Skip to comments.Obama to Appoint Middle East Crisis Team on 'Day One'
Posted on 01/16/2009 9:45:06 AM PST by Nachum
(IsraelNN.com) United States President-elect Barack Obama said he will appoint a team immediately after his inauguration on Tuesday to address on "Day One" the crisis in Gaza, as well as other troubles across the Middle East.
"We've got a regional set of problems," Obama said in an interview with USA Today, noting the challenges in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan in addition to the war over the Land of Israel. "They're not going to be solved in isolation. And we've got to be active in all these areas in order for us to be successful in any of these areas."
According to the report, Obama is planning a diplomatic offensive, which could include the appointment of special envoys, and which contrasts sharply with President Bush's approach to the region. Bush put less emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict early in his tenure and tended to deal with Middle East problems separately, the report explained.
Most Americans Blame Arab Side The most recent poll by Rasmussen Reports showed 53% of Americans at least somewhat confident in Obamas ability to deal with the situation in Gaza, including 25% who are very confident in the President-elect.
The Rasmussen poll found that 56 percent of voters nationwide believe that the Palestinians are to blame for the current situation in Gaza, while 13 percent say Israel is at fault. Close to half - 45% - said Israel was justified in taking military action against Gaza, while 38% opined that the Jewish nation should have tried harder to find a diplomatic solution.
As in the earlier survey, Republicans strongly agree with Israel, while Democrats wish there had been more efforts at diplomacy. Half of those polled said Israel should agree to a truce now, while 26 percent disagree.
Don’t we have a State Department to handle all foreign affairs???
Pawning off more responsibilities to others. I bet Hillary is going to loooove having another bit of her turf snatched away.
Obama it is all out of your control and there isn’t a friggin thing you can do to stop it.
There is going to be much fighting and backstabbing between his Cabinet, his many “czars” and all of his special teams. Too many chiefs and not enough indians.
Just part of the 3 million jobs he’ll create.
No doubt OBL is on that team; one of their own allies. Each of us must pray daily that we’re no where near the next ground zero that these clowns make very likely.
my head says this guy’s probably not (a) the beast (b) the false prophet. it seems a bit too soon. but it could be.
She will be a SOS figurehead only...an obedient figurehead.
Is this before or after he takes his show on the road.
Talk about a perpetual campaign. He makes bubba seem presidential. well, not exactly!
OH OK, now that 0bama is is charge, he'll fix that whole problem in the middle east. They'll listen to him. He probably has a team working on it now. It should take what, a week or two? No Prob.
See Daniel 8:25...that shoe may fit..
Looks like BO wants to be “Action Man”. Probably will make a lot of noise but absent acceptance of the realities in the ME, it will be Carter II, or worse.
Every president since Carter has promised to hit the ground running on the Middle East from day one, and not a single one of them has succeeded at anything. I don’t see Obama being any different.
Woohoo! Wars are over! The big O wil appoint a team so we've nothing more to worry about!
he's presently on TV babbling about the economy, and each time he stops it sounds like someone turning on an applause machine..
O: "We're going to work on that..."
O: "And I know you're ready for that!"
O: "Maybe we can get more wind power to get this economy going..."
O: "instead of just hearing it on the Hill!"
This guy is going to have more “teams” than ever, yet NOTHING will ever get accomplished.
And, he did so to insulate our ally - Israel. This adminisration, on the other hand, fully intends to sell our friends down the river.
Welcome to FR. Don’t kid yourself...and watch for the signing of an agreement.
Good news . . Staff up those embassies over there with peaceniks. That will Create a juicy Soft Terrorist Target for a bigger body Count . . . Those darn American Soldiers have guns and are a much harder Target.
Use those black limos to driver to the Peace conferences . . more easy moving Targets.
An Obama learning curve for the Darwin Awards ?
By ‘crisis’ Obama means the existence of Israel.
At this rate, we really will have “Peace in our time”
We told you so. He’s going to “confront” the problem, assemble some suits to stand around him and read from a teleprompter, as if Bush had not been doing this since 2001.
Wouldn't be surprised if Carter is on that Middle East team or is asked for input. Other likely candidates are Zbigniew Brezinski, Robert Malley, and the Powers girl. Don't expect anything but anti-Israel, Hamas-kissing platitudes to eminate from his team.
They have not been in charge for a long time although they do a lot of undermining when someone like Bush is in the WH.
That's if OBL is still alive, which remains very doubtful. Of course, there are plenty of others of his ilk to fill in for him if asked.
A committee! Look there’s a committe! We’re saved!!!!
Less bad decisions to pin on him.
It’s about time someone thought about the middle east situation! Up until now, the world was just ignoring it. But with Obamination we’ll get the job done! ....NOT
They will all be cair members.
“watch for the signing of an agreement”
Indeed. But the Bible says he will “enforce” a covenant. Widely interpreted as “sign” or “create”. Maybe he just “enforces” an existing covenant. Maybe it means the land covenant for Israel to have the land (although Israel should only look for God to enforce that covenent, and which he will then break)
people are going to love the guy. I fear that non-saved conservatives will be sucked in. Certainly the McCains of this world will be along for the ride IMO
“See Daniel 8:25...that shoe may fit..”
Yes, that’s the guy. I hope not. 0 seems far too pathetic. but the reaction from people is what concerns me
At least he’s not wasting any time in making futile gestures to go along with his empty promises and meaningless speechs.
Standing between Hillary and her Nobel Prize. Better put Bill in charge of the team.
1. Pass Freedom of Choice (Abortion) Act,
2. Pass 'stimulus' package,
3. Pass Employee Free Choice Act.
4. Close Guantanamo Bay
5. Appoint a Mideast Crisis Team.
That is one busy day, especially since we are talking about Day One, which is already pretty full with the swearing in and all the of parties in D.C.
Perhaps he wants these issues addressed by people not subject to Senate confirmation and oversight. We'll see who he appoints.
The liberals are really obsessed “ Ready on Day One” and “Smart” which in reality means that they are neither.
Well, yes, of course. And her Hillaryness will be the new Secretary of State - and God help anyone who tries to horn in on her turf.
Praise the Lord, we are FINALLY going to get this problem solved!
The new people always think if we try harder or start a new process things will change, but they never do. All we get are never-ending negotiations peppered with wars, frameworks, roadmaps, initiatives, intifadas, incursions, accords, strikes, etc. Barry will fail like all the others.
Nothing will change until the Pali's decide they'd rather have peace than killing Jews.
The Obamanation will be a regular Snivel Chamberlain..
If He did not cut those days short, even the elect would be deceived.
Special Envoy = Rev. Wright and Motown.
Are you former friend of now deceased (RIP) “MouthofSouth”?