At President Obama’s first press conference, the President was asked a simple question by Helen Thomas: “Do you know of any country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons?”
The President’s response should have been “Israel–next question.” Instead he replied:
“With respect to nuclear weapons, I don’t want to speculate. What I know is this: that if we see a nuclear arms race in a region as volatile as the Middle East, everybody will be in danger. And one of my goals is to prevent nuclear proliferation generally, I think that it’s important for the United States in concert with Russia to lead the way on this, and I’ve mentioned this in conversations with the Russian president, Mr. Medvedev, to let him know that it is important for us to restart the conversations about how we can start reducing our nuclear arsenals in an effective way, so that we then have the standing to go to other countries to start stitching back together the nonproliferation treaties that frankly have been weakened over the last several years.” What a load of bullshit.
America needs a President that has the cojones to at least say what the entire world already knows–Israel has an extensive illegal nuclear arsenal. It is not a matter of opinion. Obama could still support Israel having that arsenal which is bad enough, but to dodge the question is worse and shows that he is no messiah.
This is strike one against Obama. I expected more.
This is what we really need from Obama and all politicians…