Two Opposing Views on Middle Eastern Policies in the 3rd Congressional District

In April of 2009, the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, known as the Goldstone Report, was established by the United Nations Human Rights Council during the Gaza War.  The intent of the report was to investigate alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the Palestinian territories in connection with Gaza War.  South African jurist Richard Goldstone was appointed to head the mission.

Congress voted overwhelmingly to condemn the Goldstone Report as biased. Charles Boustany was one of only 36 members of Congress who dissented. Why?

“It was a protest vote,” Boustany says. “I was upset that no one in Congress had actually read the report.” Had he read it? “No,” he said. “We weren’t given enough time to read it. That’s why I voted against it.” Boustany also helped write the dovish Carnahan-Boustany-Cohen letter in 2009 telling President Obama that they “support the course you are charting for American policy in the Middle East.”

Boustany also teamed up with George Soros and J Street to send a letter of support to the President concerning his Middle Eastern policy.  J Street has been identified as a nonprofit liberal advocacy group based in the United States whose stated aim is to promote American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Israel-Palestinian conflicts peacefully and diplomatically, and was founded in April 2008 with funds from Soros. has also identified the connection between Soros and Boustany.

Here is the letter of support.

Yes, and J Street are promoting a Charles Boustany led letter to the President in support of his Middle Eastern policies.

Of the two Congressmen running for election in the LA-3 Congressional race, one has called for support of Obama and his Middle Eastern policies and one has stated that should have not intervened in foreign matters in Libya.  Jeff Landry supported legislation that demanded a detailed justification for NATO intervention within Libya in 2011 and for removal of Muammar Qaddafi last year and has recently come out and stated that “Obama built that”, referencing the deterioration of the state of Libya and subsequent assassination of the US Ambassador to that country.  Landry has also stated that the US should cut aid to both Egypt and Libya in response to the violent demonstrations and terrorist activities that are taking place in each of these countries.

With the recent actions within Libya and Egypt, Obama is surely to be bombarded with questions concerning his actions in 2011 supporting the removal of Qaddafi and his subsequent support of the “Arab Spring” that took place during that time period.  During the election in the LA-3 Congressional District, no doubt, Charles Boustany will be asked many of those same questions.

Source: Two Opposing Views on Middle Eastern Policies in the 3rd Congressional District

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