Obama waves during his second presidential inauguration 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
In a slightly adapted version of a very old joke, experts on the elephant
gathered for an international conference. The Italian delegate read a paper
entitled “Eating habits of the elephant”; a Frenchman contributed, “The love
life of the elephant”; the American lectured on “The elephant and the dollar”
and the Israeli spoke about “The elephant and the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict.”Listening to the anguished commentary in both Washington and
Jerusalem that has attended US President Barack Obama’s nomination of John Kerry
to be his Secretary of State, and more especially his nomination of Chuck Hagel
to be Defense Secretary, one might be excused for thinking that these
appointments were exclusively about Israel and the Middle East.
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