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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Jun 6, 2008 at 04:15

While witnessing Obama conjuring up his invented foreign policy before our very eyes is at times amusing, a common thread running through Obama's revelations is his remarkable application of self-inclusion.

So now we learn he had a Jewish camp counselor.

Add this to:

The uncle (oops, great uncle) who freed the Jews from Auschwitz (oops, Buchenwald) who was in the attick for six months after the war due to lack of universal mental healthcare that Obama assures he will strive for as President.

"Like millions of Americans, the immigrant story is also my story." Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961.

As Dr. Pipes stated, Obama uses the interview to convince readers of his pro-Israeli and pro-Jewish bona fides - showing how, even as A CHILD, he had feelings for Israel (how touching); he's been in "the foxhole" with Jews during his political career (how loyal); Obama even attributes his own "intellectual formation" to Jewish scholars and writers (though he "didn't know it at the time" - this covers others he might have attributed his "intellectual formation" to).

McCain, on the other hand, consistently addresses the issue at hand, head-on.

McCain - "I think the state of Israel remains under significant threat from terrorist organizations as well as the continued advocacy of the Iranians to wipe Israel off the map."

McCain - "If the United States was being rocketed across one of our borders, that would probably gain prominence as an issue." - McCain's reply about settlements in West Bank.

McCain - "The United States of America has commited itself to never allowing another Holocaust. That's a commitment that the United States has made ever since we discovered the horrendous aspects of the Holocaust."

What I can't figure out is why Obama neglected to mention his great-uncle at Buchenwald.

Obama is a "slick willie", to be sure, but you don't have to scratch hard to view what's beneath -

"When Israel invaded Lebanon two summers ago, I was in South Africa, a place where, obviously, when you get outside the United States, you can hear much more critical commentary about Israel's actions, and I was asked about this in a press conference, and at that time, and for the entire summer, I was very adamant about Israel's right to defend herself. I said that there's not a nation-state on Earth that would tolerate having two of it's soldiers kidnapped and just let it go."

So, according to Obama, Israel INVADED Lebanon because "two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped".

Reading both articles (simply click on "Barack Obama" and then "John McCain" in the first paragraph of Daniel Pipes' article) reveals McCain as a well-informed, genuinely concerned advocate of Israel; Obama, a self-serving opportunistic brown-nose.

Does Obama employ this when his own lack of substance demands it? Does Obama assume he can fool all of the democrates all of the time? Or will hints like the following reveal how much he doesn't know -

"I've now been to 57 states; and I think, one left to go".

God help us if this man becomes President.


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