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Misreading Obama

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Submitted by Shishir (United Arab Emirates), Nov 16, 2012 at 00:26

I think the Palestinians and the others misconstrue the re election of Obama as some sort of mandate to push more of his odious agenda in the 2nd term.But here's the problem. Obama got about 10 million fewer votes this time than in 2008. If just 400,000 or so votes went the other way in 4 key states, Romney would be moving into the White House in January. Furthermore Republicans overwhelmingly control Congress and are inches away from controlling the Senate.

Obama is heavily distracted by Benghazi and may well be his mortal wound and at best would have a lame duck 2nd term and a heavily damaged Democratic party even more so after the 2014 mid terms.

To be sure Obama in his arrogance would consider his new term a mandate and over reach as he did in the first term, but the backlash would be far worse.Already there is talk of impeachment over BenGhazi.

In the Middle Eastern context I cant imagine him restraining Israel too much, heck he may even launch strikes against Irans nuclear program in a vain attempt to salvage his presidency.

The Middle Eastern countries have their own grave problems and have no time to think about Palestinians except perhaps for jackasses like Morsi(whose country does have very severe issues but he doesnt care). Except for some tactical support from Egypt, Hamas and Palestinians in general are on their own.

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