October 14, 2008
The change Obama plans
Jesse Jackson thinks he knows what Obama has in mind, and he recently told the first World Policy Forum in Europe about it. Amir Taheri of the New York Post has the story, cleverly titled "The O Jesse knows."
He promised "fundamental changes" in US foreign policy - saying America must "heal wounds" it has caused to other nations, revive its alliances and apologize for the "arrogance of the Bush administration."The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end.Jackson believes that, although "Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades" remain strong, they'll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.
So how well does Jackson know Obama?
Jackson warns that he isn't an Obama confidant or adviser, "just a supporter." But he adds that Obama has been "a neighbor or, better still, a member of the family." Jackson's son has been a close friend of Obama for years, and Jackson's daughter went to school with Obama's wife Michelle."We helped him start his career," says Jackson. "And then we were always there to help him move ahead. He is the continuation of our struggle for justice not only for the black people but also for all those who have been wronged."
Hat tip: Olivia S., Ed Lasky