Senator Barack Obama has had more impressive performances than his recent debut as a national candidate in MSNBC's first debate for the crowded Democratic primary field. He stammered out a pathetic response to a question from moderator Brian Williams about how he would react to another 9/11-scale attack on the United States, instinctively citing federal failures in response to Hurricane Katrina, failing to jump all over the obvious opportunity offered him to assert his heretofore unimpressive qualifications to be Commander in Chief.
The reality is that Israel is in fact one of the major catalysts for anti-Americanism in both the Middle East and the European Union, places where the prevailing political wisdom is to view the Jewish state with suspicion. US policy concerning the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict has been deeply flawed and irreparably harmful to the United States' interests since the Truman Administration. I believe that this is a point-of-view shared by an overwhelming majority of young voters (under-30) and any candidate that clearly articulates an alternative policy for engaging the Israeli government on terms that hold it accountable for demonstrating tangible progress on the "road map" for peace, would have a decided advantage in a general election.