It’s strike one against Obama. Gitmo will not be closed during the first 100 days of his presidency. Given that closing the base does present many logistical and legal problems, not making its closure one of his first priorities sends a negative message to the world about what type of “change to believe in” from Obama’s foreign policy.
When asked by George Stephanopoulos why he has remained “silent on the Gaza crisis when so many innocent people are being killed?”, Obama answered,
Well, look, I have said — and I think I said this a couple of days back, that when you see civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli, harmed, under hardship, it’s heartbreaking. And obviously what that does is it makes me much more determined to try to break a deadlock that has gone on for decades now.
The most powerful nation in the world’s closest ally continues to bomb the hell out of the world’s most densely populated ghetto, and the best the U.S. president-elect can say is that it is “heartbreaking”. The international community must be thinking that Bush’s anything goes War on Terror has outlived the Hope logo. The Yes Men always end up irrelevant as power-brokers. Could this mean goodbye Camp David, welcome Sarkozy?