Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Unwrap America's New Diplomacy to Find Bush

President Barack Obama's oratory may move mountains, but White House rhetoric diverts citizens from our foreign policy chasm. Change means listening in the Israel-Palestine conflict and talking with Iran. Is it really change? The Jerusalem Post reported:

US Ambassador Susan Rice warned that Iran must meet UN Security Council demands to suspend uranium enrichment before any talks on its nuclear program.

That sounds strikingly Bushist. What about Gaza, where the President elect held his tongue for 25 days, while Israel pummeled Palestinians?

As George Mitchell was dispatched to the Middle East, US President Barack Obama said overnight Monday that his new envoy to the region would aim "to engage vigorously and consistently in order for us to achieve genuine progress. And when I say progress, not just photo ops, but progress that is concrete."

Quartet envoy Tony Blair tipped "genuine progress" on December 8. He said Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chair Mahmoud Abbas reached a secret agreement. Tony told Haaretz on December 20 that Obama's incoming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and NSA Chief General James L. Jones agreed with a change in strategy on Gaza. Bombs, including cluster and phosphorous munitions, fell a week later.

Bush was a supremely bad actor. President Obama sells better, but the script remains the same. Now Change means No Change from W.