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#1333196 - 01/28/10 07:33 PM Middle East has political problems?
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Last week, in an "exclusive" interview granted to Time magazine, U.S. President Barack Obama admitted he erred during his first year in office by raising unrealistically high expectations of solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"I'll be honest with you, this is just really hard," Mr. Obama said when asked about the Middle East.

"This is as intractable a problem as you get," he went on, noting that while Israel had showed a willingness "after a lot of time" to make "some modifications" in policy, it "still found it very hard to move with any bold gestures."

"I think it is absolutely true that what we did this year didn't produce the kind of breakthrough that we wanted, and if we had anticipated some of these political problems on both sides earlier, we might not have raised expectations as high," Mr. Obama added.


Are we sure Obama is as smart as he is being made out to be?

Really, there are political problems in Israeli-Palestinian relations? Who knew? If only someone had told us, we could have reacted differently.

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#1333201 - 01/28/10 07:36 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? straw
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What, exactly, did they do regarding the relationship besides ask Israel for some concessions in building on the West Bank?
Last edited by MB Guy; 01/28/10 08:58 PM. Reason: oops
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#1333207 - 01/28/10 07:39 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? straw
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Originally Posted By: straw


"I'll be honest with you, this is just really hard," Mr. Obama said when asked about the Middle East POTUS job.



Duh.

Fixed to sum up the whole last year.

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#1333216 - 01/28/10 07:49 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? MB Guy
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Originally Posted By: MB Guy
What, exactly, did they do regarding the relationship besides ask Israel for some concessions in building in the Gaza Strip?


Ironically, later in the artical, Abbas decries Obama's call for a freeze in settlements, saying that basically tied his hands, as he couldn't let the American President seem more Palestinian that the Palestinian President.

But hey, if he (Obama) had only known there were political issues here, he would have approached it differently.

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#1333228 - 01/28/10 07:56 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? straw
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now this is not Bush's fault!

clearly it started with Abraham and Sarah not waiting until her 95th year....
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#1333283 - 01/28/10 08:38 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? MB Guy
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Originally Posted By: MB Guy
What, exactly, did they do regarding the relationship besides ask Israel for some concessions in building in the Gaza Strip?
Since Israel has already ceded Gaza to the "Palestinians", what building were they to freeze?
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#1333331 - 01/28/10 08:58 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? Blade Scrapper
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Oops, I meant West Bank, my mistake.

Actually working today...
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#1333353 - 01/28/10 09:05 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? straw
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Originally Posted By: straw
if we had anticipated some of these political problems on both sides earlier, we might not have raised expectations as high,"

But it was the moment the seas began to recede and the planet healed and the unicorns brought us all cotton candy - how can expectations possibly be too high about such a glorious time in history?

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#1333413 - 01/28/10 09:47 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? Jokerman
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Pulling people out of the ditc...
so the "just talking to them option" is no longer? or did we maybe just not explain it good enough to them...
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#1333416 - 01/28/10 09:48 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? HappyGilmore
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I think more speeches will do the trick.

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#1333429 - 01/28/10 09:55 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? straw
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Maybe if he speaks louder and slower.
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#1333434 - 01/28/10 09:58 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? Blade Scrapper
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exactly

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#1333473 - 01/28/10 10:42 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? straw
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He'll take full responsibility for the fact that he didn't realize everyone else was so stupid.

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#1333570 - 01/29/10 01:45 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? Jokerman
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what's considered the "Middle East?"
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#1333574 - 01/29/10 01:49 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? A_G
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west virginia

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#1333649 - 01/29/10 02:45 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? Bailey.
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laugh !!!!

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#1333656 - 01/29/10 02:48 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? Miscuit
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If West Virginia is the Middle East, I live on the West Bank.
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#1333677 - 01/29/10 03:01 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? DD Regs
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out of the frying pan...
These people have been trying to kill each other for 2000 years. Is Obama really arrogant enough to think that he can fix it? Yikes! eek
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#1333681 - 01/29/10 03:03 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? RR Becca
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There's that much unrest in West Virgina? shocked
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#1333682 - 01/29/10 03:04 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? DD Regs
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Originally Posted By: DD Regs
If West Virginia is the Middle East, I live on the West Bank.


will i need a visa to come visit you?

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#1333685 - 01/29/10 03:04 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? Miscuit
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They only take Amex on the West Bank.
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#1333693 - 01/29/10 03:12 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? A_G
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Originally Posted By: Ellie.Light
There's that much unrest in West Virgina? shocked


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#1333701 - 01/29/10 03:17 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? RR Becca
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#1333725 - 01/29/10 03:43 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? RR Becca
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Originally Posted By: RR Becca
These people have been trying to kill each other for 2000 years. Is Obama really arrogant enough to think that he can fix it? Yikes! eek


Some battles must be fought, not because they can be won, but because they must be fought.

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#1333739 - 01/29/10 03:49 PM Re: Middle East has political problems? RR Becca
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Originally Posted By: RR Becca
These people have been trying to kill each other for 2000 years. Is Obama really arrogant enough to think that he can fix it? Yikes! eek



add another 2,000 years to that....

some of Shem's kids were not easy to get along with...
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