Obama fires “advisor” for talking to Hamas? Update: Advisor fired himself?

posted at 4:44 pm on May 9, 2008 by Allahpundit

I’ve never heard of him but apparently he’s already a known quantity in the blogosphere for some of the op-eds he’s published about Israel over the years. He works for the International Crisis Group, a Soros-connected think tank littered with leftist eminences; it was in that capacity, not in any role for the campaign, that he started chatting up jihadists. The Times of London says he’s been sacked but his “advisory” position seems fairly tenuous: He has no formal relationship with them and is merely “one of dozens” of analysts, according to the NYT, who send position papers occasionally to their foreign policy people. Which makes this sound less like a case of someone being “fired” than simply being disinvited from sitting in on more conference calls. The real punchline, in fact? Read a ways down into the ToL piece and you’ll see he has closer ties with the Clintons — the “safe” choice among Democrats this year — than with Barry O.

Even so, I look forward to the next Sullivan-esque apologia from Doug Kmiec explaining why this guy is the “true hawk” among the candidates left in the campaign.

One of Barack Obama’s Middle East policy advisers disclosed today 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 he had regularly been in contact with Hamas, which controls Gaza but 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.

But Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Mr Obama, responded swiftly, saying: “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.”

Same exit question as in the last post: Is any enterprising reporter going to press the Messiah on where Hezbollah currently stands in his hazy meet-with/don’t-meet-with paradigm?

Update: I wasn’t pushed, I jumped!

Speaking to NBC NEWS, Malley said, “I decided based on the fact that this was coming a distraction that it was best that I remove myself from any association with the campaign.”…

He said this morning he got a call from the London Times, asking about his meetings with Hamas. So he called the campaign and said he thought it best to take himself out of what was a very informal relationship to begin with.


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What a poser, he learned that from Hillary.

redrock on May 9, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Messiah on where Hezbollah currently stands in his hazy meet-with/don’t-meet-with paradigm?

Thou shalt not ask specifics of thy lord and savior.

lorien1973 on May 9, 2008 at 4:46 PM

I just hope HA, MM, etc. keep coming up with all the stuff they can find on bho. This is a very dangerous man to our country. His wifeee is just as bad and needs all we can come up on her also.
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letget on May 9, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Malley is one of those low level state department guys that the NY Times likes to use. When Bill Clinton, Madelaine Albright, Al Gore, Dennis Ross, Ehud Barak and just about every sentient person blamed Arafat for wrecking the Camp David Talks in 2000, the NY Times was apoplectic. The Times knew, just knew, that Arafat was blameless and it was that bully Barak that was intransigent (a favorite state department word). So the Times assigned left wing reporter Deborah Sontag to do some revisionist history. She wrote a series of article on the front page of the Times in which she and the Times found Barak to be the main obstacle to a peace deal and Sontag found Arafat to be angelic. In Sontag’s view, Arafat was a proud and modest man who wanted little for his people but Israel and Barak were bullies. So just who was Sontag’s main source of information? Yep, it was Rob Malley. Malley and Sontag were like two peas in a pod, both charter members of the blame Israel first crowd and both convinced that if only peaceniks like themselves made policy and understood Arafat’s generosity, the millenium would be at hand.

Larraby on May 9, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Awww… don’t blame Hussein… after all, he wan’t THERE when the guy had talks with the terrorists…

Kinda like he wasn’t sittin in the pew… ya know?

And Bill didn’t inhale?

Romeo13 on May 9, 2008 at 4:54 PM

He works for the International Crisis Group, a Soros-connected think tank littered with leftist eminences

Moveon(dot)org.

How many of these things does Soros have?

Soros ownz Obama..

Chakra Hammer on May 9, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Expendable cannon fodder. Obama builds his credentials as “tough as nails” on terror. Chrissy has a brief body tremor in delight.

a capella on May 9, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Is Doug Kmiec new to you?

Have you not heard about him the past 30 years in disussions about the Supreme Court or Education or Religion in this country?

He has a long and distinguished career and until this recent break with reality was a good conservative.

We need to feel sorry for him now that he has “lost his bearings.”

EJDolbow on May 9, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Now if Barry only fired himself would I be happy.

Lance Murdock on May 9, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Somewhat offtopic but spured off of something in the post: Does anyone know who is advising McCain?

The problem with McCain is that he has a record but he has no articulated vision. His campaign strategy thus far seems like interest group checkbox “appealism”. The problem with Obama is that his record is not impressive and it actually contradicts his rhetoric. Without being able to show where he is going to try to take the country, McCain looks like the “empty suit”.

ninjapirate on May 9, 2008 at 5:03 PM

I’d be very interested in further clarification of this man’s actuual position/relatonship with Obama’s clan.

“No official role” but “fired”? All hazy it may be at the moment, but potentially another hot one in the growing line of “I-cannot-disown-my-” extremist associates of The Obamboozler.

Lockstein13 on May 9, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Someone needs to teach Barry how to use Google. Here’s another American Thinker piece on Malley, dated March 16th where we learn:

The International Crisis Group, by the way, also has on its Executive Committee, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Samantha Power

Two down, one to go. How long before we sing Bye, Bye Bresinski?

