Monday, May 23, 2016
Clinton, Obama and Leadership
Reading Clinton's letter on the eve of the Methodists' gathering, I'm reminded (in an eerie way) of Obama's decision to distance himself from Jeremiah Wright and the UCC in 2008. It seems that she's doing the same thing here, for the same reasons. Supporting legitimate Palestinian aspirations (a state of their own, or simply human rights within Israel) brings little or no political benefit to a major-party candidate. The slightest critique of Israel is devastating. So both Obama (2008) and Clinton (2016) basically disavow the peacemaking prophets in their own faith communities to do the expedient and politically advantageous thing.
Why are things in the Holy Land so intractable? Well, there you have it. No US leadership (or courage) of any consequence.
Posted by Dave Grishaw-Jones at 10:51 AM