Meine Bedenken angesichts einer Praesidentschaft Obamas sind aktenkundig (oder sollte das blogkundig heissen?) Ich wuerde mich sehr freuen, wenn ich ihn falsch eingeschaetzt haette. Leider weisen seine ersten Amtshandlungen nicht in diese Richtung.
However, even before winning the November 4 election, Obama unofficially used what experts call „track two“ discussions to approach America’s two foes in the region.
Nuclear non-proliferation experts had several „very, very high-level“ contacts in the last few months with Iranian leaders, said Jeffrey Boutwell, executive director for the US branch of the Pugwash group, an international organization of scientists which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.
Former defense secretary William Perry, who served in Obama’s election campaign, participated in some of these meetings focused on „a wide range of issues that separate Iran from the West: not only their nuclear program but the Middle East peace process, Persian Gulf issues,“ Boutwell told AFP.
Meanwhile, a group of experts under the auspices of the think tank, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), announced Thursday that they met for more than two hours in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The experts included Ellen Laipson, a former White House adviser under president Bill Clinton and a member of the Obama transition team.
Assad struck positive notes, the participants in the meeting said during a press conference at the Washington headquarters of USIP, a bipartisan think tank financed by Congress.
„His phrasing was 70 percent of our interests are potentially shared and 30 percent are not. And he said: let’s work on the 70 percent,“ said Bruce Jentleson, who was the disarmament advisor to former vice president Al Gore.
The Syrian president himself revealed on Monday that „dialogue started some weeks ago in a serious manner through personalities who are close to the administration and who were dispatched by the administration.“
Grenzt das Timing nicht ziemlich dicht an Landesverrat?
Meine letzte Hoffnung ist, dass Obamas grandiose Naivitaet, wie sie auch in seinem ersten Interview in Al-Arabiya zu Tage tritt, durch die schallenden Ohrfeigen, die er bekommt und noch bekommen wird, in Wut und Erbitterung umschlaegt.