Saturday, January 3, 2009

Still No Word From Obama on Gaza Conflict

By Ben Trott

Obama's local paper (at least until he moves to Washington - tomorrow apparently!), the Chicago Tribune, are running an article noting the president-elect's increasingly deafening silence on the escalating conflict in Gaza.

The paper remarks that while Obama has been keen to stress there is 'only one President at a time' and, as such, he will not be commenting on foreign policy, he has previously made several exceptions. Precisely what difference an Obama statement would make at this time, however, is acknowledged by the article as somewhat of an unknown quantity.

The fall out from (or continuation of) the current conflict will likely be one of the first issues to be addressed once Obama is inaugurated on January 20. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton will be playing a key role here.

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