Friday, May 15, 2015


Yesterday’s May 14th news conference held by President Obama immediately after his meeting with the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) in my judgment was one of the most profound 7-½ of minutes in his presidency. By the way, a recent train accident and answering multiple questions took most of the timer, but the important part only lasted for the time mentioned. By the way, the questions asked by the reporters proved they had no idea of the significance of the President’s message was. As I said, he held the news conference concerning a contentious meeting and held it immediately after the end of that meeting. I was pleased to hear what he said but also dumbfounded over the candid nature of his remarks. There was no time before the press conference to mull over what he was going to say or how he was going to say it, which means it was he, and not his advisors talking. He addressed a multitude of complex interrelated problems in the Middle East in surprisingly condense but in precise detail, meaning he had total confidence in what he was doing and how he was doing it. Just that alone proved he is a remarkable man but what he said proves he is a world leader. The GCC leaders, who are leaders of Sunni Ruled states, came to Camp David looking to form some sort of unity or a NATO-like alliance with United States and against the Shiite rules states and parts of states in the region. We all know that the most troubled states are engaged in a sectarian-based civil war between Islamic sects within their borders. We see the names of those states in the news almost daily: Syrian, Yemen, Iraq, etc. Shiite Iran is the top of their enemy list. However, the most notable country is Palestine, which is not even a state. I am sure GCC leadership was emboldened by Speaker of the House Boehner’s invitation of radical Benjamin Netanyahu to address our Congress. Israel is the smallest but militarily the most powerful country in the region. Sunni nation leaders erroneously saw that ill-advised invitation and Netanyahu’s subsequent reception by the Republican Party as a sign that the United States would support them in their fight against Iran. Israeli radical leadership, not the nation, align themselves to fight the Sunnis common enemy, which is Iran. Israeli leadership focuses their hate on Palestine for selfish and petty gain of territory, but their propaganda machine is hard at work around the world generating hate of Muslims, regardless of their sect affiliation. We as a nation support Israel but do not support Netanyahu’s relentless hate mongering. The president’s message was loud and clear; the GCC leaders got nothing. Under this president's leadership, the United States will not involve itself in their religious sectarian war. We will continue to negotiate an end to Iran’s nuclear weapons program and when, and if successful, we will invite Iran to join other nations in the region on equal footing with the GCC members. Shiite or Sunni affiliation does not matter; we will not take sides. Also, what many people have seen coming, Israel is no longer dictating our politics in that region. Although we will stand with Israel’s right to exist against the Arab nations, we will also stand with the Palestinian people as well as those in Israel who want a two-state solution, which means Netanyahu lost his battle to get the United States to support his and the Likud Party position and fight alongside Sunni nations. We will work to establish political and not religious boundaries. He said this by saying we will support the Arab spring. Most import but extremely clarifying, this means we well will sometimes be fighting for Shiites and sometimes fighting for Sunnis governments. For the first time since these nations gained control of their oil, the oil-rich GCC member countries lost their world influence because of their oil; they can never again tell the United States or the rest of the world what to do under the threat of cutting off the supply of oil. URL: Comments Invited and not moderated

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