MrTaiChi

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MrTaiChi 5 years ago

Getting back to the main article..., let's examine the "tone" of the President's foreign policy changes. His pronouncements regarding American-Muslim relations, particularly his statement that the United States was opposed to new settlements in the West Bank were taken by the Arab world as actual policy changes, when in fact it has been longstanding American policy that such settlements were illegal under international law. What was different was the "tone" of the delivery, assumed by the Arabs, (naive as American cool-aid drinkers), as a statement of intention to do some actual arm twisting on Israel. When Secretary of State Clinton attempted to nuance the message this past week, they felt betrayed. Quick to follow will be the predictable Arab conspiratorial mindset that the President meant what he said, but was frightened away from his policy change by Zionists. They see his closest political advisors in that class, one of whom holds dual citizenship as an Israeli. Arabs have an incredibly long memory. Events eight hundred years ago are like yesterday in their thinking. On this date in 1944 a British diplomat was assassinated by the the Zionist Stern Gang in Cairo. From Pakistan to Morocco most Muslims are probably thinking that the President got b*tch slapped when he got back from his outreach to the Muslim world.

Here's the point- tone is fine, but one inexperienced in foreign policy should learn that words mean something to the audience, and are particulary dangerous when they raise expectations that will not be fulfilled. The crushing disappointment of failed rising expectations leads to dispair, leads to the promised resignation of the Fatah faction President of the PLO, leads to Hamas.

President Obama's rhetoric is delightful to listen to. President Bush was an embarrassing speaker. He had better advisors in some respects apparently, because his "tone" gave no false promise to the Arab world that the United States would finally be even-handed in Palestinian issues.

' tone was good though!

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MrTaiChi 5 years ago

Getting back to the main article..., let's examine the "tone" of the President's foreign policy changes. His pronouncements regarding American-Muslim relations, particularly his statement that the United States was opposed to new settlements in the West Bank were taken by the Arab world as actual policy changes, when in fact it has been longstanding American policy that such settlements were illegal under international law. What was different was the "tone" of the delivery, assumed by the Arabs, (naive as American cool-aid drinkers), as a statement of intention to do some actual arm twisting on Israel. When Secretary of State Clinton attempted to nuance the message this past week, they felt betrayed. Quick to follow will be the predictable Arab conspiratorial mindset that the President meant what he said, but was frightened away from his policy change by Zionists. They see his closest political advisors in that class, one of whom holds dual citizenship as an Israeli. Arabs have an incredibly long memory. Events eight hundred years ago are like yesterday in their thinking. On this date in 1944 a British diplomat was assassinated by the the Zionist Stern Gang in Cairo. From Pakistan to Morocco most Muslims are probably thinking that the President got b*tch slapped when he got back from his outreach to the Muslim world.

Here's the point- tone is fine, but one inexperienced in foreign policy should learn that words mean something to the audience, and are particulary dangerous when they raise expectations that will not be fulfilled. The crushing disappointment of failed rising expectations leads to dispair, leads to the promised resignation of the Fatah faction President of the PLO, leads to Hamas.

President Obama's rhetoric is delightful to listen to. President Bush was an embarrassing speaker. He had better advisors in some respects apparently, because his "tone" gave no false promise to the Arab world that the United States would finally be even-handed in Palestinian issues.

' tone was good though!

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