Obama at the UN Security Council

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obama serious.jpgThis morning, President Barack Obama will chair a head of state-level meeting of the UN Security Council on nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament. The United States currently holds the Presidency of the Council.
I’m up at the UN now, in the chambers getting ready to cover the meeting.
One interesting tidbit is that President Obama invited former US Secretary of State George P. Schultz to attend this Security Council session. A Reagan administration cabinet member, Schultz is a strong proponent of global nuclear arms reduction and is also a supporter of American engagement in the United Nations.
During John Bolton’s assaults on the UN, both before he became Ambassador and during his tenure, Schultz was a healthy voice of heavyweight support for the institution.
Another interesting tidbit off topic is that I learned that Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cancelled a firmed up interview with Al Jazeera – with Al Jazeera management being told that President Ahmadinejad “expected more from Al Jazeera” in its coverage of Iran’s election. Iran’s current government did protest Al Jazeera’s coverage of the election protests and threatened the network with expulsion — but this interview at the United Nations was set and confirmed — and then cancelled at the last minute.
All part of the drama here at the world’s annual international political circus.
— Steve Clemons

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23 comments on “Obama at the UN Security Council

  1. nadine says:

    Here’s one way to compare Hamas to the Nazis: they both teach little kids to kill Jews:
    Nassur: “There won’t be any Jews or Zionists, if Allah wills. They’ll be erased.”
    Saraa: “Chased away.”
    Nassur: “And just like we will visit the Qaaba [in Mecca]… everyone will visit Jerusalem.”
    [Seven-year old Palestinian child on phone tells how his father, a member of the Hamas Al-Qassam Brigades, “died as a Shahid (Martyr).”]
    Nassur to child on phone: “What do you want to do to the Jews who shot your father?”
    Child on phone: “I want to kill them.”
    Saraa: “We don’t want to do anything to them, just expel them from our land.”
    Nassur: “We want to slaughter (Nidbah-hom) them, so they will be expelled from our land, right?”
    Saraa: “Yes. That’s right. We will expel them from our land using all means.”
    Nassur: “And if they don’t want [to go] peacefully, by words or talking, we’ll have to [do it] by slaughter.” (Shaht)
    [Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Sept. 22, 2009]
    video here: http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=1339
    This TV show is aimed at little kids, a kind of Hamas Sesame Street. Notice the cute life sized teddy bear.

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  2. ... says:

    paul – thanks for the article… gideon levy has the ability to communicate minus the bullshit and propaganda.. his writing is always refreshing for the detachment and integrity he brings to journalism.. wish it was like that here in the west..
    “Netanyahu began the speech as if he were chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial – Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust; his family and his wife’s family. Then he spoke in Shimon Peres’ terms, proposing a “rosy future” to humanity.
    No less demagogic was his attack on the Iranian regime. They shoot demonstrators there, he protested vehemently. As if they don’t do that in our Bil’in and Na’alin.
    Then came the kicker: Operation Cast Lead was a pinpoint attack. Israel telephoned thousands of people to tell them to leave their homes. Where to, Mr. Prime Minister? Into the sea? He said the IDF, which killed nearly 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians, exhibited unprecedented restraint.”

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  3. Paul Norheim says:

    From Haaretz:
    “Netanyahu’s speech / Cheapening the Holocaust
    By Gideon Levy
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cheapened the memory of the Holocaust in
    his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. (…)
    If Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust, Netanyahu
    cheapens it. Is there a need of proof, 60 years later? Or, the world might
    think, is the denier right?
    And it is doubtful that any historian of stature would buy the comparison
    the prime minister made between Hamas and the Nazis, or between the London
    Blitz and the Qassam rockets on Sderot. In the Blitz, 400 German bombers and
    600 fighter planes killed 43,000 people and destroyed more than one million
    homes. Hamas’ Qassams, perhaps the most primitive weapon in the world, have
    killed 18 people in eight years. Yes, they sowed great terror – but a Blitz?
    And if we can compare a poorly equipped terrorist organization to the
    horrific Nazi killing machine, why should others not compare the Nazis’
    behavior to that of Israel Defense Forces soldiers?”
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1116933.html

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  4. Paul Norheim says:

    Aluf Benn at Haaretz:
    On Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly, Obama spoke of the “girl in Sderot
    who closes her eyes in fear that a rocket will take her life in the night.” His concern is
    touching, but most Israelis believe that Operation Cast Lead reassured the children of
    Sderot far more than the peace process Obama proposes.
    The public opinion polls Netanyahu reads indicate a clear trend: Most Israelis these days
    are more troubled by domestic issues, like education and violence, than by Jewish
    settlements in the territories or even the Iranian threat. The public wants the government
    to improve its quality of life, not to hold more peace conferences. Abbas is perceived as
    recalcitrant, not as a partner to an agreement.
    Only one thing does bother the Israelis, according to the polls: fear of a diplomatic
    embargo and an international boycott. The Goldstone Report and the International Court of
    Justice in The Hague are arousing concern and interest, far more than Obama’s peace
    speeches. However, as long as relations with the rest of the world are satisfactory,
    Israelis see no reason to emerge from indifference and listen to the president of the
    United States.”

