Codename: Khalidi

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If one is following the US presidential election closely- and one should, ye lazy bums- one could get all kinds of interesting information on the candidates from the campaign spokespeople of their contenders. For example, if you listened to the Obama campaign, then you would know that McCain is the product of a rather successful genetic experiment to clone an older, grumpier and more senile version of George W. Bush that is determined to nuke every country on the planet and serve your firstborn cooked a la king to the eating pleasure of CEO’s of Oil companies . On the other hand, if you listen to the McCain campaign, you would be surprised to find out that Barack Obama is an Islamist Theocrat, a socialist nationalist and a Marxist communist, all at the same time. Obama, it seems, has many faces, and all of them hate America.

The most recent McCain campaign meme, however, is focused on a fourth Obama: an Zionist-hating, Palestinian-loving, Kuffeyah-wearing, Israel-is-committing-genocide-against-the-Palestinian-people fifth columnist. Their proof? Well, he apparently has past associations with a Palestinian-American scholar , Rashid Khalidi , the director of the Middle East Institute of Columbia's School of International and Public affairs. What is the big deal about that? Well, he apparently does not like Israel very much, to such degree that he is rumored to have been an un-official advisor to the PLO during the Madrid Peace talks. Now, while I am shocked..shocked I tell ya..that a pleastinian-american scholar might not hold a favorable view of Israel and the Israeli occupation, I am almost speechless that a man who may have adviced the PLO- which the US government negotiates with- during peace talks is allowed to live in America today, let alone poison the minds of the airheaded susceptible C students they let into Columbia. For Shame.

But wait, the McCain campaign says: There is more. There is apparently a videotape, which they haven’t seen and that the LA Times has and refuses to release, of a party honoring Khalidi where Obama speaks, and during which Obama is rumored to have said bad things about Israel. Now, if you ask the McCain campaign how they know what’s on the tape even though they never saw it, they will respond to you that this is not really the issue, and that the real issue is that the LA Times won’t release the tape, and that is because the LA Times wants Obama to be President and knows how damaging this tape really is. The LA Times counters that they can’t release the tape because it belongs to a source for a story they did, whom they promised never to publically release. So, dear reader, being the diligent blogger that I am, I searched for the story and found it, hoping to find the clues that the McCain campaign followed to infer the existence of such a conspiracy, specifically paragraphs on what exactly Obama had said at that event. Here is what I found:

A special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi's wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.

His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases. . . . It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation — a conversation that is necessary not just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world."

Ok… there must be something else…oh yes, here we go

At Khalidi's 2003 farewell party, for example, a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, "then you will never see a day of peace."

One speaker likened "Zionist settlers on the West Bank" to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been "blinded by ideology."

Obama adopted a different tone in his comments and called for finding common ground. But his presence at such events, as he worked to build a political base in Chicago, has led some Palestinian leaders to believe that he might deal differently with the Middle East than either of his opponents for the White House.

Ok, so Obama said that conversations are good and that common ground is better, which is clearly….un-American? I don’t know anymore, man. This election is confusing me. My guess is that they know Obama didn’t say anything personally incriminating at the event, but that the other speakers-as the quote shows- did, so they would like to create a hoopla on how “he was there” when bad things were said about Israel and didn’t do something, unlike John McCain which would’ve pulled out his Hauser and killed them all in the name of Israel’s honor, or something.

So yes, this is the news currently in the US: a focus on how guilt by association is an integral aspect of the decision making process come election day, and that if one really wants to run for political office, one shouldn’t have friends from different political and ideological backgrounds and stick to people who think and act just like him. As for me, I am awaiting the Palestinian resistance name the McCain campaign will give Obama next. Abu Hussein, anyone?

Comments

  1. The McCain campaign is shooting itself in the foot with the Khalidi attack. In 1998, the International Republican Institute (IRI), chaired by John McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth $448K+.

    In any case, I doubt the US approach to Israel will change much under either candidate.

  2. Hauser? Mauser.

  3. Agree with Don. Desparate attempts to pull the Palestinian terrorist card what a dirty trick to call a US born professor such nonsense.

    The McCain is camp is getting disgusting by the second. Sandmonkey really this long post about this????

  4. Don,

    Do not compare 1998 to 2008.
    In 1998 Americans and Israelis were ready to jump out of their skins to please Arafat. Fools had hope.

