Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hillary @ AIPAC: posture without backbone?

Washington's Shrinking Options on Iran Nuke Sanctions -Tony Karon

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told AIPAC on Monday: "We are now working with our partners in the United Nations on new sanctions that will bite."

The actual level of progress on the Iran sanctions front, however, has not yet caught up with Clinton's tough talk - and there's little sign that any of the pressure will realistically stop Iran from acquiring the means to create a nuclear bomb.

Hillary Clinton's Unfortunate Mistake -Itamar Marcus & Nan Jacques Zilberdik

In her speech to AIPAC on Monday, Clinton condemned Hamas for renaming "a square after a terrorist who murdered innocent Israelis." On the other hand, Clinton "commended" Abbas.

But in fact it has been the PA and Mahmoud Abbas, not Hamas, who have been leading the Palestinians in glorifying Dalal Mughrabi.

When Hamas is condemned for the terror glorification while it is Abbas and the PA who are guilty, the message to the Palestinian leadership is that they can continue with their incitement to hatred and violence, and no one will call them to account.
(Jerusalem Post)


U.S. Softens Sanction Plan Against Iran -David Crawford, et al

The U.S. has backed away from pursuing a number of tough measures against Iran in order to win support from Russia and China for a new UN Security Council resolution on sanctions.
(Wall Street Journal)



LHwrites said...

The US does seem unwilling to fault Abbas or the PA, which unless they are forced to change, will not get them anywhere. Maybe because Hamas is a threat to Abbas as well, and the enemy of my enemy is my friend kind of thing. But it won;t actually get them anything or accomplish anything.

Bruce said...

I believe the reason may have more to do with the present administration's view: incorrectly perceiving 'the problem' as Israel's stubbornness. Their messianic belief in Arab flexibility is foolish, but probably based on Obama's past association with prominent Arabists like Edward Said @ Columbia. Sad.