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Obama’s Big Middle East Speech Will Avoid a Big Issue

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Posted on May 17, 2011
White House / Pete Souza

While the White House is promising that President Barack Obama’s big Middle East speech on Thursday will make news, Obama will avoid the biggest story this week: the inflamed Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which claimed a few more lives Sunday.

The president also will not spend much time on Osama bin Laden.

Instead, Obama will reportedly discuss innovative ways the U.S. can meddle in the Arab Spring. That should go over well in the region.  —PZS

The Hill:

President Obama’s address on the Middle East Thursday will not focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

It will also not focus on the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

Instead, after months of political upheaval and uprisings in the Middle East, President Obama will try to deliver a speech that assesses the sweeping changes the region has experienced, and discusses where the U.S. should go from here.

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By Arabian Sinbad, May 19, 2011 at 7:55 am Link to this comment

I just read a headline on the Website about Obama’s so-called speech to the Middle East “containing rewards and punishment!”

Excuse me! Now Obama is a MIGHTY GOD who can bestow rewards and punishments at well!

It can’t get more arrogant, stupid and disturbing than this!!

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By LibyaWest, May 18, 2011 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

At this point the only speech I want to hear from barrage insane o’bomber is his resignation speech.  He’s killed more than enough people to prove to the world that he’s just another bush.

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By SarcastiCanuck, May 18, 2011 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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At this point I don’t think the Arabs give a shit about what Obama has to say.They have sprouted thier own wings and shed thier own blood.They also think that America speaks with a forked tongue.

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By drbhelthi, May 18, 2011 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

“Why not listen to the speech first before passing judgment?” gstoddard

WHY?
“What you do speaks so loud, I can not hear what you say.” A saying of the
indigenous of what is now the North American continent.

We know Obama talks a good line.
We know he does what his string pullers tell him to do, usually the
opposite of his promises.

Of course, all who wish to mess in their pants a second time, before the
first mess is cleaned away, are free to do so.  Sad to say - - .

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By Big B, May 18, 2011 at 5:02 am Link to this comment

gstoddard

Of course we should listen, REALLY LISTEN, to his speech (since most have not in the past, and are still shocked at his fascist leanings).

And Robespierre is correct, this will be his second re-election campaign speech, the first was, of course, the announcement of Bin Ladens assassination.

Its all salemanship folks! you gotta have a hook. And its time for Barry to once again don the checkered blazer and tell us all of the benefits of his brand of snake oil.

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By gstoddard, May 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment

Why not listen to the speech first before passing judgment?

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By Robespierre115, May 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

It will just be another bullshit campaign speech.

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By gerard, May 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

Sorry to see the finger-pointing, which has become a hallmark of U.S. foreign policy.

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By berniem, May 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm Link to this comment

As far as I’m concerned, dragging the horse in thru the gates and seeing the damage done was enough for this Progressive! Obama is a liar and corporatist shill who has proven himself to lack substance and moral standing in his pronouncements! Except for the US corporate media and equally corrupt foreign politicos, most people around the world will tune out and ignore whatever banalities and platitudes he may spout in full knowledge that the truth will be that what the US wants it better get and that any silly democracy movements that dare interfere will pay the severest of penalties! Oh, and FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!

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By TDoff, May 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

Talking about the Middle East and it’s problems without mentioning Israeli transgressions is as asinine as discussing pedophilia and ignoring the Catholic church and it’s priests.

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