as always, BO's team are downplaying any expectations of real agreement on what peace in the area actually looks like..
Low US hopes for Mid-East summit
Israel has rejected demands for a total freeze on settlement building
The US has no "grand expectations" from the summit of Israeli and Palestinian leaders which President Obama is to host on Tuesday, the White House says.
The talks in New York are to discuss the possibility of re-starting the Middle East peace process.
But both Israeli and Palestinian leaders have accused each other of blocking the initiative.
Israel has rejected US and Palestinian demands for a total freeze before a new round of talks can take place.
Mr Obama is bringing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas together for the first time since Mr Netanyahu came to office nearly six months ago.
"We're looking to continue to build on progress," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
"We have no grand expectations out of just one meeting."
Israeli and Palestinian participants have also said they do not expect many concrete developments to emerge from the meeting.
Israeli government secretary Zvi Herzog said the meeting was "a step in the right direction", but that "conditions are not ripe for a formal re-launch of negotiations"....(source)
What BO and his sycophants have to come to terms with is that the US has no business insisting that Israel quit building on their own land. Neither America nor any other country has the right to meddle in Israel's own national affairs. But some Americans don't seem to have got that memo. Israel National News has the latest salvo, this time from Brzezinski:
Zbig Brzezinski: Shoot Down Israeli Planes if They Attack Iranby Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who enthusiastically campaigned for U.S. President Barack Obama, has called on the president to shoot down Israeli planes if they attack Iran. “They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch?” said the former national security advisor to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in an interview with the Daily Beast. Brzezinski, who served in the Carter administration from 1977 to 1981, is currently a professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Maryland...
You KNOW there is more. Go here to read the rest.
Monkey in the Middle has a great piece up on this: Shoot Down Israeli Planes if They Attack Iran. A must read here.
Monday, September 21, 2009
The one thing Brzezinski never learned to do was curb his tongue. This is probably to our good fortune as it quickly disqualifies him from any assumption of even-handedness. Sadly, Brzezinski has chosen to open his mouth yet again, and, as expected, nothing worthwhile has come out....
Another must read here.
As always, interesting times we live in. Pay attention today.