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  5. Mr.Murder says:

    Obama’s assembly speech was on in the lobby of a fast food restaurant, my girlfriend insisted we stop for brunch there….
    In general people were pleased with his appearance and what he had to say. A table of women viewed approvingly.
    Having read your insight here I told Mia “the next thing he’ll talk about is Russia…”
    The next word Obama’s mouth was “Russia” and it’s pretty apparent that we plan on them being a strategic hedge and a regional lever in the same instance.
    Triangulation involving Turkey’s fast track status is a key. Russia needs someone to pressure rivals like Chechnya, in return for help on that they can help us on the caucus items. Turkey is poised to be that kind of means enhanced motivation. That country is a crucial fulcrum along almost every key item in the region.

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  6. arthurdecco says:

    Gee…Ya think, Tech?

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  7. Tech says:

    It’s about time world leaders took solid steps towards eradicating nuclear weapons.

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  8. arthurdecco says:

    Worth repeating: “Bummer, we went from a cowboy that was all hat, to con man who is an empty suit.” POA

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  9. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “The greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fundamentalism and the weapons of mass destruction,” Benjamin Netanyahu
    Wow, have you ever seen a better argument for disarming Israel?

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  10. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Gads Dan, be careful, you’ve got me laughing. Thats dangerous turf.

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  11. Dan Kervick says:

    “Pissed Off Albanian” does have a bit of a ring to it.

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  12. brigid says:

    Many decades ago I was a student in Europe and late into the evening I would scan the short wave radio broadcasts, especially those behind the “iron curtain.” The broadcast from Albania especially intrigued me, since they were aligned ideologically and politically with “Red China” in those days. Another reason it intrigued me was the tenor of the voice in the English broadcasts. The volume was off the scale with a mix of angry sarcasm, contempt, and shouting, using the same linguistic phrases and terminology to define their enemies and the nature of the conflict. The posting content on this site is highly reminiscent of those broadcasts.

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  13. zeev jabotinski says:

    zionist apologist are tireless propagandist.

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  14. PissedOffAmerican says:

    So, my sarcasm went right over your head, Wiggleschnitz? Somehow, I doubt it.
    Schultz might be a “former” darling of the zionist agenda, but he’s no match for Hillary’s PRESENT use of Official Issue Netanyau Kneepads.
    (OINKs, for short)

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  15. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Well well, isn’t this swell. Apparently, Obama’s campaign to make sure that Palestinian children get “clean water” is about all we can expect from him. I suppose, thats a good thing, because we wouldn’t want white phosphorous burns being treated with dirty water, would we?
    “We must remember that the greatest price of this conflict is not paid by us. It is paid by the Israeli girl in Sderot who closes her eyes in fear that a rocket will take her life in the night. It is paid by the Palestinian boy in Gaza who has no clean water and no country to call his own………..blablahblah…..”
    Bummer, we went from a cowboy that was all hat, to con man who is an empty suit.
    http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c40_a16833/News/Israel.html
    UPDATE: U.S. Pledges to Quash Goldstone
    by JTA
    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Obama administration will not allow the Goldstone report recommendations on Israel’s conduct in the Gaza war to reach the International Criminal Court.
    A top White House official told Jewish organizational leaders in an off-the-record phone call Wednesday that the U.S. strategy was to “quickly” bring the report — commissioned by the U.N. Human Rights Council and carried out by former South African Judge Richard Goldstone — to its “natural conclusion” within the Human Rights Council and not to allow it to go further, Jewish participants in the call told JTA.
    The report said the U.N. fact-finding mission investigating Israel’s conduct during the January 2009 war found evidence of Israeli war crimes. Israel has denied the allegations and said the report’s mandate was biased — an opinion echoed by U.S. officials.
    The Obama administration is ready to use the U.S. veto at the U.N. Security Council to deal with any other “difficulties” arising out of the report, the White House official said Wednesday. The administration also has made clear to the Palestinian Authority that Washington is not pleased with a P.A. petition to bring the report’s allegations against Israel to the International Criminal Court.
    The official said the Obama administration’s view was that the report was flawed from its conception because the mandate presumed a priori that Israel had violated war crimes and that the mandate ignored Hamas’ role in prompting the war through its rocket fire into Israel.

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  16. WigWag says:

    “Former”, being the key word here. (POA)
    Of course he’s “former,” he’s 89 years old.
    Maybe Obama just invited Schultz to be polite. Unless I’m mistaken, Schutlz lives in the San Francisco suburb of Woodside, but perhaps he’s just visiting in New York so Obama extended an invitation out of respect for his service. (By the way, Schultz is an ardent Republican who replaced Alexander Haig as Reagan’s Secretary of State).
    But if Obama is looking for a respected elder statesman who is very popular with Israelis and American Jews alike, to be an emissary of sorts, he could do much worse than George Schultz.
    Anyway, it was just a thought.