    Either way, screw Khalidi. I am much more worried about this lovely trisom, Obama-Reid-Pelosi.

    SM, glad you are back.

  5. Good to hear from you again, SM!

    As for all the practically non-political mud-slinging in US elections, it’s really nothing new, and have always shocked people from the rest of the western world… This year, however, they just seem to have taken it up a notch, to a point where it has transcended the ridiculous and moved into the worrying! The rethoric is definately reaching hysterical heights this time…!

  6. Just get that damn videotape shown without naming the source. Big deal.

    Found this btw:

    “However, I received a tip from a person who has provided useful, accurate and unique data from LA before (e.g., “All six of CNN’s ‘undecided voters’ were Democratic operatives”). Take it for what it’s worth, but I believe this person is on target.

    [quote]Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can’t release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying “Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine” plus there’s been “genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis.”

    It would be really controversial if it got out. Tha’s why they will not even let a transcript get out.
    [/quote]

    Yep, I guess that would do it.”
    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2008/10/red-alert-tip-why-times-wont-release.html

  7. Just get that damn videotape shown without naming the source. Big deal.

    Found this btw:

    “However, I received a tip from a person who has provided useful, accurate and unique data from LA before (e.g., “All six of CNN’s ‘undecided voters’ were Democratic operatives”). Take it for what it’s worth, but I believe this person is on target.

    [quote]Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can’t release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying “Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine” plus there’s been “genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis.”

    It would be really controversial if it got out. Tha’s why they will not even let a transcript get out.
    [/quote]

    Yep, I guess that would do it.”

  8. Twosret,
    That’s not a dirty trick at all, no matter how they try, they’d never be able to underestimate the ignorance, stupidity and racism of their followers, all they had to do was just throw a foreign sounding name, then mention that he’s a Palestinian, which by corollary in their logic deficient brains means a terrorist, enough to stir the inherent xenophobia and hysteria in the Joe the plumbers of the world.
    Hate to admit it, but good post Sandmonkey, first time in like forever.

  9. Or they could just release the tape and put inane speculation to rest. No? No?

  10. Or Obmama could release his birth certificate and put all that to rest. No? No?

    Or instead of a $150,000,000.00 infomercial … Obama could have spread the wealth around and solved everyone of those he chose to highlight with a problem and still had plenty to go around.

    He chose to give them hope and change.

  11. oh jack don’t get your panties in a bunch, just wait till the senior senator from utah reintroduces his bill to repeal the birth requirement for arnie, your little argument won’t make a difference!

    hmmmmmm who was the last transplanted austrian to lead a major nation :/ it just slipped my mind.

  12. …and Mohammed just demonstrated that stupiduty and ignorance is alive and kicking on both sides. Congrats on a post totally devoid of argumentally sound content!

  13. Adam B,

    Totally agree.

  14. Mohammed and maher, Leo!

  15. Yes, agree again.

  16. Adam B,

    Stupidity and ignorance? what are you talking about? the fact that Mohamed and I are denouncing the insane claims that an American born professor who is entitled for his views shouldn’t be labeled as terrorist is stupidity and ignorance?

    Leo and tedders,

    What are you agreeing on exactly? sometimes my computer doesn’t show some posts so I am assuming I am missing something.

  17. if this is the said mo-hamm-ed who speaks with an air of entitlement, arrogance and contempt, ie dismissing our gun/god clinging rural folk, as the plebian horde. then yes he is a pseudo-intellectual with a racist panarabist bent on life and politics.

  18. You have a point there maher but the Hitler reference was a bit “out there”! :-)

    Why won’t Obama produce a birth cert. ? There must be something to hide or it would be a non issue. Why won’t the LA Times release the tape of him saying “…”? There must be something he feels the need to hide, that’s not the kind of leader America needs. That behavior is in the realm of the last lawyer we had for President who used such rhetoric as:

    “But I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again. I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false.”

    “You are free to infer that my testimony is that I did not have sexual relations as I understood this term to be defined.”

    “I have never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. I’ve never had an affair with her.”

    “It depends on what you mean by alone,”

    “It depends upon what the meaning of the word is means. If is means is, and never has been, that’s one thing. If it means, there is none, that was a completely true statement.”

    “When she used two different terms, sexual relationship, if she meant by that what most people mean by it, then that is not an untruthful statement.”

