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Damning Report: Obama And The ‘Grand Bargain’
How hard did President Obama work to get Republicans and Democrats to come together for a ‘grand bargain’ that would slash Social Security, Medicare, and taxes on the rich and corporations (while raising taxes on the middle class)? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur shares a report from The Washington Post:
During Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli attack on Gaza described by Amnesty International as “22 days of death and destruction,” Obama, days away from assuming office, stated that were rockets raining down on his daughters’ heads while they slept, he would do something about it. He was referring only to Palestinian rockets; he made no such qualification about Israeli missiles raining down on Palestinian heads. That statement served as a precursor of the utter disregard for Palestinian rights that Obama has displayed throughout his presidency.
Israel continues to build settlements on what international law recognizes to be Palestinian land – notably in East Jerusalem – without receiving any meaningful censure from the US government, which continues to fund the Israeli government to the tune of $3 Billion per year, with no threat of cessation. At the same time, President Obama makes comments such as “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided,” a comment in flagrant violation of international law, which recognizes East Jerusalem to be as much a part of Israel as Washington D.C. is a part of Canada.
This approach of according Israelis rights that are denied to the Palestinians has ensured that the conflict continues unabated, with increasing insecurity for Palestinians as well as Israelis. In addition, as General Petraeus has stated, the US bias in the conflict foments anti-American sentiment in the Middle East, which increases the threat towards our troops, as well as, ultimately, towards our nation and residents of the U.S.
Incredibly, the GOP reprimands Obama for not being even more biased towards Israeli interests, going as far, in some instances, as to deny the existence of Palestinian people and of Palestinian rights.