McCain Pushes Obama Link to Islamic Terror

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm

I’ve been doing my best today to ignore the McCain campaign’s current non-issue du jour — the release of a video showing Sen. Barack Obama’s attendance at a going-away party for a pro-Palestine professor, Rashid Khalidi. But it looks like this is all that matters to Sen. John McCain.

In April, The Los Angeles Times published a story that included a description of a videotape of a 2003 party for Khalidi as he was preparing to leave his job at the University of Chicago for his current gig at Columbia University. Obama, then an Illinois state senator, was at the party and gave a moderate speech about bringing opposing sides together, according to the Times.

In an interview this morning with Radio Mambi, a popular Spanish-language radio station in South Florida, McCain apparently seized on a 2005 New York Sun report alleging that former Weatherman and fellow Chicagoan William Ayers was also at the party.  This was not reported in The Times story.

McCain also claimed that Khalidi was a spokesman for Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization, a charge Khalidi has denied. McCain joined other conservatives in calling on the Times to release the video.

However, the newspaper says the videotape was shared on the condition that it not be released. To release it would signal to all future potential sources that The Los Angeles Times will give them up at the first sign of pressure.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin happily jumped on the bandwagon today, referring to The Times as the Obama campaign’s “pet newspaper.” (No word yet on how The New York Times is taking this news.)

The whole thing is clearly a distraction. If McCain is really concerned about Khalidi, he should explain why the International Republican Institute, which McCain chaired at the time, gave an organization headed by Khalidi a grant of nearly $500,000 in 1998.

But the convergence of Obama, Ayers and someone with an Arabic name is a perfect bundle for McCain, particularly in South Florida — home to lots and lots of Jews. People weren’t really buying the Ayers-Obama tie, but with Khalidi in the mix, the new implication is: Obama is connected to Ayers, a former domestic terrorist; both are connected to a Muslim who reputedly was connected to the PLO, which was viewed by Israel as a terrorist organization. Ergo, Obama is connected to Islamic terrorism. Throwing a representative of the elite liberal media into the narrative doesn’t hurt either.

However, if McCain really wants people to believe that Obama has connections to terrorism, he should stop pussy-footing around the issue and come out and say it –  so the American people can judge the merits of the claim openly and honestly.

Comments

25 Comments

Keith
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

How can McCain accuse Obama of anything? With the press withholding the tape then nobody knows anything.

If there is nothing to the tape then release it and expose McCain's fake controversy for what it is. If, on the other hand, there is something damaging on the tape then what possible justification is there for not releasing it? Obviously, the only reason would be to protect the cadidate they already endorsed at the expense of our right to know all the facts.

I feel they need to release the tape (and as you so eloquently put it) “so the American people can judge the merits of the claim openly and honestly.” On that point I could not agree more.


Joseph Svabodhi
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

I don't think the Jewish community is known to be stupid and easily manipulated. We are not going to recruit the rest of the world in this fight against Muslim extremist if we continue on the Republican path. Obama will help to incorporate other countries in this a struggle. McCain wants to go it alone and we do not have the resources.


Egon Jensen
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

According to the well-tested “small world phenomenon” every person in the world is connected to every other person by max. 6 persons who know each other. There you have the Al Quaeda-tie of Obama, senator McCain!
But what about you?


slaney black
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

I am an Arab American (Christian). Hell, I even used to be a Republican. I can't tell you how angry and offended this thing makes me. This morning McCain compared being at a party with some Palestinians to being at a neo-Nazi rally.

Are you kidding? We're people too. Burn in hell, John McCain.


Larry Linn
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

ABC News reported today that “McCain has his own connection to Khalidi,” in that McCain has chaired the International Republican Institute since 1993, which in 1998 and 1999 funded the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, founded by the Palestinian scholar.


Heather
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

As the article link regarding the McCain/ Khalidi relationship states:

“During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, “West Bank: CPRS” on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of “sociopolitical attitudes.”

Of course, there's seemingly nothing objectionable with McCain's organization helping a Palestinian group conduct research in the West Bank or Gaza. But it does suggest that McCain could have some of his own explaining to do as he tries to make hay out of Khalidi's ties to Obama.”

People in glass houses….


TRW
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

November 4th, why can't you be here tomorrow? I am so sick of this crap. You would think that Gen. Powell's plea to cut out all of this race baiting crap would have made McCain be more prudent going forward, but it is clear to me now that he has nothing to lose. He is 72 years old and this is his last shot at the presidency, so he might as well go for broke. What a disgrace. I just don't really like the implication to all this. Khalidi specifically denied the PLO charges, and McCain is pushing them without a care in the world. Doesn't he know that he might be putting this man's family at risk?


JP Zinger
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

Mein Gott. Obama saying a word of sympathy about the Palestinians? Dining with a … professor at Columbia? Obama actually uttering the blasphemous comment that the US should be more even handed in dealing with the Israeli-Palastinian “conflict”?

Is the story here about Obama?

Isn't the real story about a spiritually sick America in its suicidal worship of the Jewish state?


