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May 17, 2009

Reading Tea Leaves: Hoping for a Shift in USG Policy on the ME

Helene Cooper stokes the fire of justice and prayers for peace in today's NYT. She calls upon people who have had contact with POTUS to determine whether there is any possibility for him to break from the US government's lock-step agreement with right-wing Israeli leaders and concludes that it's entirely possibly.

In fact, she ends the article with a quote from a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Charles W. Freeman, Jr. who compares the possible change in policy to Nixon's game-changing trip to China. [Aside: former Mormon missionary, current Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr was nominated to be ambassador to China. Is an ultra-religious man really the best choice to dialog with the world's largest atheist community?]

I want to be hopeful. I want to believe that change is coming. But words mean very little when injustice has been accepted for 61 long years.

Posted by cj at May 17, 2009 8:00 AM


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