LA Jews for Peace
The 2008 Presidential Election
Possible Affects on United States Middle East Policy
Barak Obama
  • "Obama's Evolving Foreign Policy" by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, July 21/28, 2008.
  • Obama's speech to AIPAC, June 4, 2008.
  • "Obama's Right Turn" by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, June 11, 2008.
  • "Why Obama Won" by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, June 18, 2008.
  • "Obama: Iran threatens all of us" by Dave Newbart, Chicago Sun Times, March 3, 2007.
  • "Barack Obama on the Middle East" by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Jan. 10, 2008.
  • "Obama's Israel Shuffle" by Justin Elliott, Mother Jones, February 1, 2008. Describes pressure on Obama to conform to AIPAC position.
  • "Making Sense of Barak Obama" by Mitchell Plitnick, The Third Way, Feb. 8, 2008. Plitnick suggests that Obama may represent hope of a new U.S. Middle East Policy.
  • Copy of Barack Obama's Jan. 22, 2008 letter to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. on the proposed Gaza Siege resolution.
  • "Obama reaches out to Jewish leaders" by Ami Eden, Jewish Telegraphic Association, Feb. 24, 2008.
    Rabbi Michael Lerner wrote, "Presidential candidate Barack Obama has been very successful in reassuring the bulk of American Jews that the innuendoes and overt attacks on his alleged hostility to or indifference to the well-being of Israel are false or that he has other commitments that might be deemed dangerous to Jews. Obama has shown himself to be a "spiritual progressive" supporting a "progressive Middle Path" that is both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine. While some Jews, particularly those affiliated with the Republican party or the neo-con-influence wing of the Democratic Party, and those who support the policies of the Likud Party in Israel, are likely to continue to critique Obama and spread rumors and distortions, the vast majority of American Jews are far more likely to consider him a friend of Israel just as they consider Hillary Clinton and John McCain to be, and hence are unlikely to have the issue of Israel-support be the one that decides for them how to vote in either the primaries or the general election of 2008."
  • "Renewing American Leadership" by Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, July/August, 2007.
    Both Barack and Michelle Obama’s are members of the Council on Foreign Relations. Critical sections of Barack’s article in Foreign Affairs – filled with dignified language – nevertheless reveal his implicit and explicit commitment to the US empire, in particular to reversing its precipitous decline as a world power. The most telling sections, most of which refer to the use of military force, are blued. A few are also bolded.
  • "The Audacity of Hypocrisy, Obama's Pandering to Israel" by Joe Mowrey Counterpunch, March 26, 2008.
    "On the surface Barak Obama may constitute one of the more palatable lesser of two evils we have been offered in quite some time. But he is still only the lesser of two evils. He offers us nothing more than a continuation of the United States' corporate militarism and imperialist policies as well as the unquestioning support of a racist regime in Israel."
  • "Allies of Palestinians see a friend in Barack Obama," LA Times, April 10, 2008.
    Palestinians, and the Jewish peace camp, consider Obama receptive despite his clear support of Israel.
    "Breaking News: Obama Met Palestinian Intellectuals Ten Years Ago," by Jon Wiener, Huffington Post April 10, 2008.
    Critique of LA Times article. Wiener accuses the LA Times of jaded incredulity in its decision to run a front page article about the fact that Barack Obama has a friend of Palestinian descent (the prominent Columbia University historian Rashid Khalidi) and went to hear a lecture by Edward Said ten (yes, ten!) years ago.

  • Hillary Clinton
  • "Hillary Clinton on International Law" by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 11, 2007
  • "Hillary Clinton on Military Policy" by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 12, 2007
  • "Sexism, the Women’s Vote and Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy" by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, Jan. 27, 2008
  • "Hillary Clinton Again Lies about Iraq" by Stephen Zunes, Common Dreams, Feb. 2, 2008
  • "Why Hillary Clinton’s Iraq Vote Does Matter" by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 23, 2008

  • John McCain
  • "A McCain Moment: Do You Want Four More Years of This?" by Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post, March 24, 2008
    Huffington argues that McCain's knowledge of the Iraq situation is thin. As an example she describes McCains ludicrous claim that he made last week in Jordan, that "Al Qaeda insurgents were being trained in Iran. Asked again about it, he dug in deeper, claiming it was 'common knowledge and has been reported in the media that al-Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran, that's well known. "A few moments later, McCain's chief lady in waiting, Joe Lieberman, leaned forward and whispered in his ear. McCain promptly offered a quick rewrite: 'I'm sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al-Qaeda.'"

    Huffington admits that "McCain is a war hero, and yes, we're all grateful for his service during the Vietnam war. But ... having acted heroically in a foreign war does not magically translate into foreign policy expertise and judgment."

  • More Coming. .

  • Comparing Condidates
  • "John McCain and Barack Obama tilt toward the center on Iraq plans" by Paul Richter, LA Times, May 16, 2008 and, Feb. 12, 2008.
  • "The 'Long War' fallacy" by Andrew J. Bacevich, LA Times, May 13, 2008 and, Feb. 12, 2008.
  • "Behind Obama and Clinton" by Stephen Zunes, Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 4, 2008 and, Feb. 12, 2008.
  • "The Foreign Policy Agenda of the Democratic Front-Runners: Comparisons on Some Key Issues" by Stephen Zunes,, Jan. 25, 2008.
  • "Obama vs. Clinton – October 2002" by Stephen Zunes,, Jan. 22, 2008.
  • Summary of Each Candidate's Position on the Israeli-Palestinian Issue.

  • U.S. Strategic Interest and Military Budget
  • "The Legacy of Bush II" by Robert Scheer, Truthdig, Feb. 5, 2008.
  • "2008 Elections and US Strategic Interest in the Middle East" by Dick Platkin, Presented at UCI, March 4, 2008.