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  17. JohnH says:

    Whenever I see Schultz, I think Bechtel, then SOS (help!). Nonetheless, if it is nuclear disarmament they wish to promote, I’m all for it, starting with those countries possessing the most nukes leading the way. If I see Obama following the IAEA’s lead and talking about exposing Israel’s undeclared nuke program, not Iran’s unproven one, then I’ll know he’s really serious about adhering to the principles of the NPT. And that would be good news!

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  18. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “There is no former Secretary of State more beloved in Israel or amongst the pro-Israel community in the United States than George Schultz”
    “Former”, being the key word here.

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  19. WigWag says:

    There is no former Secretary of State more beloved in Israel or amongst the pro-Israel community in the United States than George Schultz.
    Do you think that’s why Obama invited him?

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  20. Outraged American says:

    Questions, you’re always asking us to read this or that -don’t
    you grasp that we can’t read, much less think critically and that’s
    why we’re here?
    It’s practically an ashram in here: we sit at our guru Steve’s feet,
    and wash them occasionally, especially when he’s been around
    Wolfowitz, waiting for enlightenment.
    Andrew Bacevich is a leftist, practically a Commie sympathizer/
    member of ANSWER, in his call for us to think critically about
    wars, and Obama can’t be affiliated with the left much less
    critical thinkers.
    I just hope that someday someone pushes the wrong button on
    one of Israel’s nukes and blows The Holy Land up, Palestinians,
    who are more trouble than they’re worth, and all.
    Of course that will kill a lot of American Jews on their Birthright
    tours, which will then be used as an excuse to attack whatever
    Muslim nation is next in line for Juden-Reich extermination. I
    think I just made that word up — gotta GOOGLE it per
    Questions’ advice.
    Oh great, it’s the name of a neo-Nazi band. Now Kervick will be
    bitching and moaning about my “anti-Semitism.” Hey Kervick —
    I must hate Jews because I schtup one every night. And
    sometimes during the day if we get bored. Seig Hiel uber alles
    mann.
    On a serious note, and I can only hold one today: Ahmadinejad
    has no power in terms of international affairs. Why the
    international media continues this charade is more proof that
    the Zionist lobby runs the “western” press. Yes, in Europe, and
    yes in Canada, and yes in the US.
    The western media deliberately mistranslates almost everything
    that come out of Ahmadinejad’s mouth to make it more
    outrageous while pretending he has control of the non-existent
    nukes. He does not have control of any weapon, even, as is
    obvious, his razor blade, imaginary or not. Well, he does have
    domestic power, but the mullahs are in control, and they are not
    about to commit suicide.
    The entire Israeli government, in a constant paranoic state,
    seems to be way too hooked on weed. We should Bibi 72 shiksa
    virgins (have you ever seen his wife?) and maybe he’ll calm
    down.

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  21. questions says:

    Simple answer.
    Read Hobbes.

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  22. jonst says:

    Yeah, Steve, its nice he invited Schultz. And I mean that. But it would have been nice if he had invited someone like Andrew Bacevich, or someone like him.
    It is always ‘The Establishment’ that gets the invite. Always.

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  23. PissedOffAmerican says:

    I wonder, if we would have simply nuked Bagdad, would the loss of life be equal to the sum total of our eighteen years, and counting, of using conventional weapons, and cruel sanctions, to bring a country to heel? We are currently standing at at least one million five hundred thousand, conservatively, dead due to sanctions and war. Maybe nukes are the cheaper and faster way to cement our place in history next to Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, and Idi Amin.
    Here is a question that we can comfortably assume won’t be asked at this “meeting”….
    http://politicaltheatrics.org/2009/09/24/one-simple-question/
    One Simple Question
    Israel,as many already know, refuses to sign the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) and maintains its typical policy of deliberate inconclusiveness, neither confirming or denying the possession of nuclear weapons. Arms experts believe Israel has between 100 and 200 atomic weapons, but this – of course – has never been confirmed by the state of Israel.
    The pillars of the NPT are as follows:
    1.Non-proliferation
    2.Disarmament
    3.The right to peacefully use nuclear technology.
    Under the NPT, five world powers are allowed to possess nuclear weapons – the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China. Other signatories are obliged not to own nuclear weapons, and states that do possess nuclear weapons must disarm.
    The only holdouts in terms of those who have not signed the NPT happen to be are India, Pakistan and Israel.
    The text of the treaty may be found here….
    http://www.fas.org/nuke/control/npt/text/npt2.htm
    My question is simple and any Zionist reading my blog,or this entry, now has the opportunity to answer the question. As long as you refrain from going on unsubstantiated tangents that have nothing to do with the given question and as long as you have an answer that does not involve fallacies or any type of fallacious reasoning I will be more than happy to publish your comment and answer with my own dissent.
    The question is as follows:
    Why Does Israel Refuse To Sign The NPT Whilst Accusing Iran (who has signed it) of Harboring Nuclear Weaponry?

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