Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Birds of a Feather

As we all know, the LA Times is in possession of a video that shows Barack Obama at a dinner toasting Rashid Khalid, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Now toasting a member of a quasi-terrorist organization isn't illegal. Neither is a cavorting with people who tried to conduct terrorist bombings in the US and failed through their own incompetence. But it does speak to a pattern of behavior. A pattern which demonstrates either an ideological affinity for terrorist or a pattern of incredibly poor judgment.

Incredibly, the LA Times has refused to release either the video tape or a transcript on the grounds that it is confidential:

"The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it," said the newspaper's editor, Russ Stanton.

That's what I do with my secret stuff. I give it to a newspaper.

There is information out now as to what is on the tape. It may not be conclusive enough for Ace to pay the $150,000 bounty but it certainly is within the realm of believability given Obama's previous statements. Doug Ross reports that a source has contacted him:

Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can't release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying "Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine" plus there's been "genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis."

Probably not a controversial point of view in Hyde Park or the PLO, but in most of America this would cause consternation.


Daniel said...

What I find equally interesting, Steiff, is the following:

Charles Johnson [of Little Green Footballs blog] notes the changing story by the LA Times:

LA Times excuses so far:

* “We did report on it. Why aren’t you happy with that?”

* “There are ethical problems with releasing the tape.”

* “No comment.”

Here's the latest excuse- "We promised we wouldn't release it."
That isn't what they told me 5 days ago.
Talk about a story machine.

Daniel said...

Ooops, I misspelled your name, Streiff. Sorry.

Swamp Thing said...

So, you'll also be aggressively pushing John McCain to release a statement about why he, in his role on a private foundation, donated over $400,000 to Khalidi?

I mean, since Khalidi is this supposed giant terrorist - and Republicans now truly believe that "personal associations matter."

Wait, it gets better. The same year that McCain's foundation gave Khalidi over $400,000, the foundation chaired by William Ayers donated over $50,000 to Khalidi.

I think that Hannity should expose this relationship between Ayers and McCain. The voters deserve to know - personal associations matter. That's what Bill O'Reilly says.

What's that, you say? We don't need to investigate the ties between McCain and Ayers, or McCain and Khalidi?

Oh, okay. Just checking. I have never heard conservatives whine so much in my entire life. You sound worse than liberals.

streiff said...

We already know the answer to that question, and have known it for some time, and so there is no reason to push for an answer. Mr. Google can be your friend.

If you don't like the tone here, feel free to bugger off.