Buy Danish on May 9, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Count the number of Obama bumper stickers in the parking lot of the State Department in order to determine how our national diplomacy will be handled.

onlineanalyst on May 9, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Obama must hate Israel. Look at the people around him. We’ve got Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Robert Malley, Zbigniew Brizenski, Samantha Powers — all died-in-the-wool Israel haters. (And face it, at least some of them are obvious died-in-the-wool Jew-haters.) He’s willing to grant the prestige of presidential diplomacy to Ahmadinejad and Assad, who are both committed to Israel’s destruction. Hamas openly supports him. At home, he’s chummy with domestic terrorists as well. Apart from his vacuous pronouncements, has he ever done anything to suggest that he wouldn’t be pleased to see Israel destroyed?

Does anyone really believe that Obama doesn’t share the poisonous views of his advisors and hangers-on? And why would any Jew, Democrat or not, give this guy a vote?

Cicero43 on May 9, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Hussein’s connections to terrorists will be the next thing he gets beat over the head with. Deservedly.

dogsoldier on May 9, 2008 at 5:44 PM

It doesn’t matter who becomes the next President of the United States. Anti-Semitism is spreading like wildfire throughout Europe. It’s already rampant in the Islamic world. The United Nations has spent resolution after resolution (in fact, about half of its time) condemning Israel. In fact, apart from the USA, Israel has few allies. One day, the Bible predicts, she will have no allies, and all nations shall be gathered against her. Don’t take my word for it. Watch the daily news for this to develop. There will be an increase in domestic (especially if the Dems take over) and InterO

apacalyps on May 9, 2008 at 5:48 PM

This was scrambled in the above post:

There will be an increase in domestic (especially if the Dems take over) and International pressure … (to talk/side with the enemies of Israel)

apacalyps on May 9, 2008 at 5:51 PM

And why would any Jew, Democrat or not, give this guy a vote?

Cicero43 on May 9, 2008 at 5:39 PM

In this very question is encapsulated my mystification with most of the people in my Synagogue, and the reason why I rarely accept invites for Friday Night dinner. I just wouldn’t be able to make it through to the Main Course!

dmh0667 on May 9, 2008 at 5:56 PM

He has a long and distinguished career and until this recent break with reality was a good conservative.

We need to feel sorry for him now that he has “lost his bearings.”

EJDolbow on May 9, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Fine, feel sorry for him, but when someone moves to the dark side, they deserve the wrath and scorn of those who cling to truth — or Truth.

Nichevo on May 9, 2008 at 6:24 PM

And why would any Jew, Democrat or not, give this guy a vote?

Cicero43 on May 9, 2008 at 5:39 PM

As a jew, I am at a loss to explain it myself!

ihasurnominashun on May 9, 2008 at 6:40 PM

LOL

Dammit all the jihadists love me!! What shall I do?

Fact is when “Palestinians” are just in love with your campaign and hope you will be more “even handed” when dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian situation.

Then there’s this

Theworldisnotenough on May 9, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Opps I truncated that sentence.

Israeli-Palestinian situation you’ve got problems.

Theworldisnotenough on May 9, 2008 at 6:55 PM

The Times of London says he’s been sacked but his “advisory” position seems fairly tenuous: He has no formal relationship with them and is merely “one of dozens” of analysts, according to the NYT, who send position papers occasionally to their foreign policy people. Which makes this sound less like a case of someone being “fired” than simply being disinvited from sitting in on more conference calls.

H-A could have soooo easily gone with the smear on this item… but they don’t. that’s why I trust this place for the truth. you never take the bait the others readily chomp on…

Kaptain Amerika on May 9, 2008 at 8:36 PM

Obama aide to Canada: Ignore Obama on NAFTA, it’s campaign rhetoric. Sorry, I quit.

Obama aide: We effed up in Ohio. Sorry, I quit.

Obama’s pastor: God d@mn America. Obama: I quit the church.

Obama’s former business partner (Rezko). No defense. I borrowed money from Saddam’s buddy (Auchi).

Obama’s campaign launcher: We should have blown up more bombs.

Obama aide: I’ve been meeting with Hamas. Sorry, I quit.

Anybody notice a pattern here? I used to work with Obama before it became public, so I quit.

Steve Z on May 9, 2008 at 10:02 PM

O/T
Whats the deal with Drudge . . .He seems to be lusting over Obama or I’m misreading his site.

I always liked Drudge but lately. . . .? ? ?

Texyank on May 9, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Texyank on May 9, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Apparently Drudge has recited the Shahadah recently.

There really is no other alternative explanation, with the noted exception of him giving in to “white-guilt” syndrome.

awake on May 9, 2008 at 10:51 PM

There really is no other alternative explanation, with the noted exception of him giving in to “white-guilt” syndrome.

awake on May 9, 2008 at 10:51 PM

Could be, After all he did out the first black President
with his reporting of the blue dress. . .

Texyank on May 10, 2008 at 12:18 AM

Another name might stick on on the ICG board of directors. That is Ken Adelamn as in PNAC co-signor Kenneth Adelman.

ICG is about money. Nothing more, nothing less. The only thing I know with better board members than ICG are the various Chamber of Commerce committees for each country.

If you want to do business in other countries, especially hot spots where humans are killed en masse, you pick up the phone and call ICG and hire them.

gabriel sutherland on May 10, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Sounds like Obama’s “Monica Lewinsky”: Everybody knows she’s he’s there, but the candidate is still embarassed when she he shows up in public.

landlines on May 10, 2008 at 4:48 PM