Obama and the Middle East

MJ Rosenberg was impressed yesterday by a Barack Obama statement on the Israel-Palestine situation. Well, at least sort of:

Nevertheless, I don't judge candidates statements on the Middle East against the ideal but against the pander garbage almost all of them cynically and invariably put out.

By that standard, this is fine.

Well, okay. To me what's actually more intriguing about Obama on this front is just the fact that I think the campaign has spent some level of energy trying to signal to the MJ Rosenbergs of the world that they should be excited about Obama. Normally, candidates want to get the support of the most fanatically "pro-Israel" people they can find, and don't really care about anyone else.