Commodity Trading Accounts
Comment posted October 30, 2008 @ 6:40 am

I think McCain have to worry about other things…like ECONOMY


DP
Comment posted October 30, 2008 @ 7:16 am

The reason he doens't just come out and say it, is because McCain himself knows it's complete nonsense. If he pussy-foots around by just suggesting it, he can try to convince voters its true without outright lying.


chelseabites
Comment posted October 31, 2008 @ 8:10 am

I'm amazed by the incredible amount of public interest in Sarah Palin. Good or bad, she's become somewhat of a pop icon. People are dressing like her to be and/or mock her all at the same time.

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Teddy
Comment posted January 19, 2009 @ 11:19 am

I believe Obama does have deep personal ties to the AAAN, and these ties are more than the passing of grants and funds hidden in peaceful lingo. I believe any support by republican party members was strictly political and not with the intent of furthering Islamic terriorism, unlike what Obama plans to do. If Obama does not stand with the self-defense of Israel, we will know who he really is. Morallity is set and waivered by the stand of a society in whole. I am afraid of the boundaries or lack of boundaries Obama represents for the morality of our nation. The defintion of American has become altered by the live and let live mentality. We are not islands unto ourselves and what one person does will eventually and ultimate infect others. Our nation was found by a people seeking religous freedom as christians who wanted to serve and worship God with guidelines set by the Holy Bible chosen by our fore fathers. When an immigrant decides to settle in America the can not hold onto the values and principles that kept them in boundage. If they do the only tear apart what the struggled so hard to ubtain. Freedom isn't free unless you have to give up the old idealiolgy that kept you in the trouble you were in before you left and came to America. America became great because of our Godly principles, if we allow these principles to be taken away we will be just like all the other countries immigrants have ran from. Our one nation under one God status is what has kept our destined to fell democracy from falling. May God still continue to bless America. Duet.8:10-20 “May we never forget”


Teddy
Comment posted January 19, 2009 @ 11:44 am

Khaldi was not linked to Aarafat until 1999 on into sept 2000 when the terriorst attacks at the US embassies abroad, then oct 2000 when the terriorist attack on the USS Cole was attacked during a so call training exercise where they killed 17 seamen. and not to mention the Sept 11 attack of the Twin towers. What about foriegn owned mortgage companies that are now contributing to the greatest attack on US soil ever. This mess started before Bush and is only getting worsen with Obama. Obama will soon encourage his socialistic agenda by causing a health scare with the media that will force us into government mandated healthcare provision, then his energy plan will force the price of grains through the roof causing famine and will force government controled rations for food, becuase of the crisis on American soil he will have no choice, but to give over favored nation status to the United Nations and pull out of all foriegn conflicts. This will end all wars and begin the process of one world order and peace. People get ready Jesus is coming and politics will just be something those that are left behind are tormented with in their minds.


Teddy
Comment posted January 19, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

I believe Obama does have deep personal ties to the AAAN, and these ties are more than the passing of grants and funds hidden in peaceful lingo. I believe any support by republican party members was strictly political and not with the intent of furthering Islamic terriorism, unlike what Obama plans to do. If Obama does not stand with the self-defense of Israel, we will know who he really is. Morallity is set and waivered by the stand of a society in whole. I am afraid of the boundaries or lack of boundaries Obama represents for the morality of our nation. The defintion of American has become altered by the live and let live mentality. We are not islands unto ourselves and what one person does will eventually and ultimate infect others. Our nation was found by a people seeking religous freedom as christians who wanted to serve and worship God with guidelines set by the Holy Bible chosen by our fore fathers. When an immigrant decides to settle in America the can not hold onto the values and principles that kept them in boundage. If they do the only tear apart what the struggled so hard to ubtain. Freedom isn't free unless you have to give up the old idealiolgy that kept you in the trouble you were in before you left and came to America. America became great because of our Godly principles, if we allow these principles to be taken away we will be just like all the other countries immigrants have ran from. Our one nation under one God status is what has kept our destined to fell democracy from falling. May God still continue to bless America. Duet.8:10-20 “May we never forget”


Teddy
Comment posted January 19, 2009 @ 7:44 pm

Khaldi was not linked to Aarafat until 1999 on into sept 2000 when the terriorst attacks at the US embassies abroad, then oct 2000 when the terriorist attack on the USS Cole was attacked during a so call training exercise where they killed 17 seamen. and not to mention the Sept 11 attack of the Twin towers. What about foriegn owned mortgage companies that are now contributing to the greatest attack on US soil ever. This mess started before Bush and is only getting worsen with Obama. Obama will soon encourage his socialistic agenda by causing a health scare with the media that will force us into government mandated healthcare provision, then his energy plan will force the price of grains through the roof causing famine and will force government controled rations for food, becuase of the crisis on American soil he will have no choice, but to give over favored nation status to the United Nations and pull out of all foriegn conflicts. This will end all wars and begin the process of one world order and peace. People get ready Jesus is coming and politics will just be something those that are left behind are tormented with in their minds.


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