March 28, 2008


Who are you, Barack Obama? (Danny Ayalon, Jan. 23, 2008, THE JERUSALEM POST)

In contrast to Obama, the other candidates in the electoral field from both parties are long-time public servants for whom every deed - and misdeed - has been repeatedly explored and dissected for the public eye. Mr. Obama is the only major candidate who has been able to ride out his campaign as the guy who came from almost nowhere, thus unencumbered by the need to defend any old policies or past decisions.

From our perspective, as international spectators for whom Israeli and global security must be of foremost interest, while observing the American elections we should look at the Obama candidacy with some degree of concern as we hope to answer that all-important question, "Who really is this man, and what policies will he impose?" [...]

Since early on in his campaign he has said that he would meet with the President of Iran - but we are left in the dark as to what agenda he would pursue on this issue. With the exception of promoting American divestment from Iran, an idea he adopted during a meeting with Bibi Netanyahu, Obama has largely avoided highlighting what specific demands he would make of Ahmadinijad and any timetables he would establish for the Iranians to dismantle their nuclear program. The threat of Islamic terrorism and the expanding scourge of fanaticism are also concepts which have been addressed by Obama in only the most ambiguous of terms.

As far as Israel is concerned, Obama has yet to suggest specific measures he would enact regarding the Jewish State's Qualitative Military Edge that allows us to defend ourselves against our current and future enemies. Given the increasingly tense security environment Israel is confronting on all sides, now is not the time for American leaders to shy away from such fundamental questions.

The four years ahead are far too critical for global security to place the presidency of the United States in the hands of a leader whose campaign is leaving us with more questions than answers.

The Senator had a nice long skate as a cypher before the ways in which he diverges from most Americans personally came to the fore. Eventually the campaign gets to the point where his divergence on political issues becomes the story.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 28, 2008 10:14 AM

Since he was a cypher all anyone had to look at and talk about were his associates. They became the substitute for him. The missus, Rezko, and Rev. Wright became the lens people saw Obama through.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 28, 2008 12:32 PM