Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:59 PM
DonViejo (7,896 posts)
Obama to Palestinian leader: U.S. opposes U.N. membership
By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, November 11, 2012 16:55 EST
US President Barack Obama told Mahmud Abbas on Sunday that his administration opposes a Palestinian bid for non-state membership of the UN, the Palestinian leader’s spokesman said.
“There was a long telephone conversation between president Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama,” Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP. “Obama expressed the opposition of the United States to the decision to go to the UN General Assembly.”
Abbas explained “the reasons and motives for the Palestinian decision to go to the UN … including the continued (Jewish) settlement activity and Israeli aggression against citizens and property,” Abu Rudeina said.
Israel and the United States are both opposed to the Palestinian plan, insisting that a Palestinian state can only result from peace negotiations, which have been suspended for the past two years.
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Obama to Palestinian leader: U.S. opposes U.N. membership (Original post)
Response to King_David (Reply #6)
Sun Nov 11, 2012, 08:44 PM
leveymg (29,517 posts)
7. It's far-fetched to suggest that Assad will use chemical weapons internally.
I can see some of the Jihadis who grab power if he falls using them against us, however. The implications of that risk analysis tells me it's probably better not to let the Syrian Army fall apart, as happened in Libya. Since the Syrian Army command is all based in the Alawite clans, with the Assad clan at the head, getting rid of this particular figurehead won't make any difference at all.
So, why are we still doing this regime change?
Response to King_David (Reply #9)
Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:26 AM
leveymg (29,517 posts)
10. Let's hope so. This US has few reserves to draw on to carry out another 1/2 or even 1/4 war.
I'd hate to think of the vulnerabilities in American power and influence that would be revealed if we were to get sucked into a regional war between Sunni and Shi'ia Islam in half a dozen countries at the same time.
It won't be much fun for Americans at home, either. If you liked post-9/11 America, just wait for the nasty police state we'll become after a string of soft American targets get blown up around the world and another high casualty event inside "the Homeland."
Those 15,000 Libyan MANPADs now floating around arms bizarres will worry us for years to come. What a potential cluster f-ck that can cause! What a stupid policy to promote an armed uprising in a place like Libya!
Response to DonViejo (Original post)
Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:06 PM
vdogg (148 posts)
2. Well, that's unfortunate
What's even more unfortunate is the article fails to dig into the reasons behind the President's decision. I would have liked to know because I don't particularly agree with it.
Response to vdogg (Reply #2)
Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:15 PM
Scootaloo (10,453 posts)
4. Par for the course, really...
The US has never been anything resembling a fair broker in these "negotiations." Given that, and Israel's very obvious antagonism to the idea of a Palestinian state, it's pretty clear to anyone paying attention that "direct negotiations" brokered by the US will result in no gains at all for the Palestinians. The Palestinian government has finally recognized the obvious and is exploring other options... options which htey are completely within their right to pursue.