Barack’s Altamont?

22Jul08

Is Barack’s security in the West Bank the work of terrorists?

Major Garrett of the Fox News Channel reports on a press briefing regarding Barack’s campaign trip through the Middle East and Europe. First, they were discussing the nature of Barack’s speech in Berlin, and why it would be in front of as many as 10,000 people, which Garrett describes as providing a look into the schism the campaign operates upon. On the one hand, Barack’s trip is designed to allow him to play president, on the other hand, he’s officially there as a senator doing fact finding.

“It is not going to be a political speech,” said a senior foreign policy adviser, who spoke to reporters on background. “When the president of the United States goes and gives a speech, it is not a political speech or a political rally.

“But he is not president of the United States,” a reporter reminded the adviser…

“He is going to talk about the issues as an individual … not as a candidate, but as an individual, as a senator,” the adviser added.

Also intriguing was an adviser’s inability to offer a response to word that al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades are assisting with security for Obama’s visit to the West Bank.

One other note, the campaign deferred questions about Obama’s security arrangements in Ramallah. We should receive a more precise read-out on that tomorrow. Either Fatah or Hamas must coordinate security for this visit and that could complicate matters for Obama. Tony Blair recently canceled a trip to the territories over this and other issues.

Here’s the story as reported by Aaron Klein on World Net Daily.

JERUSALEM – Members of the most active West Bank terror organization are set to serve in security forces being deployed to protect Sen. Barack Obama during his trip to the West Bank tomorrow, WND has learned.

Obama is due to visit Israeli officials in Jerusalem and leaders of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank city of Ramallah as part of a wider Middle Eastern and European tour that includes Jordan, France and Germany.

According to security officials coordinating deployments of forces with the PA for Obama’s Ramallah visit, members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah’s declared military wing, have been called upon by the PA to participate in the protection of Obama, particularly in securing the perimeter during a scheduled meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Isn’t this dangerous? Can this provide reliable security? Isn’t this bad politics?

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