October 29, 2008

Obama Praised Terrorist Spokesman

That, of course, isn't news.

What is news is that the terrorist mouthpiece he supports, for once, isn't a domestic terrorist. Nope. this time, it's an alleged PLO spokesman:

The Los Angeles Times is refusing to release a videotape that it says shows Barack Obama praising a Chicago professor who was an alleged mouthpiece for the Palestine Liberation Organization while it was a designated terrorist group in the 1970s and '80s.

According an LA Times article written by Peter Wallsten in April, Obama was a "friend and frequent dinner companion" of Rashid Khalidi, who from 1976 to 1982 was reportedly a director of the official Palestinian press agency, WAFA, which was operating in exile from Beirut with the PLO.

In the article -- based on the videotape obtained by the Times -- Wallsten said Obama addressed an audience during a 2003 farewell dinner for Khalidi, who was Obama's colleague at the University of Chicago, before his departure for Columbia University in New York. Obama said his many talks with Khalidi and his wife Mona stood as "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases."

Khalidi, of course, has ties to—you guessed it—Bill Ayers, as well as Obama.

Some are arguing that the LA. Times is covering for Obama in a partisan manner by refusing to release the tape.

Who does this surprise?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 29, 2008 08:35 AM

and yet, why doesn't this surprise...

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Posted by: Fang at October 29, 2008 09:58 AM

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Posted by: David M at October 29, 2008 10:24 AM

Fang -- It's OK if you're a Republican!!

Posted by: Red Phantom at October 29, 2008 04:40 PM

Fang, Red... I hereby declare that McCain was wrong to associate, even in the slimmest detail, with Rashid Khalidi.

Now, will you say that Obama was similarly wrong? I kinda doubt it, since the First Commandment of the Obamabots is "The One Can Do No Wrong."

And while you're thinking about that, was it wrong of Obama to spend 20 years in a church where the pastor was screaming "God d**n America," to launch his political career at the home of a man who not only bombed the Pentagon but later said he wished he'd done more, to associate himself with a Chicago slumlord?

I can't wait to see you condemn Obama for all those associations, since you seem so quick to condemn McCain for his.

Let me remind you (since it's probably taken you a while to read down this far): I condemn McCain just as much for associating with Khalidi as I condemn Obama. Let's see you guys be that fair and balanced, for a start.

Posted by: C-C-G at October 29, 2008 07:46 PM

Oh give me a break fang; is that the best you truthers can come up with at Obama HQ?

McCain's "involvement," if you want to call it that, is foundation-to-foundation.

Obama's involvement is deeply personal, with the Khalidis and Obamas being friends that had dinner at each other's homes because they like each other and share similar, if not identical values, just like another couple Khalidi is thought to have been close to, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

I honestly don't know what Barack Obama believes, and I don't think anyone else does, either. Lacking a record, his associations become even more important. Wherever he goes, Barack Obama finds himself in the company of radicals—terrorists both foreign and domestic, Marxists, Leninists, communists and socialists.

that should be enough to disqualify him in the minds of anyone who believes in capitalism and individual liberty.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at October 29, 2008 08:05 PM

I note Red Phantom has trolled in another thread today, yet not replied to this one... therefore I think it's safe to assume that I was right in that he won't condemn Obama even for the same association he condemns McCain for, not to mention all Obama's other radical associations.

Chalk up one for me.

Posted by: C-C-G at October 30, 2008 06:12 PM