Well its about time and about 2 years too damn late !! Had he stood up to them nearly a year ago, the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and Corps would not have been extended. Had he used his spine this last summer he would not have bowed to the TBAGGER spectacle during the debt crisis over raising the debt ceiling, He'd have told them that, "no your not pulling this contrived trick and embarassing our country, I'll use Amendment 14 and increase the limit myself" then of course the TBabblers tried to blame Obama for the downgrade.
Here before Obama at the UN is the very most important Foreign Relations issue since Bushes war with Iraq and that is Palestinian Statehood. The whole world watches as the Idiot congressmen and senators race each other to originate resolutions and legislation to cut aid to Palestinians, and Walsh just came up with one today to approve Israel's annexing all of the West Bank, all in an effort to back Israel to garner support from AIPAC, because doing so gets them money for all of their re election campaigns.
You will remember that AIPAC through one of its satelite funding groups sent many of these congressmen to Israel to get their support for extending munitions/military aid to Israel.
Obama has threatened to VETO Palestinians bid for statehood, claiming it must be gained only through negotiations with Isreal. Israel is currently taking land from Palestinian Occupied Territory for the purpose of building more settlement. How the hell are Palestinians supposed to negotiate with the thief taking their land ? Israel has snubbed all Obama's peace efforts including his offer of billions in Military aid and money if Netanyahu would stop the Settlements and go back to the negotiating table with Palestinians, yet Obama is going along with Israel who got themselves in this mess by their intransigence.
Will Obama develop some spine and cross Israeli AIPAC influence and either abstain from voting, vote for the Palestinian statehood, or will he cave and Veto a very peaceful move to gain statehood. After all Abbas has said time and again, statehood doesn't preclude negotiations, he plans to negotiate from 1967 lines as Obama suggested and Netanyahu snubbed.
YOU CAN BET THAT IF OBAMA VETO's PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD, YOU CAN KISS GOODBYE ANY US INFLUENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR YEARS TO COME. Remember all that talk in Egypt from Obama about peace in the Middle East? Who do you think will believe his intentions are anything but to follow Israels bidding if he goes against Palestinians peaceful bid for statehood to bring an end to this Occupation of their lands by Israel.
Lets hope Obama has enough newfound backbone to not VETO Palestines Statehood request at this weeks UN meetings. Let AIPAC complain through all its bought off congressmen and senators all they want, Obama needs to stand up for what is good for the US rather than let Israels intransigence threaten our Foreign Relations