Friday, January 16, 2009

How Obama Sells His Neocon Middle East Adviser

Most progressive news sites won't touch President-elect Barack Obama's appointment of Neocon Dennis Ross as his Special Adviser for the Middle East and Iran. How is he selling it? The Jerusalem Post gave a hint.

When questioned on whether his Middle East policy would build on US President George W. Bush's foundation or represent a clean break, Obama suggested continuity when he replied, "I think that if you look not just at the Bush administration, but also what happened under the Clinton administration, you are seeing the general outlines of an approach."

Dennis Ross is Clinton continuity, even going back to George H.W. Bush. Ross has the outline of a Neocon. Expect strong support of Israel and continued exercising of U.S. military might.

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