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October 14, 2008

Jesse Jackson: Israel Is So, So, Sooo Fucking Screwed

Christopher Buckley just sent me an email expressing his "secular prayers" that radical leftist Barack Obama would abandon his Gaza-a-Go-Go impulses.

Jesse Jackson doesn't think that likely.

PREPARE for a new America: That's the message that the Rev. Jesse Jackson conveyed to participants in the first World Policy Forum, held at this French lakeside resort last week.

He promised "fundamental changes" in US foreign policy - saying America must "heal wounds" it has caused to other nations, revive its alliances and apologize for the "arrogance of the Bush administration."

The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where "decades of putting Israel's interests first" would end.

Jackson believes that, although "Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades" remain strong, they'll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.

"Obama is about change," Jackson told me in a wide-ranging conversation. "And the change that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the way America looks at the world and its place in it."

But does Jesse Jackson know Barack Obama's rara avis mind better than, say, Christopher Buckley? He says he does

Jackson warns that he isn't an Obama confidant or adviser, "just a supporter." But he adds that Obama has been "a neighbor or, better still, a member of the family." Jackson's son has been a close friend of Obama for years, and Jackson's daughter went to school with Obama's wife Michelle.

Another guy from the neighborhood.


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