The Obama Paradigm Shift; Profiles on Zuhdi Jasser, Eric Edelman, William Luti, and Elaine Chao
June 11, 2009
Obama’s Paradigm Shift in U.S.-Mideast Relations
By Phyllis Bennis
President Obama’s powerful Cairo speech unquestionably represents a significant departure from the hubris and militarism of the Bush era and towards a more cooperative and potentially even internationalist approach. In acknowledging that the United States bears some blame for problems in the Middle East and that Palestine’s right to exist is equivalent to Israel’s, the president sent a powerful message. But turning new language into new policies might require a mass mobilization on the scale that helped bring Obama to power. Read full story.
Jasser, a physician and devout Muslim connected to various neoconservative groups, is the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which touts itself as “a leading voice for liberty-minded Muslims in America in the war on terror.”
An undersecretary of defense during George W. Bush’s second term, Edelman is now “distinguished fellow” at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
A former Bush administration foreign policy operative and veteran of the Pentagon’s controversial Office of Special Plans, Luti is now a VP at defense contractor Northrop Grumman.
The former secretary of labor has returned to the Heritage Foundation, where she worked before being tapped by George W. Bush in 2001.
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