Someone got Barak Obama to comment on Lebanon. While he spoke against Syrian and Iranian meddling, and urged the disarming of Hizbullah, he also gave us this gem:
“Washington musts rectify the wrong policy of President George Bush in Lebanon and resort to an efficient and permanent diplomacy, rather than empty slogans,” he added. He also said that the US must cooperate with its European and Arab allies to sponsor an inter-Lebanese consensus on a stable and democratic Lebanon. (Now Lebanon)
Readers of this blog will find this painfully hilarious, and possibly indicative of Obama's ignorance of the situation in Lebanon. I don't expect the presidential hopeful to read Lebanese news every day, but really, the situation has gotten so repetitive that it should be clear that the above statement is at best moronic. What kind of diplomacy that has not been tried before by the "Europeans and Arab allies" will help Lebanon? I am not going to defend the Bush administration's policy in Lebanon. It may reek of "empty slogans" at times, but how does talking to criminals create solutions? And pray explain how supporting the Hariri tribunal, as Obama said he does, can be reconciled with chatting up the ones who killed him?
Obama's Super Tuesday speech could have been inspiring. "We are the ones we have been waiting for", he said. Despite its beauty, the speech reeked of the same "empty slogans" Obama complains his competitors inflict on people. Running foreign policy on the basis of "talking to those we don't like" makes the world look like an old episode of the Oprah Winfrey show with Obama filling in for Dr. Phil.
I, for one, am not waiting for Barack. His path is long and winding, and if Bush suffered of ignorance at the beginning of his first term, then Barack will not make up for it through fancy talk. The only "change" I see from a Barack administration, as far as foreign policy is concerned, is the change that will befall the naïve president, and that will hit his supporters like a slap in the face.
Our moment is indeed now, not when Obama learns the ropes.