Sunday, January 18, 2009

Obama's feet to the Fire?

The Jewish Daily Forward publishes a well-detailed account of Ehud Olmert's public dissing of Condi Rice. Old news by now. More disturbing are the statements by leaders of various groups that comprise the "Israel lobby" - all of whom seemed to feel that Rice was fair game and that Olmert's actions and words were appropriate, and excoriated the Bush administration for failing to veto the 8 January Security Council resolution. As the author, Nathan Gutman, notes:

The tough words from Israel and Jewish groups toward the outgoing administration will make little difference for Bush and Rice, who leave office January 20. But they will serve as a message to the incoming administration led by President-elect Barack Obama and his choice for secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“This is a battle that needed to be taken,” Foxman said. “We don’t win all our battles, but we can’t simply accept that the Security Council is what the Security Council is.”

I expect guys like Abe Foxman and his ilk to come gunning for Obama at the first sign of a swerve from the AIPAC/ADL line. Maybe this is where Rahm Emanuel earns his spurs.

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