"... and there will be times when our short term interests do not align perfectly with our long term vision of the region"
Barack Obama gave a long speech about the Middle East in May this year. Listening to that speech any moderately informed members of his audience left with no better understanding of US policy and supposed values than they had when before he started.
But a real test of US supposed values is approaching this year.
Barack Obama either believes the more than 80 million people of Egypt have a right to a government that is accountable to them and reflective of their own values, perceptions and sensibilities or he believes that it is more important for the 5.7 million Jewish people of Palestine to have a viable set-aside majority state.
Obama has been very clear until today that between the 80 million people of Egypt and the 5.7 Jewish people of Palestine, he chooses the Jewish people. As a person with African people and Muslims in his family, I do not really think it is hyperbole to say Barack Obama is the most spectacular Uncle Tom so far in world history.
Justin Webb: Do you regard President Mubarak as an authoritarian ruler?A question the Barack Obama administration faces now, before the elections, is how it would react to the people of Egypt electing a government that does not promise to be as accommodating to Israel as Mubarak was.
President Obama: No, I tend not to use labels for folks. I haven't met him. I've spoken to him on the phone.
He has been a stalwart ally in many respects, to the United States. He has sustained peace with Israel, which is a very difficult thing to do in that region.
But he has never resorted to, you know, unnecessary demagoging of the issue, and has tried to maintain that relationship. So I think he has been a force for stability. And good in the region. Obviously, there have been criticisms of the manner in which politics operates in Egypt.
In Algeria, in Iran, in Iraq, in Lebanon, in the Palestinian territories the United States has a very consistent record of working to thwart popular election results in the Middle East that spans for Israel's entire history.
If the United States was to accept an Egyptian government of Egypt, rather than one accountable to the United States as Egypt is currently along with other members of the US/Zionist colonial structure - Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, Kuwait and others - it would be a reversal in over 60 years of policy. It would be a reversal that would fit with the US' core founding values.
But it would be very uncharacteristic of the United States and of its leadership.