Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Obama's Great Uncle -- Details from B.O.; $ for Israel

Barack Obama was mocked last week for telling a sad tale about his uncle who liberated Auschwitz. Then Obama was reminded that the Russians rather than the Americans liberated that camp. And that he had no uncle of an age to have participated in that liberation.

Addressing AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Council, Obama gives us the corrected version of the story. The uncle was actually a great uncle, and the camp was Ohrudruf, part of Buchenwald, which Americans did liberate.

Attempting to shore up his support among Jewish voters who have preferred Hillary Clinton, Obama promised to work to "eliminate" the threat that Iran poses to Israel and the rest of the world. No details as to how he would do this.

Obama attempted to clarify previous comments that he would meet with the president of Iran without precondition -- comments for which he was criticized as naive.

"As president of the United States, I would be willing to lead tough and principled diplomacy with the appropriate Iranian leader at a time and place of my choosing -- if, and only if -- it can advance the interests of the United States."

Obama also promised that he'd given Israel millions of dollars for new weapons. The theory seems to be that if he gives the money to a foreign country, it doesn't count as an earmark. It's unclear whether this thinly-veiled bribe will assuage the concerns of Jewish voters about rhetoric from the Rev. Wright, Obama's lack of foreign policy experience and his solicitude for those Palestinians who keep lobbing rockets at Israel.

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