    “Indeed I did have a relationship with Ms Lewinsky that was not appropriate. In fact, it was wrong.”

    Ah , the skills of a lawyer/politician, awesomeness defined. The same skill at not answering questions or producing paper work of past performance is one of Obama’s gleaming talents.

  19. oh tedders now i remember!

    kurt waldheim was at the helm of the UN in the late 70′s into the early 80′s. heavens what would make you think of hitler :\

    only if you count the un as a nation tho.

  20. Maher: No. The Mo-ha-med who “speaks with an air of entitlement, arrogance and contempt” would be me, and no, he is not the same as the one who commented above. I just happen to have the most common name on the planet – there are apparently more Mohameds/Muhammads than Marys/Marias! surprising, huh? - so I purposefully chose to use the hyphens to differentiate myself from other Mohameds.

    I fail to see why you choose to personally attack me, without me being in the discussion in the first place! Have I hurt you in the past or something? Did I beat you up in school?
    I advise you to check the links (or lack thereof) behind the username; the blog title helps identify the user. Mine is travellerwithin.blogspot.com . (unfortunately WordPress does not display the photos of Blogger users).

    And the Hitler reference – real smooth, Maher, real smooth.

    Tedders: brilliant compilation of Clinton-isms!!
    Then again, Obama is also a lawyer… :-)

    On the Khalidi thing: I agree with SM.
    And a ‘guilt by association’ smear as a last-minute maneuver feels a little petty on the part of the McCain campaign…

    Kinda like McCain being on SNL on the last saturday of election season…
    Here!
    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/mccain-on-saturday-night-live/

  21. “And a ‘guilt by association’ smear as a last-minute maneuver feels a little petty on the part of the McCain campaign…”

    Two points.

    First, it is not ‘guilty-by-association’ but rather ‘poor-judgment’ charge, which is not smear but legitimate claim.

    Second, if you wish to denounce ‘guilty-by-association’ smears you must include Obama’s claim of ‘McCain-is-Bush’.

  22. tx for that brilliant and insightful journey into names, hyphenated Mohamed! i needn’t put an effort into explaining anything to you, as your swill speaks for its self!

    ‘there are apparently more Mohameds/Muhammads than Marys/Marias! surprising, huh?’

    no need to hit below the belt, you have it bad as it is.
    As for beating me up in school I’ve never been to samara or judea, and used to visit egypt only during summer break.

  23. “kurt waldheim was at the helm of the UN in the late 70’s into the early 80’s. ”

    ;-)

  24. Leo – interesting points. Though isn’t the “poor judgment” charge precisely because he was hanging out with a guy deemed suspicious by some? I think that’s ‘guilt by association’.. perhaps a linguistic misuse of the term on my part?

    However this is not similar to “McCain is Bush” – in the Obama-Khalidi connection, Obama was blamed for ‘being around’ the man. In McCain-Bush one, McCain is blamed for ‘behaving like’ the man (in voting, etc.)
    This said, I am watching BBCNews right now and a commentator was just saying that if McCain was on his own – without the Republican party/Bush baggage – “he’d already be in the White House”. Which I guess would agree with you.

    Maher – you’re very welcome. Past your first line I’m not sure I understood anything you said, though, but you’re welcome.
    You refer to the West Bank as “samara and judea”! Very cute. It’s Samaria, though, not Samara. Samara is a city in Russia. Again, you’re welcome.

    As for the remark on ‘Mohamed’ being numerically the most common name in the world – was a purely statistical remark; ‘Maria’ being the most common female name, it was the obvious comparison. And I wanted to share a joke with the readers.
    I see how your mind might’ve tricked you into seeing more to my comment than there is – allow me to ease your worries: there isn’t.

    Oh, and the world’s most common surname is Li. In the US, it is Smith.

    As of right now, we’re talking 207 college votes for Obama, 135 for McCain…

  25. if semantics over the spelling of a word ameliorates your deep seeded anger, then so be it! although both spellings are quite common, do a google search!

    by the way your ‘quip’ was a lame attempt at a joke.

    i’m done going back and forth with you, please find someone else to focus your anger on.

  26. Oh, how sad! Who am I going to ‘focus my deep seeded anger’ on then?

    There’s a slight problem though – there’s no such thing as “deep seeded”. It’s “deep-seated”. Eh. Don’t be too hard on yourself, though, others have made the same mistake as well.
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061126141727AAgNo03