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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Obama Makes a Great Pick in Rahm Emanuel

The reaction of some conservatives against Obama's selection of Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff is leaving me scratching my head. Sure, he is a Democrat and a fierce opponent. I also get the angle that this does not represent 'change' and they are preparing to underscore by each and every selection that Obama's administration will be a bunch of old guard hacks. I get it.

However, the Emanuel pick has its positives. The Chief of Staff according to Wikepedia is "the second highest-ranking member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States and a senior aide to the President." It says they are often dubbed "'The Second-Most Powerful Man in Washington' due to the nature of the job." So in theory Emanuel will have the most influence on the Obama Administration than anybody else.

Guess what? Rahm Emanuel is a very strong supporter of Israel. WorldNetDaily has a fascinating article on the selection called "Obama's chief a closet hawk?" Consider the following nuggets from the article:

- He has strong roots in Israel
"Both Emanuel's parents are citizens of Israel. His Jerusalem-born father, Benjamin Emanuel, fought for Israel's independence, even helping smuggle guns to the Israeli underground. He later served as a medic in the 1948 Israeli battle for independence."

"...served as a captain in the Israeli army"

- He is a strong supporter of Israel
"Emanuel also staunchly believes in Israel's right to exist and is not as conciliatory as Obama on the issue of Palestinian rights."

- He supported and continues to support the Iraq War, the War on Terror and the removal of Saddam Hussein

"Asked in 2005 by late NBC host Tim Russert whether he would have voted to authorize the war knowing that there were no weapons of mass destruction, Emanuel replied yes. (Emanuel was elected to Congress after the authorization vote.) 'I still believe that getting rid of Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do, OK?' he added."

"In his 2006 book, 'The Plan,' Emanuel devotes a whole chapter to 'the War on Terror,' in which he asserts that Democrats should not be afraid to 'take the fight to the enemy.' 'We need to use all the roots of American power to make our country safe,' he added."

"Among other things, he proposes creating a new domestic counter-terrorism force like Britain's MI5 to protect the homeland."

Rahm Emanuel was selected by Obama because of his positions, or in spite of them. Either way, his selection is a poke in the eye to groups like Code Pink. It is certainly a back hand at the radical Islamic groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda that offered their endorsements prior to the election and their congratulations afterward. Like I have maintained, the Obama victory is an oppotunity for unlimited fun for the conservative blogger. This is only the beginning.

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  • At 3:23 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…

    I saw this as a positive. His economic positions are not sound, he's a tax and spend Dem after all. But, his foreign policy stances will be worth the sacrifice in the fiscal area.

  • At 3:26 PM, Blogger Glaivester said…

    Shouldn't people refer to him as Rahm ISRAEL Emanuel? With the emphasis on his middle name?

    Isn't that the way we refer to people in this administration?

  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    I think it will be easier to fight liberal domestic issues than anti-Israel foreign policy issues. Most people here do not really follow the Israel thing and how important protecting them is.

  • At 4:10 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    Will the term neo-lib be used as neo-con was bandied about for conservatives that supported Israel? Doubt it. However, I think there are some very nervous people on the liberal fringe here and world wide at this selection. Thus the fun.

  • At 11:05 PM, Blogger Glaivester said…

    Will the term neo-lib be used as neo-con was bandied about for conservatives that supported Israel?

    Well, the term neoliberal is often bandied about, but it usually refers more to trade policy than specifically to war policy.

    In any case, while I think that the "Hussein" thing was stupid, I have no love for Barack Obama, and will gladly use any appropriate term to disparage his politics (unless of course he embarks on a quest simultaneously to reestablish the gold standard and to combat illegal immigration).

  • At 1:00 PM, Blogger Malott said…

    Encouraging post... And goodness know we need encouragement.

  • At 12:36 PM, Blogger Tsofah said…


    Rahm supports Israel...however like many who support Israel, he thinks the best thing for Israel is "the two state solution". Then with Jimmuh (Carter) saying Pres-elect Obama will push for the rights of Hamas, etc., immediately (and who knows if Jimmuh is going to be a part of Obama's cabinet), this could be not so good for Israel.

    Rahm Emanuel was part of Clinton's cabinet, and yet, Clinton got then PM Ehud Barak to offer up almost all of Biblical Israel to Arafat. Had Arafat taken the deal, I wonder if there would still be an Israel today.

    Let's keep praying!

  • At 5:06 PM, Blogger Tsofah said…

    Where in the world is AICS? I have looked all over the place and canst findst him!

    I miss you, blogging buddy!

  • At 8:52 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    All is well. I will be posting on my recent whereabouts soon. Just got back from vacation :)


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