Maybe you don’t remember him. It’s hard to keep track of all of the Obama associates who were thrown under the bus, this year. But good lord….they couldn’t even wait until the inauguration to get him started meddling with Middle Eastern affairs, already?
Robert Malley was/is the Obama foreign policy adviser with the disturbingly cozy relationship with Hamas. The Times Online reported back in May:
One of Barack Obama’s Middle East policy advisers disclosed yesterday that he had held meetings with the militant Palestinian group Hamas – prompting the likely Democratic nominee to sever all links with him.
Robert Malley told The Times that he had been in regular contact with Hamas, which controls Gaza and is listed by the US State Department as a terrorist organisation. Such talks, he stressed, were related to his work for a conflict resolution think-tank and had no connection with his position on Mr Obama’s Middle East advisory council.
“I’ve never hidden the fact that in my job with the International Crisis Group I meet all kinds of people,” he added.
Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Mr Obama, responded swiftly: “Rob Malley has, like hundreds of other experts, provided informal advice to the campaign in the past. He has no formal role in the campaign and he will not play any role in the future.”
I bet Ben LaBolt said that with a straight face, too. Obama just needed Malley out of sight and out of (Jewish voters’) minds until the election was over.
The American Thinker had this to say about Malley back in May:
Malley has been faulted for providing a false account of the Camp David peace process during the Clinton Presidency (which placed the blame for its failure on the Israelis –contradicting every non-Palestinian account of the proceedings) and for a long series of screeds that criticized American and Israeli policies in the Middle East and advocated ties with a wide range of terror groups and dictatorial regimes. Aside from my articles at American Thinker, critics have included Noah Pollak at Commentary and Paul Mirengoff at Powerline.
When controversy erupted over the role of Malley, the campaign went to great lengths to try to spin a story that he was not an adviser to the campaign. However, independent sources, including the New York Times a few weeks ago — continued to identify him as a Middle East Policy adviser regardless of the campaign’s story.
Now the Times of London has also identified him as an adviser who has now been “sacked” because it was revealed he had been in contact with the Hamas terror group. The campaign had been telling pro-Israel audiences that Barack Obama would not talk with Hamas unless and until it had renounced terror, recognized Israel, and abided by previous agreements the Palestinians had signed with Israel. Did Malley not get the memo?
Well, only one friggin’ day after the election, and Obama was already sending the “sacked” Malley on a mission to the Middle East:
Obama Promises Improved Ties With Egypt, Syria
- Middle East Newsline
- November 05, 2008
WASHINGTON [MENL] — Presidential-elect Barack Obama has promised to improve
U.S. relations with Egypt and Syria.
Aides said Obama had sent senior foreign policy adviser Robert Malley to
Egypt and Syria over the last few weeks to outline the Democratic
candidate’s policy on the Middle East. The aides said Malley, who served in
the administration of President Bill Clinton, relayed a pledge from Obama that
the United States would seek to enhance relations with Cairo as well as
reconcile with Damascus.
“The tenor of the messages was that the Obama administration would take
into greater account Egyptian and Syrian interests,” an aide said.
This, of course, is a reversal of the policy of President Bush, who considers Syria a leading supporter of the insurgency in Iraq.
The American Thinker was rather prescient back in May when it noted:
…Samantha Power purportedly resigned (a meaningless “resignation”-she was not on the payroll) in the wake of calling Hillary Clinton a “monster”. Yet a few weeks later, she alluded to the possibility of coming back to serve in an Obama Administration should he become President. Will Malley just continue to collect paychecks from the George Soros-supported International Crisis Group while he cavorts with a Who’s Who of terrorist leaders and murderers?
One also might wonder how the former State Department officials who rallied to his defense in the wake of the controversy feel about attesting to his character.
Have we seen the last of Malley or will he just be in a holding pattern with Samantha Power until the November election is past?
I’m gonna say “holding pattern” for $200, Alex.
H/T Atlas Shrugs who has much more.
Lovely. Here’s Robert Malley at an anti-Israel conference back in june 2007:
There’s some interesting stuff here … he seems to speak highly of Arafat at times, and is anxious for Fatah and Hamas to come together under a single program and work together. Near the end he speaks somewhat darkly of the reasons why Congress votes the way it does, viz.: “… for all the reasons, and we know the reasons …”, and what a “solution” to the problem would be, viz.: “I think most of us in this room know what a solution would look like if there is going to be a viable and fair solution, we could get into the details, but I don’t think that’s a mystery anymore …”