Middle East studies in the News
Obama's Connections Bad for White House [Letter to the Editor; incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Brad Wasion
Without insults, here are some of the facts. Tony Rezko (the indicted businessman who's scheduled to go on trial for corruption in Illinois, and who was a major fund-raiser for Obama) hosted fund-raising events for Obama in his home and was on Obama's U.S. Senate campaign finance committee which collected $14 million for his campaign against conservative Alan Keyes, an African-American who served as an ambassador during the Reagan Administration.
Another major fund-raiser for Obama is William Ayers, who also sat on the board of the Woods Fund with Obama and is a professor at the University of Chicago. While Ayers and Dohrn were hiding from law enforcement, a Weather Underground participated in the bombings of the U.S. Capital, the Pentagon and a State Department building. In his 2001 memoir, Ayers wrote, "I don't regret setting the bombs. I feel we didn't do enough." Ayers and Dohrn are known to have held at least one fund-raiser for Obama in their Chicago home. During Obama's last year on the board of the Woods Fund (2002), he participated in awarding grants, including a $70,000 grant to the Arab American Action Network, a Chicago-based group founded by Rashid and Mona Khalidi. In the Middle East, Rashid Khalidi was known as a man to be reckoned with. From 1972 through 1983, Khalidi was the director in Beirut of the official Palestinian press agency, FAFA. When the Khalidi's left Chicago for Columbia University in New York, Rashid was honored with the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at that Ivy League university. Their goodbye party in Chicago included testimonials from Bill Ayers and Obama.
The New Black Panther Party leader proudly announced on Fox News that his organization endorsed Obama for president. The endorsement of the New Black Panther Party was posed on Barack Obama's Web site. I guess he's proud of that endorsement.
I don't believe I would want Obama's connections to have access to the White House. I think that would be a great threat to our country. But I guess the security of this country does not matter to some people. The hatred toward Bush is enough reason to bring a questionable man into office of president.
Guess what? I wrote this without insults. Not unlike some others in this community.
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