The world, and in particular the Arab world, is closely watching every move made by Hillary Clinton and Obama as events unfold in the Middle East. Much progress was underway in peace negotiations, but now it looks like Hillary Clinton will pick up where her husband left off.
In fact, it was Bill Clinton who told the incoming Secretary of State, Colin Powell, to never trust the "son-of-a-bitch", referring to Yasser Arafat. At that time, Hillary expressed a lot of sympathy for the Palestinian plight due to a trip made to refugee camps in 1998, but had changed her views over time while serving as senator. Since those early days, Hillary has become more hawkish in her views, which does cause concern among Arab leaders. Though Obama expresses support for Israel, the Arab world doesn't seem to hold the degree of anxiety as it does with Hillary Clinton.
This summer Jones, a retired general whose previous positions included US Marine Corps commandant and NATO supreme allied commander, was reportedly on Barack Obama's shortlist of vice presidential candidates, and has since been mentioned periodically as a possible national security adviser in an Obama administration.
US Middle East security coordinator James L. Jones, long expected to produce a document spelling out Israel's security needs after the creation of a Palestinian state, will not in the end present the Bush administration with a large-scale report, The Jerusalem Posthas learned.
Retired Marine Gen. James Jones accompanied bySecretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaks at the State Department in Washington. Photo: AP
"There is not going to be any Jones report that lays out the whole strategic vision of what a post-agreement reality would look like," one US official said. "There is not going to be one consolidated report." Jerusalem Post
The Worry Is This: During the final debate with McCain on October 15, 2008, Obama said this about Jones: "Let me tell you who I associate with... If I'm interested in figuring out my foreign policy, I associate myself with my running mate, Joe Biden or with Dick Lugar...or General Jim Jones, the former supreme allied commander of NATO." Redwine
WASHINGTON — Presidential-elect Barack Obama has pledged to improve U.S. relations with Syria and Egypt.
Aides said Obama had sent senior foreign policy adviser Robert Malley to Egypt and Syria to outline the Democratic candidate's policy on the Middle East.
The aides said Malley, who served in the administration of President Bill Clinton, relayed a pledge from Obama that the United States would seek to reconcile with Damascus as well as enhance relations with Cairo.
The aide said Obama plans to launch a U.S. diplomatic initiative toward Syria, regarded by the Bush administration as a leading supporter of the Al Qaida insurgency in Iraq. Obama, unlike President George Bush, has also supported Israeli peace negotiations with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"The tenor of the messages was that the Obama administration would take into greater account Egyptian and Syrian interests," the aide said.
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go
outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens,
nature and the Divine. Because only then does one feel that all is as it
should be and that the Divine wishes to see people happy, amidst the
simple beauty of nature."
Edna St. Vincent Millay
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!